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Gluten Free Skillet Eggplant Parmesan

Easy Gluten Free Skillet Eggplant Parmesan made quick and easy in a skillet. Roast up some eggplant and enjoy this deliciously cheesy saucy meal!

Why didn’t we do this sooner?

Gluten Free Skillet Eggplant Parmesan

Something I haven’t told you re: myself: I love all things Parmesan.

The years 2001 through 2003 marked an unruly love affair with Veal Parmesan.

Little known fact: Chicken, Veal, and Eggplant Parmesan were among the first meals I taught myself how to make, because: mozzarella.

And since we’re on the topic, I never could figure out why these dishes are referred to as “Parmesan,” instead of “Mozzarella,” but that’s beside the point.

Because these Parmesan dishes traditionally involve a flour-and-bread-crumb dredging, I haven’t made them since I stopped eating gluten a few years ago.

Sure, I could use a slew of gluten-free flours and bread crumbs, but it simply hasn’t been a priority.

Gluten Free Skillet Eggplant Parmesan

This skillet eggplant parmesan recipe, though.

It’s the cat’s meow.

It involves one skillet, few steps, and you can make it even easier by using your favorite store-bought sauce instead of making the sauce homemade.

Although, I must say: if you have the time to make the sauce, make the sauce!


Also try my Keto Chicken Parmesan!

Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan made quick and easy in a skillet

Gluten Free Skillet Eggplant Parmesan

Gluten Free Skillet Eggplant Parmesan made quick and easy in a skillet is an incredibly flavorful, cheesy meal!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
3 servings


For the Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper*
  • ½ teaspoon ground sage
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup red wine

For the Eggplant Parmesan

  • 2 small eggplants, or one large
  • 2 cups Pecorino Romano, grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated, optional
  • Parmesan and fresh parsley for serving


Prepare the Tomato Sauce:

  • In a medium-sized pot, heat the olive oil to medium. Add the garlic and saute 1 to 2 minutes. Add all of the herbs, spices, and salt, and continue sauteeing another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes and red wine and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and allow sauce to simmer for 45 minutes.

Prepare the Eggplant Parmesan:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Chop the tip and tail off of the eggplants and slice them into ½-inch rounds. Place the slices of eggplant on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle both sides of each round with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping the eggplant slices halfway through.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Spread one cup of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a medium-sized oven-safe skillet. Add a layer of eggplant slices, then spread another cup of sauce and ½ cup of Pecorino Romano and mozzarella (if adding) over the slices. Add the remaining eggplant slices and spread the remaining sauce and cheese on top. Bake on the center wrack of the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the cheese has browned and the sauce is bubbly.
  • Serve eggplant parmesan with fresh chopped parsley (or basil), and freshly grated parmesan cheese.


Note: You can make the sauce ahead of time and store it in a sealed container in your refrigerator until you’re ready to make the eggplant parmesan.
You can also use 1 28-ounce jar of your favorite store-bought pasta sauce. I recommend using slightly more if you love a lot of sauce!
*For a less spicy sauce, add ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper or omit it altogether


Serving: 1Serving - Calories: 466kcal - Carbohydrates: 43g - Protein: 19g - Fat: 21g - Fiber: 14g - Sugar: 25g
Course: Meatless Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy eggplant parmesan, eggplant parmesan in a skillet, vegetarian eggplant parmesan recipe
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Julia


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Wednesday 5th of July 2023

This eggplant parm looks delicious. I do wonder where the Mozzarella is? Pecorino Romano also isn’t Parmesan.


Monday 10th of July 2023

Hi Carmen! I actually make the recipe without Mozzarella cheese, but you can certainly add 1 to 1.5 cups of grated mozzarella if you'd like. I realized pecornio romano isn't Parmesan, but I made the recipe to be vegetarian and Parmesan cheese isn't vegetarian whereas romano is :)

Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

LOOK AT THAT CHEESE!! This eggplant parm is speaking my language. I want to grab a loaf of bread to mop up all that sauce, too!


Thursday 18th of December 2014

mmmmmhmmmm! There's sooo much sauce - plenty for the bread dipping!

Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

Woah - eggplant parm in a skillet?! Love this idea. Headed over to check out the recipe!


Thursday 18th of December 2014


Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

Monday 15th of December 2014

One skillet? I'm totally making this ASAP! More mozzarella in my diet is always a priority.


Monday 15th of December 2014

I am totally down with anything and everything that is referred to as the Cat's Meow and includes parmesan! I have a huge block of parm in the refrigerator right now that I just keep snacking on and can't stay away from! I love that you made gf eggplant parm! I looks delicious and I just want to dive right into that skillet right now! Going over to Kelly's to check it out right now!

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