Can You Put Aubergine (Eggplant) In An Air Fryer?

Aubergines are one of those vegetables that you either love or you hate. We happen to love them and we especially love the way they cook in the air fryer. In this article we’re going to share 3 different ways we cook eggplants in the air fryer. We’re sure that if you like aubergines, you’ll love cooking them in the air fryer as well.

Eggplants are a great food choice because they are low in carbs, gluten-free and suitable for vegans and those following a paleo diet. Plus these simple air fryer eggplant recipes can be served with almost any main course.

How To Cook Sliced Eggplant In An Air Fryer

This recipe is so simple and yet so tasty, we’re sure you and your dinner guests will love it.


  • 1 Aubergine
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian Herbs
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Slice the aubergine into discs
  2. Mix the oil and Italian herbs, salt & pepper in a bowl
  3. Brush this mixture on both sides of the aubergine slices
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 180 C (350 F)
  5. Arrange the aubergine slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket ensuring there is a space between each one
  6. Air fry for 10 minutes or until the slices are soft and turned golden brown
  7. Serve

Air Fryer Sliced Aubergine Cooking Tips

  • All air fryers are different so you’ll need to keep a check on how cooked the slices of aubergine are and adjust your cooking time accordingly
  • Don’t make the aubergine slices too thin and try to keep them relatively equal thickness
  • If you prefer your aubergine more crispy you can draw some moisture out using salt (see below)
  • If you’re cooking in batches, the timings will become shorter as the air fryer heats up
  • You can use any herbs or spices

How To Remove Moisture From Aubergines

Back in the old days when we first started using aubergines,they had to have some of the moisture drawn out of them because the moisture contained a bitterness.

Thankfully, selected breeding programs have eliminated the need for this process. However, the technique can still be used to help aubergines become crisp when cooked.

To draw moisture from the aubergine slices just do the following;

  1. Place the salted aubergine slices in a sieve strainer
  2. Allow the slices sit on the rack for around 30 minutes (this allows them to release their moisture
  3. Pat dry using kitchen paper
  4. The slices can now be seasoned and cooked 

How To Make Aubergine Chips In An Air Fryer

These aubergine chips are so easy to make and take virtually no preparation at all.


  • 1 Aubergine
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 180 C (350 F)
  2. Cut the aubergine into chips sized sticks of roughly the same size and thickness
  3. Place the aubergine chips into a large bowl and add the oil and seasoning ingredients
  4. Ensure all of the chips are coated in the oil/seasoning
  5. Place the aubergine chips in the air fryer basket and cook for 8 to 10 minutes
  6. Shake the basket at around the halfway point
  7. Serve 

Air Fryer Aubergine Chips Cooking Tips

  • Don’t overfill the air fryer basket, you need to ensure there is adequate air flow to cook all of the chips
  • Remember to shake the basket halfway through the cooking time to ensure the chips gets cooked evenly
  • If you have to cook in batches, you might need to adjust cooking times after the first batch because the air fryer will have warmed sufficiently
  • Try to keep the chips a similar size and thickness to ensure they cook evenly
  • Instead of chips, you could cut the aubergine into cubes, these cubes should be coated in the same way, but will need less cooking time (6 to 9 minutes)

How To Make Breadcrumbed Aubergine In An Air Fryer

Cooking Aubergine in this way in the air fryer produces slices that are crisp and crunchy on the outside and soft and smooth inside.


  • 1 Aubergine
  • 170g (½ cup) of Bread Crumbs
  • 170g (½ cup) of Plain Flour
  • 85g (¼ cup) of Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 180 C (350 F)
  2. Slice the aubergine into equal thickness discs
  3. Sprinkle the aubergine slices with salt on both sides and place in a colander, allow to drain for 30 minutes
  4. Place the beaten egg into a bowl
  5. Set up a dipping station by placing the flour in one bowl, the egg in a 2nd bowl and the breadcrumbs, parmesan and salt & pepper in a 3rd
  6. Dip the aubergine in the flour and shake off any excess
  7. Then dip the floured aubergine slices in the egg 
  8. Then dip the egged slices in the breadcrumb mix
  9. Put the coated aubergine slices on a plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes to get the coating to stick
  10. Spray the air fryer basket with oil to prevent sticking or place an air fryer paper liner in the basket
  11. Place the slices in a single layer in the basket ensuring there is a gap between each slice
  12. Air fry for 8 minutes
  13. Turn the slices and air fry for a further 8 minutes or until golden brown
  14. Serve

Air Fryer Breadcrumbed Aubergine Cooking Tips

  • You can add any herbs or spices that you prefer
  • Cooking times will vary from appliance to appliance
  • If you have to cook in batches, you might need to adjust cooking times down after the first batch

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you put eggplant in the air fryer?

You can cook eggplants in the air fryer. In fact it is the easiest and fastest way to cook eggplants (aubergine).

How do you air fry eggplant without it getting soggy?

If you want to make your eggplant crispy you will need to cover the aubergine slices in salt and place them in a colander for around 30 minutes to remove excess moisture before air frying.

Do you peel skin off eggplant before cooking in an air fryer?

It is best to keep the skin on the eggplant before cooking in the air fryer. The skin helps the eggplant keep its shape and structure and adds another dimension to the flavour.

Do I need to salt eggplant before air frying?

You don’t need to salt eggplant before air frying unless you want the eggplant to be crispy.

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