These eggplant pizzas are made in the air fryer for a low carb way to satisfy your pizza craving! This is a tasty way to enjoy eggplant and you can customize these pizzas with your favorite toppings!

eggplant pizza
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What is an Air Fryer?

An air fryer works like a convection style oven. It circulates hot air around a metal basket which creates a crispy outer layer. Not to get all scientific here but there is something called the Maillard reaction, which is the chemical reaction that gives food a browned or crispy crust. An air fryer makes that reaction happen. This method works particularly well for eggplant because there is a lot of moisture we need to remove from the eggplant to create a pizza base.

How to Pick an Eggplant

Whether you’re making these eggplant pizzas, crispy eggplant, or breaded eggplant, it’s important to start with good ingredients. look for an eggplant that feels firm and heavy for its size. Avoid eggplants that are too soft or have wrinkled skin, which may indicate age or decay. The skin should be smooth and shiny, without any blemishes or bruises. Also, check the stem end of the eggplant; it should be slightly green. Avoid eggplants with a brown or dried-out stem. When looking at the sizes, keep in mind that smaller eggplants tend to have a more tender texture and milder flavor.

How to Make Eggplant Pizza in an Air Fryer

The first step is to remove moisture from the eggplant. Slice into 1/2″ rounds, and place on a double layer of paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 5 minutes. Then use additional paper towels to blot moisture from the eggplant.

blotting eggplant

Place the eggplant slices in a single layer in an air fryer basket. Cook until browned.

air fryer basket

Top each slice with sauce and cheese and air fry until the cheese is browned and bubbly.

air fryer eggplant pizza

Feel free to add any additional toppings you like! I love a sprinkle of fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

eggplant pizza

Looking for more ways to use your air fryer? Use it to turn these eggplant pizzas into a full meal! You could pair them with air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks for even more cheesy flavor or serve them with air fryer broccoli for a tasty and healthy side dish!

air fryer broccoli
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eggplant pizza

Air Fryer Eggplant Pizza

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Pizza


These eggplant pizzas are made in the air fryer for a low carb way to satisfy your pizza craving! This is a tasty way to enjoy eggplant and you can customize these pizzas with your favorite toppings!


  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced into 1/2” thick rounds
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan, oregano, red pepper, salt, etc (optional)


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the sliced eggplant on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes, then blot with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  4. Place the eggplant in a single layer in the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes. Flip the eggplant and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until browned. You may need to do this in batches.
  5. Top each slice with pizza sauce and cheese.
  6. Continue to cook for 4-5 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and browned.
  7. Top with basil and shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired.

chopped salad

Looking for a tasty recipe to serve with your eggplant pizzas? Try this Italian chopped salad!

Can’t get enough healthy pizza? Try these zucchini pizza bites!

zucchini pizza bites

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

This post was originally published August 2013. Updated August 2020.