Mozzarella sticks are pieces of mozzarella cheese that are covered in breadcrumbs and then typically deep-fried until they are crispy on the outside and melted and gooey on the inside. The cheese used in mozzarella sticks is typically low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella, which is cut into long strips.
Traditionally mozzarella sticks contain dairy from the mozzarella cheese. But, do they also have another ingredient in them that is known to cause allergies in some people? The ingredient we are referring to is egg.
This article will cover whether homemade, store-bought, and restaurant style of mozzarella sticks typically have eggs. Here is what you need to know about eggs in mozzarella sticks…
Are There Eggs In Mozzarella Sticks?
Store-bought mozzarella sticks:
As you can see in the table below, some store-bought mozzarella sticks have eggs while others do not. If you purchase mozzarella sticks from the grocery store, you should read the label to determine whether they contain eggs. This includes checking the ingredients for the products below since ingredients can change at any time.
|Mozzarella Stick Brand||Eggs (Yes or No)?|
|TGI Friday’s – Frozen Mozzarella Sticks W/ Marinara||Yes|
|Farm Rich – Breaded Mozzarella Sticks||No|
|Feel Good Foods – Mozzarella Sticks||No|
|Cole’s Mozzarella Cheese Filled Breadsticks||No|
|Snapps – Mozzarella Sticks||Yes|
|Publix – Mozzarella Sticks||No|
|Kroger – Breaded Cheese Sticks||No|
Homemade mozzarella sticks:
If you wish to make mozzarella sticks at home, the ingredients you use will determine whether they contain eggs. Many recipes require eggs, which allows ingredients like flour and breadcrumbs to stick to the cheese before frying.
We suggest looking specifically for an eggless mozzarella stick recipe if you wish to make homemade sticks without the eggs. Traditionally Modern Food’s Eggless Mozzarella Sticks is an example of a recipe you might wish to try.
Certainly, making homemade mozzarella sticks is one of the best ways to ensure that no eggs are in them. We say this because you control the ingredients and can make sure that no cross-contamination occurs in the kitchen.
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Restaurant mozzarella sticks:
When dining out, it can be challenging to know whether the restaurant’s mozzarella sticks contain eggs. In many cases, restaurant mozzarella sticks are made with a pre-made mix that may contain eggs.
It is always best to ask your server about the ingredients and preparation of the mozzarella sticks to ensure that they meet your dietary needs. Major restaurant chains sometimes provide their foods’ allergen information online or it may be available in print at the restaurant for your reference.
Keep in mind that there are a lot of uncertainties about ingredients when it comes to many restaurants.
For example, you are often relying on your servers word when asking if a menu item has eggs or other potential unwanted ingredients. Furthermore, restaurant kitchens are often fast paced environments where ingredients like eggs can inadvertently end up in dishes where they don’t natural belong.
You may wish to pass on dining out if living egg-free is vital to you unless you can be certain of a true eggless meal.
If you wish to avoid eggs, mozzarella sticks are one of those foods where eggs may or may not be in them. It is important to check the ingredients on the label when purchasing store-bought mozzarella sticks and to ask about the ingredients when dining out. Homemade mozzarella sticks offer the best control over ingredients and can easily be made without eggs by using an eggless recipe.