These crispy fried capers will add pops of salty flavor to your favorite keto recipes.

Uplevel grilled veggies, salads, and main dish proteins with a sprinkle of crispy capers, made using only two ingredients.

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We Love Fried Capers Because…

  • They have a crispy and crunchy texture but are also chewy inside.
  • Frying capers enhances their salty and tangy flavor.
  • They are a gourmet garnish perfect for Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Fried capers add a burst of instant flavor to dishes without extra ingredients.
ingredients to make Fried Capers including capers, olive oil, salt, and pepper

Ingredients

Capers: Capers can be found in the salad dressing and condiments aisle. Capers are small flower buds harvested from the caper bush. Pickled in brine or vinegar, they have a unique flavor. They are perfect in all kinds of Mediterranean dishes like this Greek yogurt chicken, on salads, and fish recipes like this air fryer salmon recipe.

Oil: When pan-fried in oil, these tangy bites become crispy and will add great texture to your recipes. Their distinctive flavor makes them a versatile ingredient for any and all low carb cooking needs. Use extra-virgin olive oil, or try vegetable oil or avocado oil.

Variations

  • Add a few pine nuts to the pan and toast them together with the capers for extra nutty flavor and crunch.
  • Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan over the capers while they are still hot.
  • Drizzle them with a tangy balsamic glaze to enhance the caper flavor.
  • Toss capers with fresh parsley, dill, or thyme before frying, or finish them off with a sprinkle of fresh lemon zest and freshly ground black pepper.

How to Make Fried Capers

Crispy capers are a gourmet garnish that’s ready in minutes.

  1. Drain capers on a clean paper towel. (Do not rinse)
  2. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat.
  3. Saute capers (recipe below) until they are golden brown and crispy.
  4. Transfer to a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  5. Cool before serving.

Ways to Use Fried Capers

Fried capers add a boost of briney salt flavor to a pan of roasted cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts. They are perfect served with shrimp dishes, lemon butter salmon, and crispy parmesan baked chicken.

Sprinkle them over roasted eggplant, over an arugula salad, grilled romaine or kale caesar salad. Mix them into cauliflower rice for an added pop of flavor.

Try tossing them with zoodles cooked with lemon zest, garlic, and olive oil for a quick side served with fish entrees like halibut or cod.

white plate with Fried Capers

Storing Fried Capers

There’s no need to store fried capers in the fridge. Keep them at room temperature in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in the pantry for up to two weeks. Re-crisp in a dry saute pan, the air fryer, or under the broiler.

Low Carb Toppings, Garnishes, and Extras

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Fried Capers

These crispy pan fried capers are a flavorful garnish on so many low carb dishes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients  

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

Instructions 

  • In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • With a paper towel, dry the capers then add to the hot oil in a single layer.
  • Sauté capers for 5 minutes or 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 them up further.
  • Serve as a garnish or topping for your favorite dishes.

Notes

  • Drain and dry, but do not rinse capers with water before frying or they will lose their flavor.
  • Observe capers carefully while frying 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, Mediterranean

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