Healthy Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan


No need to bread and fry the eggplant, because when smothered in sauce and melted cheese, there's no reason for the extra step-or the extra fat and calories. This dish combines excellent nutrition and cheesy goodness with a sneaky omega-3 crunch from walnuts.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 servings


  • nonstick cooking spray

  • ¾ cup walnuts, crushed

  • ¼ cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 large eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch rounds

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • sea salt to taste

  • ¾ cup marinara sauce

  • 8 ounces shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 pinch dried oregano, or to taste

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste


  1. Preheat an air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) according to manufacturer's instructions. Liberally coat basket with cooking spray.

  2. Combine crushed walnuts, bread crumbs, and basil in a bowl. Set aside.

  3. Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer in the prepared air fryer basket (slight overlapping is okay). Mist the tops of the eggplant slices liberally with cooking spray and lightly sprinkle with garlic powder, black pepper, and sea salt. Top with walnut bread crumb mixture.

  4. Air-fry the rounds until eggplant is soft and golden brown. 8 to 10 minutes.

  5. Remove from the air fryer and top each slice with about 1 tablespoon marinara sauce and 1 heaping tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Then, sprinkle the slices with Parmesan cheese, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes.

  6. Air-fry until the cheese is hot and bubbly, 5 to 7 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

846 Calories
52g Fat
55g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 846
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 1445mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 19g 66%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 1874mg 144%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1399mg 30%

* 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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