This is the very best tasting Eggplant Parmesan! Made with layers of lightly breaded eggplant slices, melted mozzarella cheese, and tomato sauce. A wonderful single serving dish that tastes incredible!
This is the very best-tasting Eggplant Parmesan! In fact, my husband won't order Eggplant Parmesan in a restaurant anymore because he knows it won't be as good as this one. Pair with a side salad, a wedge of crusty bread, or enjoy alone.
If you're a fan of eggplant, then you will absolutely love this recipe. If you're not a fan, I urge you to give eggplant one last try. This recipe will change your view on what you think eggplant tastes like.
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
This eggplant recipe consists of eggplant slices that are lightly battered and fried, then placed in a baking dish with mozzarella cheese and flavorful tomato sauce spooned between the crisp slices. It's vegetarian comfort food at its finest!
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.
- breadcrumbs (use homemade breadcrumbs or store-bought)
- Parmesan cheese
- basil (dried or fresh)
- oregano (dried or fresh)
- garlic powder
- salt and black pepper
- olive oil
- a small eggplant
- Mozzarella cheese
- tomato sauce
How To Make Eggplant Parmesan
This baked Eggplant Parmesan is a scaled down version of my family's favorite Eggplant Parmesan recipe.
- Get the ingredients ready: Slice the eggplant into 1/4-inch slices and set aside. Crack open the egg into a bowl, whisk with a fork; set aside. In a separate small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, spices, salt and pepper.
- Prepare the eggplant: Dip 1 eggplant slice in egg, letting the excess egg drip off, then dredge in the bread crumb mixture until evenly coated. Place on a large sheet of wax paper.
- Brown the eggplant: Heat oil in a medium-sized skillet, add a few slices of eggplant to the pan. My 10-inch pan usually holds 3 slices. Fry for 5 minutes until golden, turning over once halfway through the cooking time. Transfer eggplant slices to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining slices.
- Assemble eggplant parmesan: Arrange 1/2 of the eggplant in a layer on the bottom of a small baking dish lightly greased with cooking spray or olive oil. Cover eggplant with 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese and 1/2 of the tomato sauce. Repeat layering with remaining eggplant, mozzarella, and sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake: Place the Mini Eggplant Parmesan in a preheated 350 degree F oven (177 degree C) for 30 minutes until cheese has melted.
How To Choose An Eggplant
Although eggplant is available year-round, eggplant is at its peak from July to October. During this time, I buy eggplant all the time. This vegetable is just so versatile. I love drizzling a little olive oil, salt, and pepper over both sides and throwing it on the grill, or I'll roast it or stir fry it. To pick the best eggplant, look for these qualities:
- An eggplant should be slightly firm but not hard. If you push on the skin of the eggplant and it feels soft, it's too ripe and not good to use. A perfectly ripe eggplant won't have much give when gently pressed.
- Look for a smooth and shiny skin. You don't want blemishes or soft spots.
- The stem of the eggplant should be green and free from mold of softness.
- Smaller eggplants tend to be sweeter and less bitter.
- Be sure to use the eggplant within a week of bringing it home.
Low Carb Eggplant Parmesan
You can use almond flour instead of the breadcrumbs to make this a low carb Eggplant Parmesan. Use 1/2 cup of almond flour and keep the amounts of the remaining ingredients the same.
Is Eggplant Parmesan a Vegetarian Meal?
Eggplant Parmesan could be a vegetarian recipe. Sometimes Parmesan cheese is not vegetarian because it has been made using animal rennet (an enzyme used to set cheese). Check to make sure that the Parmesan cheese you buy is made with vegetarian rennet, choose a dairy-free version, or substitute with nutritional yeast.
What To Serve With Eggplant Parmesan
Although this Eggplant Parmesan is a meal in itself, if served with a side dish it could easily be an Eggplant Parmesan for two. You might like to consider serving it with one of these single serving side dishes with it:
- Mini Irish Soda Bread
- French Bread
- Mashed Potatoes
- Buttered Noodles
- Italian Pasta Salad
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Avocado Salad
Other Eggplant Recipes
If you like this Eggplant Parmesan For One, you might also like to try these single serving eggplant recipes:
Best Dish To Use
I use a 5-inch baking dish which you can find on our store page. This dish holds about 1.5 cups and has an area of 25 square inches. A 4×6-inch dish has an area of 24 square inches and will work as well. For best results, use a dish of similar size. See our FAQ page for additional information on baking dish sizes.
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- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small eggplant (about 3/4-pound), peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Heat the oven to 350° F (177° C).
- Lightly beat the egg in a small bowl.
- In a separate bowl, stir together bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, dried basil, salt, dried oregano, garlic powder, and pepper.
- Dip 1 eggplant slice in egg, letting excess egg drip off, then dredge in bread crumb mixture until evenly coated, shaking off excess. Place on a large sheet of wax paper.
- In a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil 30 seconds. Add 3 eggplant slices and fry 5 minutes until golden, turning over once halfway through frying. Transfer to a large paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining eggplant slices.
- Arrange ½ of the eggplant in a layer on the bottom of a small (5-inch x 5-inch) baking dish lightly greased with cooking spray or olive oil.
- Cover eggplant with ½ mozzarella cheese and ½ tomato sauce. Repeat layering with remaining eggplant, mozzarella, and sauce. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes until cheese has melted.
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