This healthy air fryer eggplant parmesan is an easy, lighter Italian dish that you can make in under 20 minutes with the help of your air fryer. It tastes fried but contains no oil and is a wonderful hearty meatless meal that your whole family will love!
Air fryer eggplant parmesan has everything you want in any kind of Parmesan recipe, crispy breaded outer layer covered in bright tomato sauce and melty cheese. This recipe is made in the air-fryer, contains no oil but is crazy crispy and tastes fried.
My family devoured this eggplant recipe, which of course makes me happy.
Thanks to the invention of the air-fryer it has absolutely has changed the way I cook and eat. Which is now with less oil coupled with less time waiting for the oven to cook my food, haha. All because this new appliance cooks food faster and more efficiently.
So in case you do not have an air fryer yet, I hope his amazing recipe convinces you to make the investment. It is worth it, I swear.
I have a Cosori 5.8 quart, that I absolutely love!!!! I use it everyday and I have made so many amazing recipes with it like these sweet potatoes wedges and this crispy breaded chicken breast to baked apples.
Why you will love this recipe
- It’s a lighter version of chicken parmesan but tastes just as good.
- Made in the air-fryer but can also be baked in the oven.
- It contains no oil and no deep frying.
- Super low in calories and contains lots of nutrients from the eggplant
- You can make this in under 20 minutes for a quick weeknight meal!
Is eggplant good for you?
Eggplant is a super delicious, low-calorie vegetable you can use to add some variety and nutrition to any meal. It is so versatile and can be used in so many eggplant recipes like in these baked eggplant meatballs or these healthy baked eggplant fries.
Eggplant is full of nutrition. It is a great source of vitamins and minerals, helps improve digestion, improves bone health, prevents diseases like cancer, and is great for heart health. Click here to read more about the nutrition in eggplant.
Is eggplant parmesan healthy?
Well, typically baked or fried eggplant parmesan is not really healthy since it is breaded and fried or baked and contains 350 calories and 47% fat per serving.
But this air fryer eggplant parmesan is healthy since I omitted the oil and frying and cooked it in the air-fryer, which gives it a fried texture and taste but requires no oil at all. Making it only 133 calories per serving with only 5 grams of fat. Isn’t that great!
Ingredients needed to make air fryer eggplant parmesan
How to make eggplant parmesan in the air-fryer
- Slice the eggplant. Cut the ends off of the eggplant then slice it into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Then place the sliced eggplant onto a clean paper towel to dry a bit.
- Make the breading mixture. Combine the breadcrumbs + parmesan cheese + garlic powder + parsley + salt & pepper and mix to combine into the breadcrumb mixture.
- Prep the air fryer. Preheat the air-fryer to 390 degrees F (usually takes about 5 minutes to preheat).
- Dredge the eggplant. Set up a dredging station. Crack the eggs into a separate shallow bowl, season them with a pinch of salt and pepper, and lightly whisk them. Place the breadcrumb mixture next to the egg mixture and the sliced eggplant. Then dredge each slice of the eggplant in the egg then in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the breadcrumbs into the eggplant as you dredge it. Then place the breaded eggplant onto a baking sheet or plate.
- Cook the eggplant. Once the air-fryer is preheated, open the air fryer and spray the basket with olive oil cooking spray. Working in batches, place 4 slices of eggplant, or as many as you can fit in a single layer into the air- fryer basket and spray each piece of eggplant with more olive oil spray. Cook at 390 degrees for 8 minutes, turning each piece over and spraying the other side with cooking spray halfway through the cooking time.
- After the eggplant is cooked, top it with the tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.
- Melt the cheese. Cook for 2 more minutes in the air fryer to melt the cheese.
- Serve warm. Top with fresh basil and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and enjoy!!!
Get the full list of ingredients and recipe instructions in the recipe card below.
I just love how easy this recipe is. The breaded eggplant cooks up so crispy and quickly in the air fryer without any extra oil or frying. I love it!
Plus eggplant is super inexpensive and in season, so go get some and make this amazing recipe.
Do you need to salt the eggplant before you cook it?
Many people would say you have to salt the eggplant before cooking it. I have found that it is okay to skip this step in the air fryer recipe as long as you dry the eggplant by placing it onto a paper towel for about 10 minutes before you cook it. This will still help draw out some of the moister and result in super crispy eggplant.
Should you peel the eggplant before you cook it?
It is not necessary peel the eggplant before you cook it. This recipe works whether you peel it or not, so that is up to you. I prefer the eggplant unpeeled since I feel like the skin makes it even crispier when it cooks.
What to serve with this Eggplant Parmesan
This recipe is great as a meal all on it’s own but here are some healthy side dishes that I love to serve with this recipe.
- Salad. Such as this Easy Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing, this Easy Crispy Chickpea Kale Caesar Salad or this Italian Chopped Salad.
- Squash. Such as this Butternut Squash Noodles Bowl, this Best Mashed Butternut Squash or this Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash.
- More veggies. Like these Roasted Carrots or this Easy Oven Roasted Broccoli
More Air Fryer Recipes You Will Also Love
Looking for more air fryer recipes? Here are some of my faves!
- No Oil Sweet Potato Wedges
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos
- Easy Baked Eggplant Fries – With Air Fryer Option
- Crispy Paleo Sweet Potato Fries
- 15 Minute Crispy Air-Fryer Breaded Chicken Breast
Recipe tips for making this Eggplant Parmesan
- Buy an eggplant that is shiny and dark purple in color, medium in size, and heavy. That means it is super ripe. You also want to purchase one that is relatively even in size so your eggplant rounds are as equal as possible.
- Store the whole eggplant in a cool dry place for 1-2 days after purchase and then make this recipe, haha.
- You can make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free breadcrumbs.
- To make this recipe vegan, use vegan parmesan and vegan mozzarella cheese.
- Store the cooked eggplant parmesan in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days once it is fully cooked + cooled. It is really delicious with a fried egg on top for breakfast.
- To make this is the oven: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Follow the recipe as directed but use the oven instead of the air-fryer. Bake the eggplant for 10 minutes, flip over, then bake for 7 more minutes on the other side. Top with sauce and cheese, place back in the oven for 3-4 minutes to melt the cheese.
- Make it even better and use this Simple Homemade San Marzano Tomato Sauce.
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