This is an overhead image of a plate with caramelized, glazed eggplant pieces. The eggplant has sesame seeds and scallions on it. The plate sits on a white counter. Recipe
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Sweet & Sticky Air Fryer Eggplant

Air fryer eggplant is sweet, sticky, and so easy to make! You’ll love how caramelized and sweet the eggplant gets in the air fryer!

Prep: 5 minCook: 18 minTotal: 23 min
Servings: serves 4


  • 1 large eggplant, cut in chunks or cubes
  • 5 tablespoons agave nectar, divided (honey or maple syrup works too)
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • sprinkle of white sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Preheat your air fryer (if it requires it) to 400F.
  2. Cut the eggplant into 2 inch pieces that are about 1/2 inch thick. I did a combo of triangles and rectangles. 
  3. Place the eggplant in a large bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons agave nectar and 3 tablespoons sesame oil.
  4. Arrange the eggplant pieces in your air fryer basket or tray in a single layer. Make sure they aren’t touching.
  5. Sprinkle with the kosher salt.
  6. Place the basket or tray into a preheated air fryer and air fry for 8 minutes.
  7. While the eggplant is air frying, whisk together the sauce with the remaining 2 tablespoons agave nectar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, soy sauce, and hot sauce.
  8. After the 8 minutes, if you are using trays, switch the trays so the eggplant cooks evenly.
  9. Brush the eggplant with the sauce.
  10. Air fry for another 5 minutes.
  11. After the 5 minutes, use tongs to flip the eggplant and brush the other side with the sauce.
  12. Air fry for another 3 – 5 minutes until caramelized and golden-medium brown.
  13. Transfer to a plate or bowl and garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Info:

  • Serving Size: 1/4 batch
  • Calories: 227
  • Sugar: 23.5g
  • Sodium: 560mg
  • Fat: 13.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Protein: 1.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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