Baked mozzarella sticks with spicy tomato dipping sauce

Baked mozzarella sticks with spicy tomato dipping sauce

Total Time
32 min
12 min
20 min
Spice up snack time with baked mozzarella sticks and a spicy tomato sauce. No need for frying or lots of hot oil in order to make this recipe. If you're in a particular hurry, you can use 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce instead of going the homemade way, but we highly recommend making your own sauce to really put these mozzarella sticks over the top. Keep in mind while you're making the sticks that you'll need to freeze them for about an hour before you bake them in the oven. They only take about 10 minutes to bake, so they're a great make-ahead appetizer before a party or game time.


Olive oil cooking spray

2 spray(s)

Olive oil

1 tsp


1 clove(s), minced

Canned tomato sauce

15 oz

Table salt

¼ tsp



Crushed red pepper flakes

tsp, optional

Fresh breadcrumbs

6 Tbsp, unseasoned panko

Garlic powder

½ tsp

Dried oregano

½ tsp

Kosher salt

¼ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

All-purpose flour

2 Tbsp

Egg whites

2 item(s), lightly scrambled

Light mozzarella string cheese

4 stick(s)


  1. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium low heat until just warm, about 1 minute. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, salt, sugar and red pepper flakes (if desired). Stir well and heat until sauce begins to bubble. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. While sauce is cooking, prepare mozzarella sticks. Combine panko, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper on a medium sized plate.
  4. Place flour on a small plate. Dip each stick in flour to coat. Shake off excess and dip in egg. Dip sticks in panko mixture. Place sticks on baking sheet 2 inches apart. Spray tops with olive oil cooking spray.
  5. Place baking sheet in freezer for 1 hour.
  6. Fifteen to twenty minutes before serving time preheat oven to 400F. Once oven has reached desired temperature, remove baking sheet from freezer and place in oven. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until sticks are just heated through but not melted. Remove from oven and serve with sauce, warmed if necessary.
  7. Serving size: 1 mozzarella stick with sauce