Air Fryer, Eggplant Parmesan Casserole (Better Than Baked or Fried)

This is my mother's recipe, based down from my grandmother it is classical Italian Eggplant Parmesan, without the frying, so much healthier. It is also a very easy way to cook eggplant in the air fryer. This dish goes by many different names including Air Fryer eggplant cutlets, or air fried eggplant

Course Dinner
Cuisine Casserole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup gravy/sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Start by peeling the eggplant, it will be less stringy, as you are eating your casserole. Peel the eggplant and then cut the eggplant into about 1/2 inch slices.

  2. Then lay out the eggplant slices on a flat surface, sprinkle the salt on top of the eggplant slices, leave for about 10 minutes and then flip and do the same thing on the other side. This will draw the liquid out of the eggplant, so it's not soggy after you finish cooking it.

  3. Then in one bowl, place the bread crumbs and in another bowl mix together the egg and milk (beat well)

  4. Then dredge the eggplant into the egg/milk mixture, then into the bread crumb mixture. As you coat them, place them either in the air fryer basket or tray.

  5. Once your basket or tray is full set the tray/basket in and set the temperature to 320 degrees F, for 7 minutes, after 5 minutes flip (and air fry for about 2 minutes more)

  6. Meanwhile, spread a layer of sauce in your air fryer safe casserole dish

  7. Then place your cooked eggplant on top and sprinkle some cheese, on top.

  8. Cover with sauce and then add another layer of eggplant, continue, this will depend on how much eggplant you have and how big your casserole dish is.

  9. The last layer should be gravy/sauce and some grated Parmesan cheese.

  10. Place in your air fryer basket or on your air fryer tray and set in the air fryer, set for 320 degrees F for 15 minutes.

  11. Plate, serve and enjoy!