This Air Fryer Eggplant Will Have Them Coming Back for More

If you are like me, you are looking for ways to use your air fryer to justify its space in your kitchen. Use this air fryer eggplant recipe to make crispy eggplant without using extra oil.

While it might not be the most popular nightshade at mealtimes, making it in an air fryer is easy. So many times I would buy eggplant with its rich, purple color beckoning, “Come try me!” However, I didn’t know how to prepare it correctly. It was usually either too dry or too oily. 

We avoid palm oil in my household which means I cook most everything from scratch… a lot! Incorporating eggplant into our rotation keeps things interesting.

Eggplant, also called aubergine or Guinea squash, is delicious when prepared correctly. 

If you’ve never tried eggplant or are looking for more uses for your appliance, this air fryer eggplant recipe is a great place to start. It’s easy to prepare, tastes fantastic, and gets you accustomed to preparing eggplant for optimal cooking.

Air Fryer Eggplant

The little bit of prep is well worth the time and effort – and really, it isn’t all that much – because it’s just that good. Even your pickiest eater will like this dish. My family eats it with the peel on. Get your kids used to eating eggplant this way for extra nutrients.

Letting it dry out a bit will prevent mushy roasted eggplant. Crispy eggplant is so much better! 

Use these step-by-step directions to make air fryer eggplant.

What You Need 

  • Large Eggplant – Slice into medallions that are all the same thickness
  • Seasoned Breadcrumbs or Panko 
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Eggs – Use organic eggs when it fits your budget
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Olive Oil or Avocado Oil Spray
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Italian Herbs or Italian Seasoning
  • Roasted Garlic Powder

How to Make Air Fryer Eggplant

  1. Lay the eggplant slices in a single layer on a pan or plate. Sprinkle with salt. Let sit for 20 minutes. This draws out some of the moisture and gives the eggplant a very nice, firmer texture.

  2. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F. 

  3. While you are waiting on the eggplant, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian herbs, and roasted garlic powder in a bowl that is large enough for the biggest piece of eggplant to lay flat in the bottom.

  4. In another bowl of about equal size, whisk the egg (for a creamier texture, add a dash of milk).

  5. Put the flour in a third bowl.

  6. Rinse the eggplant well and pat dry with a paper towel.

  7. Dip each slice of eggplant into the flour first, then the egg, and then the breadcrumbs. Lightly spray both sides of each eggplant slice with the olive oil.

  8. Place the eggplant slices in a single layer on the air fryer rack, an oven safe sheet, or in the bottom of the air fryer itself. Cook at 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Turn them and cook the other side for about 5 – 7 minutes until crisp.

  9. Serve immediately.

Air Fryer Eggplant Recipes

There are lots of ways to change the flavor and texture of this roasted eggplant. You can easily omit the eggs and breadcrumbs or panko. Just toss the eggplant slices in 2 tablespoons of avocado oil or olive oil and add the seasonings.

Adding a dash of parmesan helps give it a nice crispy crust with flavors that pop. You can also use a little smoked honey for another layer of flavor.

This eggplant dish makes for a delish side dish with dinner. Sprinkle salt and pepper, and you’re all set. Or you can serve it with a side of marinara. (Or in my household, ketchup!) You can also serve eggplant with ricotta and roasted garlic. 

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You can make eggplant in the air fryer without flour and breadcrumbs as well.

Eating Healthy

My family evolved into healthier eating as we were working our way through my son’s palm oil allergy and palm oil intolerance. Palm oil is common in processed foods and premade foods. Once a novice cook, I gradually started learning how to cook most all of our foods at home. Eating palm oil free is second nature to us now.

In the process, I bought some kitchen gadgets which really helped. I learned that having the right tools made cooking and baking much easier. I used to cook eggplant on the stovetop, and it was soggy and mushy. Now I make eggplant in the air fryer along with lots of other things such as hash browns in air fryer and air fryer popcorn

For me, having an air fryer is worth it to make foods without as much oil. It’s also helpful to make foods that we once bought processed. Making air fryer home fries is an example of this. 

If you make this air fryer eggplant recipe, please let me know in the Comments below how you prepared it and how it was. Eating more fruits and vegetables is a great thing to do whether or not you give up palm oil, are vegan, or are vegetarian. 

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Air Fryer Eggplant

If you’re looking for ways to use your air fryer, making air fryer eggplant is something to try. This easy recipe will have the entire family enjoying flavorful and crispy eggplant. Best of all, it doesn't use a lot of extra oil.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine French, Italian, Middle Eastern
Keyword air fryer aubergine, air fryer eggplant, air fryer eggplant recipe, aubergine in air fryer, eggplant air fryer, eggplant in air fryer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • cup seasoned breadcrumbs or panko
  • 2 tbsp parmesan grated
  • 2 tsp aromatic Italian herbs or Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp roasted garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 tbsp optional: milk

Instructions

  • Slice eggplant. Lay slices in a single layer in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for 20 minutes. This draws out some of the moisture and gives the eggplant a firmer texture.
  • Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F.
  • While waiting on the eggplant, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian herbs, and roasted garlic powder in a bowl that is large enough for the biggest piece of eggplant to lay flat in the bottom.
  • In another bowl of about equal size, whisk the egg. For a creamier texture, add a dash of milk.
  • Put the flour in a third bowl.
  • Rinse eggplant slices well. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Dip each slice of eggplant into the flour, then the egg, and then the breadcrumbs. Lightly spray both sides of each eggplant slice with the olive oil.
  • Place eggplant slices in a single layer on the air fryer rack or oven safe sheet. You can also put them on the bottom of the air fryer itself.
  • Cook eggplant at 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Turn them and cook the other side for 5 - 7 minutes until crisp.
  • Remove and serve immediately.

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