You can also use another neutral healthy oil good for high heat cooking. While assembling these eggplant slices I originally drizzled the oil.
But for a more evenly distributed coating of oil without much waste using a spray bottle is best. A glass spray bottle filled with olive oil like this one linked here and pictured down below is a great tool to have in the kitchen especially if you prefer cooking with a specific brand or type of oil.
This step draws water out of the eggplant and can reduce any bitterness. Sprinkle salt on both cut sides of the sliced eggplant and then lay on a rack over a baking sheet to collect the water.
Rinse the eggplant slices underwater and then pat completely dry. In a flat bowl or large dish, mix together your Italian seasoned breadcrumb, pinko, Parmesan cheese, pepper, garlic powder, and dried parsley.
Once the slices are breaded lay them on a baking sheet or rack and drizzle or spray them with oil before air frying. Cooking the eggplant in batches, we air -fried them at 375 degrees F for about 10 minutes total, turning them over after about 5, so they brown evenly on both sides.
Please note all air -fryers cook slightly differently so you may have to adjust the temperature for your machine. To make these eggplant slices vegan friendly, substitute the Parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast and coat the eggplant slices in olive oil (or another oil of your choice) or vegan mayo instead of beaten egg before dipping in the bread crumb.
This recipe makes some for delicious eggplant slices that are thin, crispy and taste just like they're deep-fried, but without all the extra oil and calories. After 30 minutes rinse the eggplant slices and then pat completely dry.
In a flat bowl or large dish mix together your Italian seasoned breadcrumb, pinko, Parmesan cheese, parsley, pepper and garlic powder (optional). Dip eggplant slices into flour, shaking off excess.
Then dip into egg, coating both sides allowing excess to drip off. Then press the eggplant slices into the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides.
01/25/2021 I am still trying to win the war with my air fryer, but this recipe gave me hope for its future! I tried a piece of eggplant before adding sauce and cheese (which I did in the regular broiler because I was picturing mess in the air fryer) and I loved it.
02/27/2021 I never would have thought you could cook eggplant in the air fryer. When I saw this recipe I knew I had to give it a try.
I followed the recipe exactly and it came out soon good. Even my husband who thinks he doesn't like eggplant tried a piece and then went back for more.
What a great dinner with some garlic bread. I will definitely make this again. My air fryer is my new favorite toy, so I appreciate new recipes to try.
Thumb Up(6) Heather Mains 04/01/2020 I layered it with sauce and mozzarella in the oven for just 5-10 minutes after air -frying it.
My father-in-law who has never had eggplant and needed a non-meat meal for lent, loved it. I am a big fan of eggplant part, and a new air fryer owner.
My husband and I absolutely loved this, and it is healthier than what I used to make too! I also did not add the extra spices as I knew they were already in the Italian breadcrumbs.
I also used pinko Italian breadcrumbs and I hand grated Parmesan-Romano cheese in the breadcrumb mixture. 08/09/2020 These tasted better than eggplant Parmesan that was baked in the oven.
The crisp eggplant was very satisfying and overall the entire meal was fresh and delicious. 08/09/2020 Excellent I used fresh mozzarella and ricotta and Parmesan.
08/09/2020 First time using my air fryer and it was a delicious success! The only thing I changed or added was I spread a little ricotta cheese on the baked eggplant then topped it with mozzarella.
I also did not put the sauce on the eggplant until the cheese was melted. Served it with homemade marinara sauce and fresh angel hair pasta.
William Morton Jr. 06/30/2021 I loved using the air fryer to cook the eggplant, but my husband didn’t like all the “extra” spices.
They overwhelmed the taste a bit. I’ll use the air fryer again to cook the eggplant, but stick to regular Italian bread crumbs without extra add-ins.
They are incredibly delicious, and one of our easy air fryer recipes we’ve made here on The Typical Mom blog. I have both a Ninja Food machine and traditional electric air fryer too.
It doesn’t matter what brand or style yours is, the directions below will work just as great. It is said that this vegetable may reduce the risk of heart disease and promote healthy blood sugar control.
If eaten simply without breading it could help with your weight control and may have cancer fighting benefits as well. All will be simple and include “normal” ingredients found at your local grocery store.
Olive oil cooking spray will make it ultra crispy. Next you’ll want to dip your air fryer eggplant into your seasoned breadcrumb mixture so each piece is nicely coated.
This will give the ultimate air fried crunchy texture on both sides. Remove when they are golden brown to your liking and enjoy as is or with some marinara sauce for dipping.
Yes you could use a gluten free flour and alternative bread crumbs like these instead. Lightly breaded vegetable snacks or a side dish that will make you buy this purple veggie way more often.
Whisk the egg in one, put flour in another and mix Pinko breadcrumbs with seasonings in the third. One at a time dip into egg, then into flour, then press breadcrumbs on both sides, so they're nicely coated.