This Eggplant Parmesan Air Fryer recipe is a full meal deal!

Eggplant is one of the easiest veggies to make in an air fryer. In this easy recipe, thick slices of eggplant are air fried in seasoned breadcrumbs. Then they are topped with marinara and cheese to make an impressively delicious entrée that is ready to eat in minutes!

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Air Fryer Parmesan Eggplant

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  • The air fryer makes Meatless Monday meals like eggplant parmesan fast and easy with minimal clean-up!
  • Lightly breaded and air-fried, air fryer eggplant parmesan is a favorite with low-cal and low-carb lovers.
  • Make fresh in batches, cool, and freeze for future meals!

Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan Ingredients

Ingredients & Variations chicken

EGGPLANT Choose heavy eggplants without any tears or blemishes. Thick strips or rounds of zucchini will also make delicious parmesan!

BREADING Flour combined with breadcrumbs, seasoning, and parmesan cheese makes the perfect breading. Switch out the breadcrumbs for crushed pork rinds to make a low-carb breading.

SEASONING A little garlic and this optional Italian Seasoning give this recipe that restaurant-quality flavor!

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How to Make Eggplant Parmesan in Air Fryer

It’s super easy to make this eggplant parmesan air fryer recipe:

  1. Prepare eggplant slices and prep breadcrumb, egg, and flour mixture in separate bowls.
  2. Dip each eggplant slice into the flour, then the egg, then the breading mixture.
  3. Spray both sides of breaded eggplant with cooking spray and cook (per recipe below).

Top with marinara sauce, and cheese and cook until the cheese is melted then serve while still warm!

Cooked Eggplant Parmesan in an air fryer basket

Tips for Crispy Breading

  • Before breading, sprinkle a little salt on each slice of eggplant and wipe off after 5 minutes.
  • This removes excess moisture and makes them extra crispy.
  • For best results, gently press breading into the slices to ensure complete coverage.

How to Store and Reheat

Keep leftover eggplant parmesan in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat pieces in the air fryer. Freeze cooled slices on a baking sheet and then transfer to a zippered bag for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan

This delicious Eggplant Parmesan can be served as a main dish or as an appetizer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 large eggplant or two small
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
  • Slice eggplant into ⅓" slices and pat dry.
  • Combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, and garlic powder in a medium bowl.
  • Place whisked eggs in another bowl and flour in another.
  • Dip each eggplant slice into the flour, then into the egg and finally into the bread crumb mixture. Spray each side of the eggplant with cooking spray.
  • Place in a single layer in the air fryer and cook 5 minutes. Flip over and cook for 4 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
  • Add marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese on top and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Notes

To remove excess moisture from eggplant slices, sprinkle a little salt on each slice and wipe off after 5 minutes. This helps to make them extra crispy!
Gently press the breadcrumb coating into the eggplant slices to help it adhere to the eggplant before air frying. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 992mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 484IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian

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    1. Hi Mary, we have never tried but this recipe should be okay to freeze. Just let defrost and reheat in the air fryer until crispy and heated through before topping with mozzarella and marinara!