Air-Fryer Eggplant


This air-fryer eggplant is crispy on the outside with a tender middle. You can fit more slices in the basket when you use smaller eggplant. Dip these crispy slices in marinara or pesto, or drizzle with balsamic glaze.

air fryer eggplant
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 small eggplants, sliced 1/4-inch thick

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Sprinkle eggplant slices evenly with salt and let stand for 10 minutes. Pat the eggplant slices dry with a paper towel.

  2. Spread flour in a shallow dish. Place eggs in a separate shallow dish. Stir panko, Parmesan and Italian seasoning together in a third shallow dish. Dredge the eggplant slices in the flour, then dip in the egg, shaking off excess; dredge in the panko mixture.

  3. Preheat air fryer to 350°F. Arrange half of the eggplant slices in an even layer in the fryer basket; coat the eggplant generously with cooking spray. Cook until crispy and golden on one side, 5 to 6 minutes. Flip the eggplant slices; coat with cooking spray and cook until golden and crispy, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat the procedure with the remaining eggplant slices. Sprinkle with parsley; garnish with additional Parmesan, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

53 Calories
2g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Calories 53
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Vitamin A 75IU 2%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Vitamin D 7IU 2%
Folate 22mcg 6%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 204mg 9%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 10mg 2%
Potassium 147mg 3%

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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