Fried Not Fried Mozzarella Sticks

A Mozzarella Stick being pulled in half exposing the gooey cheese inside which is stringing between the two halves.

This recipe and technique allows you to cook Mozzarella Sticks on the barbecue using a method similar to an air fryer. Crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, no one will be able to resist this delicious appetizer. You can eat them as-is, or dip them in marinara sauce.

Two kinds of cheese are used for these ultimate cheese sticks. Mozzarella is used for its gooeyness and cheddar for flavor. They are then triple crumbed with a bread coating to create a crunchy shell that stops the molten cheese from oozing out.

They are cooked on the grill using indirect heat from a hot dry airflow created by the hot air that circulates around the coals. A little bit of butter is added to the breadcrumb to aid in browning. Since these are not deep-fried, they are slightly healthier than the original.

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Fresh Mozzarella Sticks having just been placed on the BBQ grill to cook.
These Mozzarella Sticks have a triple crumbing to ensure maximum crunch and minimum escape of the molten cheese.
A white chopping board topped with sliced cheese sticks, with cheddar at the base and mozzarella on the top.
The two types of cheese blocked together before being crumbed create a flavorful and gooey cheese stick.
A small rectangle cast iron dish with cooked Mozzarella Sticks ready to eat.
Mozzarella Sticks can be easily served as a finger food or as a pre-dinner snacks.
A Mozzarella Stick being pulled in half exposing the gooey cheese inside which is stringing between the two halves.
The Mozzarella makes the cheese sticks gooey while the cheddar gives it move flavor.

Fried Not Fried Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

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A Mozzarella Stick being pulled in half exposing the gooey cheese inside which is stringing between the two halves.
This recipe and technique allow you to cook Mozzarella Sticks on the barbecue using a method similar to an air fryer.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
CourseAppetizer
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
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Ingredients

  • 6 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 6 cheddar cheese sticks
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cups breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted

Equipment

  • BBQ

Directions

  • Cut the mozzarella and cheddar cheese sticks in half both vertically and horizontally to create 24 pieces of each.
  • Join one of each cheese type together to create a single dual-colored cheese stick.
  • Create a crumbing (breading) station with three shallow dishes. In the first add the flour, in the second whisk together the eggs and milk, in the third add the breadcrumbs and melted butter and stir until well combined.
  • Dip the cheese in the flour until lightly dusted all over.
  • Dip the cheese in the egg mixture then directly into the breadcrumbs. Place on a plate. When all 24 are done chill for 20 minutes.
  • Removed the chilled cheese then repeat the egg mixture, crumbing, and chilling process two more times.
  • Preheat a grill with a hot zone and a cold zone. If using a round grill, place all the coals in the center with the edges clear. The mozzarella sticks will be cooked in the hot air not directly over the direct heat of the coals.
  • When the grill is preheated to 350 degrees F (180 degrees F), place the mozzarella sticks on the grill away from the direct heat. 
  • Cook for a total of 15 minutes turning every five minutes until golden brown on the outside and the cheese is soft and gooey on the inside. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 328mgPotassium: 79mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 59IUCalcium: 76mgIron: 2mg

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