Easy Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant parmesan on a plate
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
4-6 servings

Meatless Monday just got even tastier with a lightened air fryer version of an Italian favourite: eggplant parmesan. The patties can be breaded up to a day in advance making this a perfect weeknight dish. The most important trick when cooking eggplant is to salt the eggplant. Allowing the eggplant to rest at room temperature with salt will draw out excess moisture and ensure it cooks up tender. Simply wipe off any excess water and salt before breading. 



medium eggplant, sliced ½-inch thick
tsp salt, plus more to taste
pinch pepper, plus more to taste
1 ½
cups panko bread crumbs
tsp garlic powder
tsp dried oregano
cup all-purpose flour
large eggs, whisked
Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
cup marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade
1 ½
cups freshly grated mozzarella
cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
handful fresh parsley or basil, to garnish


Ingredients for eggplant parmesan
Step 1

Line a baking sheet with a paper towel. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons salt on both side of the eggplant slices and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes. Pat dry with a paper towel and wipe away excess salt before breading.

Salted eggplant on a paper towel
Step 2

In a small mixing bowl stir together the bread crumbs, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3

Coat each slice of eggplant with flour, dip in egg wash and toss in breadcrumb mixture. Shake off any excess flour or breadcrumbs as you go. Repeat with remaining eggplant.

Step 4

Brush both sides of the eggplant lightly with olive oil or cooking spray. Working in batches, cook in the air fryer at 400°F for 5 minutes on each side.

Step 5

Top each eggplant slice with a heaping tablespoon of sauce followed by a sprinkle of mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until the cheese is fully melted. 

Step 6

Serve with additional sauce if desired and garnish with fresh herbs. 

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