Perfect Dual Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

There’s something truly magical about finding a recipe that not only tastes fantastic but is also healthy, easy to make, and a hit with the whole family. Enter the Perfect Dual Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan—this delightful dish promises crispy, cheese-topped goodness with every bite, all thanks to the wonders of your dual air fryer. Coated in a light breadcrumb layer, dripping with mozzarella, and adorned with fresh basil and rich tomato sauce, this dish is the ideal solution if you’re looking to add more veggies to your meals in a delicious way. 

I. Time Overview

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

II. What You Need



Select one medium-sized eggplant that’s firm and slightly soft when pressed. It’s the star of the show, so the fresher, the better!


You’ll need two large eggs to help the breadcrumbs adhere to the eggplant slices perfectly.


Panko breadcrumbs are your best bet for achieving that irresistible crunch. If Panko is out of reach, any breadcrumbs will suffice in a pinch.

Almond Flour:

A mix of almond flour with breadcrumbs gives our eggplant that perfect crispy outer layer while helping the breadcrumbs stick better.

Mozzarella Cheese:

Fresh mozzarella is preferred for its moisture and flavor; grate it yourself for the best melting experience.

Tomato Sauce:

Opt for a sugar-free, low-sodium variety to keep things healthier without sacrificing taste.


Fresh basil leaves will add a pop of color and freshness to the dish.


A mix of Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder will bring out the rich flavors of the Parmesan.


Dual Air Fryer

The key tool to achieve that perfect crispiness without deep frying.


You’ll also need a knife, cutting board, two shallow bowls for breading, and a plate lined with paper towels.

III. Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Prep the Eggplant:

  • Begin by washing your eggplant thoroughly under running water. Dry it off with a clean cloth or paper towels.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice the eggplant into uniform ½ inch thick rounds to ensure even cooking.
  • Arrange the eggplant slices on a layer of paper towels on your kitchen counter. Sprinkle salt generously over each slice. This process helps to draw out excess moisture and bitterness.
  • Allow the salted eggplant slices to sit for about 5 minutes. You will see droplets of moisture on the surface of the eggplant. Blot the slices with additional paper towels to absorb the moisture and any remaining salt.
  1. Get Breading:
  • Crack two large eggs into a shallow bowl and whisk them until fully beaten. The egg acts as the glue for the breadcrumbs.
  • In a separate shallow bowl, combine one cup of Panko breadcrumbs with a quarter cup of almond flour. Add one teaspoon of Italian seasoning and a half teaspoon of garlic powder for flavor. Mix these dry ingredients well to distribute the spices evenly.
  • Take each salted and dried eggplant slice and first dip it into the beaten eggs. Ensure both sides are well-coated with egg.
  • Next, place the egg-coated eggplant into the breadcrumb mixture. Press down gently to coat one side, then flip and repeat on the other side. Gently shake off any excess breadcrumbs.

3. Air Fry to Perfection:

  • Preheat your dual air fryerto 375° This step is crucial as starting with a hot dual air fryer helps to achieve a crispy texture.
  • Lightly grease the dual air fryerbasket with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Arrange the breaded eggplant slices in a single layer in the basket. Do not overcrowd the basket; cook in batches if necessary.
  • Air fry the eggplant for 7 minutes, then use tongs to carefully flip each slice to ensure even browning and crispiness.
  • Continue to air fry for an additional 8 minutes or until the eggplant slices are golden and crisp.


4. Add the Finishing Touches:

  • Remove the basket from the dual air fryerand top each eggplant slice with a tablespoon of your chosen tomato sauce. Spread the sauce evenly with the back of the spoon.
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of freshly grated mozzarella cheese over the sauce. The more cheese, the merrier!
  • Return the basket to the dual air fryerand cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or just until the cheese has melted and is bubbly with a slight golden tint.

IV. Pairing Suggestions


Serve over spaghetti or your favorite pasta to soak up all that delicious sauce.


A side of steamed asparagus or roasted bell peppers would complement the dish beautifully.


If you’re not sticking to a vegetarian meal, grilled chicken breasts or lean beef steaks make great partners.


A crisp green salad with a balsamic vinaigrette can cut through the richness and refresh the palate.


This Perfect Dual Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan recipe redefines comfort food. With its cheesy goodness, crisp texture, and hearty flavors, it’s sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Not to mention, it’s a fantastic way to convince the kids to eat their veggies! Give it a try tonight and enjoy a guilt-free version of a classic Italian favorite.


About the author

Clare Louise