Can you eat mozzarella uncooked?

In this article, we will answer the following question: Can you eat mozzarella uncooked? We will describe various dishes with which you can eat mozzarella both cooked and uncooked. Finally, we will share our favorite recipe with mozzarella cheese.

Can you eat mozzarella uncooked?

You can eat mozzarella, both uncooked and cooked. Uncooked mozzarella can be used to cover a preparation deliciously, which will give the recipe both a cheesy and creamy side. Most often, mozzarella is used on top of a pizza. You then have the choice of placing the ingredients you want under this melting mozzarella. You can make a pizza with tuna and mozzarella, a pizza with smoked salmon, or a classic ham and egg pizza.

Uncooked mozzarella can also be used to cover bruschetta, these delicious Italian sandwiches that are most often served as antipasti. So, you will be seduced by the Sicilian bruschetta or the bruschetta with figs, Parma ham, and mozzarella. It is also possible to use the mozzarella on top of lasagna or to gratinate a vegetable gratin, including, in particular, eggplants, tomatoes, or zucchini.

Mozzarella is an Italian cheese that is very popular in cooking. Most often made from buffalo milk or cow’s milk, this cheese which is generally in the form of a white ball can be eaten cold inside salads such as the famous caprese salad with dried tomatoes in which the mozzarella is served with tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of olive oil. 

Cooked mozzarella

But mozzarella isn’t just a cheese that can be used on top of a dish! It is thus also possible to cook mozzarella also.

A popular recipe is to melt the mozzarella in croque-monsieur. This mozzarella will then replace the grated cheese commonly used and can give original Italian flavors, especially if it is accompanied by Parma ham or grilled vegetables.

With hot mozzarella, you can also start making the recipe for Roman saltimbocca. This recipe consists of a veal cutlet in which you will place a piece of deliciously melting mozzarella. 

Originally, the mozzarella, di bufala is made from buffalo milk (not cow’s milk) in the Campania region of southern Italy. Today there are several types of mozzarella on the market.

The types of mozzarella

Mozzarella di Bufala Campana – This designation designates the AOC appellation qualifying real mozzarella. It can only be made in the Naples region in Campania. It is the most expensive, 28 €/kilo.

Mozzarella di Bufala – This mention guarantees that the mozzarella is made with buffalo milk. It can be made elsewhere in Italy, even in France. We now find very good artisanal mozzarella made in France.

Mozzarella – This cheese is made from cow’s milk. It is much less marked in taste than that of buffalo milk and its texture is often rubbery. Its quality can be very variable because it can even be made from powdered milk. Its price is often more affordable, less than € 1 per ball.

To fully enjoy its taste and texture, it is better to eat it raw, with oven-roasted vegetables (asparagus, fennel, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, artichokes, etc.) still warm, with raw vegetables (fennel, artichoke, zucchini, cucumber …) sliced ​​and very crunchy, lying on slices of avocado and seasoned with a little chili pepper, garnished with slices of melon or wedges of purple figs, or quite simply on a bed of arugula … ‘a dash of fruity olive oil, a little fleur de sel, a few crushed peppercorns, a nice basil leaf.

Mozzarella recipe ideas

  • Beetroot with mozzarella
  • Mozzarella Tomato Salad
  • Blueberry, Raspberry and Basil Mozzarella Salad
  • Mozzarella for dessert
  • Mozzarella goes very well with fruit, that’s a fact. As a starter or for an aperitif, we pair it with pineapple and mango in winter, figs, peaches or even melon in summer (well, so far not enough to choke on).

From there to serving it with fruit for dessert, there is just one step. Because finally, when you think about it, mozzarella has a milky-tangy taste, and is not salty. A bit like yogurt or cottage cheese after all.

It can be transformed with a magic blender, with cottage cheese, ricotta or mascarpone, into a foamy cream.

Baked zucchini with mozzarella

And our favorite recipe with mozzarella:  Baked zucchini with mozzarella


  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 pieces of mozzarella
  • parmesan race
  • finely chopped parsley
  • salt pepper

For tomato sauce: tomato paste fresh basil leaves salt / pepper


The  zucchini are washed well and put on a large grater, leave a little and squeeze the juice.

On top we put the 2 eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, crushed garlic, salt, pepper and half of the mozzarella also given on the large grater.

Mix well, put 1 tablespoon of flour, mix again and put the composition in a not very thick layer in a tray lined with baking paper.

Leave it in the oven for 25 minutes, then remove it, put slices of mozzarella and finely chopped parsley and leave it to melt.

Serve with tomato sauce made of tomato puree, add some basil leaves, add salt and pepper and enjoy!

Final thoughts

There are numerous ways you can eat mozzarella uncooked: with oven-roasted vegetables still warm, with raw vegetables  sliced ​​and very crunchy, lying on slices of avocado and seasoned with a little chili pepper, garnished with slices of melon or wedges of purple figs, or quite simply on a bed of arugula … ‘a dash of fruity olive oil, a little fleur de sel, a few crushed peppercorns, a nice basil leaf.

If you know other delicious recipes with mozzarella cheese, do not hesitate to leave a comment and share it with us!


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.

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