Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan

Contributor: Sam Ellis

With your air fryer, Eggplant Parmesan is no longer a dinner reserved for restaurants or days you have hours to spend in the kitchen. You can enjoy this tasty dish any night of the week.

  • Author: Sam Ellis
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 Minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x


  • 1 eggplant, cut into 1/4” slices
  • Salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 24 oz. marinara
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • Basil leaves, chopped


  1. Optional Step: Line a cookie sheet with paper towels. Sprinkle round eggplant slices with 1 teaspoon of salt and let sit for 15 minutes on paper towels. Rinse. Dab dry.
  2. Whisk egg in a small bowl.
  3. Pour flour onto a large plate.
  4. In a shallow bowl, mix panko breadcrumbs and 1 teaspoon of salt and the pepper.
  5. Take eggplant slices and dip in flour first and cover fully, then dip in whisked egg on both sides, then in panko breadcrumbs. Set aside until ready to cook.
  6. Spray coated eggplant with cooking spray then place into air fryer on rack.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes at 360°F. Flip pieces over and cook an additional 5 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese on top and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve warm.