Easy Keto Mozzarella Sticks
These keto mozzarella sticks have a crispy outside with that classic melty cheese interior – and will fit into your low carb lifestyle!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Servings: 16 mozzarella sticks
- 8 mozzarella string cheese sticks cut in half
- 2 cups pork rinds
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 egg
- Oil for frying
Slice 8 mozzarella string cheese sticks in half and place in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes.
While the cheese sticks are in the freezer, place your pork rinds into a food processor along with your parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Pulse it a few times until it looks like coarse panko breading. Place it in a shallow bowl or on a plate.
Whisk the egg in a separate bowl. Place that bowl next to the breading mixture.
When the cheese sticks are ready to be cooked, pour oil in a frying pan (enough oil so that it’s about half an inch deep) and place over medium heat.
When the oil is hot, dip each cheese stick in the egg mixture then roll in the pork rind breading. Place in the oil. Repeat with the remaining cheese sticks, working in two batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan.
Cook each mozzarella stick for about 1-2 minutes per side, or until outside is golden brown and the inside is a bit melty. Enjoy right away with your favorite low-carb marinara or tomato sauce.
I don’t measure the temperature of the oil, but you’ll know it’s the right temperature if the outside gets golden brown while the inside gets a little melty. If the outside starts to burn while the inside is still hard, the oil is too hot. If you drop them in the pan and they don’t start to sizzle a bit, the oil is too low.
The nutrition analysis on this recipe is difficult, due to the lack of data on how much oil is absorbed. These nutrition facts assume 25% oil absorption (estimating around 1/4 cup across the entire batch) and also accounts for the fact that there is about 30-40% of the breading still remaining at the end.
Approximate per mozzarella stick:
89 calories, 7 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 0.5 g carbohydrate (0.5 g net carbs), 5.3 g protein, Vitamin A: 2%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 12%, Iron: 1%