Crispy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

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Pretty much the only meal I get at Italian restaurants is Eggplant Parmesan 😋 It’s my favorite! 🤩 But I also love to make it at home for a healthier option & a great side dish to some pasta 🍝 This breaded eggplant recipes is SOOO easy & I love to use the same method for zucchinis 🥒 as well 👌🏼 Also, I love to use rice crumbs instead of bread crumbs for a healthier, gluten free meal 🤤⁠

Crispy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

🔪 Prep Time: 5 minutes

🍳Cook Time: 20 minutes

🕒Total Time: 30 minutes

🍴Serving Size: 2


  • 1 medium Eggplant, sliced

  • 1 Pasture-Raised Egg, beaten (@vitalfarms)⁠

  • 1/2 cup Rice Crumbs (@traderjoes)⁠

  • ▫️2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese

  • Spices - Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Umami Seasoning (@traderjoes), Dried Herbs Seasoning, Salt & Pepper

For Layering:⁠

  • Favorite Pasta Sauce (@wholefoods)⁠

  • More Parmesan Cheese

  • Mozzarella Cheese

  • Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped


  1. Slice your eggplant. Lay the slices on paper towels and sprinkle with sea salt to release excess water.⁠

  2. In a bowl, beat your egg with a splash of water.⁠

  3. In a small plate, mix together your rice crumbs with the Parmesan cheese and spices. I like to eyeball these.⁠

  4. Then, dunk each slice in the egg, then in the crumbs plate. Evenly coat front and back. Place in your air fryer basket. Repeat for all slices.⁠

  5. Air-Fry at 425° for 15-18 mins. Until golden brown.⁠

  6. Then in a small glass dish, add a layer of pasta sauce. Add in your eggplant in an even layer, as many slices as can fit. Top with more sauce, then both cheeses. Add another layer of eggplant & repeat until you’re out of slices. At the end, top with fresh basil leaves.⁠

  7. Bake at 350° for 10 mins, or until cheese has fully melted.⁠

  8. Enjoy on it’s own or pair with some pasta! 👌🏼⁠

Notes & Tips:

  • Store in a air tight container and re-bake at 350° for roughly 5-8 mins. You can add more sauce too if it seems dry!

  • I love to eat this with some marinara spaghetti on the side.

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My name is Ritisha Gupta aka Tisha's Veggie Eats! I'm 25 years old and currently live in Houston, TX. I am a full-time Digital Designer and a part-time food blogger. I started my food blog on Instagram as a way to showcase healthy living & share my delicious meals. Read more...





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