Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan

I have always loved eggplant Parmesan. With the advent of the air fryer, this Italian favorite has become just a little bit healthier. Air fryer eggplant Parmesan is a fantastic meal, whether you are vegetarian or not. Eggplant Parmesan has always been a favorite of mine! If you’ve never tried eggplant Parmesan, this air fryer eggplant Parmesan recipe is a great place to start!

Why you’ll love this crispy air fryer eggplant parmesan

  • It’s a great way to eat some added vegetables! The eggplant gets tender and crispy in the air fryer, and the gooey cheese and sauce make this a winning dish.
  • This air fryer eggplant parm is a great excuse to get your air fryer out of the cabinet. While not all recipes translate well in an air fryer, this one sure does.
  • If you have never cooked with eggplant, this is a great recipe to get your feet wet with it. It really showcases the versatility of eggplant. And who doesn’t love a good Italian/ American dish?!

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Eggplant – I used a small one.
  • Italian bread crumbs – You can buy these in the aisle by the stuffing.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese – I grate with a microplane or zester
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Flour – I used AP flour
  • Eggs – beaten
  • Grated mozzarella
  • Marinara – I prefer a thicker pizza sauce.
  • Fresh basil – for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan – for garnish
  • Cooking spray

Here is what you will need to make it

  • Air Fryer – If you don’t have an air fryer, this can be done in the oven on your convection setting if you have it.
  • 3 Shallow bowls – One bowl for each of the ingredients that we will dip your egg plant in.
  • Microplane or cheese grater – You can use a pre-grated cheese, but I prefer to use a microplane. It very finely grates your Parmesan. If you don’t have one, I recommend you get one.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Spatula – You can also use a tongs. This is to remove the eggplant rounds from the air fryer basket.

How to make this crispy eggplant

Step 1. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper in a shallow bowl. Place flour in a separate shallow bowl and beaten eggs in a third shallow bowl.

Step 2. Dredge sliced eggplant in the flour, then in beaten eggs, and lastly with bread crumb mixture. Place coated eggplant on a tray and let rest for 5 minutes.

Step 3. Preheat an air fryer to 370 degrees.

Step 4. Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place breaded eggplant rounds in the air fryer, making sure they are not touching. I had to cook in two batches, as my air fryer is small. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, flip each round, and cook 4 to 6 minutes more, until the rounds are crispy.

Step 5. Top each eggplant round with mozzarella. Place the basket back in the air fryer and cook until cheese has started to melt, 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining eggplant.

Step 6. Remove eggplant from air fryer. Top with marinara, sprinkle with Parmesan and fresh basil.

FAQs about the air fryer

What are the pro and con of an air fryer?

The pros are that air fryers are versatile, easy-to-use, and very quick allowing you to make healthier food efficiently in your own kitchen. Despite this, these rather large devices quickly take up space on your kitchen counter or in your cupboards and can be tricky to clean.

What cannot be cooked in air fryer?

Water.
Cheese by itself
Roast chicken.
Wet batter.
Popcorn.
Vegetables with low water content such as broccoli and fresh greens.
Loose seasoning and breadcrumbs.
Red meat.

What I wish I knew before I get an air fryer?

1. Air fryers don’t actually fry. They use convection to crisp up foods, and push heat all around it, making it crispy.
2. Although items are crispy, they don’t have the same texture as deep fried items.
3. Air fried foods are a great, less fattening option to deep fried items.
4. It’s easy to use, and foods cook quickly.
5. Capacity is low for traditional air fryers.
6. Takes up space on the countertop or in a cabinet.

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Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan

Oil-free, crispy eggplant Parmesan made in the air fryer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 7 Rounds
Calories 150 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Air Fryer
  • 3 Shallow bowls
  • 1 microplaner or cheese grater
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • 1 Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1/2 Cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese I grate with a microplane or zester
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 Cup flour
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 1 Cup Grated mozzarella
  • 1 Cup marinara
  • fresh basil for garnish
  • more grated Parmesan for garnish
  • cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper in a shallow bowl. Place flour in a separate shallow bowl and beaten eggs in a third shallow bowl.
  • Dredge sliced eggplant in the flour, then in beaten eggs, and lastly with bread crumb mixture. Place coated eggplant on a tray and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat an air fryer to 370 degrees.
  • Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place breaded eggplant rounds in the air fryer, making sure they are not touching. I had to cook in two batches, as my air fryer is small. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, flip each round, and cook 4 to 6 minutes more, until the rounds are crispy.
  • Top each eggplant round with mozzarella. Place the basket back in the air fryer and cook until cheese has started to melt, 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining eggplant.
  • Remove eggplant from air fryer. Top with marinara, sprinkle with Parmesan and fresh basil.
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