These fried cheese sticks are ridiculously good. If you have been trying to convince friends or family that real food can taste good too- these will do it!
They are simple to make, but because deep frying is messy and uses up quite a bit of oil, do them when you have a crowd over to feed to make best use of the oil. These are another recipe from my Grain Free Meal Plan- they are both grain and gluten free.
Homemade Fried Cheese Sticks
- 12 cheese sticks: Monterey Jack Cheese is recommended for the GAPS and SCD diets Mozzarella (string cheese) would work well too
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 2 cups expeller pressed coconut oil
A few hours or more before put cheese sticks in the freezer. You can cut your own sticks from a large block of cheese, or purchase pre-wrapped string cheese or cheese sticks. If using string cheese, cut in half crosswise. When ready to make the fried cheese sticks, heat the oil over medium heat in as small of a sauce pan as you can fit the cheese sticks in. Using a small pan allows the oil to be deeper.
In a shallow bowl or dish mix almond flour with Italian Seasoning. Lightly beat eggs in another shallow dish. Take frozen cheese sticks out and dip 1 to 3 at a time in the egg, allow egg to drip off, and then roll in the almond flour mixture until well covered. Drop into the hot oil and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. The cheese sticks will likely float to the top of the oil at this time. Remove from oil and drain on a plate. Serve with homemade ranch dressing, red sauce, or barbeque sauce.
Nutrition facts assume 1/2 cup of the oil is absorbed by the mozarella sticks during frying.
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Those look delicious!!
I’ll send you home with some cheese and almond flour tomorrow ;)
$13 for the coconut oil, $13 for the almond flour, $4 for cheese sticks- that’s $30 to make these and they were terrible! Coconut oil and the almond flour is too heavy!
Oh wow these sound magnificent! I bet they would be good with a honey mustard dip, too. Thanks for sharing this, I will add it to my file of real food recipes!
That sounds really good too!
These look fantastic! I know what i’ll be making for my men tonight!
Couldn’t you freeze these? They look really great.
I’m not sure how they’d do frozen, I think they might be too greasy when they thawed. But if you try it can you let us know how it turns out?
These look fantastic!!!
Oh wow, these look SO tasty! I’m definitely going to give them a try!
Holy moly! These look fantastic! What a great recipe and a tasty snack!!!
Ahhh! Can’t wait to try these – I LOVE cheese sticks :D
Omygoodness. My kids would love me forever if I made these. But we are not only gluten free, we are allergic to tree nuts so almond flour is out. Any other gluten-free flour that would work?
That’s a bummer! If you can use the Namaste GF mixes, I’ve fried with those with good success, I think we used the biscuit mix.
These look yummy!! thanks for sharing these, this recipe will be the next one on my adventure in real food!
Can you use regular flour to make this
You can :)
I just found this recipe, which looks great. I generally don’t like to deep fry because oils like coconut are expensive used in bulk. Can this oil be reused later? and how many times could it be used? Trying to be frugal. :) Thanks.
Cara, these look awesome! I don’t know how I missed them the first time around, but I am happy to find them now. It will make my kids happy to support me in GAPS if they get this for dinner!
Cara, have you tried making a “corn-free dog” with legal hot dogs? Do you think it would work?
We don’t do a lot of deep frying around here because good fat is just so expensive but my husband is upstairs right now frying some chicken and we are planning to deep fry a small turkey for New Year’s. I think we’ll have to have cheese sticks with our turkey, plus some kind of fritter… as long as we’ve got the oil hot, might as well make good use of it, eh?
I just made these tonight for dinner with a few adjustments (we’re not gluten free right now so I used unbleached flour since my almond meal from making almond milk isn’t dehydrated yet). The children loved them! Thanks for inspiring me to make these. Do you think these would freeze well after frying? Youngest wanted to make extras for later but I wasn’t sure.
Oh.my.word. I need these now!!! I’ll have to make a special TJ’s run tomorrow, just for some jack! Yummmm!
In the book she says not to use motz cheese :(
You can use Monteray Jack or Cheddar :)
Oh my word. just made these and they are incredible. thank you!
Very late to this post, but we just made these and they were SO delicious that I had to comment! Recipe is perfect and this is quite possibly the best homemade cheese stick I’ve made. The fact that they are low carb and grain-free is simply amazing! We’ll be making this recipe often!
Your cheese sticks look so yummy. This food is always my favorite.
I wonder how they would be with millet or quinoa flour. Or maybe a mix of coconut flour and millet. Almonds are on my no no list. My body just cannot handle them.
These look really good! I will have to try them! Have you ever used lard to fry them instead of coconut oil? I assume it would work just as good!?!
Oh my. . . I haven’t had cheese sticks in years. . . my absolute favorite pre celiac dx. These were so good! At first we weren’t sure… but it turned out the oil wasn’t hot enough- the last few were divine! We dipped them in Muir Glen organic pizza sauce.