Try adding these fried capers to your favorite recipes for a new and flavorful addition!

Fried capers are crispy little flavor bombs that elevate any recipe from pasta to seafood to salads! It only takes a few minutes to turn ordinary capers into culinary delights!

The best part, these only take a few minutes to make!

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A Super Versatile Dish!

  • Marinated capers add a depth of flavor to creamy dressings and sauces, but with this recipe, they get crispy and even more flavorful!
  • Make this simple capers recipe anytime you want an impressive flavor and texture boost to recipes– without a lot of effort!
  • Use fried capers as a gourmet garnish over salmon, chicken, roasted veggies, or sprinkled over a salad.
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Just 2 Ingredients!

Capers – Find jars of brined capers in the condiments section of most supermarkets. For this recipe, drain the capers and save the brine for cocktails, dressings, or to marinate veggies in.

Oil – Olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, and even avocado oil work here. For an extra smoky flavor, fry capers in leftover bacon grease if you have it!

Variations – Toss capers in a little garlic or onion powder before frying. Depending on the recipe, season capers with taco seasoning, lemon pepper seasoning, or spicy Cajun seasoning as well.

oil and capers in a pan to make Fried Capers

How To Make Fried Capers

  1. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat.
  2. Add drained capers to the oil and saute for about 5 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  3. Transfer capers to a clean paper towel to drain.
  4. Cool for 5 minutes before using.

Tips for Success!

  • Avoid rinsing capers before frying them since this will remove lots of that salty flavor!
  • Capers taste great broiled instead of fried! Just place them on a baking sheet, spray with pan release, and place them under the broiler. Shake the pan every minute until evenly browned and crispy.
  • If baking capers, watch them carefully to avoid burning.

How to Use Fried Capers

Top fish or salmon with crispy capers or sprinkle them over cauliflower au gratin, or roasted brussels sprouts. They’re also an excellent add-in to homemade Caesar dressing.

Serving and Storing Fried Capers

Keep fresh or leftover fried capers in a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid and preferably without a lot of air space which leads to moisture absorption and eliminates their crispiness. Keep the jar in the pantry away from direct light, and they should stay fresh for up to 2 weeks. Re-crisp capers on a baking sheet under the broiler before using, if desired.

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Fried Capers Recipe

Pan fried capers level up the flavor and will turn any recipe into a gourmet dish!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly


  • 2 tablespoons capers in brine drained
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil


  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Dry the capers with a paper towel, then add to the hot oil in a single layer.
  • Sauté capers for about 5 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and transfer capers to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • Allow capers to cool for a few minutes to crisp up further.
  • Serve as a garnish or topping for your favorite dishes.


  • Drain, but don’t rinse capers before frying. 
  • To broil instead of frying, place capers on a baking sheet coated with olive oil, and bake them under the broiler. Shake the pan every minute until browned and crispy.
  • Observe carefully as they can burn quickly.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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