Air Fryer Eggplant

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Air Fry up a batch of eggplant for a fun snack or a great side dish! 

I’m obsessed with how amazing the air fryer makes everything from burgers to vegetables and this eggplant is no exception! Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, it’s perfect for snacking or dipping!

top view of Air Fryer Eggplant with dip

Crispy Parmesan Eggplant

Not to be confused with eggplant parmesan, this eggplant is coated in a crispy parmesan crust.

To start you’ll need an air fyer. I have this one here and I’m obsessed with it (I literally use it EVERY SINGLE DAY).

We love this easy Air Fryer Eggplant because it always turns out crispy for dipping but tender inside.

This recipe makes for a great snack or a fun side.

ingredients to make Air Fryer Eggplant

How To Cook Eggplant in an Air Fryer

It’s super easy to air fry eggplant, and these come out perfect in 1-2-3!

  1. Slice the eggplant per recipe below.
  2. Bread eggplant slices by dipping in flour, egg, and finally a Parmesan/breadcrumb mixture. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. Air Fry in a single layer until crisp.

ingredients to make Air Fryer Eggplant on a baking sheet

Fave Dips

Serve with your fave tasty dipping sauces.

Air Fryer Eggplant in the air fryer after cooking

Air Frying Tips

  • Don’t cut the eggplant too thin, you want it to have texture.
  • Salting the eggplant draws out moisture and seasons it!
  • Even though some slices will be larger due to the natural shape of the eggplant, keep all of the slices the same thickness so they fry evenly.
  • Air Fry in a single layer in batches. Once all batches are cooked through, you can heat them all together at 400°F for about 3-4 minutes.

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5 from 10 votes
Review Recipe

Air Fryer Eggplant

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Coated in a seasoned breading and then air-fried until tender and crispy, this Air Fryer Eggplant recipe is sure to be loved by the whole family!

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant or two small
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup flour
  • cooking spray
  • marinara sauce for serving

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Instructions

  • Slice eggplant into ⅓" slices. Sprinkle with salt and let sit 20 minutes.
  • While eggplant is sitting, combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  • Whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water in a second bowl.
  • Quickly rinse the eggplant and pat dry.
  • Dip each eggplant slice into the flour, then into the egg and finally into the bread crumb mixture. Spray each side of the eggplant with cooking spray.
  • Preheat air fryer to 380°F. Place in a single layer in the air fryer and cook 5 minutes. Flip over and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until tender and crisp.
  • Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

Recipe Notes

Don't cut the eggplant too thin, you want it to have texture.
Salting the eggplant draws out moisture and seasons it!
Even though some slices will be larger due to the natural shape of the eggplant, keep all of the slices the same thickness so they fry evenly.
Air Fry in a single layer in batches. Once all batches are cooked through, you can heat them all together at 400°F for about 3-4 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 177, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 84mg, Sodium: 923mg, Potassium: 339mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 203IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 97mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Air Fryer Eggplant, Air Fryer Eggplant recipe, best Air Fryer Eggplant recipe, How to make Air Fryer Eggplant
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. This was absolutely delicious! I made the garlic aioli for the dip. I love eggplant and this was the best I ever made.5 stars

  2. I followed recipe except I used less salt (just a few turns of sea salt from shaker). I also did not salt eggplant first. (When I’ve done that before, the eggplant gets too salty, even after rinsing.) There was no mention of peeling eggplant first, which I recommend. I was most pleased with the flavor and crispy texture on outside and soft in the middle. You should eat promptly after cooking. I ate a couple slices later (2 hrs later) and it was no longer crispy on the outside. Overall, great recipe with reduced amount of calories compared to fried eggplant. I will make it again for preparation for eggplant parmesan.5 stars

  3. Love, love! I had eggplant I had to use up. Made these and they are delicious. I’ll freeze them until I’m ready for them!5 stars

  4. All I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW! I posted a comment but don’t know if it went through, so I’ll post it again. I used my new Ninja 6 in one grill on the air crisp settings. Came out fantastic. Nice and crisp and dry, no at all soggy which eggplant can be. Served with chicken pesto parmigiana which was a great combo. Husband loved it. Looking forward to making some of your other air fry veggies. Another great recipe from Holly!5 stars

  5. All I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I made this in my new Ninja 6 in 1 grill on the air crisp setting. Took a little time to put together, but I cannot believe how flavorful and crispy it came out. Served with chicken pesto parmi; great combo. Looks just like the picture! Not at all soggy which eggplant can be. Looking forward to making some of your other veggie recipes for air fryers. Another winner from Holly!5 stars