Air Fryer Roasted Zaatar Eggplant (Video Recipe)

Air Fryer Roasted Zaatar Eggplant: rich, creamy texture of eggplant with the aromatic blend of za’atar spices, all cooked to perfection in the air fryer. Quick and easy recipe for a light meal or the perfect side for any cuisine.

 Air-fryer roasted zaatar eggplant recipe

Air Fryer Roasted Zaatar Eggplant

Welcome to our kitchen adventure! Today, we’re diving into the world of flavor with an easy and nutritious recipe for Air Fryer Eggplant.

This Middle Eastern-inspired dish combines the rich, creamy texture of eggplant with the aromatic blend of za’atar spices, all cooked to perfection in the air fryer.

Not only is it a taste sensation, but it’s also a guilt-free treat for your taste buds. Let’s explore the step-by-step process and savor the magic of this delectable dish.

Before we delve into the recipe, let’s talk about the magic of air frying. Air fryers have become a kitchen essential for health-conscious foodies.

Using hot air circulation, they mimic the crispy results of deep-frying but with significantly less oil.

This not only makes the eggplant irresistibly crunchy but also reduces unnecessary calories. It’s a win-win for both your taste buds and your waistline!easy-air-fryer-zaatar-eggplant

Air Fryer Zaatar Eggplant Ingredients:

Before we delve more into our delicious recipe, let’s gather the ingredients:

  • Eggplants 
  • Olive oil 
  • Zaatar spice blend 
  • Garlic Powder
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Salt

Toppings (Optional) but make it extremely delicious and gorgeous to look at:

  • Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Honey

Did you know that beyond its satisfying texture, eggplant is a nutritional powerhouse?

Packed with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, it supports digestion and overall well-being.

The skin of the eggplant contains nasunin, an antioxidant known for its brain-boosting properties.

By air frying the eggplant, we retain these nutrients while creating a mouthwatering dish that’s as good for your body as it is for your taste buds.


How to Make Air Fryer Roasted Eggplant:

Za’atar, a spice blend prominent in Middle Eastern cuisine, is the secret ingredient that elevates our roasted eggplant.

This mixture typically includes thyme, sesame seeds, sumac, and salt, creating a symphony of flavors. Thyme adds earthiness, sesame seeds provide a nutty crunch, and sumac contributes a hint of citrusy brightness.

The combination of these spices makes za’atar a versatile and aromatic seasoning that enhances the natural flavors of the eggplant while transporting your taste buds to the Middle East.

Let’s go ahead and make the Zaatar oil spread first that goes on our sliced eggplants.

  • We take a bowl and mix olive oil, chili flakes, garlic powder, salt, and zaatar.
  • Mix everything and keep it aside.


Then we slice the washed and patted dried eggplant into 1/2 inch thick long slices.

And generously spread the ‘zaatar oil spread’ on each slice (face up).


Then place the eggplant slices in a preheated air fryer basket and air fry for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.

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Remove from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes.

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Now, decorate with feta cheese, pomegranate seeds, fresh mint leaves, zaatar, and a drizzle of honey on top.

Transfer to a platter and serve fresh.


Congratulations, you’ve just created a plate of Air Fryer Za’atar Roasted Eggplant that’s bursting with flavors and nutritional benefits!

Whether you enjoy it as a side dish, a snack, or a main course, this recipe proves that healthy eating can be both delicious and satisfying.

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Experiment with different variations and share your experience with us in the comments below. Happy cooking!

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Yield: 6 Slices

Air Fryer Roasted Zaatar Eggplant (Video Recipe)


Air Fryer Roasted Zaatar Eggplant: rich, creamy texture of eggplant with the aromatic blend of za'atar spices, all cooked to perfection in the air fryer. Quick and easy recipe for a light meal or the perfect side for any cuisine.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 Medium Round Thick Eggplants - washed and patted dry
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil 
  • 2 Tbsp Zaatar spice blend 
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Flakes
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Salt - use as per taste

Topping (optional)

  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese - crumbled
  • 6 Sprigs Fresh Mint Leaves - thinly chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Zaatar Spice
  • 2 Tbsp Honey


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Wash and slice the eggplants into 1/2-inch rounds.
  3. In a bowl, combine the olive oil, za'atar, garlic powder, chili flakes and salt. Mix and keep aside.
  4. Generously brush the face-up eggplant slice with the zaatar mixture.
  5. Place the coated eggplant slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overcrowd (mine accommodated 2 slices)
  6. Air fry for 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  7. Remove from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes.
  8. Top with crumbled feta cheese, pomegranate seeds, mint leaves, zaatar, and a drizzle of honey.
  9. Transfer to a serving platter and serve fresh.


Eggplant - I'm using the thick round ones, you can even use chinese eggplants for the same but reduce the cooking time to half.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 594mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 4g


10 Replies to "Air Fryer Roasted Zaatar Eggplant (Video Recipe)"

  • Veronika February 12, 2024 (6:21 am)

    I love zaatar and eggplant together but never thought to add pomegranate seeds! They added a nice tart freshness and the feta was so good with it too!

  • Isabelle February 11, 2024 (1:44 pm)

    I love how quick and easy eggplant is to make in the air fryer. This was a really great change to how I usually cook eggplant. The toppings made it really tasty!

  • Kristina February 11, 2024 (1:43 pm)

    This turned out incredible. I topped my eggplant with pomegranate seeds and feta cheese- great suggestions! The flavors were perfect together.

  • Jacqueline Debono February 10, 2024 (6:46 pm)

    I love eggplant and include it in so many recipes. This air fryer roasted eggplant is such a delicious way to prepare them. The toppings add lovely flavours and textures. A beautiful dish!

  • Kathryn February 7, 2024 (10:30 pm)

    This was so delicious and we love eggplant! It’s full of flavor and so tasty with all the toppings. Making this again!

  • Yu February 7, 2024 (12:30 am)

    I love eggplant. Usually, I stir-fry the eggplant with a few seasonings. Using an air fryer is a healthy and easy way to enjoy eggplant as a side dish. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  • Cathleen February 6, 2024 (10:15 pm)

    I am always stuck on what to make with eggplant. I always buy it and have no idea what to do with it. This is the perfect solution!!

  • Bernice February 6, 2024 (4:59 pm)

    OH MY GOD THIS WAS GOOD! Is there anything you can’t cook in an air fryer? Best of all, everyone thought I spent hours hunched over the stove. Super impressive.

  • Alexandra February 6, 2024 (3:57 am)

    Eggplant is one of my favourite things, and this is such a superb preparation. Love the flavours – the feta, mint and pomegranate combination is so good. It is as delicious as it is beautiful 🙂

  • Scarlet February 5, 2024 (4:54 pm)

    This zaatar eggplant tasted as good as it looks. What a great vegetarian dinner option or side dish.

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