Time to fire up the grill, but that doesn’t mean just cooking meats. My easy Grilled Eggplant Parmesan recipe is a great vegetarian recipe that is low on carbs too. It only has a little over 8 net carbs grams per serving!
I love that grilling the eggplant lightens up the dish, but doesn’t sacrifice flavor.
Grilled Eggplant Parmesan
This easy grilled eggplant parmesan recipe makes a great low carb entree by itself, but the dish also pairs well grilled chicken, shrimp or meat. If some family members are not watching their carb intake, this eggplant parm of course goes nicely with a side of pasta too. I actually eat it that way sometimes. It is still less fat and carbs.
Personally, I love the way grilling adds a slight smokey flavor to the eggplant. The extra flavor more than makes up for the omission of breading on the eggplant parmesan in my opinion.
This nutritious meatless low carb meal is inexpensive, as well as, quick & easy to make. Eggplant is generally not too expensive, even off-season. Simply top with mozzarella cheese and jarred low carb marinara sauce. Top with fresh basil leaves, Parmesan cheese and even some red pepper flakes if you like.
Keto Eggplant Recipe?
This may be a tight fit in the earlier phases of a keto diet. Once you become fat adapted, this eggplant recipe could fit in pretty easily though. At 8 1/2 net carbs per serving it should not knock you out of ketosis. It’s a great way to get that eggplant parmesan fix without blowing your low carb diet.
Not only does grilling the eggplant without breading make this eggplant low in carbohydrates, it also significantly reduces the amount of fat in the dish too.
The extra flavor from grilling makes me not miss the bread crumbs.
Did I mention the much easier clean up when making this grilled version of eggplant Parmesan. After all breading eggplant is a messy time consuming job.
How to make Grilled Eggplant Parmesan
This is quite an easy low carb vegetarian dish to make. There are two primary steps to preparing it.
Grilling eggplant slices is an easy way to cook the vegetable without breading it.
Simply slice the eggplant as shown or in circles, baste both sides with oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, Kosher salt and pepper. Toss on a preheated grill and cook on medium heat. Cook a couple minutes on per side, until the eggplant is tender.
Adding Sauce and Cheese
Remove the eggplant slices from grill and place on a platter. Sprinkle generously with an Italian cheese blend or shredded mozzarella.
Pour a low carb marinara sauce over it to serve.
Choose a Low Carb Marinara Sauce
Check the label when choosing marinara sauce for your grilled eggplant parm. Look for sauces that contain no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
There are quite a few jarred sauce options available with under 6 grams of carbs per serving. If you calculate the net carb count by subtracting the grams of fiber, the number of options will be even more. I also like to keep an eye on sodium levels in sauce too. Some low carb marinara sauces are too high in salt.
More Easy Low Carb Recipes You May Like
- Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables
- Keto Chicken Salad
- Broccoli Salad with Bacon Recipe + Low-Carb Version
- Keto BBQ Chicken Instant Pot Recipe
This grilled eggplant Parmesan recipe is a great low carb vegetarian dinner. It is an easy way to lighten up a meal without sacrificing flavor.
- 2-3 medium size Eggplants
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Kosher salt , to taste
- pepper , to taste
- sprinkle Oregano or Italian seasoning
- 4 oz shredded Italian cheese blend or Mozzarella
- 1 1/2 cups low carb marinara sauce (look for 5 or less carbs per serving and no added sugar)
- **optional- fresh basil
Preheat grill on high heat setting.
Cut off ends of eggplants, and slice into 1/2 inch thick planks. Baste with oil, and sprinkle with a little oregano, salt and pepper.
Place eggplant on grill and reduce grill to medium heat. Turning once after a couple minutes and continue to grill until eggplant has softened
Transfer to serving dish, and immediately top with mozzarella cheese.
Warm the marinara sauce in the microwave or a saucepan, and pour over the eggplant. Serve with about a ¼ cup of sauce per serving.
Nutrition info calculated in Carb Manager based on Rao's sauce and 1/2 tsp sea salt. Info provided as an estimate only.
Net carbs calculation:
16.5 - 7.7 fiber - .3 sugar alcohol = 8.5 net carbs