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 “Mozarella,” 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. BUT I came across this Skillet Eggplant Parmesan recipe from Annie’s Eats, which involves zero flours and omits the step for leeching water out of the eggplant slices, and I knew I had struck gold.

Gluten Free Skillet Eggplant Parmesan

This recipe. 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, maaaaaaaakethesaaaaaaauce!


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

Gluten Free Skillet Eggplant Parmesan

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: eggplant, parmesan, vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Julia

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



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
  • Parmesan and fresh parsley for serving


Prepare the Tomato Sauce:

  1. 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:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 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.
  4. Serve eggplant parmesan with fresh chopped parsley (or basil), and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

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.

*For a less spicy sauce, add ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper or omit it altogether




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  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Eggplant parm is the best and I love the idea of a skillet version!

    And that’s too funny- why do they call it parm?

    I can’t help but think of my husbands stepmother, aka the pickiest eater on the face of planet, when I hear chicken parm. She orders it all of the time when we go out to eat and says, “I’ll have the chicken parm with no parm, please.” It’s hilarious to watch people’s reactions. She drives me nuts!

  2. Isadora

    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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