Best Shredded Mozzarella: Top Your Pizza with These 6 Cheeses

The best shredded mozzarella cheese is creamy, milky, salty, and has excellent meltability. When heated, it should provide an unmatched cheesy and stretchy experience. So, what shredded mozzarella brought the most excellent taste and cheese pull? Read on to find out.

Shredded mozzarella, aka low-moisture mozzarella, is saltier, tangier, and less mild than whole balls of mozzarella. And because it has less moisture, shredded mozzarella melts much better when subjected to heat. What happens to these cheese shreds in the microwave or oven is truly wonderful; it bubbles, softens, and oozes, creating a tantalizing texture and taste. That makes shredded mozz ideal for baked ziti, quesadillas, chicken parmesan, pizza, and the like. To me, it’s one of the best and most useful processed foods you can purchase at the grocery store. Keep it stocked in your fridge at all times; you’ll thank me later. 

For this taste test, I first ate a bunch of shredded mozzarella straight outta the bag like nobody was watching. I wanted the cheese to be salty, milky, and fatty, and I also wanted sizable mozzarella shreds. Thick-cut ribbons were preferred (anything thin cut tends to clump together in the bag). Finally, after I decided which shredded mozzarellas tasted great, I conducted one final meltability test in the microwave. Most low-moisture mozzarella melts just fine, but plant-based mozzarellas were hit or miss. This taste test to find the best shredded mozzarella on the market was as fun as it was enlightening.

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best shredded mozzarella tillamook

Best of the Best

Tillamook Farmstyle Thick Cut Mozzarella Cheese

Man, Tillamook rocks. I absolutely love how milky, creamy, and salty this cheese is. Plus, it comes in thick, coarsely cut mozzarella ribbons, not tiny-ass feeble strands that get stuck together in the bag. When melted, this low-moisture mozzarella oozes and stretches an X-rated amount, and the flavor is just incredible—deliciously rich and cheesy. I melted this on some baked ziti at home, and it was magical. The best thing about low-moisture mozzarella is that it stretches and melts perfectly, which is why it’s ideal for baked pastas. Still, I would eat this straight out of the bag, put it on salad, a grilled cheese, a quesadilla, pizza, or even melted on some soup. This is without a doubt the best shredded mozzarella you can buy.

Credit: Paula Kunatee / Tillamook

Rating:

9/10

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best shredded mozzarella organic valley

Best Bold Flavor

Organic Valley Low Moisture Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese

Another thick-cut mozzarella here that has an interesting flavor profile. Instead of being mellow and salty, this mozzarella almost tastes sweet, and there’s a bit of bitterness on the backend like a cheddar cheese. It’s got a little more saturated fat than Tillamook, and you can tell. This cheese is decadent and delicious, a great combination if you like your cheese to have a bold taste and texture. I’m partial to shredded mozzarella cheese that’s thick cut, and this nails that. It doesn’t melt quite as well as Tillamook, which kept it from being the best shredded mozzarella you can buy, but it’s a great shredded cheese nonetheless. 

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Rating:

8/10

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best shredded mozzarella sargento

Best Salty

Sargento Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Sargento is salty and mellow like a good low-moisture mozzarella cheese should be, and it also melts incredibly well in bot the oven and the microwave, getting nice, brownish, crispy edges. It may be the best shredded mozzarella you can buy if you’re looking for something salty, but, compared to both Tillamook and Organic Valley, Sargento feels lower quality. There’s something dull about its flavor, and the texture is a little coarse and grainy. Sargento was the brand I always reached for at the supermarket, and the brand does make a decent low-moisture cheese, but my go-to now is clearly Tillamook. This will do the job just fine, though, and you can rely on it for your melted cheese needs.

Credit: Paula Kunatee / Instacart

Rating:

8/10

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best shredded mozzarella dairy free

Best Vegan

Violife Mozzarella Shreds

As vegan cheese goes, this was far and away the best shredded mozzarella we tried. Violife’s mozzarella shreds taste creamy, fatty, and milky, despite containing no milk whatsoever. There’s kind of a mild-but-tangy cheddar quality to these shreds that I’m super into. Also, per my microwave research, this faux mozzarella melts incredibly well. You won’t get that Instagram-worthy stretch that you get from a good dairy mozzarella cheese, but you’ll still achieve a desirable amount of meltability. I’d absolutely recommend using this on a vegan grilled cheese sandwich or on a vegan baked ziti. Rhett & Link really liked this when I brought it to them, too. Food science wins again. 

Credit: Paula Kunatee / Instacart

Rating:

8/10

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best shredded mozzarella organic

Best for a Quesadilla

365 Low-Moisture Shredded Mozzarella

Whole Foods low-moisture mozzarella cheese provides an amazing stretch when melted, and the flavor is great too. It melts great in the microwave, but it’s not exactly those thick ribbons of mozzarella cheese that we loved from Tillamook and Organic Valley, either. The taste is really nice and creamy, which is why this would make an excellent, stretchy quesadilla cheese. If you shop at Whole Foods, you won’t be disappointed with this. There are better options out there, but if you typically shop at Whole Foods, pick it up.

Credit: Paula Kunatee / Amazon

Rating:

7.5/10

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best shredded mozzarella great value

Best Budget

Great Value

There’s a special place in my heart for cheap, overly processed shredded mozzarella. This might not taste like high-quality cheese, but it’s very salty and very stretchy—it definitely has that processed cheese vibe. But shredded mozzarella is all about that melty stretchability, and this brings it. I think this is best for making cheap, filling meals for your family. At just over $2 for an eight-ounce bag, it’s good for struggle meals, too. Frankly, I would melt pretty much any shredded mozzarella in a quesadilla or on some baked ziti. This may not be the best shredded mozzarella you can buy, but the name of the game here is texture, not quality.

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Rating:

7/10

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Other products we tried: Kraft, Happy Belly, Good & Gather, Daiya Mozzarella Shreds, Kroger, Simple Truth Plant Based Shredded Mozzarella, So Delicious, Simple Truth Organic, Trader Joe’s, Galbani.

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About the Author

Danny Palumbo

Danny is a comedian, cook, and food writer living in Los Angeles. He loves gas station eggs, canned sardines, and Easter candy. He also passionately believes that all the best chips come from Pennsylvania (Herr's!). If you can't understand Danny when he talks, it's because he's from Pittsburgh.

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