Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

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Mozzarella sticks are wonderful fried cheese sticks that are coated with breading to contain the melted goodness. Biting into a crispy shell to a string of gooey, stringy cheese is a delicious, fantastic mess. This is one appetizer that is not on many vegan menus, so I set out to create a dairy-free recipe for Vegan Mozzarella Sticks to satisfy any craving for this yummy snack!

What is Vegan Cheese?

Years ago, being vegan meant no cheese. But in recent years, the introduction of many types of vegan cheeses means we no longer have to skip the cheese. I’ve tried several types and brands of vegan cheeses, so here is a brief run-down of the types available.

Vegan cheese involves combining plant-based protein with lactic bacteria. Many cheeses also include oils, emulsifiers, and thickeners for flavor and texture.

Depending on the brand and type of cheese, vegan cheese ingredients may include:

  • Soy protein
  • Solidified vegetable oil (such as coconut, palm, or safflower)
  • Nuts (including cashews, macadamias, and almonds)
  • Plant-based flours, like tapioca, almond, or cashew
  • Pea protein
  • Potato or corn starch
  • Plant-based milks, such as almond or coconut

When selecting vegan cheese, be sure to read the ingredients list. Some varieties may be processed to get the desired flavor and texture. “Vegan” dose not always mean healthy. Also beware if you are sensitive to soy, as many vegan cheeses contain tofu or other soy derivatives.

Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

I don’t make a habit of eating fried foods often, but every now and then, an indulgent fried tasty bit is in order. These vegan mozzarella sticks are sure to satisfy any crispy, gooey, fried food craving! Especially dipped in homemade tangy marinara sauce.

Vegan mozzarella sticks

Make it a Meal

These Vegan Mozzarella Sticks are a great starter for any gathering. Serve them just before these Vegan Oyster Rolls.

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Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes Cook Time: Fry: 5-7 minutes; Bake:18-20 minutes
Yield:about 8 servings

Ingredients

1 block vegan mozzarella

3/4 cup chickpea flour, divided

1/2 cup plant-based milk, like oat milk

1 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Optional 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast powder

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil, like canola or grapeseed

Instructions

Prepare the cheese sticks

  1. Cut mozzarella into rectangles. You can make them as big or as little as you want.
  2. You’ll need three bowls. In the first one add 1/2 cup of flour. In the second, add the plant-based milk. Finally, combine 1/4 cup flour, panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, oregano, and nutritional yeast to the third bowl.
  3. Drop one piece of mozzarella into the flour, then into the milk. For a better coating, repeat those two steps. Then roll the mozzarella into the panko coating. Repeat with all the mozzarella sticks.
  4. Bake or fry according to following instructions.

Frying Instructions (recommended)

  1. Add 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil to a frying pan. Heat over medium heat until hot. Test the heat of the oil by splashing one drop of water or a bread crumb in the oil. The oil should sizzle and gently pop, but reduce heat if reaction is too extreme.
  2. When oil is ready, turn on vent fan and gently drop mozzarella sticks into oil. Fry for about 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Place on a platter lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  4. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

Baking Instructions

  1. Freeze the mozzarella sticks for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place mozzarella sticks onto prepared baking sheet, and bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

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