Rating: 4.32 stars
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2

Eggplant parmigiana or eggplant Parmesan is one of the most popular and iconic vegetarian Italian dishes and this recipe is straight from Italy. Use ripe eggplant without seeds and salt them for 1 hour to remove the bitterness.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Tomato Sauce:

Directions

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  • Place a single layer of eggplant slices in a colander sitting on a plate and sprinkle with coarse salt. Cover with a second layer and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining eggplant. Place a plate on top and add a weight to put pressure on the eggplant slices. Let stand at room temperature for about 1 hour.

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  • Rinse eggplant slices under running cold water to wash off all the salt. Pat dry on all sides with paper towels.

  • Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge eggplant slices in flour on both sides and add to the hot oil, working in batches. Deep fry eggplant until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat; cook garlic and onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomato puree, 4 basil leaves, and salt. Cook, stirring often, until sauce starts to thicken, about 20 minutes. Remove sauce from heat. Discard garlic and stir in remaining 4 leaves basil.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Spread a layer of tomato sauce over the bottom of a baking dish. Cover with a single layer of eggplant slices. Top with more sauce, mozzarella slices, and Parmesan cheese. Continue making layers, a total of 3 to 5, finishing with tomato sauce and grated Parmesan cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until heated through and bubbling, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 20 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Make sure eggplants are dried well, otherwise they won't get crisp while frying and will instead soak up the oil like a sponge.

Eggplant Parmigiana tastes even better heated up the following day.

Use tomato passata if you can find it. Substitute scamorza cheese for the mozzarella if preferred.

Editor's Notes:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

592 calories; protein 35.1g; carbohydrates 30.6g; fat 38.5g; cholesterol 76.5mg; sodium 3313.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (27)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2018
DELICIOUS. Everyone loved it and the only change I made was to take the drained eggplant, brush it on both sides with olive oil, and bake it in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes instead of frying it. This dish takes time to make but it is amazing. Read More
(29)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/13/2019
Ended up very watery. Too fatty and oily. Read More
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2018
DELICIOUS. Everyone loved it and the only change I made was to take the drained eggplant, brush it on both sides with olive oil, and bake it in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes instead of frying it. This dish takes time to make but it is amazing. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2018
Instead of frying, I baked it in a 350 oven for about half an hour. I lightly brushed it with EVOO before baking. Delicious! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2019
This recipe was so delicious and surprisingly easy to make. I didn’t change a thing except I only had dried basil which I used by eye balling. It tasted better than that famous Italian restaurant chain! My meat lover husband said this is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2019
Good recipie..turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2019
I brushed the eggplant with olive oil, sprinkled some Italian seasoning on both sides, and baked it for 30 mins (rather than frying it) on parchment paper to save some calories. Then followed the rest of the recipe--it's a winner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2018
No changes and WILL make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2018
Was looking for an eggplant recipe that did not usage egg whites and discovered this one. Excellent! loved using slices of cheese instead of shredded too. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2018
LOVED it! Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
08/21/2019
Rating: 1 stars
10/13/2019
Ended up very watery. Too fatty and oily. Read More