Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan Bites

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Quick and Healthy Snack Idea in the Air Fryer

Looking for something to whip up in your air fryer for a healthy snack or side? Then you have to try these delicious parmesan crusted and fried eggplant bites. Thanks to the air fryer, these eggplant bites are way healthier than if you were trying to deep fry them. You only need very little oil for this recipe.

How to Make Eggplant Bites

You only need 9 ingredients for this recipe. The best is that these are all household ingredients. The only thing you will really need to buy is an eggplant, if you don’t have one already.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups panko crumbs or almond flour
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, fresh or grated
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 eggs

Quick and Simple Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan Bites

This recipe is a breeze. After chopping the eggplant bites into cubes, set up a station for the egg wash and the breading mixture right next to each other. Then, take each of the cubes and dip them into the egg wash followed by the breading mixture. Make sure to cover each bite completely.

How Long to Cook Eggplant For in the Air Fryer

Once these eggplant bites are ready, place them in a lightly sprayed air fryer basket. Then, lightly spray the tops of the cubes with avocado oil to help them brown and cook. Cook the cubes in the air fryer at 380˚F/190˚C for 12 minutes, stirring at the halfway point.

Try Eggplant Slices Instead of Bites

You can make this same recipe with using the eggplants as slices instead of cubes. The cooking time is the same, if not a little longer. Just keep an eye on the slices. Once they are tender to your liking- you can test this with a fork- they are done and ready to be enjoyed!

Final Thoughts

These eggplant bites are a quick and easy snack if you want to try something new in your air fryer. You will love this recipe with your favorite marinara sauce. Share with us in the comments below what you will be serving this recipe with!

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Eggplant Parmesan Bites

These crusted eggplant bites are covered in delicious parmesan and fresh Italian flavors. Enjoy this one as bites or traditional slices. Either way, you'll be surprised at how tasty this air fryer recipe is.
4.91 / 5 ( 11 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6




  • Cut the eggplant into 1 inch cubes and spindle on a ¼ tsp of sea salt. Let the eggplant sweat while you complete the next steps.
  • Combine the panko crumbs with the parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt salt, and red pepper flakes into a shallow dish or plate.
  • Whisk together the 2 eggs in another shallow bowl.
  • Dip the eggplant cubes into the egg wash then the breading mixture.
  • Place the cubes in a lightly sprayed air fryer basket. Spray the tops of the cubes with avocado oil and cook at 380˚F/190˚C for 12 minutes, stirring at the halfway point.
  • Remove from the air fryer and enjoy with your favorite marinara sauce.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 788mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g

Ingredients: Eggplant, Italian Seasoning, Panko
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Side Dish, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Meatless
Categories: Finger Food and Dips, Air Fryer

Comments & Reviews

  • Crispy, a delicious snack or in my case dinner. You can do the same thing with okra but swap out cornmeal for panko and skip the Parmesan. It was terrific!

  • Perfect recipe! I had a couple of eggplants to use and knew I had to disguise it for my family. These were so crispy with perfectly cooked eggplant centers. I omitted the red pepper flakes because my kids are sensitive to spicy foods, but I will include them (or a small dash of cayenne pepper) next time for a small kick of spice.

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