Quick & Easy Eggplant Parmesan in the Microwave

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 14 mins

This is my grandmother's recipe, I'm not sure where she got it. It only takes about 14 minutes in the microwave for a quick dinner. If you want meat you can add it to your sauce.


  1. Peel eggplant; cut into 1/8" slices. In bowl combine tomato paste, water and tomatoes. Mix well. Add oregano and basil, Spread sauce on bottom of 2-Qt casserole. Layer half of eggplant, more sauce, and half the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Finish by sprinkling Paremsan cheese on top. Cover casserole.
  2. Place in microwave and cook on High 14 minutes, turning dish once after 7 minute if your microwave does not rotate. Make sure cheese has melted.
  3. Serves 4.
  4. To Freeze: Label casserole and freeze up to 2 months.
  5. To Thaw: Thaw and place in microwave on High for 7 minutes.
Most Helpful

I had never thought of making eggplant in the microwave before. Great way to make an eggplant meal without frying or using the oven! I added extra mozzarella cheese along with some garlic and red pepper flakes. It was great!

DesertRose15 September 21, 2013

This was great! I didn't have low-sodium canned tomatoes, so I just used extra water and it was so flavorful, you'd never know it. Cooked in the microwave perfectly, which has now got me on a kick of full-on cooking in the microwave. Usually I just use it to heat things up, but I've since made a meatloaf and lasagna in the microwave and both came out great. So thanks for the great eggplant recipe, and thanks also for rediscovering a great time-saving cooking method that doesn't heat up the whole house!

Goody2shz August 04, 2013

This is great for a quick and very tasty meal. I skip the step of mixing tomato paste and water and I use a jar of (blush) Ragu that I doctor by adding some chile peppers, garlic, basil, oregano, fennel and just a touch of cinnamon. Once I made this with swiss cheese because I was out of mozzarella and it was just as good. I top the baking dish with a sheet of parchment paper before wrapping in plastic to microwave. Thanks for sharing.

Marysdottir June 20, 2013