Homemade Mozzarella Bites (Healthy Oven-Baked Recipe)

These homemade mozzarella bites are hand-breaded and oven-baked, making them the best mozzarella bites you’ve ever had. The centers are warm and gooey while the breading provides the perfect crunch. Each bite is hand dredged in egg wash and a savory breading mix.

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In my opinion mozzarella bites are better than mozzarella sticks. They’re the perfect size for appetizers, you get more breading with each bite, and they’re easy to dip! Which reminds me, marinara dipping sauce is a must when serving these cheesy treats.

Recipe Inspiration

Do you ever get a hankering for gooey cheese coated in a savory breading? In our house we sure do. Maybe it’s from growing up in the Midwest or living in the south surrounded by comfort food. Either way cheese is a staple for us!

Anyway, that craving started up a few weeks ago while watching a college football game. I scurried over to the fridge, grabbed a few mozzarella sticks, the homemade bread crumbs in our freezer, and started developing this recipe! In my husband’s words, “these are better than store-bought and ones served at restaurants!”

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Reasons You’ll Love Baked Mozzarella Bites

  • Oven baked instead of fried for better health
  • Easy recipe to make in under 20 minutes
  • You can make mozzarella bites ahead of time and store in the freezer for an quick snack
  • Each ingredient is wholesome and no junk is added

Mozzarella Bites Ingredients

  • 5 mozzarella sticks
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2/3 cups breadcrumbs (I use homemade sourdough breadcrumbs)
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose unbleached flour

How to Make Oven-Baked Mozzarella Bites

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut each mozzarella stick into 1-inch pieces (you should have 25 pieces in total).
  3. In one bowl, mix together the egg and water.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, flour, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  5. Dip each mozzarella piece into the egg wash, then the breadcrumb mixture, back into the egg wash, and finally back into the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat for all 25 pieces.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the coated mozzarella bites about 2 inches apart.
  7. You can either bake them right away or store them:
    • If baking immediately, place the sheet pan in the preheated oven and bake the mozzarella bites for 10-12 minutes.
    • To store them, you can refrigerate them on the sheet pan for up to 8 hours or freeze them for up to 3 months. If freezing, first freeze them for 1 hour on the sheet pan, then transfer them to an airtight bag or container for storage.
hand dipping breaded mozzarella in marinara sauce
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What to Serve with Mozzarella Bites

You can serve these homemade mozzarella bites with marinara sauce or ranch for dipping.

Storing Leftover Mozzarella Bites

After baking, allow the mozzarella bites to cool completely. Then, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Recipe FAQ

  • Can I make these in an air fryer? I don’t have an air fryer but I’m sure it could work.
  • What’s the best breadcrumbs to use? I love using homemade sourdough breadcrumbs.
  • Can I make these ahead of time? Freeze unbaked bites for 1 hour on the sheet pan, then transfer them to an airtight bag or container for storage. They’ll last unbaked in the freezer for 2 months.

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Homemade Mozzarella Bites (Healthy Oven Baked Recipe)

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
These homemade mozzarella bites are hand-breaded and oven-baked, making them the best mozzarella bites you've ever had. The centers are warm and gooey while the breading provides the perfect crunch.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 25 bites

Ingredients
  

  • 5 mozzarella sticks
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2/3 cups breadcrumbs (I use homemade sourdough breadcrumbs)
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose unbleached flour

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • Cut each mozzarella stick into 1-inch pieces (you should have 25 pieces in total).
  • In one bowl, mix together the egg and water.
  • In a separate bowl, combine breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, flour, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Dip each mozzarella piece into the egg wash, then the breadcrumb mixture, back into the egg wash, and finally back into the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat for all 25 pieces.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the coated mozzarella bites about 2 inches apart.
  • You can either bake them right away or store them: If baking immediately, place the sheet pan in the preheated oven and bake the mozzarella bites for 10-12 minutes.
    Or if you want to store them, you can refrigerate them on the sheet pan for up to 8 hours or freeze them for up to 3 months. If freezing, first freeze them for 1 hour on the sheet pan, then transfer them to an airtight bag or container for storage.
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