Jump to Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Caponata is a Sicilian eggplant dish. It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit sour, and a whole lot tasty!

No ratings yet



  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 yelow onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 ribs celery thinly sliced from the heart
  • 6 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1/2 bunch parsley stems and leaves intact
  • 1 can (16oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large eggplant cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup green olives pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup capers drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large non-reactive pan, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil over medium heat.
    Add the onions and sauté, stirring often, until translucent and tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the peppers and celery and sauté, stirring often, until softened, about 10 minutes.
    Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
    Tie the thyme sprigs and parsley together with kitchen twine.
  • Add the tomatoes and the herb bundle to the pan and cover with a lid.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer, stirring from time to time, for about 15 minutes.
  • In a separate skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the eggplant, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until lightly brown on all sides, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the sautéed eggplant to the tomato mixture. Cover and cook 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the vinegar and sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar completely.
  • Remove the vegetables from the heat and discard the herb bundle.
  • Stir in the vinegar mixture, olives, and capers. Adjust the seasoning.


Recipe and photo provided by Melissa’s -

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Like this? Leave a comment below!


About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *