An overhead shot of eggplant caponata in a round dish, surrounded by sliced crispy baguette and scattered pine nuts.

Eggplant Caponata

This recipe for Eggplant Caponata is a delicious, non-traditional Italian appetizer made with roasted eggplant, olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, pine nuts and capers. Lina's Baked Eggplant Caponata provides a different take on the Sicilian classic -simultaneously sweet and sour; with just one bite, you're hooked!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baked caponata, baked eggplant recipes, Italian appetizer, roasted eggplant caponata
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 32 tablespoons
Calories 32kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 1 medium-large eggplant
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon capers well rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Remove outer peel from eggplant.
  • Cut lengthwise and then cut into strips. (about 1/4" strips)
  • Sprinkle eggplant strips with salt. Toss together.
  • Transfer to colander set over a large bowl and let drain for about 1 hour.
  • In the meanwhile, whisk together equal parts of olive oil, honey and balsamic vinegar.
  • Add capers and pine nuts and set aside.
  • Try to squeeze as much as the liquid as possible from the eggplant.
  • In a baking dish combine the eggplant and the mixture.
  • Cover dish and bake at 350 ° F for about 45-60 minutes or until the eggplant is soft (stir mixture every 10 minutes or so).
  • Remove cover and continue to bake for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


The recipe will make about 2 cups of caponata.
Can be eaten as an appetizer on a toasted slice of baguette. It's great on pasta, in a sandwich or wrap... or even alongside a steak.
Feel free to add garlic, olives, even cherry tomatoes...make it your own and enjoy, like my sister did!
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg