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Here we bake breaded eggplant for crispy results with fewer calories to boot. This makeover of the classic recipe was originally developed by our Test Kitchen in 1995 and got an update in 2020 for our 30th anniversary issue.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1995; October 2020 30th Anniversary


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

25 mins
45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Position racks in middle and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 400°F. Coat 2 baking sheets and a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Whisk eggs and water in a shallow bowl. Mix breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan and Italian seasoning in another shallow dish. Dip eggplant in the egg mixture, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture, gently pressing to adhere.

  • Arrange the eggplant in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Generously spray both sides of the eggplant with cooking spray. Bake, flipping the eggplant and switching the pans between racks halfway, until the eggplant is tender and lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Meanwhile, mix tomato sauce, basil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a medium bowl.

  • Spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce in the prepared baking dish. Arrange half the eggplant slices over the sauce. Spoon 1 cup sauce over the eggplant and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Top with the remaining eggplant, sauce and cheese.

  • Bake until the sauce is bubbling and the top is golden, 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with more basil before serving, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 1/2 cups
241 calories; protein 14g; carbohydrates 28g; dietary fiber 6g; sugars 9g; fat 9g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 83mg; vitamin a iu 1227.9IU; vitamin c 44.7mg; folate 84.7mcg; calcium 209.4mg; iron 1.9mg; magnesium 53.4mg; potassium 761mg; sodium 553mg; thiamin 0.3mg.