Eggplant Caponata (Sicilian Version)

Eggplant caponata is a delicious relish or appetizer that can be served hot or cold! Serve with toasted crusty bread.


  • 1 eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups canned plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 12 green olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced oregano
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley, or to taste


  1. Toss eggplant with salt and place in a colander set over a bowl. Let sit, about 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add celery; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion is soft and lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl using a slotted spoon.

  3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in the skillet. Add eggplant and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Stir in celery mixture, tomatoes, olives, capers, tomato paste, and oregano. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until caponata is thickened, about 15 minutes.

  5. Season caponata with vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley.

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings Per Recipe 16
    Calories 54
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 4g5%
    Saturated Fat 1g3%
    Sodium 297mg13%
    Total Carbohydrate 5g2%
    Dietary Fiber 2g7%
    Total Sugars 2g
    Protein 1g
    Vitamin C 5mg24%
    Calcium 20mg2%
    Iron 1mg3%
    Potassium 179mg4%

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

    Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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