Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

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Why Make Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan?

After tomatoes, eggplants are amongst the most typical vegetables in Italian-inspired meals. Eggplants or aubergines are earthy and tender, and they are, in fact, related to tomatoes.

When roasted and served with cheese and marinara sauce, eggplants suddenly become a classic. A healthy dish that tastes as it should be bad for you — it isn’t! There are many ways of making eggplant Parmesan but cutting the veggie into a fan and air-frying it with cheese and tomato sauce is, no doubt, the most creative.

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What Goes into Making Eggplant Parmesan?

For this recipe, we’ll need eggplants. And since we’re not slicing or chopping them, but cutting them into a fan, ensure they are the right size for your air-fryer. They must fit your air-fryer basket comfortably.

This time, our seasonings will be typically Italian — garlic, basil and oregano, and a jar of store-bought marinara or tomato sauce will do. As for the cheese, Parmesan plays a significant role in the recipe, but it’s mozzarella that will make this dish gooey and bubbly.

What Goes with Eggplant Parmesan?

This unique eggplant Parmesan version is a stunner — it looks as good as it tastes. Furthermore, this dish has veggies and, to some extent, proteins covered, so you don’t need much to turn this dish into an entire meal.

A carb-rich side dish like pasta can complement your experience for a wholesome meal. After all, air fryer eggplant Parmesan can be both a main course and a starter. What would you serve with eggplant Parmesan?

How to Make It

  • Prep Time25 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time55 min
  • Serving Size4
  • Energy403 cal

Ingredients

Directions

1

Wash the eggplants. Cut them in the shape of a fan with perpendicular cuts. Don’t cut all the way through.

2

Sprinkle the eggplants with salt. Allow them to sit for 5-10 minutes, tapping them dry with a paper towel occasionally. Flip them once and repeat.

3

Brush as much coarse salt as possible and set the eggplants aside.

4

In a bowl, combine the oregano, basil and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5

In a second bowl, combine the marinara sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan. Incorporate the dried herb mix.

6

Fill the openings in the eggplant with the sauce and cheese mixture.

7

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F and place the eggplants in the basket. Work in batches if necessary. Air fry for 10 minutes. When in doubt, consult your appliance’s user manual.

8

Serve while still warm. Alternatively, garnish with fresh basil and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size4
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories403
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat14.6 g78 g18.72%
  • Saturated Fat7.6 g20 g38%
  • Sodium3836 mg2300 mg166.78%
  • Total Carbohydrate51.5 g275 g18.73%
  • Dietary Fiber22.7 g28 g81.07%
  • Total Sugars22.6 g
  • Protein23.2 g50 g46.4%
  • Calcium460 mg1300 mg35.38%
  • Iron2 mg18 mg11.11%
  • Potassium1657 mg4700 mg35.26%

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