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Top down view of Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan inside of air fryer basket

Gluten Free Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan

Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan is easy to make! This dish is baked, not fried! We have included Dairy-free and Vegan options too!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword air fryer recipes, eggplant parmesan
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 449kcal
Author Cindy Gordon (Vegetarian Mamma)


  • 1 10 oz box spaghetti I used a gluten free kind
  • 2 cup of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups gluten-free panko crumbs
  • c parmesan cheese optional
  • 1 T Italian Seasoning
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • fresh basil and cilantro


  • Slice your medium eggplant into ¼ inch pieces.
  • Place eggplant on top of paper towels in a lipped baking sheet.
  • Salt the eggplant and let it sit for 15 minutes. Flip the eggplant slices and salt again. Let sit again for 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl beat eggs, set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix panko, Italian Seasoning and parmesan.
  • Dip each eggplant piece into the egg mixture, followed by the panko mixture to coat. Make sure you do both sides.
  • Cook the eggplant in the air fryer at 380 degrees F for 4 minutes. Then you are going to flip over each eggplant piece and cook for an additional 4 minutes.
  • Gently spoon sauce onto each individual piece of eggplant.
  • Place cheese on eggplant pieces. Cook in your air fryer at 380 degrees F for 2 minutes or  until cheese is melted.
  • Prepare pasta per the directions on the box, set aside.
  • Toss pasta with remaining sauce. Divide pasta among 4 plates.
  • Place 2-3 eggplant pieces on each plate on top of pasta.
  • Garnish with basil and cilantro.
  • ENJOY!


Dairy-free options are to omit the parmesan or you can use vegan parmesan. For a vegan option, you can use maple syrup instead of eggs!
Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to prepare this recipe in batches.
If your eggplant pieces are not becoming golden brown, you can spritz them with spray oil to help them crisp.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 1224mg | Potassium: 735mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 299mg | Iron: 2.6mg