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Crispy Air Fryer Eggplant Bites

These light and crispy air fryer eggplant bites are the perfect side dish or appetizer! They're so tasty, you'll almost forget you're eating a vegetable... almost.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: eggplant parmesan, fried eggplant
Servings: 4
Calories: 64kcal
Author: Chelsea Jackle, RDN

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients

  • 2 cups eggplant (one medium)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Wash eggplant, then chop into 1 inch cubes. Cover a baking sheet with paper towel, then spread eggplant out on the prepared sheet. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 25 mins. (This draws excess water out of the eggplant.) Pat dry after 25 mins.
    2 cups eggplant, 1 tsp salt
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Whip egg white in a medium bowl. Add chopped eggplant to the bowl and toss until it is evenly coated and glossy.
    1 egg white
  • Add panko, parmesan, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, and black pepper to a small bowl and whisk together. Pour into bowl containing eggplant and egg white, then toss to coat.
    ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp Italian seasoning, 1 pinch cayenne pepper, ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Air fry in preheated air fryer for 10 minutes, shaking after 5. (Optional - For extra crispy, cook an extra 5 minutes.)
  • Serve immediately and enjoy with a dipping sauce of your choice. (My chili aioli recipe is perfect for this!)

Notes

  • Please note that nutrition facts are an estimate and can vary widely based on amounts and specific types used. 

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 707mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg