How to roast an eggplant in an air fryer

Air fried roasted eggplant


  1. Wipe down eggplant with dry cloth
  2. Preheat air fryer to 400F
  3. Add eggplant to air fryer whole
  4. Cook for 20 minutes, turning every four minutes

This recipe is based of using the COSORI Air Fryer (5.8QT model, affiliate link).

Virtually every recipe I’ve ever read for roasting eggplant talks about roasting over an open flame. Even if I did have a gas range at home, I’m. not sure how comfortable I’d be holding a smoking egg plant over an open flame, spitting juice everywhere.

Next best thing? Use the air fryer! O.k. you might not get quite the smokey finish of the licking flames, but hey you can always cheat and add back liquor smoke, smoked paprika etc 😉

Air fried roasted eggplant interior
Air fried roasted eggplant interior
Air fried roasted eggplant mashed
Air fried roasted eggplant mashed

This recipe yields eggplant (aubergine for my British friends!) thats fork tender. You can mash the interior flesh with the back of the fork with minimum effort. I use air fried roast eggplant to make baba ghanoush:

Baba ghanoush with air fried eggplant
Baba ghanoush with air fried eggplant
We recommend investing in a kitchen thermometer like the Habor Meat Thermometer to ensure your food is thoroughly cooked. It's quick, under twenty bucks and it's waterproof - and hey - we get a small referral fee for any purchases.


This guide is presented as a reference only. Many variables may influence your own cooking times. If in doubt contact your air fryer or product manufacturer. Please ensure your food is thoroughly cooked before consuming.

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