TGI Friday’s Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

TGI Friday’s Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks are a classic appetizer that has been served up at TGI Friday’s for a long time. Now you can recreate this recipe at home.

Fried Cheese Sticks and marinara sauce

Going out for dinner so often means having that extra special treat with your meal. This recipe was requested by readers just like yourself. I think that the TGI Friday’s Mozzarella Cheese Sticks are extra special because the breading is thick and flavorful. So here is my version of this recipe.

You will need to buy mozzarella cheese from the grocery store, but don’t use the buffalo style, because it will be too soft. Buy the cheese in the brick and it will work just fine. Be sure to serve this one up with your favorite marinara sauce.

For this recipe, you can use any type of frying oil. Peanut oil is my personal preference, but I have used canola, vegetable oil, corn oil, and sunflower oil all with good results.

If you don’t have a deep fryer you can use a 2-quart pot. Simply add enough oil to your pot so that it has about three inches of oil. When frying only fry a couple of cheese sticks at a time. This will keep the oil from cooling off too much. If the oil cools off too much the cheese sticks will absorb oil and become greasy.

Be sure to check out these other favorites from TGI Fridays.

TGI Friday’s Nine Layer Dip
Jack Daniel’s Glaze
Sex on the Beach
TGI Fridays Fire Bites

Fried Cheese Sticks and marinara sauce

TGI Friday's Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Mozzarella cheese sticks are one of the most popular appetizers out there.  You can enjoy these from TGI Fridays at home. 
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese Recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 751kcal


  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Cut cheese sticks into long slices approximately 3/8 inch thick. Blend together the flour and cornstarch in a bowl. Place cheese plank into the flour, then dip into a bowl of whole milk and then dip the cheese stick into the breadcrumbs. 
  • Shake off excess breadcrumbs and place mozzarella stick on a wire rack. Discard the flour. Repeat until all cheese sticks have been dipped once. 
  • When all of the cheese sticks have been dipped once place back into milk, then into bread crumbs for the second time, and shake off the bread crumbs. Dip all cheese sticks into bread crumbs for the second time. 
  • Preheat vegetable oil to 350 for frying. Drop cheese stick into hot oil and fry until golden brown. This should take no longer than 1 minute. Remove cheese stick from oil and place on a wire rack to cool. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce.


Calories: 751kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1540mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 755mg | Iron: 4.9mg
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About Stephanie

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's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Queen

    5 stars
    I tried these out and they came out wonderfully. The only thing is that I added some egg to make some sort of egg/milk mixture. Thanks!!

  2. Elliot Adams

    I’m glad this is a recipe for the original Friday’s cheese sticks. Please don’t change it. Friday’s uses a different recipe now and it’s awful. They’ve added Asiago cheese. It’s been that way for over a year, maybe longer. I don’t know anyone who likes the new ones judging from web comments. So thanks for leaving this original recipe here please!

  3. Pinksparkles

    Ours were a disaster! Didn’t taste anything like the TGI ones and we followed your recipe 🙁 they were v disappointing and just bluergh!

  4. Mel

    Why do you use milk instead of eggs to add the bread to the mozzarellas? Is any difference between using one or the another?

    • stephaniemanley

      They do result in a different texture in the batter. I felt milk was the better choice here, I believe it results in a coating that doesn’t “fluff” up as much as what I think egg can.

  5. Carle Meier

    I can’t find this ANYWHERE…Salmon Oscar recipe from Saltgrass Steakhouse. PLEASE tell me you can find it?! 🙁 -Deprived of my favorite and broke. LOL

    • Stephanie

      I did not, I think with the double coating it works out well. I did not chill for the video, and you can see when I made jalapeno poppers live, and in the video similar batter technique got me very similar results.

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