Fried Eggplant Parmesan


My dad made me eggplant parm one night and I thought, Hmm, I wonder if this would be good as a fried dish. Take this as a State Fair-style spin on a classically iconic Italian staple. This dish is quick and easy, and something anyone can do. You may think teens are lazy, but they'll come to life making this dish.

close up view of Fried Eggplant Parmesan with red sauce on a plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
13 mins
Total Time:
23 mins
6 servings


  • canola oil for frying

  • 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 3 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 eggplant, peeled and sliced

  • 1 (13.5 ounce) jar roasted garlic flavored spaghetti sauce (such as Ragu® Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce)

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Heat canola oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

  2. Mix bread crumbs, flour, and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese together in a bowl. Place eggs in a small bowl.

  3. Dip eggplant slices in the eggs, then the bread crumb mixture. Drop into oil a few slices at a time until breading turns golden brown, about 2 1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  4. Heat spaghetti sauce in a saucepan over medium heat until heated through, about 10 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

Editor's Note:

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 (per serving)

488 Calories
13g Fat
73g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 488
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 1026mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 206mg 16%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 505mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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