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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

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Pan Fried Vegan Eggplant Parmesan encrusted in Italian Herbs with Breading, Layered inside Focaccia Bread with Almond Ricotta Cheese, Fresh Basil, with Thick Tomato Sauce.

This sandwich is perfect for the Italian food lover!

Best Breads for an Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

The best bread you can use for this sandwich is either a slice of thick focaccia or a roll of ciabatta. It is also a great experience if you use a loaf of herbed sourdough too!
I would not use regular sandwich bread for this sandwich, as it may become mushy from the red sauce.

An eggplant parmesan sandwich inside of focaccia bread that is dripping with red sauce with white almond ricotta poking out

Alternatives to Almond Ricotta

Almond ricotta is fantastic in this vegan sandwich, however any soft cheese will work here. Trader Joes has a great vegan Boursin cheese that would work great here. A homemade tofu ricotta is a lower fat version that also tastes great.
A soft mozzarella like miyokos also works great for this sandwich!

Breading the Eggplant

This Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich recipe has you make a flax egg to use as a binder for breading the eggplant. Flax egg is a great binder that is very healthy for you. Flax seeds and chia seeds are both very high in omega fatty acids which is great for skin and brain health. That being said, you can also use 1/4 cup of Just Egg in place of the flax egg! Another option is to add 1 tbs of chickpea flour to the water. It creates a slight batter that will help the breading stick to the eggplant.

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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Everything you love about eggplant parmesan- but in a handheld form! This sandwich is loaded with a italian breaded eggplant, almond ricotta, red sauce, bell peppers, and fresh basil!
This sandwich is an Italian food lovers dream!
Print Recipe
CourseMain Course, Vegan Recipes
CuisineItalian American
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Servings2 servings


  • 1/2 whole Eggplant
  • 4 Slices Focaccia
  • 4 tbs Almond Ricotta
  • 4 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 4 slices Bell Pepper
  • 4 tbs Tomato Sauce

Flax Eggs

  • 2 tbs Flax Seed Powder/Chia Seed Powder
  • 6 tbs Water (1/3 cup plus 1tbs)

Eggplant Parmesan Breading


  • Create your flax egg by whisking the flax seed powder to water, then set aside
  • Mix together everything you need for the Eggplant Parmesan Breading, set aside
  • Thinly slice your eggplant, then dip in your flax egg, then dip in the breading, repeat once more and set aside, then repeat this process with each slice
  • Alternatively you can fry them in a pan with a generous amount of oil on medium high heat, cooking for 5 minutes then flipping it. Place your fried eggplant on a clean tea towel to absorb excess oil – Or for an oil free option…. Place in the air fryer at 400F for 10 minutes, flipping once*
  • Spread your ricotta over your bread then place your eggplant over it. Top with your fresh basil, bell pepper, then your red sauce- top it with another slice of bread


  • In place of a fresh bell pepper try using a fire roasted pepper
  • If you do not have an air fryer and want to keep this recipe oil free bake in the oven at 400 for 15-20 minutes or golden brown, flipping it halfway through
  • Try this on a ciabatta bun instead of sliced focaccia
  • Don’t have any nutritional yeast flakes? Try using a plant-based parmesan instead! There are lots of great brands out there and recipes you can find.
    Another option is to add 1 tsp of smoked paprika and some black truffle salt- the key here is to get that umami flavor


Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2515mg | Potassium: 435mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 5mg

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By on August 24th, 2020

About Jessica Flowers

Jess Flowers is a multimedia specialist who creates vegan recipes using local and wild ingredients. Being plant based for over a decade, it is her mission to share delicious recipes that are made without animal products!

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