Spicy Dairy-Free Mozzarella Sticks

February 1, 2022

Appetizers and Sides

By: Chris Petrellese 

Today we are spicing things up with these spicy dairy-free mozzarella sticks. They’re easy to make, are perfect for parties, and nobody will believe they’re vegan! 

Spicy Dairy-Free Mozzarella Sticks on white plate with marinara

If you are a fan of spicy food, this recipe is for you. Today, we take our original mozzarella stick recipe and bring it to the next level by incorporating spicy elements. 

ingredients for spicy vegan mozzarella sticks

Here’s What You Need to Make These Spicy Mozzarella Sticks

  • Flour: We prefer to use all-purpose flour to coat our cheese sticks. If you want to make these gluten-free, you can substitute flour for cornstarch. 
  • Liquid Egg Substitute: We like to use Just Egg as part of our breading process for these mozzarella sticks. If you don’t want to use Just Egg or don’t have it in your area, you can also use unsweetened plant milk mixed with a tablespoon of flour.
  • Sriracha: We will be mixing this into our egg mixture add some additional spice and flavor. We like both the Yellowbird and Fix Sriracha.
  • Bread Crumbs: It can sometimes be challenging to find breadcrumbs free from eggs and dairy, but a few brands exist. The organic brand at Albertsons / Safeway stores is vegan-friendly, and so is the Good & Gather brand from Target. You can also use whole wheat, panko, or gluten-free bread crumbs in this recipe. 
  • Spices: The spice combination for this recipe includes garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. 
  • Dairy-Free Cheese: Since these cheese sticks are spicy, I like to use the Jalapeño Havarti-style block from Daiya. You can also use any dairy-free mozzarella cheese of your choice, cut into strips. If you end up using pre-cut mozzarella cheese sticks, aka “string cheese” from Daiya or Miyokos, I recommend cutting them in half before dipping them into the flour. Otherwise, they may not stay together after being fried.
  • Oil: This is for frying. We prefer using a neutral high-heat oil to fry our mozzarella sticks. We recommend avocado, canola, vegetable, or sunflower oil. 
close up of Spicy Dairy-Free Mozzarella Sticks

Equipment

  • 3 bowls: To set up the breading station
  • Forks: To help dip in the wet and dry mixtures
  • 1 Plate: To place the finished sticks on
  • Paper towels: To line the plate for the finished sticks, which will help drain the excess oil. 
  • Large pot: For frying, we use a large cast iron pan. 
  • Tongs or slotted spoon: To remove the sticks from the hot oil. 
dipping Spicy Dairy-Free Mozzarella Sticks into marinara

Serving Your Mozzarella Sticks

We like to serve our mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce. If you want to stick to the spicy theme, you can use an arrabbiata sauce a zesty marinara sauce. If not, use a classic marinara. We always recommend using Rao’s sauce. Other dipping options include buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, or just serving them as is. A garnish of fresh parsley or basil will also help bring the flavor and presentation to the next level. 

Cooking Options

  • Deep Frying: This is the traditional way of cooking mozzarella sticks and is what we recommend. Reaching the ideal temperature for the oil on the stovetop can be challenging to achieve, but keeping the oil over medium heat is recommended. If you have a thermometer, we aim for 350 degrees F. Before dropping your first stick in the oil, drop a bread crumb in first to see if the oil is hot and ready.
  • Air Frying: An option with less oil is air frying. The mozzarella sticks will still be delicious but may not get as crispy and golden as the deep-fried version. If you decide to air fry your sticks, pop them in the freezer for 30-60 minutes to help them firm up. The full air-frying instructions can be found in the notes of the recipe card. 
  • Baking: This option is recommended the least, but it will still work! The oven instructions can be found on the recipe card below. 
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Spicy Dairy-Free Mozzarella Sticks on white plate with marinara

Spicy Dairy-Free Mozzarella Sticks


  • Author: Chris @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 16 sticks

Description

Today we are spicing things up with these spicy dairy-free mozzarella sticks. They’re easy to make, are perfect for parties, and nobody will believe they’re vegan!


Ingredients

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • ½ cup vegan bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup liquid egg substitute (I used Just Egg)
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (or hot sauce of choice)
  • 2 7-ounce blocks of dairy-free cheese, cut into strips (I used Daiya Jalapeno Havarti)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped (for garnish)
  • Neutral oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Take 3 bowls to set up your breading station. In the first bowl add all-purpose flour and black pepper and mix. In the second, add liquid egg substitute and sriracha and mix. In the third, add the bread crumbs and spices then mix them together.
  2. Coat a cheese stick in the flour mixture first, then in the vegan egg mixture, and finally in the seasoned bread crumbs. Set aside and repeat this process until all of the mozzarella sticks are coated.
  3. In a large pan heat a neutral high-heat oil to 350 degrees F. Fry mozzarella sticks until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Once fried, place on a paper towel-lined plate to cool slightly.
  4. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with your favorite marinara sauce and enjoy!

Notes

Air-Fryer Instructions: Once battered place coated cheese sticks on a lined baking sheet and place them into the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then air-fry at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes or until golden.

Oven Instructions: Once battered and breaded, place into the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Deep Fry

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  1. Casey says:

    Loved these! I used the same cheese as you did and it worked well. I found that the egg mixture did not stick well to the cheese after I had dipped it in the dry flour mix, so I ended up double breading them and then they were good to go. I ended up with lots of leftover breadcrumbs so next time I will start with half the amount and have more available as needed. Thanks Chris and Jasmine!

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