Eggplant Parmigiana

» Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Main Dish/Entree, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Eggplant Parmigiana

A perfect main course served alongside/atop plain pasta. It is sinfully delicious with layers of Mozzarella, Parmesan and tomato sauce. 

Eggplant Parmigiana

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 2 hours
Total time 2 hours, 10 minutes
Allergy Milk, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Website The Veggie Table


  • 1 large or 2 medium eggplants
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup milk, buttermilk, or thinned yogurt
  • 1.5 cups bread crumbs, cornmeal, or flour
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 cups Italian or grilled tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cups mozzarella cheese, sliced or grated
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated


A classic vegetarian dish, perfect for main course served alongside/atop plain pasta.


Step 1
Cut the eggplant into ½-inch slices. Sprinkle both sides of each slice with salt, lay out on the plates or tray, and let stand for 30-60 minutes (less if the eggplant is fresh). Wash off the salt and immediately blot each slice dry.
Step 2
Heat ½-inch of oil in the frying pan and cover plates or tray with several layers of paper towels.
Step 3
Put the milk/buttermilk/yogurt in one bowl and the bread crumbs or flour in the other. Coat each slice of eggplant with the liquid, followed by the crumbs.
Step 4
Fry a single layer of eggplant slices until golden brown, turn, and fry the other side. When the eggplant is tender, transfer to the paper towels, and turn to remove excess oil. Repeat with remaining slices, adding more oil to pan as needed.
Step 5
Preheat oven to 350°.
Step 6
Cover the bottom of the baking dish with a few spoonfuls of tomato sauce. Layer slices of eggplant, sprinkle with half of the mozzarella and all of the parmesan. Cover with tomato sauce, add the remaining eggplant, then the sauce, and top with the rest of the mozzarella.
Step 7
Bake for 30 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.