Gluten Free Baked Mozzarella Sticks {15 Minute Recipe}

Gluten free baked mozzarella sticks are a healthy snacking option, because they’re baked, not fried. If you’re eating gluten free, you’ll be happy, because there’s a gluten-free recipe option, too. Everyone can enjoy the ooey, gooey, cheesy goodness of these baked mozzarella sticks!

This is one of my favorite 15 minute recipes!

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to make one of the recipes on the Famished Fish website.

Famished Fish is owned and operated by Saundra. She’s a wife and mom who, like many of us, struggles to find recipes that her entire family will love. She has a picky middle child who has autism and some other challenges, so it can be difficult for her to find foods that everyone in her family loves. When she makes a dish that everyone enjoys, she shares the recipe on her site. Enter these mozzarella sticks into the picture.

I love 15 minute recipes like these easy baked mozzarella sticks! They're a healthier option than fried and they're gluten free, too! Recipe on

Kid approved recipes, for the win!

There are some amazing sounding recipes on her site, so I had a tough time deciding what to make.

After looking over a few of Saundra’s appetizer recipes, I knew I wanted to make her Hot Cheesy Spinach Dip with Bacon recipe, and I did make it. It was the perfect snack for us to have when the Green Bay Packers played the Seattle Seahawks last month.  Here’s my version of the dip:

This is the best hot spinach dip recipe I've ever made! Probably because it has bacon in it! - spinach dip with bacon recipe from

And her slow cooker recipe for Sloppy Joes will be perfect for a potluck dinner. It looks like the perfect crowd pleasing recipe.

When all was said and done, I decided to try the recipe for Gluten Free Baked Mozzarella Sticks.

I love 15 minute recipes like these easy baked mozzarella sticks! They're a healthier option than fried and they're gluten free, too! Recipe on

Because I can eat gluten without a problem, my mozzarella sticks have flour and panko bread crumbs in them. But for anyone who needs to eat gluten-free, Saundra’s gluten free recipe is below.

I love 15 minute recipes like these easy baked mozzarella sticks! They're a healthier option than fried and they're gluten free, too! Recipe on


Gluten-free Panko bread crumbs

Brown rice flour

I hope you enjoy this gluten free baked mozzarella sticks recipe.

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15 Minute recipes: Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Yields 8

Mozzarella cheese is breaded and baked until hot, melted, and golden brown. This is a snack that you're going to love!


  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs (or Italian flavored Panko bread crumbs)
  • cooking spray
  • 8 strips (1 ounce each) of mozzarella cheese (I used packaged string cheese, as they're roughly 1 ounce each)
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce


  1. Heat oven to 425F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray with cooking spray.
  3. Arrange flour, beaten egg and free bread crumbs into 3 separate platters or pie plates.
  4. Dip cheese first into flour, then beaten egg, then bread crumbs, using one hand for the dry dip and one hand for the egg dip.
  5. Lay the cheese sticks onto the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Place cheese sticks in oven and bake for 5-8 minutes, turning over halfway through bake time. Cheese sticks are done when breading is slightly crispy and cheese is oozing.
  7. Arrange on platter and serve with warm marinara sauce.
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30 Replies to "Gluten Free Baked Mozzarella Sticks {15 Minute Recipe}"

  • A Taste Of Madness February 14, 2015 (7:58 pm)

    I think this is what all of my meals are missing! This looks so good!

  • Joanne/WineLady Cooks February 14, 2015 (3:41 pm)

    I love easy recipes that are kid friendly. My grandsons always order these in a restaurant, how easy they are to make at home. I know they will love them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Chef Becca February 14, 2015 (5:20 pm)

      I hope your grandsons love this healthier version of the mozzarella sticks, Joanne. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Shashi at RunninSrilankan February 13, 2015 (9:01 am)

    WOA – Becca – these sound fabulous and look – well they look so good I wanna claw myself into the screen! YUM!

    • Chef Becca February 14, 2015 (5:21 pm)

      It’s hard to go wrong with loads of ooey, gooey cheese, right Shashi? Thanks for stopping by!

  • Miz Helen February 11, 2015 (7:06 pm)

    We would just love your baked mozzarella sticks, a great pick for the SRC!
    Miz Helen

  • Rebekah February 11, 2015 (10:23 am)

    Those look amazing. I really need to make cheesesticks at home sometime – we LOVE them!

  • Amanda February 10, 2015 (10:15 am)

    These cheese sticks look amazing, I loved that you baked them!

  • colleen February 10, 2015 (6:04 am)

    Mmm, cheese! I love this baked version. Thanks for sharing.

  • Renee's Kitchen Adventures February 9, 2015 (12:10 pm)

    I love the idea of these mozzarella sticks Becca. I think I’d opt for non-gluten free panko, but such a great idea for a quick snack!

    • Chef Becca February 9, 2015 (12:51 pm)

      Thanks, Renee. I opted for the non gluten-free version when I made them the second time, simply because I don’t need to eat gluten-free, but I’m glad that Saundra gave that option for people who need it!

  • Janette February 9, 2015 (10:42 am)

    I want to eat dozens of these, they look so good and crispy. Great recipe.

    • Chef Becca February 9, 2015 (12:51 pm)

      I ate way more than my fair share of them, Janette! 🙂

  • David February 9, 2015 (8:26 am)

    Yes! These baked mozz sticks sound awesome…like the best comfort food ever! But I’m surprised you were able to mention the Packers-Seahawks game without shedding a tear…or throwing the computer out of the window into the snow. You must be on to the acceptance stage of grieving. 🙂 (I bet these mozz sticks helped you forget all about the pain…)

    • Chef Becca February 9, 2015 (9:12 am)

      You know, Dave… I decided that it would be best if I sucked it up and put on my big girl panties after the horrific event that took place. Sure, I could cry and complain, but I liked the idea of drowning my sorrows in cheese a whole lot better! 🙂

  • Christine (Cook the Story) February 9, 2015 (7:44 am)

    It’s amazing how quick these are to make. I had no idea cheese sticks were so fast. I’m going to try making them for my kiddos soon. They’ll love them.

    • Chef Becca February 9, 2015 (9:11 am)

      Thanks, Chris! These 15 minute recipes are time savers that, as you know, really help to keep us out of the kitchen! By the way, I’m making your turkey pho tonight… but using some leftover chicken. Can’t wait!

  • pam February 9, 2015 (7:06 am)

    I love fried cheese sticks – I never thought about baking them!

    • Chef Becca February 9, 2015 (9:07 am)

      I loved finding a healthier recipe for one of my favorite snack foods, Pam. It still may not be the healthiest appetizer on the block, but I’ll take these baked cheese sticks over a plate full of greasy fried cheese sticks any day of the week! 🙂

  • Kelly February 9, 2015 (5:59 am)

    Don’t you just LOVE quick and easy snacks like this? These are one of my favorites, too! 😀 What a fun choice for the SRC! 🙂 ~Kelly

    • Chef Becca February 9, 2015 (9:08 am)

      I absolutely love them, Kelly! It was a delicious month with the SRC!

  • Arman February 9, 2015 (1:48 am)

    I hadn’t tried mozzarella sticks until I went to America and not going to lie- I became obsessed! I need to make this for my mates here and give them a taste of what they are missing!

    • Chef Becca February 9, 2015 (9:03 am)

      I find it fascinating when people from out of the country tell me that they’ve never tried some of the snack foods that we love here in the States, Arman. I’m really glad you were able to try mozzarella sticks, because they’re sort of a snack food icon! 🙂

  • Saundra February 9, 2015 (12:02 am)

    These look sooooo good! I love your presentation! I made this recipe when my blog was pretty new and the photo didn’t do it justice at the time. Yummy!

    • Chef Becca February 9, 2015 (9:08 am)

      Thank you so much for the nice comment and the awesome recipe inspiration, Saundra. I loved browsing your recipes!

  • Marsha February 8, 2015 (11:39 pm)

    I was assigned your blog this month and I just LOVED every minute I spent browsing through! Thanks for the fabulous recipes, Becca! 🙂 Your picks are incredible. I wanna to run out a get some mozzarella sticks to make these NOW! Yum! Great post, as always! And I love your pictures 🙂

    • Chef Becca February 9, 2015 (9:05 am)

      Marsha, you are so sweet, and I absolutely love your post. It looks like you really enjoyed that bacon cornbread… and I can’t wait to start digging into YOUR delicious recipe index!

  • Camilla February 8, 2015 (11:30 pm)

    What a GREAT recipe. I love Saundra’s blog, too.

    • Saundra February 9, 2015 (12:03 am)

      Thank you Camilla!!

    • Chef Becca February 9, 2015 (9:09 am)

      Thanks, Camilla… Saundra has some amazing recipes on her site!

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