Once you know how to cook Air Fryer Eggplant, you have a quick, easy, and healthy recipe to enjoy on any weeknight. It is so simple to cube eggplant, season it, and air fry until it is perfectly caramelized, tender, and juicy. This healthy, high-fiber and keto side dish is ready in only 15 minutes and turns out crispy every time!

A bowl of air fryer eggplant is shown for a healthy side dish.

After recently discovering my newfound love of all things eggplant, I delved into everything this healthy and low-calorie food could offer.

The obsession started with Roasted Eggplant, then came an Eggplant Parmesan, but the favorite so far?

Cooking eggplant in the Air Fryer!

Much like any other Air Fryer “roasted” vegetable, they come out super crisp and caramelized on the outside, tender on the inside, and ready in a fraction of the time.

It took less than 5 minutes to cut this purple vegetable into cubes, toss in a bit of oil, salt and pepper, and then pop it into the Air Fryer. And from there… only 10 minutes to cook!

Plus, by cutting it into cubes the surface area increases that is exposed to heat, thus making it WAY more crispy and WAY less soggy than most other recipes!

Don’t believe me? I guess you’ll have to try it out for yourself!

Raw eggplant, olive oil, salt, and pepper are the ingredients for this recipe.

Ingredients

The simple ingredients you need to make air fryer eggplant include:

  • Eggplant. Sometimes called aubergine, one medium to large eggplant is normally about 1 pound. There is no need to peel, you can keep the skin on. Variety options include: Globe or American, Italian, Japanese, or Chinese eggplant.
  • Oil. Avocado oil is best since it has a higher smoke point and you are cooking at a high heat. Other high smoke point oils are vegetable, canola, or safflower oil. Or use olive oil if that’s all you have available.
  • Salt and Pepper. Just a little bit goes a long way, remember you can always add more after you’re done roasting. You definitely want to add some before though, as the salt helps to pull out the moisture from the eggplant while it cooks.
  • Herbs. These are optional, and you can add them before or after. Either use dried or fresh. Try thyme, rosemary, parsley, or basil.

How to Make Air Fried Eggplant

The basic steps for making this air fryer eggplant recipe are simple to follow:

Cube the Eggplant

Cut the stem end of the eggplant off.

From the narrow tip, cut into ¾-inch eggplant slices.

Cut the sections into ¾-inch cubes.

Make them all as close to the same size as possible so they cook at a similar rate. You want small and even pieces so more surface area is exposed to the heat to get nice and crispy.

Leave the skin on, it has tons of fiber and makes it not so mushy. You should end up with about 4 cups.

Season it Up

Toss the eggplant in oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Use a spatula to gently stir everything together. Don’t be too rough, it will bruise the eggplant.

Be light with the oil. You want just enough to lightly coat it, but not so much that it will make it soggy.

You can add additional salt and pepper after cooking if needed, as well.

Cubed eggplant is covered in oil in a bowl.

Air Fry Eggplant

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F. The inside needs to be nice and hot before adding the eggplant.

Place the pieces in a single layer in the basket. (You can even spritz with non-stick cooking spray for an even crunchier exterior!) Be sure nothing is touching so the eggplant crisps up.

It’s best if you use a 6-quart model so you have enough room. Otherwise work in batches.

Cook for 10 to 11 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through so it gets crispy on all sides.

Flavor Variations

Mix up the taste each time you make this easy recipe! Here are a few other options you can try:

  • Asian-style – Drizzle with a few teaspoons of soy sauce and Sriracha.
  • Italian-style – Serve with mozzarella, roasted cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil. Make your own Italian seasoning for this option.
  • Garlic & Herb – Toss in crushed garlic and herbs before air frying. You can use garlic powder if necessary.
  • Greek-style – Add a squeeze of lemon juice, tahini, and fresh parsley. Try this delicious and homemade Greek seasoning recipe.
A fork is used to eat the crispy air fryer eggplant.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: It’s best if you don’t cut the eggplant until just before roasting. Otherwise, it will turn brown.
  • To Store: Once cooked, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
  • To Freeze: While you can keep in the freezer for 3-4 months, it will change texture slightly.
  • To Reheat: Warm leftovers in the oven or air fryer at 350° until heated through. You can also microwave, but it will be a bit mushy.

FAQs

How long will eggplant last?

Uncut, uncooked eggplant will last for 3-4 days on the counter or 5-7 days in fridge.

Do you peel eggplant before cooking in Air Fryer?

It is not crucial to peel the eggplant. In fact, the skin adds great texture and packs in tons of fiber.

Is salting eggplant necessary?

No, however it does help to dry out the excess moisture resulting in the best texture.

Why is my Air Fryer eggplant mushy?

This can happen for a number of reasons. You may have cooked at too cool of a temperature, overcrowded the basket, or used too much oil.

Is roasted eggplant healthy?

Yes! Eggplants are full of nutrients and fiber while also being low calorie.

Eggplant is served with fresh herbs from a white bowl.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Cut into cubes. This allows for more surface area to contact the high heat and crisp up.
  • Shake halfway through. Do this so that all sides have a chance to reach the heat and avoid burning.
  • Cook at high heat. This allows the outside to crisp up quickly without creating mushy eggplant.
  • Right kind of oil. The best oils to use have a high smoke point, such as avocado oil.
  • Add some flavor. Sprinkle on extra herbs or toppings to mix things up.

Other Air Fryer Side Dishes

You can make so many simple side dishes in the air fryer. Give one of these a shot:

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Air Fryer Eggplant Recipe

Once you know how to cook Air Fryer Eggplant, you have a quick, easy, and healthy recipe. It is so simple to cube eggplant, season it, and air fry until it is perfectly caramelized, tender, and juicy.
Yield 4 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound eggplant cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. oil olive or avocado
  • ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper to taste
  • Fresh herbs optional

Instructions 

  • Add cubed eggplant to a large bowl along with oil, salt, and pepper. Toss until well coated.
  • Place eggplant in a 6-quart air fryer basket, making sure it is evenly spread out.
  • Cook at 400 degrees for 10-11 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking.
  • Serve immediately with finely chopped fresh herbs and a sprinkle of salt, to taste. Enjoy!

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Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: It’s best if you don’t cut the eggplant until just before roasting, otherwise it will turn brown.
  • To Store: Once cooked, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
  • To Freeze: While you can keep in the freezer for up to 3-4 months, it will change texture slightly.
  • To Reheat: Warm leftovers in the oven or air fryer at 350° until heated through. You can also microwave, but it will be a bit mushy.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 241mg, Potassium: 264mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 28IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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