Eggplant Parmesan

Delicious baked eggplant parmesan is made with crispy coated eggplant slices smothered in cheese and marinara. This easy dish is sure to be loved by all!

Eggplant parmesan is hearty, cheesy, and delicious. This meat-less dish is sure to make the dinner time rotation. Be sure to try these other scrumptious Italian dishes: Italian Wedding Soup, Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta, and Antipasto Salad.

Serving a slice of eggplant parmesan with a spatula

Healthy & Kid Friendly!

Eggplant parmesan (or parmigiana di malanzane) is an Italian casserole dish made with fried eggplant slices, tomato sauce, and cheese.

This vegetarian dish is easy to make. It is hearty and delicious. The kids are sure to love this baked cheesy goodness.

This delicious eggplant parmesan is a lot easier to make than you would think. You don’t have to limit your consumption of this well-loved dish to restaurants, you can now have it at home when ever the craving hits!

Sliced eggplant for eggplant parmesan recipe

Eggplant Tips

Did you know that eggplant is actually a type of fruit?

When picking out the pretty purple fruit look for eggplants that have smooth shiny skin. You can tell if it is ripe when you lightly press your finger on the skin it will leave an imprint. Also, smaller eggplants tend to be less bitter than larger ones. 

Speaking of bitter, you’ll want to salt the eggplant as directed in the recipe. The reason you do this is because the salt draws out the bitter juices. After 30 minutes rinse, dry and coat.

Step by step photos of how to make eggplant parmesan

How to Make Eggplant Parmesan

EGGPLANT. Peel the eggplant and slice it thinly. Lay the eggplant slices on a paper towel-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse and dry on fresh paper towels.

PREP. Preheat the oven to 350.

COAT. Add the eggs to a shallow dish, and the bread crumbs to another shallow dish. Dip each slice of eggplant in the eggs and roll in the bread crumbs to coat both sides. Place the eggplant on a cookie sheet.

BAKE. Bake 10 minutes, flip, then bake for an additional 10 minutes. Do not turn off the oven.

Layering the eggplant parmesan recipe

Assemble It

ASSEMBLE. To assemble the eggplant parmesan, spread 1 cup of marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Layer half of the eggplant in the bottom of the dish, then spread with another cup of sauce. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the parmesan cheese on top.

LAYER. Add the remaining eggplant in an even layer over the top of the cheese, then spread the remaining sauce over the eggplant. Sprinkle with the remaining cheeses, then sprinkle the dried basil over the top.

BAKE. Bake 35-40 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling. Serve hot.

Eggplant parmesan before going into the oven

Making Ahead, Storing + Sides

Make ahead of time: You can assemble this dish ahead of time and store it to be baked later. Cover and keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. You can also keep this in the freezer.  Cover with plastic wrap then wrap the entire pan with aluminum foil. Label and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before heating in the oven.

Leftovers: If you happen to have leftovers, divide it up into individual serving sizes and store in airtight containers. Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave.

What to serve with Eggplant Parmesan? Any of our favorite Italian sides go, but here are some of our favorites:

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Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

5 from 13 votes
Delicious baked eggplant parmesan is made with crispy coated eggplant slices smothered in cheese and marinara. This easy dish is sure to be loved by all!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 462 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds eggplant about one large or two medium eggplant
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 4 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 24 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Instructions
 

  • Peel the eggplant and slice it thinly. Lay the eggplant slices on a paper towel-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse and dry on fresh paper towels.
  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Add the eggs to a shallow dish, and the bread crumbs to another shallow dish. Dip each slice of eggplant in the eggs and roll in the bread crumbs to coat both sides. Place the eggplant on a cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes, flip, then bake for an additional 10 minutes. Do not turn off the oven.
  • To assemble the eggplant parmesan, spread 1 cup of marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Layer half of the eggplant in the bottom of the dish, then spread with another cup of sauce. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the parmesan cheese on top.
  • Add the remaining eggplant in an even layer over the top of the cheese, then spread the remaining sauce over the eggplant. Sprinkle with the remaining cheeses, then sprinkle the dried basil over the top.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling. Serve hot.

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  1. 5 stars
    Eggplant parm is one of those things that I love, yet rarely make. I like that you can bake the eggplant instead of frying it, which is a hassle!

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely phenomenal! I’m a huge fan of chicken parm but I wanted to try something different and this was absolutely perfect!

  3. 5 stars
    I love that my kids couldn’t even tell what they were eating! It’s very tasty & family friendly for sure!