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
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!
Air Fryer Zaatar Eggplant Ingredients:
Before we delve more into our delicious recipe, let’s gather the ingredients:
- Olive oil
- Zaatar spice blend
- Garlic Powder
- Sesame Seeds
Toppings (Optional) but make it extremely delicious and gorgeous to look at:
- Feta Cheese
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- Pomegranate Seeds
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.
Remove from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes.
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.
Experiment with different variations and share your experience with us in the comments below. Happy cooking!
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- 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
- 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
- Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
- Wash and slice the eggplants into 1/2-inch rounds.
- In a bowl, combine the olive oil, za'atar, garlic powder, chili flakes and salt. Mix and keep aside.
- Generously brush the face-up eggplant slice with the zaatar mixture.
- Place the coated eggplant slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overcrowd (mine accommodated 2 slices)
- Air fry for 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
- Remove from the air fryer and let them rest for a few minutes.
- Top with crumbled feta cheese, pomegranate seeds, mint leaves, zaatar, and a drizzle of honey.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 594mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 4g