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  • How To Make Keto Mozzarella Sticks
  • Keto Mozzarella Sticks FAQs
  • More Keto Appetizer Recipes
  • Tools To Make Keto Mozzarella Sticks
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Anyone else miss fried restaurant food on keto? Low carb keto mozzarella sticks are a delicious and wholesome way to fulfill those fried appetizer cravings. These keto cheese sticks are super easy to throw together, with just six ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

While they are wonderful for parties, low carb mozzarella sticks also happen to fulfill a junk food craving even if you’re at home by yourself or with your family – without actually eating junk food. They’re packed with protein, fiber, and calcium, so you’re actually getting nutrients when eating these.

I originally made these keto mozzarella sticks baked, but have since updated the recipe a bit to make the breading more crispy if you want to fry them and include pork rinds in the breading. (Learn how to make pork rinds here!) And if you still prefer to bake ’em or avoid the pork rinds, there’s an option for that below as well.

Of course, the best part is that these low carb mozzarella sticks are so darn easy. Seriously, anyone could make these. My young daughter even helped me out with the stirring and dipping!

This keto mozzarella sticks recipe was originally published on December 28, 2016, and was republished in May 2020 to add better photos, useful tips, 2 different cooking methods, and answer common questions.

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How To Make Keto Mozzarella Sticks

  • Prep ingredients. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Prepare three bowls: coconut flour, whisked egg, and almond flour mixed with pork rinds (this is the breading mixture).
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  • Bread the mozzarella sticks. Dredge mozzarella in coconut flour first – this helps the egg wash stick. Dip it in the egg, then roll in almond flour breading mixture until coated well.

TIP: Use one hand for the dry dredging and breading, and the other hand for the wet egg wash. This will help keep the breading bowl dry so that the breading sticks.

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  • Freeze the low carb mozzarella sticks. This is an important step, otherwise the cheese will melt during cooking and keeping the keto cheese sticks in one piece will be impossible.
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  • Cook cheese sticks. Once they are frozen solid, you can bake or fry the keto cheese sticks. Both options work, but check the FAQ below on why I prefer one of the methods over the other.
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Keto Mozzarella Sticks FAQs

Are mozzarella sticks keto?

No, most mozzarella sticks are made with flour so aren’t low carb. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy cheese sticks on keto. Just make this mozzarella sticks keto friendly recipe instead!

Can I make vegetarian keto mozzarella sticks?

Yes, you can. Simply omit the pork rinds and use all almond flour instead of 1/2 and 1/2. (The almond-flour-only version is shown in the video on the recipe card below.) They will be slightly less crispy this way.

Can I make low carb mozzarella sticks nut-free?

Yes, you can. Simply omit the almond flour and use only pork rinds.

Is there a difference between baking vs frying mozzarella sticks?

Yes, there is a difference, and it’s especially noticeable in keto mozzarella sticks without breadcrumbs.

If possible,I highly recommend frying in oil (no need to deep fry) to get the crispiest, browned exterior. Most of the pictures in this post, including the one below, are the fried version.

Can you make them in an air fryer?

Yes, you can! I recommend using the same method as these air fryer mozzarella bites. You’ll just need to swap the high carb breading with the kind in this keto mozzarella sticks recipe instead.

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However, if you want to bake the mozzarella sticks, you absolutely can and they are still delicious – just not quite as crispy.

Here is an older photo of the original recipe I made of the baked low carb mozzarella sticks without pork rinds (only almond flour):

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Make Ahead & Storage Instructions

Can you make keto mozzarella sticks ahead?

Since they need to be frozen before baking anyway, these low carb fried mozzarella sticks are the perfect appetizer to make ahead. You can prepare them the day before, or even a few days before!

When you’re ready to devour keto mozzarella sticks, simply fry them quickly (preferred) or bake them in the oven for 8 minutes.

How to store keto cheese sticks

Store these keto mozzarella sticks with pork rinds in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or a hot skillet until cheese is hot and melt-y.

Can you freeze low carb mozzarella cheese sticks?

Yes, you can freeze low carb mozzarella cheese sticks! In fact, you need to freeze them before you cook them, so it’s easy to store them in the freezer until you’re ready to bake or fry them.

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More Keto Appetizer Recipes

If you like this keto mozzarella sticks recipe, you might also like some of these other keto appetizer recipes:

  • Zucchini Fries Recipe – These use a simple parmesan breading, but you can also use the same breading from these keto mozz sticks to make the zucchini fries more crispy.
  • Mini Keto Corn Dogs – I may have created these for my kids, but I secretly love them, too!
  • Low Carb Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms – These delicious morsels are secretly packed with veggies.
  • Keto Soft Pretzels – You won’t believe that these are keto! They taste like the real thing.
  • Sausage Balls – Satisfying, protein-rich, and utterly delicious!
  • Keto Stuffed Mushrooms – Tasty and healthy, keto stuffed mushrooms are the perfect snack for those looking to enjoy low-carb delights.

Tools To Make Keto Mozzarella Sticks

Tap the links below to see the items used to make this recipe.

  • Baking Sheet –This anti-warp, nonstick pan is definitely one you should add to your collection. They are my favorite and perfect for keto cheese sticks.
  • Parchment Paper – Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper keeps these keto mozzarella sticks from sticking.
  • Glass Nesting Bowls – These are my go-to bowls to use in the kitchen. Every size you need to make these mozzarella keto sticks is in there!

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Low Carb Keto Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

A low carb keto mozzarella sticks recipe with a crispy outside and gooey, cheesy inside? YES! Keto cheese sticks need just 6 ingredients – super easy!

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 8 minutes

Total: 18 minutes

Author: Maya Krampf from WholesomeYum.com

Servings: 6 (adjust to scale recipe)

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  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. Place coconut flour in a small bowl. Beat the egg in a second small bowl. Mix the almond flour, pork rinds, and Italian seasoning in a third bowl.

  3. Dredge each piece of mozzarella in coconut flour. Dip it in the egg, shaking off the excess. Roll in the almond flour mixture until well coated, then place on the lined cookie sheet. Repeat with all the mozzarella (don’t let the pieces touch on the cookie sheet).

  4. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least one hour, or until ready to bake. (Don’t skip this step! It’s necessary to prevent the cheese from oozing out during baking.)

  5. Frying instructions (recommended):

    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, fry the mozzarella sticks in a single layer, 1-2 minutes per side. They are done when they are golden brown and soft inside when pressed gently.

    Baking instructions:

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Take the cookie sheet out of the freezer and place in the oven (preferably onto the second rack from the lowest). Bake for 4-5 minutes, until the bottom side is golden. Flip and bake for 3-4 more minutes, until golden on the other side.

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Recipe Notes

Serving size:4 low carb mozzarella sticks

*You’ll have coconut flour left over. I subtracted this from the nutrition info, but either way it’s not a significant difference.

Nutrition facts do not include oil if you use the frying method.

Recipe from The Easy Keto Carboholics’ Cookbook.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving. Serving size in recipe notes above.




Total Carbs5.9g

Net Carbs3.8g



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Course:Appetizer, Snack


Keywords:cheese, gluten-free, keto, low carb, mozzarella, sugar-free, vegetarian

Calories: 250 kcal

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Can I eat mozzarella sticks on keto? ›

Similar to my corn dog recipe, these keto mozzarella sticks feels like you are cheating but you're not! Each fried cheese stick is only 0.2 grams of carbs – practically zero carbs. Ready in under 12 minutes, get your ranch and marinara sauce ready for this restaurant favorite appetizer.

What cheese has the lowest amount of carbs? ›

Goat cheese is an excellent choice for someone following the keto diet. It contains 0 carbs, making it a great way to hit your macros — 1 ounce (oz) of goat cheese also offers 103 calories, 8 g of fat, and 6 g of protein, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

What is the best cheese for a keto diet? ›

The best keto cheeses include cheddar, Gouda, goat cheese, and blue cheese, while the worst are cottage cheese and low fat and processed varieties. If you're following the keto diet or know someone who is, be sure to keep these cheeses in mind to promote ketosis and meet dietary goals.

Can I eat unlimited cheese on keto? ›

Enjoying cheese is one of the pleasures of the keto diet. But that doesn't mean it's unlimited and unrestricted. Nutritionists say that keto practitioners need to be selective with the cheese varieties they consume while on keto and enjoy them only in moderation to avoid disrupting ketosis and hampering weight loss.

Can I eat mozzarella sticks while losing weight? ›

Consuming mozzarella sticks daily while trying to lose weight may not be the best choice due to their high-calorie content and potential impact on your overall calorie intake and nutritional balance. Mozzarella sticks are typically deep-fried and high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium.

Is dill pickle relish keto-friendly? ›

Of course, you'll want to check the labels as always, but most regular pickle relishes are going to fit into your keto lifestyle. That's not to say that all pickle relishes are alright. You'll want to avoid sweet relishes as they typically have a high sugar content.

Is peanut butter OK on keto? ›

Peanut butter can definitely be part of a keto diet, but it's best to stick to plain options that are free of extra flavors and sweeteners. Almond butter is a good choice, too, and it's slightly lower in carbs. Additionally, you should be mindful of your portion size if you're trying to lose weight.

Can you eat sour cream on keto? ›

Regular, full fat sour cream is made from cream and contains far more fat than carbs. Therefore, it's considered keto-friendly. However, low fat or nonfat sour cream is not. Full fat sour cream can provide some variety in a keto diet when used as a dip base or incorporated into recipes to boost the fat content.

Can you have pickles on keto? ›

Pickles can be keto-friendly as long as they don't contain added sugar. In general, you should select dill or sour pickles but avoid sweet, candied, and bread and butter ones.

How many carbs a day on keto? ›

The ketogenic diet typically reduces total carbohydrate intake to less than 50 grams a day—less than the amount found in a medium plain bagel—and can be as low as 20 grams a day. Generally, popular ketogenic resources suggest an average of 70-80% fat from total daily calories, 5-10% carbohydrate, and 10-20% protein.

Can I have a banana on keto? ›

Bananas. Bananas may be great for muscle recovery, reducing bloat, and calming an upset stomach, but they're on the list of foods you can't eat on the keto diet. With 25g of carbs per 100g serving, bananas are too high in carbs.

Which fruit is keto? ›

Keto fruits by definition are low in carbohydrates. You still need to exercise portion control with most keto-friendly fruits to be within the limits of a keto diet. Keto-friendly fruits include avocados, watermelon, strawberries, lemons, tomatoes, raspberries, peaches, cantaloupe, star fruit, and blackberries.

Can I eat all the meat and cheese I want on keto? ›

The good news is, meat and cheese can 100% be a part of your meal plan (Wooo! Bacon!). But which deli meats are best for your Keto diet depend on what you want to accomplish and how you plan to get there.

Can you eat too much meat and cheese on keto? ›

If you're embarking on a ketogenic lifestyle, you should know that you actually can't eat a ton of meat on the keto diet. In fact, eating too much protein can kick you out of ketosis, so while meats are definitely okay in moderation on a keto diet, they shouldn't be its number one staple. Here's the scoop.

What is the best fish for keto diet? ›

The healthiest and best seafood to consume while on the keto diet is high in protein and healthy fats while low in carbohydrates. Some of the best keto friendly seafood include salmon, mahi-mahi, mackerel, and crab.

Are mozzarella sticks high in carbs? ›

Cheese, breaded and deep-fried (e.g. Mozzarella sticks) (3 ounce) contains 22.8g total carbs, 21.8g net carbs, 15.6g fat, 13.8g protein, and 288 calories.

How much mozzarella can I have on keto? ›

Moderation is key. So, if you're having cheese as part of a weight loss strategy like keto, make sure you know your daily calorie limit along with your protein and fat macronutrient needs. As mentioned earlier, 1-3 ounces should fit well into a keto diet plan.

Is mozzarella part of keto? ›

Some keto-friendly cheeses include cheddar, mozzarella, brie, feta, and parmesan. These cheeses are low in carbohydrates, with less than 1 gram of carbohydrate per serving, and high in fat, with 6-9 grams per serving.

Are fried mozzarella sticks high in carbs? ›

Foods related to restaurant, fried mozzarella sticks, family style. Restaurant, fried mozzarella sticks, family style contains 796 calories per 245 g serving. This serving contains 45 g of fat, 36 g of protein and 62 g of carbohydrate.

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