How to Make Caponata

Eggplant Caponata is a classic Italian dish consisting of a blend of vegetables, simmered with olive oil, and complemented by the flavors of garlic, olives, capers, and seasonings. The result? A versatile, tasty sauce that’s so versatile it’s perfect for appetizers, snacks or a full meal.

It is a fantastic option for those looking for a unique twist on traditional recipes.

Eggplant Caponada

Let’s look at how to make Caponata, and share some exciting ways to serve it at home.

Note: The recipe for Caponata often varies according to regional differences, but the basic ingredients are generally the same. You’ll need eggplant, onions, celery, garlic, and tomato sauce as the dominant ingredients.

You can also add in some raisins, pine nuts, and even sugar for a sweeter version.

Here’s how to make Eggplant Caponata


  • 1 eggplant, cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup chopped green olives
  • ¼ cup capers
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add onions and celery and sauté for 5 minutes until they become translucent.

Add the diced eggplant and cook until it becomes soft and golden brown.

Add minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

Mix in tomato sauce, olives, capers, and red wine vinegar and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Done! Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with chopped parsley.

You can serve it hot or cold!

Now that you’ve made it, let’s see how to serve it –

As a dip:

Serve with fresh, warm, crusty bread or toasted pita chips on game day, at the barbeque, or summertime parties.

Pasta Topping:

This Sicilian dish is a delightful combination of eggplant, tomato, onions, and capers, cooked down to a thick, sweet and sour relish that’s ideal for topping your favorite pasta.

Whether you prefer hearty spaghetti or delicate angel hair, the complexity of flavors in caponata makes it a perfect pairing.

Add a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil, and you’ve got a pasta dish that’s guaranteed to impress.

Atop Bruschetta:

If you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer that will impress any guest, look no further than bruschetta topped with camponada. This delicious Italian dish is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a dinner party with friends or just looking for a tasty snack.

To make it, start by toasting slices of crusty bread until they’re golden brown and crispy.

Next, spread your favorite camponada on top, making sure to cover each piece of bread generously. Finally, garnish with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, and a few fresh basil leaves for an extra burst of flavor.

Serve immediately and watch as your guests devour every last bite!

As a pizza topping:

Spread caponata over the pizza base, add some shredded mozzarella cheese, and then bake until crispy.

In a Wrap:

To make a wrap with camponada, start by spreading a generous amount onto a large tortilla. Top with your favorite protein, such as grilled chicken or tofu, as well as fresh vegetables like lettuce and cucumber. Fold the sides in, roll tightly, and then slice into bite-sized pieces. Voila! You now have a delicious and easy-to-eat wrap that’s sure to satisfy your hunger and your taste buds.

The delicious sweet and sour flavors of caponata make it an excellent standout. It is jam-packed with interesting flavors that make it taste unique and satisfying.

If you’ve ever made caponata or any other eggplant dish, you’ve probably noticed that it tastes even better the following day.

Why is that?

The answer lies in the way eggplant cooks. When heated, the eggplant’s spongy texture absorbs the other flavors in the dish, but as it cools, the eggplant firms up and releases those flavors right back into the dish.

This gives the caponata, for example, a chance to become fully infused with the different spices and ingredients, making it even more flavorful and delicious the next day.

So if you have leftovers, don’t hesitate to save them for tomorrow’s lunch!