This keto eggplant parmesan is everything you’d want from an Italian dish: Cheesy and filling! Made with little more than eggplant slices, mozzarella cheese, and homemade marinara sauce, it couldn’t be easier to make. Learn how to make this healthy and low-carb alternative to the classic with our easy recipe.
Looking for a low carb, keto-friendly recipe? This eggplant parmesan is the perfect dish to satisfy your cravings without all of the carbs. It’s also gluten-free and vegan! You can make it in just an hour with only eight ingredients. Plus, you can freeze this dish for later use so you always have something healthy on hand.
You can enjoy this dish guilt-free because it is made with healthy ingredients like eggplant, olive oil, and cheese. It’s one of our favorite keto eggplant recipes and it’s easy enough for anyone in the family to make! Get started today by following our step-by-step instructions below.
What is eggplant parmesan?
Eggplant parmesan is a popular Italian dish of eggplants and cheese. The dish originates from the southern region of Italy, Apulia or Campania. It was brought to America by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s and became immensely popular among Italians living there at that time.
Traditional eggplant parmesan (also known as Melanzane alla Parmigiana) is made by cooking eggplant slices in oil in a frying pan, topping it with tomato sauce and cheese, then baking it in the oven until it’s cooked through.
There are many variations for this recipe depending on how well you want it cooked (pan-fried vs oven baked) and what type of sauce you use (red tomato sauce, white garlic cream sauce). One variation includes adding ground beef like hamburger meat before cooking which gives it more protein as well as flavor!
The main ingredients for this recipe are:
Two medium-sized eggplants will be sufficient. Some people slice them lengthways, but I prefer to slice them into 1/4-inch thick discs. I find the round shape makes them easier to pan-fry and then layer with the other ingredients.
Tomato Sauce (Passata)
Any store-bought version is fine as long as it is low in sugar. Try to buy a chunky sauce if possible.
Instead of breadcrumbs, we use almond flour to coat the eggplant discs in. If you have a nut allergy, coconut flour will work well too.
What do I serve with eggplant parmesan?
The best side dishes for eggplant parmesan are roasted vegetables such as roasted bell peppers, zucchini, and squash rounds, or stuffed peppers.
The best salad to serve with keto Italian food is a simple green salad. I like adding avocado, cherry tomatoes, bacon bits, or chopped nuts. Other great low-carb side dishes for eggplant parmesan are spaghetti squash alfredo or mashed cauliflower.