Baked Eggplant Sticks (Air Fryer Recipe included)

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These Baked Eggplant Sticks are breaded with Italian breadcrumbs and Parmesan, baked or air-fried until golden, and served with a quick marinara sauce.

These Baked Eggplant Sticks are breaded with Italian breadcrumbs and Parmesan, baked or air-fried until golden, and served with a quick marinara sauce.
Baked Eggplant Sticks

These crispy baked eggplant fries are a delicious way to eat eggplant. They are perfect served as a snack, appetizer, or side dish. Eggplant fries are made even better with a dipping sauce. I make my quick marinara, but you could also use a jarred sauce for dipping. If you want a main dish, try this Eggplant Parmesan, another favorite.

These Baked Eggplant Sticks are breaded with Italian breadcrumbs and Parmesan, baked or air-fried until golden, and served with a quick marinara sauce.

I can vividly remember the day when my picky older daughter, who was in middle school at the time, told me she liked eggplant. Eggplant? Really? She was eating dinner at a friend’s house, and they served breaded eggplant for dinner. She loved it. Kids are always more willing to try new food when they are eating with their friends. I was delighted she liked a new vegetable, and for a while, I made breaded eggplant for her at least once a month, only I baked the eggplant instead of frying it.

Eggplant may not be for everyone, but if you like eggplant or want to try introducing it to your family, eggplant fries are a good place to start. Crispy on the outside and so tender on the inside, they use less oil than fried versions. Eggplant is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, like vitamins C, K, and B6, manganese, and potassium. It is also a good source of fiber and low in calories and carbohydrates.

There are many varieties of eggplant. Typically, you can only find a couple types in supermarkets, but farmers’ markets can have a big selection when eggplant is in season. Japanese eggplant is a bit sweeter and milder than globe eggplant, also known as American eggplant. Globe eggplants are the most common variety. They are large and have a meatier texture, which makes them perfect for this baked eggplant recipe.

How to Cook Eggplant Sticks

First, cut your eggplant into strips and then season with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Next, prep your breading station. Put the egg white in a bowl and the breadcrumbs and Parmesan in another.

Now, it’s time to bread your eggplant. Put a few strips in the egg white and then in the breadcrumbs. Once the eggplant is coated, place on the baking tray. Spray the coated strips with olive oil and bake for ten minutes at 450 degrees. Flip the eggplant and bake for five more minutes until golden.

How To Make in the Air Fryer

You can also cook these eggplant fries in the air fryer. They turned out so crispy! Put the sticks in the basket in an even layer, careful not to overcrowd it. Spritz with olive oil spray. Air Fry for 350F for 10 minutes, turning halfway.

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These Baked Eggplant Sticks are breaded with Italian breadcrumbs and Parmesan, baked or air-fried until golden, and served with a quick marinara sauce.
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Baked Eggplant Sticks

87 Cals 4.5 Protein 12 Carbs 3 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
CUISINE: American
These Baked Eggplant Sticks are breaded with Italian breadcrumbs and Parmesan, baked or air-fried until golden, and served with a quick marinara sauce.

Ingredients

  • 10 oz eggplant, from 1 small or 1/2 large
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, (substitute with gluten bread crumbs if GF)
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg white
  • oil spray
  • 1 cup  quick marinara sauce for dipping, optional, extra

Instructions

Oven Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray with oil.
  • Place eggplant strips in a bowl and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
    How To make eggplant sticks
  • Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl, and egg whites in another.
    breaded eggplant sticks
  • Dip a few strips of eggplant at a time into the egg whites, then into the breadcrumbs. Using a fork, remove eggplant from crumbs and place on the baking sheets. Spray with more oil and bake 10 minutes in the middle rack.
    These Baked Eggplant Sticks are breaded with Italian breadcrumbs and Parmesan, baked or air-fried until golden, and served with a quick marinara sauce.
  • Turn over and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until golden. Serve hot.
    These Baked Eggplant Sticks are breaded with Italian breadcrumbs and Parmesan, baked or air-fried until golden, and served with a quick marinara sauce.

Air Fryer Directions:

  • Cook in batches, putting the sticks in the basket in an even layer, careful not to overcrowd it. Spritz with olive oil spray. Air Fry at 350F for 10 minutes, turning halfway.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of recipe, Calories: 87kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 4.5g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 441mg, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 1g
WW Points Plus: 2
Keywords: baked eggplant, Baked Eggplant Sticks, breaded eggplant, eggplant appetizer, eggplant sticks

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184 comments

  1. How many are in a serving?

  2. These are delish! I cooked in the air fryer. I used a Greek  seasoning in the breadcrumbs. Thank you for such an easy dish!

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  4. I don’t like eggplant but these were awesome! I used (many) paper towels to get the water out of them before dredging them. Next time I might try chopping the eggplant into a rectangle and putting it in my tofu press before I cut it into sticks to see if I can get more of the water out.

  5. Delicious. Thank you Gina

  6. I would like to try this because I love eggplant but my husband won’t try anything different. So I don’t know how to make it for one person. Can you make fried eggplant with the same breading?

  7. Awesome recipe! Have been cooking w:eggplants for years. This is one of easiest & most tasty recipes I’ve tried. Will keep making. It! Healthy subatitfoe fries. 

  8. Made them for my kids they loved them thanks!

  9. I used panko seasoned breadcrumb and the oven method and it was great! Once again, another keeper!

  10. I made this tonight ! It was so delicious!!  I made them on the air fryer.. super good. 

  11. This was my first time making these and I absolutely love them! They taste so good that even my daughters enjoyed them! I will most definitely be making these again!

  12. What can i use instead of eggs?

  13. We enjoyed these much better leftover than the first night! They were tasty but mushy (oven cooked) first night. Leftover, i reheated in the oven about 20 min at 400 and they were crispy and delicious! Just right to serve with vegetable soup. I’d recommend letting cool and baking again for best texture. 

  14. Our first eggplant we grew ever. Gabe (7y.o.) wanted to cook it asap. This recipe is so kid friendly and tasty! Wonderful recipe. Thank you so much for showing it. Gabe says “Mom this is a kid healthy choice of food! If I had to pick this or ice cream…..I WOULD PICK THIS!”

    Will be doing this again with the next one too!

  15. My neighbor is so kind to bring us eggplants from her garden on more than one occasion. But I had no idea what to do with them. I found this recipe and used the baking method. My husband and I love this recipe! So glad my neighbor brought us more eggplants! Thanks for the great recipe!

  16. Great recipe! I tried it in the oven and the Air-Fryer. The Air-Fryer gave the coating a much crispier texture.