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Low Carb Eggplant Parmesan

Low Carb Eggplant Parmesan is such a simple, delicious dinner! With crispy eggplant and melted, bubbly cheese, this is one recipe you'll come back to again and again.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy eggplant parm, low carb eggplant parm, low carb eggplant parmesan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 241kcal

Ingredients

  • 22 oz. eggplant (1 - 2 medium eggplants)

Marinara sauce:

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • handful fresh basil leaves

Parmesan coating

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 large eggs

Assembly

  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella
  • 6 mozzarella slices

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and chili flakes and cook for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sea salt, pepper, and fresh basil. Mix well, then turn the heat down to low and allow the marinara to simmer for 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Slice the eggplant into 1/4 inch thick rounds and place on a baking tray. Sprinkle sea salt over the top side of the eggplant, then flip over to sprinkle the other side. Allow to sit for 30 minutes, then dry off excess water with a paper towel.
  • Preheat your oven to 400F (200°C) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, oregano, parsley, and thyme. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs.
  • One at a time, dip an eggplant round first into the egg mixture to cover both sides, then into the almond flour mixture. Make sure each side is well-coated with the almond flour and herb mix, then set onto the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Repeat until all eggplant rounds are coated.
  • Bake the eggplant rounds at 400F for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they’re crispy and golden. Remove from the oven, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  • Grate the mozzarella and parmesan cheese, setting aside some for the top of the casserole.
  • Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish. Add a layer of the crispy eggplant rounds, then cover with a layer of grated mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Repeat the layering until you have used all the eggplant rounds. You should have 2 – 3 layers, depending on the size of your casserole dish.
  • Top with mozzarella slices and reserved mozzarella and parmesan.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes at 400F (200°C) until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Notes

This recipe is for 6 servings.
If using a large eggplant, use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin, as it can be tough and bitter.
Salting the rounds and allowing them to sit for 30 minutes is very important to draw out moisture. This is the key to crispy eggplant!
Alternatively, you can shallow-fry the rounds in a 1/2 inch of oil for 2-3 minutes per side, then set on a towel or rack to drain excess oil.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
The marinara and baked eggplant rounds can be prepared in advance if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8.8g | Fat: 15.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 61.7mg | Sodium: 194.5mg | Potassium: 582.7mg | Fiber: 5.6g | Sugar: 8.4g | Vitamin A: 15.3IU | Vitamin C: 30.6mg | Calcium: 11.8mg | Iron: 16.5mg | Net carbs: 9.4g