Keto Mozzarella Sticks

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Crispy low carb mozzarella sticks filled with cheese that oozes out when you bite into them. Dip these kid friendly keto mozzarella sticks in your favorite low sugar marinara sauce or ranch.

Sometimes you need a low carb recipe that feels like you are cheating. My pork belly bites, corn dogs and a keto mozzarella cheese stick are all little treats that help my family feel like the keto diet does not compromise.  Let’s make mozzarella sticks!

Low carb mozzarella sticks recipe

mozzarella cheese sticks on a white plate with marinara sauce and parsley flakes

My kids love mozzarella cheese sticks, but I don’t love how much junk and chemicals are in the store bought, frozen mozzarella sticks.

You will be shocked at how easy it is to make your own keto mozzarella sticks with just a few simple ingredients and a few minutes of your time. So I know exactly what my kids are eating and I can feel good about it. Plus I don’t have to spend a ton of time preparing a healthy meal or snack for them to eat.

The keto cheese sticks are crispy outside while keeping the cheese gooey and melty inside. Dip them in your favorite sauce and enjoy this crunchy, cheesy appetizer!

How to make a keto mozzarella stick?

You will be amazed at how easy it is to make keto cheese sticks. This recipe only involves 4 ingredients – almond flour, egg, ground pork rinds and cheese, of course.

  1. Cut your sticks in half to make them bite sized.
  2. Dust with almond flour.
  3. Dip in egg wash.
  4. Dredge in pork panko.
  5. Repeat egg wash and pork panko to get extra crispy coating.
  6. Freeze.
  7. Fry for 30 seconds.
  8. Dip in your favorite sauce!

close up of a crispy keto cheese stick with mozzarella oozing out

Keto Mozzarella Sticks Recipe Video

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Keto Mozzarella Stick Ingredients

  • 8 mozzarella cheese sticks (string cheese)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups ground pork rinds

Keto Mozzarella Sticks Directions

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Freezing mozzarella sticks

You may be wondering why we are freezing these mozzarella sticks after we coat them.

Why not just fry them right away?

You have to freeze them first because you want the cheese to be frozen. That way when you go to cook them, the cheese will slowly melt while cooking instead of melting right away before the crispy shell is done cooking.

This is a keto recipe you can batch prep ahead of time too.

If you want to meal prep some of these low carb cheese sticks ahead of time, then you can prepare them to the freezer step. Then place in a freezer safe container or bag and freeze until ready to cook.

If you have hungry kids coming on from school or sports practice, you will want to make these keto mozzarella sticks ahead of time.

Gluten free cheese stick coating

In order to make these cheese sticks keto friendly and gluten free, we use a couple of different coatings.

First the cheese sticks are dusted with almond flour. This will help give the egg wash something to stick too; otherwise, the egg wash slips off and now you have nothing for the final coating (pork rinds) to stick to.

The crushed pork rinds are the final coating on this breaded cheese stick and it’s what gives this low carb appetizer their crispy coating. I like to purchase my pork panko pre-ground, but you can make your own pork panko by adding pork rinds to a blender or food processor and pulsing until pulverized.

three bowls filled with coating mixtures and two cheese sticks on a baking tray

Mozzarella sticks keto dipping sauces

Mozzarella sticks are delish on their own without any dipping sauces, but the standard dip for all cheese sticks is marinara sauce. That’s what comes in the box if you were to buy them in the store.

Most store bought marinara sauces are higher in carbohydrates because they contain added sugars. If you plan on purchasing a store bought marinara sauce, you have to be mindful about what sauce to buy. Here are some of my favorites:

Another option is to make your own keto pizza sauce. It’s very easy to make and less expensive as well.

My kids prefer to dip their keto mozzarella sticks in ranch. Luckily most ranch dressings are low carb. Some do contain added sugars or a small amount of carbs but as long as you stick to the suggested serving, you don’t have to worry about going over your carb count for the day.

dipping cheese stick in marinara sauce

Kid friendly healthy snack options

My kids love these gluten free cheese sticks. This an easy snack to prepare my kiddos when they get home from school. They love mozzarella cheese sticks by themselves but they really love them coated with a crispy covering and dipped in ranch.

Here are some other kid approved low carb snack options you can give your kids after school:

Keto Mozzarella Sticks: FAQS

What to serve with keto mozzarella sticks?

What's the occasion? If you are just making a snack, ranch or marinara sauce is a great option. If this is a larger event and you want a spread of appetizers, try my air fryer chicken wings and pizza meatballs.

How do you make air fryer keto mozzarella sticks?

If you want to air fry these keto cheese sticks, you will follow this recipe all the way through Step 6 when you freeze the cheese sticks. Remove the frozen cheese sticks and instead of frying in oil add the cheese sticks to a preheated air fryer @ 390 degrees for 3-4 minutes.

Are keto mozzarella sticks gluten free?

Heck yeah they are! We use almond flour and crushed pork rind in order to replicate the flavor and texture of a traditional mozzarella stick.

Is mozzarella cheese keto friendly?

Yes. Mozzarella in the stick or labeled as string cheese is low in carb and has about 1 gram of carb per stick. I would encourage you to avoid the low-fat string cheese.

How many net carbs are in mozzarella sticks?

There are lots of different types of mozzarella sticks, from commercially made to made from scratch. Traditional mozzarella sticks have about 8g net carbs per stick. Ouch! A low carb mozzarella stick has only .2g of net carbs per stick. (This recipe has a serving of 2 sticks so .4g of net carbs).

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Mozzarella Sticks

Servings: 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 138
Fat 10.3g
Protein 11.3g
Total Carbs 0.8g
Net Carbs 0.4g

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  1. I made these in the air fryer instead of frying them and didn’t need to freeze them at all. I just rolled them in the almond flour, egg wash and pork panko. I sprayed them with avocado oil and cooked 6-7 min at 400 F.

  2. I tried making these using the Pork King Good ground pork rinds and they turned out soo salty. Glad there was a link here for an alternative brand as I wont be buying those again. My salmon cakes and mozzarella sticks came out waaay tooo salty without me adding salt.

    1. Hi Chalet, that is a bummer on the Pork King Good pork rinds. While we have the salt & vinegar Pork King Good pork rinds, I don’t have their ground version, but yes, please try the Pork Panko by Bacon’s Heir.

  3. Gnom Gnom… I air fried these after seeing some Tik tok videos and I wanted to find a keto version and I love them. I am gonna try some cheese sticks like cheddar or jack.

  4. I didn’t have any ground pork rinds, so I just got some plain pork rinds at Walmart. I crushed them in the Blendtec which worked fine. The sticks came out great!

  5. My kids and neighbor kids now ask for these too. Big smiles watching the cheese stretch. Thank you Annie for your recipes.

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