Eggplant Caponata is a traditional Sicilian dish that is rich, tangy, and slightly sweet and sour. It’s a versatile vegetable medley featuring eggplant, tomatoes, and a variety of aromatics, making it perfect as a side dish, appetizer, or even as a topping for bruschetta.


  • 2 large eggplants, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup green olives, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • Optional: pine nuts or raisins for added texture and sweetness


  1. Place the cubed eggplant in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let it sit for about 30 minutes to draw out the bitterness. Rinse with water and dry with paper towels.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the eggplant and cook until it starts to soften and brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the skillet and cook until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the red bell pepper and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the diced tomatoes (with their juice), capers, and olives. Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Add the red wine vinegar and sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes, until the mixture thickens slightly.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped basil. If desired, add pine nuts or raisins.
  8. Let the caponata cool to room temperature. It can be served immediately or refrigerated and served cold.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Protein: 2g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes (includes time for salting eggplant)
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Serves: 4-6 people

Eggplant Caponata is a delightful Sicilian dish that offers a complex blend of flavors and textures. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a hearty, plant-based meal. This dish can be served on its own, as a side, or as a topping for crusty bread. Enjoy the taste of Sicily with this delicious and traditional recipe!

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