Easy, Healthy Eggplant Parmesan--Made in a Waffle Iron!

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Looking for recipes for eggplant?  This healthy eggplant parmesan recipe is so fast and easy to make using a waffle iron or pannini press instead of frying!  And it happens to be a gluten free eggplant parmesan recipe, too.

Low carb, gluten free, healthy eggplant parmesan made in a waffle iron on a bed of pasta on a white plate.

I absolutely adore eggplant parmesan, but it's definitely an indulgence.  I've tried roasting the eggplant before, and while I like it, it's not, you know, eggplant parmesan.  It doesn't have that crunch.  And then I came across the idea of making parmesan-crusted eggplant in a waffle iron on the ChowHound Home Cooking board.  I knew I had to try it.  TODAY.

It was amazing!  It was easy!  It was healthy!  It was fast!  I'm never making eggplant parmesan the conventional way again.  NEVER.  This technique is that good.

Easy, Fast, and Healthy Eggplant Parmesan in a Waffle Iron

  • one eggplant
  • finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • egg wash

Peeled eggplant, sliced on a wooden cutting board on a white marble surface.

Pull out your trusty waffle iron (I used a regular one, not a Belgian one) and start it heating up.  I've also very successfully used a panini press with this recipe.  Peel and slice the eggplant.

Eggplant slice dredged in parmesan cheese.

Make an egg wash by beating one egg with some water to make a thin liquid.  Dip each slice of eggplant first in the egg wash, and then dredge in the finely grated Parmesan.

Eggplant slices coated with parmesan cheese being cooked on a waffle iron.

Shake off any excess, and pop it on your pre-heated waffle iron.  My iron has a non-stick coating, so I didn't need any extra oil.

Eggplant slice coated with parmesan cheese being cooked on a waffle iron.

The thin coating of Parmesan turns into a delicate, crunchy coating.  The eggplant gets perfectly tender and cooked through in just three or four minutes.  

Low carb, gluten free, healthy eggplant parmesan made in a waffle iron on a bed of pasta on a white plate.

I'm sure you could also use a George Foreman grill, but I don't have one of those.  Let me know if you try it on one of those!  In general I don't like having single-use appliances taking up room in my kitchen, but I can't quite bear to get rid of the waffle iron.  And now I have a second use for it!  I kind of like how the eggplant ended up in a waffle shape, too.  For one thing, it made nice little pockets for holding the red sauce!  And I totally convinced my kids to eat these by calling them "crunchy Parmesan waffles."  My kids do love their flavorful cheese.

Low carb, gluten free, healthy eggplant parmesan made in a waffle iron on a bed of pasta on a white plate.

I made pasta for the girls, but as much as I love noodles myself, all I really wanted was the eggplant!  Need something for your Meatless Monday rotation?  This is a sure winner.

Variations and Ideas for Low Carb Eggplant Parmesan:

  • Use the crispy-coated, gluten free eggplant parmesan disks instead of bread to make an amazing sandwich with some fresh mozzarella and pesto.
  • Cut eggplant slices into quarters and use the parmesan-crusted eggplant instead of chips or bread with a tasty Italian dip.   

Related Eggplant Recipes:

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Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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