Mozzarella fritta (fried cheese)

Mozzarella fritta is a simple and easy italian recipe that is served as an antipasto or snack all over the country.

Fresh mozzarella cheese is covered with bread crumbs and then deep fried; leaving a wonderful crunchy texture on the outside and soft, melted cheese in the inside.

You can serve this appetizer with a tomato and basil sauce (as pictured) or any other table sauce you prefer. We love serving those with guacamole sauce sometimes, an italian-mexican fusion that works perfectly!

Mozzarella fritta (fried cheese)

The secret to avoid the cheese from melting and coming outside during the cooking is to coat it twice. This will create a more strong coat that will hold better the hot melted cheese.

Can mozzarella fritta be frozen?

Place breaded cheese slices in the freezer and let them solidify at least 6 hours. When they will be hard transfer them to a zipper bag for up to 3 months.

You don’t need to defrost them, just fry them as many as you want over medium heat to give time to the pieces to defrost while cooking.

Twist it!

  • Add some parmigiano cheese to the bread crumbs, just not too much to it will burn easily.
  • Mix in some finely chopped herbs. Basil and oregano for example.
  • Make a healthier version by cooking it in the air fryer.
  • Add a pinch of chilli flakes the the eggs mixture, this is my favourite twist.

Tips and tricks

  • Coat twice the cheese, as the recipe calls. This will create a nice crunchier coat and also help to avoid the cheese from coming out the breading during frying.
  • Place fried mozzarella on a cooling rack. If you put it over paper towels it will create some humidity and wet the pieces. Not so appetising…
  • Fry a few pieces at time, it will be easier to flip them.
Mozzarella fritta (fried cheese)

What do you need

MOZZARELLA CHEESE – Since this dish is all about one main ingredient: Mozzarella. I always use it fresh. Try a good quality one if you can.

EGGS – Beaten with salt and pepper. Add some chilli flakes for a nice spicy twist.

BREAD CRUMBS – I use italian bread crumbs most of times; but from time to time I like to mix in some Panko crumbs as well.

OIL – A type for frying, like peanut or canola oil.

SALT AND PEPPER – For taste, you can also add more spices if you want.

Mozzarella fritta – Recipe

Cut mozzarella into 1cm (0,40″) slices. Place it into a colander and let them drain for about one hour.

In a small bowl crack the eggs, season with salt and pepper and whisk until combined.

Dip a slice of mozzarella into the egg mixture. Then coat with bread crumbs. Repeat this step with the same slice of cheese to double coat it.

Place the coated cheese on a plate and repeat the process with all mozzarella.

Heat a good amount of frying oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry few pieces at time flipping them from time to time until golden and crunchy.

Mozzarella fritta (fried cheese)

As they coming out from the oil place them onto a cooling rack, then serve immediately.

mozzarella frita

Mozzarella fritta (fried cheese)

Mozzarella fritta is a simple and easy italian recipe that is served as an antipasto or snack all over the country. 
PREP 10 minutes
COOK 10 minutes
resting time 1 hour
TOTAL 1 hour 20 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Servings: 4
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 400 gr fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Cut mozzarella into 1cm (0,40″) slices. Place it into a colander and let them drain for about one hour.
  • In a small bowl crack the eggs, season with salt and pepper and whisk until combined.
  • Dip a slice of mozzarella into the egg mixture. Then coat with bread crumbs. Repeat this step with the same slice of cheese to double coat it.
  • Place the coated cheese on a plate and repeat the process with all mozzarella.
  • Heat a good amount of frying oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry few pieces at time flipping them from time to time until golden and crunchy.
  • As they coming out from the oil place them onto a cooling rack, then serve immediately.
Nutrition
Serving: 1grams
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Omg! I’ll make this for sure! Mozzarella sticks are my favorite but I always buy them at the store and just fry them. I never thought it would be this easy to make them at home. Thanks!

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