The Air Fryer Roasted Eggplant is a simple yet flavorful keto-friendly dish that will impress. Made with fresh eggplant, seasoned with garlic, and smoked paprika, and roasted to perfection in an air fryer, this dish is healthy but also quick and easy to prepare. Whether on a keto diet or just looking for a delicious new way to enjoy eggplant, this recipe is a must-try!
Eggplant: One large eggplant is used in this recipe. It’s washed and cut into cubes of about an inch in thickness. The peel can be left on or removed according to personal preference.
Olive Oil: Around two tablespoons of olive oil coat the eggplant cubes before roasting. It helps to give a nice golden color and adds a hint of flavor.
Salt: The amount of salt can be adjusted according to taste. Salt helps to enhance the flavor of the eggplant.
Pepper: Pepper adds a bit of heat and depth to the flavor of the roasted eggplant.
Garlic Powder: Garlic powder gives the eggplant a nice garlicky flavor. The amount can be adjusted according to personal preference.
Smoked Paprika: Smoked paprika adds a smoky flavor to the eggplant, making it more flavorful and delicious.
Parsley Flakes: Parsley flakes are sprinkled over the roasted eggplant for a pop of color and a hint of freshness.
Balsamic Vinegar: Drizzling some balsamic vinegar over the roasted eggplant adds a tangy flavor that complements the smoky and garlicky taste of the eggplant.
Making The Air Fryer Roasted Eggplant
Preparing the Eggplant: Start by washing the eggplant thoroughly. Once it’s clean, cut off the ends and slice it into approximately one-inch thick slices. Then, cut these slices into cubes.
Adding Olive Oil: Once all the eggplant is cubed, add about two tablespoons of olive oil. Ensure all the cubes are well coated with the oil. This step is crucial as it helps the eggplant roast evenly and gives it a nice golden color.
Seasoning the Eggplant: Now it’s time to season the eggplant. Start with salt, and adjust the quantity according to your taste. Follow it up with pepper. After this, add garlic powder and smoked paprika to the mix. These two ingredients will give your eggplant a smoky and garlicky flavor. Mix everything well so that the seasoning is evenly distributed.
Air Frying the Eggplant: Place the seasoned eggplant in the fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and start with a cooking time of 15 minutes.
Checking the Eggplant: After 10 minutes of cooking, check the eggplant and shake the basket. This step ensures that all pieces of eggplant are cooked evenly.
Finalizing the Cooking Time: Let the eggplant cook for the remaining time. The total cooking time should be around 15 minutes, but you can adjust it based on how well-cooked you prefer your eggplant.
Adding the Final Touch: Once the eggplant is cooked to your liking, sprinkle some parsley flakes over it. This will give your dish a pop of color and a hint of freshness.
Serving the Eggplant: Your air fryer roasted eggplant is now ready to serve. You can enjoy it as is, or for an added burst of flavor, try drizzling some balsamic vinegar over it. Enjoy your delicious and keto-friendly dish!
Air Fryer Roasted Eggplant
WATCH HOW TO MAKE IT
- 1 large Eggplant
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Garlic Powder to taste
- Smoked Paprika to taste
- Parsley Flakes for garnish
- Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
- Wash and cube the eggplant.
- Coat the cubes with olive oil.
- Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
- Air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle with parsley flakes and serve.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: per serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200 kcalTotal Fat: 14gCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 3g