Eggplant & Mozzarella Stick Roll-Ups

In this healthy dinner recipe, wrapping tender slices of eggplant around frozen mozzarella sticks yields eggplant Parmesan-like results in a fraction of the time. Serve with a green salad for an easy meal.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 8 frozen mozzarella sticks

  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound)

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 cup finely diced tomatoes

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided


  1. Preheat oven according to directions on mozzarella stick package.

  2. Trim eggplant. Cut off the sides to make it somewhat rectangular and even, then cut lengthwise into eight 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place the slices on another baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  3. Mash garlic and 1/8 teaspoon salt with a fork. Transfer to a bowl and mix with tomatoes, basil and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

  4. Bake mozzarella sticks according to package directions.

  5. Meanwhile, blot the eggplant slices with paper towels. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Line another baking sheet with paper towels.

  6. Lightly beat eggs in a shallow dish. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dip 2 eggplant slices in the egg, letting excess drip off. Cook the eggplant until brown on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to the paper-towel lined baking sheet. Repeat with 2 more eggplant slices. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cook the remaining eggplant in 2 batches, adjusting heat as necessary.

  7. Remove the paper towels from under the eggplant. Roll up a hot mozzarella stick in each eggplant slice. Bake the roll-ups until hot, about 5 minutes. Serve with the reserved tomato sauce, garnished with basil, if desired.


Mozzarella Sticks: Opt for a brand that has added sugars as close to the end of the ingredient list as possible. Aim for less than 250 mg of sodium per serving. Our Favorite: Alexia Mozzarella Stix with Olive Oil & Italian Herbs

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

264 Calories
16g Fat
21g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 264
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Vitamin A 783IU 16%
Vitamin C 10mg 11%
Folate 51mcg 13%
Sodium 446mg 19%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 1mg 8%
Magnesium 30mg 7%
Potassium 505mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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