How to Easily Prepare Eggplant Parmesan at Olive Garden

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Additional Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings: 4-6


  • 2 large eggplants, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the Eggplant:

    • Slice the eggplants into 1/2-inch thick rounds and place them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle both sides of the eggplant slices with salt and let them sit for 30 minutes to draw out excess moisture.
    • Pat the eggplant slices dry with paper towels.
  2. Set up the Breading Station:

    • Place the flour in a shallow dish.
    • Beat the eggs in a separate shallow dish.
    • In a third shallow dish, combine the panko breadcrumbs, 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Bread the Eggplant:

    • Dredge the eggplant slices in the flour, shaking off any excess.
    • Dip the floured eggplant slices into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off.
    • Finally, coat the eggplant slices in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to help the crumbs adhere.
  4. Fry the Eggplant:

    • In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
    • Working in batches, fry the breaded eggplant slices for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
    • Transfer the fried eggplant slices to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Assemble the Eggplant Parmesan:

    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Spread 1 cup of the marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
    • Arrange the fried eggplant slices in a single layer over the sauce.
    • Top the eggplant with the remaining 1 cup of marinara sauce, and then sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top.
  6. Bake the Eggplant Parmesan:

    • Bake the Eggplant Parmesan for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
    • Remove the dish from the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Cook’s Note:

  • For best results, use fresh, firm eggplants. Avoid eggplants that are wrinkled or have blemishes.
  • If you prefer a creamier texture, you can add a layer of ricotta cheese between the eggplant and the marinara sauce.
  • Serve the Eggplant Parmesan hot, garnished with additional grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired. Enjoy!

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About Christina Flores

Hi, I am Christina Flores, author of I'm passionate about creating delicious and nutritious recipes to help people lead healthier lives. Join me on this culinary journey as we explore the world of healthy eating together!