Garlic Parmesan Baked Eggplant is a crispy baked, not fried, eggplant with garlic Parmesan breading. A delicious way to enjoy this fall vegetable!
Why This Recipe Works
Eggplant is in season and I am going to show you one of my favorite dishes with this vegetable. It's easy and can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or used in main dishes, like Eggplant Parmesan. The garlicky Parmesan breading makes for a perfectly crispy coating even though the eggplant is baked and not fried.
If I am not roasting vegetables, I make my simple two-ingredient breading and bake them in the oven till crispy. No frying required! I used this method in my Baked Artichoke Hearts recipe and my Best Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower recipe. It's amazing!
- eggplant: I used one large eggplant;
- butter: helps the bread crumbs stick to eggplant but also makes the outside crunchy and delicious;
- salt: needed to prepare the eggplant for cooking; helps draw the moisture out so the final dish is not soggy;
- Parmesan cheese: adds delicious toasted cheese flavor to the breading;
- bread crumbs: use plain, Italian style or panko OR a mix of two;
- seasoning: garlic powder, paprika, Italian seasoning.
How to prepare eggplant for cooking?
I started by washing the eggplant and trimming off the green end. You can peel the skin if you like. Next, I sliced eggplant into ½" disks.
I arranged all disks in a colander or cooling rack set over a baking sheet, sprinkled with salt, and let sit for at least 30 minutes. It helps to cut the bitterness of the vegetable and makes it "sweat". You will notice little drops of moisture on the surface of the disks.
Removing the moisture from the eggplant will prevent it from releasing it during cooking. You can use prepared like this eggplant in a variety of dishes.
How to make garlic Parmesan baked eggplant?
- Prepare eggplant disks according to the instructions above.
- Melt butter in a bowl.
- Mix breadcrumbs, spices, and Parmesan cheese in another bowl.
- Dip each eggplant disk into butter first, then breading mixture.
- Place on aluminum foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake in 400 degrees F oven for 15 minutes, then flip each disk and baked for 7 more minutes. The eggplant should be golden brown and the breading crispy.
How to serve this dish?
You can also use this baked eggplant in place of fried one when making Eggplant Parmesan. It's easier since there is no frying required and healthier. You can also use it as a burger topping (think black bean burgers or healthy turkey burgers)!
Eggplant skin is completely edible. It's a personal preference, just like zucchini. You can peel the skin off or leave it.
You can substitute the beaten egg for the melted butter in this dish. It will help the breading stick to the eggplant. However, the butter will make the breading bake to golden crispy.
Absolutely! Many of our readers made this dish with GF bread crumbs and had amazing results. Check out the comments below!
To freeze this dish, place the baked and cooled eggplant disks on a baking sheet and freeze. Then place all in a freezer container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw out in the fridge and bake until heated through.
Absolutely! You can follow our recipe for Eggplant Parmesan or simply top each serving with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella. Bake until the cheese is melted.
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Garlic Parmesan Baked Eggplant Recipe
- 1 large eggplant
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Start by preparing the eggplant: wash the eggplant and trim off the green end. You can peel the skin if you like. Next, slice eggplant into ½" disks. Place all disks in colander or cooling rack set over baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and let sit for at least 30 minutes1 large eggplant
- Next, melt butter in a bowl. Mix breadcrumbs, spices and Parmesan cheese in another bowl.1 cup breadcrumbs, ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Dip each eggplant disk into butter first, then breading mixture. Place on aluminum foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet.6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Bake in 400℉ oven for 15 minutes, then flip each disk and baked for 7 more minutes. The eggplant should be golden brown and the breading crispy.
- Serve as side dish, appetizer or use in eggplant Parmesan.
- Eggplant skin is completely edible. It's a personal preference, just like zucchini. You can peel the skin off or leave it.
Add panko to the bread crumbs mixture to add more crunch.
- Use this dish to make eggplant parmesan.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.