Quick and Easy Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich is the perfect comfort food recipe for any meal. It takes only 30 minutes to make this sandwich.  Don’t you just love all that cheesy goodness?

This eggplant Parmesan sandwich is now my favorite sandwich in the world.

Its the best comfort food recipe to make and its the most delicious recipe ever!

So, in celebration of August being the month for Sandwiches, I figured I would bring you my favorite sandwich recipe ever!

Front View of an hoagie with Melted Mozzarella Cheese and Surrounded by Spinach Leaves and Rosemary Sprigs

Look at all that ooey-goey melted Mozzarella cheese!!

There is something so comforting about melted mozzarella isn’t it?  Even my Mozzarella Cheese Sandwich is a drool worthy because of all the melted cheese.

Front View of a cheese hoagie with Melted Mozzarella Cheese and Surrounded by Spinach Leaves and Rosemary Sprigs

The best part of this sandwich is that I used Aquafaba to bread the eggplant.  In the past, I have used almond milk and flax seed meal which were ok.

However, Aquafaba is completely revolutionized everything I do.  It works so well when acting as a binding agent in burgers and other patties.

Front View of Half of an Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich with Melted Mozzarella Cheese and Surrounded by Spinach Leaves and Rosemary Sprigs

Now, you can go for your store bought pizza or marinara sauce for the Parmesan.  However, I highly recommend my homemade pizza sauce because it is made with all fresh ingredients.  Plus, it has an extra amount of garlic which made it that much more delicious.

You can also add red or green bell peppers, onions and mushrooms to this recipe.  I kept it as simple as possible, but, I do love some red peppers in the sandwich

Baking the eggplants is a good option for this recipe.  However, I found that shallow frying them is much better.  I used very little oil to shallow fry about 7 eggplant rounds.

Overhead View of Fried and Breaded Eggplant Placed on a Paper Towel

Two of these rounds didn’t make it to the sandwich!

Ciabatta worked so well for this sandwich.  Nothing kills the sandwich experience like a stale bread.  So, if you can’t find fresh ciabatta, use a fresh hoagie sandwich bun.

For best results, you can do an open bake first.  Once the cheese has melted, you can cover the top.  I oiled the top part just a little bit before covering it.

Overhead View of Half of an Open-Faced Eggplant Sandwich with Melted Mozzarella Cheese and Surrounded by a Bowl of Pasta Sauce and Half a Block of Mozzarella Cheese

Eggplant parm is my favorite thing to eat at Olive Garden. It’s also one of the few vegetarian friendly recipes at that restaurant, lol.

What is your favorite sandwich?

Front View of an Eggplant Sandwich with Melted Mozzarella Cheese and Surrounded by Spinach Leaves and Rosemary Sprigs

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Rini
Easy Vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people
Calories 801 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Eggplant

  • ½ Eggplant medium (cut in circular shapes)
  • 2 tsp salt

For Breading the eggplant

For the Sandwich

  • 1 Ciabatta Loaf About a foot long
  • 1 cup pasta sauce or marinara
  • 4 slices Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil a baking sheet
  • In a mixing bowl, sieve the flour.  Then add the salt, pepper, oregano, Rosemary and Parsley
  • Mix well using a spoon
  • In a separate bowl, add the olive oil, onions, peppers, oregano, basil and salt. Mix well and set aside
  • In a separate bowl, mix the panko and Parmesan.  Set aside.

Breading the Eggplant

  • Dip one eggplant slice into the aquafaba
  • Coat the eggplant very well and then drop it into the all purpose flour mixture
  • Coat well on both sides and transfer to the Panko + Parmesan bowl
  • Coat well and place it on the baking tray
  • Do the same for the other eggplant rounds
  • On the stove top, heat the oil in a medium pan and shallow fry the eggplants on both sides
  • Transfer the fried eggplant to a paper towel and dab to remove the extra oil
  • While they are cooling, split open the ciabatta bread
  • On one side of the bread, generously spread the Pizza sauce
  • Top with the fried eggplants, then the mozzarella cheese. 
  • Dab a couple teaspoons of pizza sauce on top of the mozzarella
  • Place the sandwich open-faced into the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the mozzarella has melted.
  • Cover the top of the sandwich and, optionally, lightly baste it with oil
  • Place it in the oven for about 5 more minutes and then remove
  • Cut into half and serve immediately

Notes

Nutrition information is approximate

Nutrition

Calories: 801kcal
Keyword vegetarian eggplant recipe, vegetarian sandwich recipes
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63 Comments

    1. I apologize for not including that in the instructions. You can put the onions and peppers as a topping before adding the cheese. Alternatively, you can add it after you have put it in the oven and the cheese has melted. This will keep them crunchy.

    1. Thank you, Britni. I am sure you can get them to eat it. All that melted and delicious cheese always gets their attention

  1. Dear Rini, This looks absolutely delicious. My son loves sandwiches like this…as do I! Needless today, it would be very popular with the family. Sharing. xo, Catherine