Let’s face it, eating pizza at home is awesome, especially when you make it at home. The problem is, I don’t want to eat pizza every day. So, I came up with Keto Mozzarella Sticks.
Keto Mozzarella Sticks are not only delicious, but they are also very filling. They are great for snacks or to use as a light lunch. So, I decided to come up with a baked version due to the fact that it is much easier to bake then fry. These Keto Mozzarella Sticks are a delicious low carb snack that you can enjoy on the go.
I’ve been a follower of the low carb high fat lifestyle for over two years now, and during that time I’ve tried a lot of different low carb foods, including many different types of cheese.
One of the many advantages of the keto diet is the abundance of great, delectable meals. What, on the other hand, doesn’t receive nearly enough credit? What about the snacks? While we like making keto-friendly meals like burgers and pizza, nothing piqued our interest more than the prospect of recreating a traditional pub snack. Here’s how to make Sticks of Keto Mozzarella.
These Sticks of Keto Mozzarella are ideal for impressing your pals at game night or elevating your 3 p.m. snack. They’re crispy on the surface and gooey on the inside, and they’re a great low-carb keto alternative to your favorite breaded dippers.
Do Mozzarella Sticks Fit the Keto Diet?
Keto is all about the cheese for a lot of folks on this diet. So it seems logical that a snack consisting of cheese sticks would be keto-friendly, right?
Regular mozzarella sticks, however, are covered in a high-carb crumbing. Even one piece of mozzarella sticks, like other breaded foods, may put your daily carb allowance in danger – and if you’ve ever eaten mozzarella sticks, you know it’s almost hard to stop at just one!
Fortunately, we’ve learned to create low-carb mozzarella sticks that taste just as good. Keto doesn’t allow you to eat fried foods. These low-carb mozzarella sticks are proof of that.
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What Is It About These Mozzarella Sticks That Makes Them So Special?
It’s not always simple to replicate breaded items on a low-carb keto diet, but we believe we’ve got it down with these low-carb mozzarella sticks. You may just be able to deceive your next non-keto visitors with the texture and taste!
These mozzarella sticks are keto not just because of their authenticity and minimal net carbohydrates (and downright amazing). Take a look at it.
They’re free of gluten and nuts.
These mozzarella sticks aren’t only for low-carb eaters. They’re also appropriate for gluten-free individuals who have a gluten allergy or sensitivity. If you’re gluten-free, you’ve probably been missing out on some of your favorite breaded treats.
We also don’t use almond flour in the gluten-free breading, so they’re nut-free as well. Instead of almond flour, we used coconut flour to bread the cheese sticks. Coconut flour is another low-carb flour that is also much less expensive than almond flour.
That’s right, allergy-friendly and budget-friendly keto cheese sticks!
They’ve got a lot of flavor.
Although the simple mozzarella stick is an American staple, it has a distinct Italian taste profile – and we’re not talking about the mozzarella or the traditional marinara sauce.
We added a modest amount of traditional Italian spice in the gluten-free breading mix to remind you of a flavorful piece of margarita pizza. It’s no surprise that these keto cheese sticks are so difficult to resist.
They have a high protein content.
You probably don’t consider Keto Mozzarella Sticks to be the healthiest snack option. However, did you know that mozzarella cheese has a significant protein content?
That is correct. Around 26 grams of protein are included in 100 grams of mozzarella cheese. Protein is also satisfying; one research indicates that having a high-protein snack may lead to ingesting less calories later in the day.
In other words, these mozzarella sticks may just keep you from overindulging in the rest of the game’s goodies.
They’ve had two coats of paint on them.
Do you want to know how to make an extra-crunchy coating? To get a double coating, we dipped these mozzarella sticks in the eggwash and breadcrumb mixture twice. This also avoids the cheese from melting through the breading. This is one of those dishes where you can dip twice!
They Make Use Of The Ideal Keto “Breading”
Pork rinds, in our view, are the ideal gluten-free breading — and not only for cheese sticks. This underappreciated yet versatile ingredient has a mild flavor and provides the ideal “crunch” to gluten-free breading that relies only on flour.
Try these Easy Homemade Chicken Fries for another keto dish that utilizes pig rinds for crumbing.
For the finest keto mozzarella sticks, follow these steps. These may either be baked or cooked in oil. Although fried mozzarella sticks are more flavorful, any method will provide the delicious low-carb mozzarella sticks you’ve been wanting.
The list of ingredients required for this mozzarella stick recipe is very simple. Mozzarella string cheese, herbs and spices, crushed pork rinds, coconut flour, eggs, heavy cream, and frying oil are all necessary ingredients.
Due to its reduced fat level, we discovered that “part-skim” string cheese works well in this recipe. When frying or baking, this helps the cheese remain together long enough for the protective shell to develop.
String cheese should be frozen.
Using frozen string cheese in this recipe isn’t required, but it certainly helps. When using room temperature string cheese, the coating will melt before it has a chance to develop. The easiest method to guarantee you get the pub style mozzarella sticks you want is to use frozen mozzarella cheese.
Mozzarella Sticks Coating
These are the essential stages in preparing this dish. To create a thick crispy surface, we’ll coat the mozzarella sticks in three separate stations.
The basic mozzarella sticks are dipped in the egg and heavy cream mixture first.
The mozzarella cheese should then be dipped in the coconut flour. This provides a dry surface on which the pig rinds may adhere. This recipe’s crispness comes from the pork rinds.
Once again, dip into the egg mixture. We’re now beginning to put up a beautiful outer layer.
Finally, dunk the mozzarella sticks in the ground pork rind mixture. If you followed the previous stages correctly, sticking the pork rind mixture on the cheese sticks should be a breeze.
It’s Fry Time!
We prefer to cook these keto mozzarella sticks in a cast iron skillet using the “pan fried” technique. This means pouring enough oil into the skillet to come halfway up the mozzarella sticks.
Tallow, ghee, lard, coconut oil, or avocado oil are some of our favorite frying oils. It’s OK to use anything you like; we simply recommend to stay away from processed vegetable and seed oils.
After 3-5 minutes of frying, turn the mozzarella sticks once. Allow them to finish cooking until they are crispy on the outside. Place on a plate with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
Low-Carb Mozzarella Sticks: How to Make Them
You’ll need to pull out all the stops if you really want to provide the finest snacks for game night. Try a few of these clever tricks and your Keto Mozzarella Sticks will be a party smash in no time.
Experiment with a variety of flavors.
Don’t be scared to experiment with your breading seasonings. We chose Italian seasoning, but a Moroccan mix or even something spicy might work well.
Add a little grated parmesan cheese to the mix if you’re feeling particularly cheesy. There is never enough cheese.
Try them fried in the air.
While frying your Keto Mozzarella Sticks will give you the crispiest results, you can also bake them in the oven — or in an air fryer if you have one.
Because you’ll be using less oil using an air fryer, you’ll be able to make them a bit less calorie-dense. Isn’t it true that nothing motivates party attendees to eat the snacks more than the guarantee that they’re low in calories?
Is it possible to fry using air? Accept the Oil
Here’s a tip: if you cook your Keto Mozzarella Sticks in the air fryer with a sprinkle of oil, they’ll come out lovely and crispy! It’s the oldest trick in the book when it comes to keto.
Don’t Forget to Include the Sauce
Without a low-carb marinara sauce to dip them in, a delicious mozzarella stick is nothing. We use Rao’s since it’s a low-net-carb brand.
Choosing the Right Frying Oil
Why not pan-fry your Keto Mozzarella Sticks instead of baking them in the oven or air fryer? It’s critical to choose the appropriate oil.
Healthy oils with a high smoke point that are appropriate for frying are recommended. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Avocado oil is a kind of oil that comes from
- Coconut oil is a kind of vegetable oil that is
- Tallow or lard
We also recommend avoiding refined vegetable oils such as canola and soybean since they may cause inflammation and possibly neurological damage.
What to Do If Your Cheese Sticks Melt
You may be wondering how to bake or fry your Keto Mozzarella Sticks without them melting into melted liquid cheese pools. What’s the secret? First, put your cheese sticks in the freezer.
The cheese sticks will gently heat up in the oven or skillet while the breading cooks, but not to a messy melting point, since they were frozen before breading and frying. The extra breading also aids in the containment of the gooey cheese.
Keep in mind that if you look for frozen keto low-carb mozzarella sticks at the market, you’ll only find pre-breaded (high-carb) varieties. Instead, search for string cheese, such as the type you’d find in a child’s lunchbox.
Suggestions for Serving
These low-carb keto mozzarella sticks are ideal for a variety of events, including game nights, parties, and movie marathons – or even a late-night snack attack!
Add a couple extra players to the mix to avoid lonely Keto Mozzarella Sticks. Try one of these quick and simple keto meals for game night:
Feel free to experiment with your dipping sauces as well. While marinara and mozzarella sticks are a match made in heaven, why not add some keto-friendly choices to your low-carb marinara sauce? Aioli, queso, or even a blazing spicy sauce are all good options.
Keto Mozzarella Sticks
Warm, gooey cheese sticks covered in a low-carb, crunchy coating. They’re great dipped in marinara or eaten on their own.
20-minute total time
Serving size (calories) 237kcal
15-minute prep time
Time to prepare: 5 minutes
Getting the Mozzarella Sticks Ready
- Combine the heavy cream and eggs in a medium mixing bowl. Remove from the equation.
- Grind the pork rinds into a fine powder in a blender. In a small dish, combine the crumbled pork rinds and seasonings. Remove from the equation.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add your coconut flour.
- Shake off any excess egg mixture from the frozen cheese sticks. Dip and batter with coconut flour right away.
- Then dip the cheese stick into the egg mixture once more before dipping it into the pork rind mixture to create a thick coating around it.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FRYING:
- Heat your shallow layer of oil until it’s hot enough to sizzle a mozzarella stick when dipped in it, but not so hot that it starts to smoke.
- Once the oil is heated, add the mozzarella sticks and fry for 30 seconds on each side, for a total of 2-3 minutes. They should be a deep golden brown in color, but not burned.
- Serve and have fun. The recipe may be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat for 5 minutes at 400 degrees in the oven.
*Net carbohydrates vary depending on which cheese stick is bought. Some cheese sticks have no carbohydrates, whereas others have one gram.
Keto Mozzarella Sticks
Per Serving Amount (2 pieces)
Calories 237 Fat Calories 153
daily value in percent*
17g26 percent fat
Saturated Fat: 9 g/45 %
1 gram of trans fat
1 gram polyunsaturated fat
1 gram monounsaturated fat
Cholesterol (82 mg/dl): 27%
30 percent sodium (709mg)
Potassium (25 mg) 1%
Carbohydrates account for 41% of the total.
1g4 percent fiber
1 gram 1% sugar
18 g (36% protein)
131IU3 percent vitamin A
One milligram of vitamin C is one percent of the body’s total vitamin C.
Calcium (54%), 54mg
1 gram of iron is equal to 6% of your whole body weight.
* Percent Daily Values (%DV) are calculated using a 2000-calorie diet.
Mozzarella sticks are a kind of cheese that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.
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Last week as we were getting ready to make our cheese sticks (keto/low carb recipe), we thought it would be fun to make a recipe for keto mozzarella sticks. We actually had two different kinds of mozzarella sticks in mind but decided to go with the less time consuming route. We thought they would be a cool little appetizer to have with a dinner we were preparing soon, but realized that they would also be a great finger food while watching the game. The best part is once you make this recipe you can make them both ways. Baked or fried!!. Read more about keto mozzarella sticks without pork rinds and let us know what you think.