Olive Garden Fried Mozzarella

If you like Olive Garden fried mozzarella, you have probably wanted to make it at home! It’s one of the most popular dishes on the Olive Garden menu.  Now you can make fried cheese sticks at home with this copycat recipe!

Homemade Olive Garden fried mozzarella cheese triangles and marinara sauce on a plate.

What Makes Olive Garden Fried Mozzarella So Good

Families have been going to the Olive Garden since it opened in 1982.  But it didn’t take long for the Olive Garden Fried Mozzarella to make an impression and become a fan favorite.

These fried cheese sticks or triangles are made with tons of mozzarella cheese and a combination of Italian breadcrumbs and seasonings. They are cut into triangles to make it easy to dip each corner into your favorite marinara sauce.

These ooey, gooey and cheesy mozzarella sticks are so easy to make at home.  The key is to make sure the cheese is hard enough to cut in the shape of a triangle.


Here’s a list of what you need:

ingredients to make fried mozzarella sticks: mozzarella, bread crumbs, flour, eggs, and more

How to Make Olive Garden Fried Mozzarella

  • Cut the mozzarella cheese into thick slices.
    sliced and chilled mozzarella cheese
  • Mix together eggs and water and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, garlic salt, and Italian seasonings.
  • In a third bowl, combine the flour and cornstarch.
  • Heat oil to 360 degrees.
  • Dip the cheese in the flour/cornstarch, then the eggs, followed up with the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Fry until golden brown.

Tips for Making Fried Mozzarella Cheese

  • Chill the cheese before battering to help ensure it doesn’t melt in during the frying.
  • Paneer, Queso Blanco, or Hallumoini are also great for deep frying as they have high melting points.
  • Bread cheese completely. Ensuring the cheese is well-battered is helpful so the cheese does not ooze out of the coating.
  • Do not fry too many pieces at once as the oil temperature may drop too much. You should fry a few pieces at a time.

Sauce Ideas for Dipping

While most people enjoy dipping their fried mozzarella in marinara sauce, there are other sauces to try.

olive garden fried mozzarella sticks

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Olive Garden Fried Mozzarella slices on a plate with Alfredo Sauce

Olive Garden Fried Mozzarella

Enjoy this easy to make Olive Garden Fried Mozzarella Recipe, this appetizer is even better when made at home.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Olive Garden Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 661kcal


  • 16 ounces Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoons Italian seasonings
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch


  • If your cheese is in a brick, slice it thick and cut the cheese crossways to make triangles. Beat the eggs with water and set aside. Mix the bread crumbs, garlic salt, and Italian seasonings and set aside. Blend the flour with cornstarch and set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil for deep frying to 360 degrees. 
  • Dip cheese in flour and cornstarch blend, then in egg wash and coat with breadcrumbs.
  • Place cheese carefully in hot oil and fry until golden; this takes just a few seconds so watch carefully. When golden, remove from hot oil and drain.
  • Serve with your favorite Italian spaghetti sauce and enjoy. 


  • You may want to chill the cheese before battering to help ensure it doesn’t melt in during the frying.
  • You can also fry cheeses like Paneer, Queso Blanco, or Hallumoini as they have high melting points.
  • Ensuring the cheese is well-battered is helpful so the cheese does not ooze out of the coating.
  • Do not fry too many pieces at once as the oil temperature may drop too much. You should fry a few pieces at a time.


Deep fryer
Baking sheet


Calories: 661kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 1636mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 970IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 678mg | Iron: 4.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


    • Stephanie

      I think the Cheddar may simply ooze right out. You are going to need a different style of cheese, you would need another cheese that gets stringy when it melts. Off the top of my head, another stringy type of cheese is Swiss cheese.

    • fish

      chedder will work fine. Just put the cheese in the freezer for half an hour first. That will avoid the “ooze out” and give you amazing results.

  1. Tricia Fountain

    5 stars
    These are amazing! I have made them several times. With a lot of recipes I add a pinch of this or that, but these are perfect just as the recipe is stated. Thank you!

  2. Nicole M Bouteiller

    I cant wait to give it a try got a deep fryer for Christmas and having a large family that loves fried mozzarella I hope they will enjoy.thank you Stephanie

  3. Liz Nelson

    5 stars
    I love Fried Mozzarella I thought I would never be able to make it at home! This recipe looks so easy I’m going to try it!

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