Keto Mozzarella Sticks

Embarking on a ketogenic journey doesn’t mean you have to bid farewell to your favorite snacks. These keto-friendly mozzarella sticks, needing just four primary ingredients, serve as an impeccable low-carb appetizer. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of making these delicious cheese sticks, ensuring they turn out perfect every time.

Ingredients for Keto Mozzarella Sticks

To create these delectable mozzarella sticks, gather the following ingredients:

  • String Cheese: Opt for low-moisture part-skim mozzarella string cheese. Alternatives or non-mozzarella string cheeses tend to melt excessively, losing their shape. If unavailable, slice a low-moisture part-skim block of mozzarella cheese.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Use finely grated parmesan cheese, preferably the shelf-stable variety, which clings to the cheese more effectively, mimicking traditional breadcrumbs.
  • Keto Bread Crumbs: These are made from crushed pork rinds, typically found in the snack aisle. While other alternatives like coconut or almond flour can be used, they often leave an undesirable gritty texture.
  • Italian Herbs: Although optional, adding these enhances the flavor significantly.
  • Egg and Water: Mixed together to form an egg wash, aiding the bread crumbs in adhering to the cheese.

How to Make

Preparing the Cheese Sticks

  1. Slice the Mozzarella: Begin by cutting your mozzarella sticks in half, resulting in 24 pieces.
  2. Prepare the Coating: In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the parmesan cheese, keto bread crumbs, and Italian herbs. Blend until you achieve a fine, powdery texture. Transfer this mixture into a small bowl.
  3. Make the Egg Wash: In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and water until well combined.

Coating the Mozzarella Sticks

  1. Double Coating Process: To ensure a robust coating, dip each mozzarella stick into the egg wash, followed by the keto bread crumb mixture. Repeat this process to double coat the sticks.
  2. Freezing the Sticks: Place the coated mozzarella sticks onto a lined plate and freeze them for at least two hours. This step is crucial to firm up the sticks, preventing them from falling apart during cooking.

Cooking the Mozzarella Sticks

  1. Pan-Frying Method:
    • Add 2-3 tablespoons of oil to a deep pan and heat over medium flame.
    • Once hot, carefully place the mozzarella sticks into the oil.
    • Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip them and continue cooking until they are golden brown.
    • Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Alternative Cooking Methods: Oven and Air Fryer

Baking in the Oven

  1. Preheat the Oven: Set the oven to 240°C/500°F.
  2. Prepare for Baking: Place the mozzarella sticks on a lined baking sheet and lightly spray the exterior with cooking spray.
  3. Bake: Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through to ensure even cooking.

Using an Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Set it to 200°C/400°F.
  2. Arrange the Sticks: Place the mozzarella sticks into the air fryer basket.
  3. Cook: Air fry for 10 minutes, flipping halfway to achieve a crispy texture.

Tips for Perfect Keto Cheese Sticks

  • Ensure Proper Coating: Make sure every side of the mozzarella sticks is well-coated to prevent the cheese from seeping out during cooking.
  • Egg Wash Consistency: Don’t skip adding water to the egg wash. The right consistency helps the crumb mixture stick better.
  • Avoid Over-Freezing: Be mindful of the freezing time. Over-freezing can cause the sticks to break apart due to condensation.
  • Serving Suggestions: These mozzarella sticks are perfect when served with pizza sauce or ranch dressing for dipping.

Storing and Reheating Instructions

Storing

  • Refrigeration: Cooked mozzarella sticks should be stored in the refrigerator, covered. They remain fresh for up to three days.

Freezing

  • Freezing Leftovers: Place any leftover cooked mozzarella sticks in a ziplock bag and freeze them for up to two months.

Reheating

  • Oven Method: Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F and reheat the mozzarella sticks for 10 minutes.
  • Air Fryer Method: Preheat the air fryer to 200°C/400°F and reheat for 6 minutes.

Keto Mozzarella Sticks

Recipe by Admin
0.0 from 0 votes
Course: AppetizersCuisine: American
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

81

kcal
Total time

15

minutes

These keto mozzarella sticks, made with just four main ingredients, are incredibly quick to prepare and can be cooked using an air fryer, oven, or stovetop.

Ingredients

  • 6 mozzarella cheese sticks (part-skim, low-moisture mozzarella)

  • 1 1/2 cups keto bread crumbs (crushed pork rinds)

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs (optional)

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  • Prepare the Mozzarella Sticks: Cut each mozzarella cheese stick in half and set aside.
  • Make the Crumb Mixture: In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the pork rinds, parmesan cheese, and Italian herbs. Blend until a fine, powdery texture is achieved. Transfer the mixture into a bowl.
  • Prepare the Egg Wash: In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and water until well combined.
  • Coat the Cheese Sticks:
  • Dip each cheese stick into the egg mixture.
  • Coat with the dry mixture.
  • Repeat to double coat each stick.
  • Freeze: Place the coated mozzarella sticks on a lined plate and freeze for two hours to firm up.
  • Cook:
  • Heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the frozen cheese sticks and cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, and cook for another 3 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel and serve immediately.
  • Oven: Preheat the oven to 240°C/500°F. Place the mozzarella sticks on a lined baking sheet, lightly spray with cooking spray, and bake for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 200°C/400°F. Place the mozzarella sticks in the basket and cook for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Notes

  • To Store: Keep cooked mozzarella sticks covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: Store leftover cooked mozzarella sticks in a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for 10 minutes or in the air fryer at 200°C/400°F for 6 minutes.
  • NET CARB: 1g

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 81kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 247mg
  • Potassium: 10mg
  • Calcium: 63mg
  • Iron: 1mg

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