Thursday, July 23

Fried Capers

I don't normally fry food that often, but when I saw this floating around online I couldn't resist. Apparently, capers turn into delicate flowers bursting with lemon goodness when fried. Did you know that? Its looks so cool!  I usually use capers as a garnish for chicken, but this opens up a whole new caper-friendly world! Imagine the possibilities — a garnish on a salad, pasta, topped on bruschetta or goat cheese crostini's, or just on its own beside a chilled glass of wine. These bursting nuggets are a perfect crunchy addition to any dish, so lets get to fryin'!

Fried Capers
Canola oil
Capers, however many you want

1 Soak capers in water for 30 minutes.
2 Drain capers and pat very dry with paper towels.
3 Heat about 1/2 an inch of oil in a small saute pan until almost smoking.
4 Drop a handful of capers into the hot oil and fry until golden, about 30 seconds.
5 Remove crispy capers with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.


29 comments:

Soma said...

Wow I have never heard of fring capers! Trying to imagine how they are going to be like ....

Karine said...

Frying capers! Interesting.. I have never thought about. Thanks for sharing!

doggybloggy said...

cool....you are right - the possibilities are endless

Kerstin said...

How cool - looks like something you'd get in a fancy restaurant :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those must taste wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

katie said...

OMG... I made these tonight! I am making my own "tonno", poached tuna packed in oil, mario batali style. They went swimmingly.

♥peachkins♥ said...

First time I heard of fried capers...These sounds wonderful..

Grace said...

what a nifty phenomenon! yep, they’d be a great garnish or accent to a main dish, but i’ll bet they’d be a great snack too—-great find!

Finsmom said...

I LOVE capers! This looks so tasty!

Kerry Maffeo said...

Frying capers? I'd never have thought of that...sounds awesome though. Your site is fantabulous! Great job...it's making me very hungry :-)

Lisa said...

I love fried capers and I love your blog! Just found you via Pink of Perfection.

Pam said...

I did not know that! I am excited to try frying capers - thanks for the great tip.

Reginald said...

I have just 5 words

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so...

lute...

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fabulous!

I will def give this a try.

Faith said...

Wow, I never knew capers opened into flowers when fried (it makes perfect sense, though!)...great tip! I've got to try this!

Karyn - (French Charming) said...

Hi Sweet Zoe!

Do you know that I had capers for the fist time the other night? Crazy right? I loved them...I have to try this!

Hug to you,
Karyn

maybelles mom said...

we put them on a salad that had roasted winter squash last year after eating them in a restaurant. delicious, no?

~~louise~~ said...

Oh my goodness! I picked some nasturtium buds (sometimes called poor man's capers:) just this morning. I was going to pickle them but now that has all changed. I'm going to "fry them up" as you have so kindly shared and add them to the Tabbouleh Salad I'm bringing to my sister's tomorrow! Thanks, Zoe:)

Chef Fresco said...

Whoever thought of frying capers?! We have lots of those guys that would be perfect for this recipe!

My comfort food network said...

What fun with capers! I immediately thought of some pan fried fish, with some cheesy sauce and some fried capers to garnish...hmm yummm!

Tim said...

I think it was a Thomas Keller recipe that I first made these for — they're great aren't they?

Joanne said...

I have a serious caper addiction. They add such great flavor to everything. I will have to try this!

nora@ffr said...

gerat tip. this is awesome!! a must try soon.

Ingrid said...

I hadn't seen these. They look good and so cute! AND guess what I just bought a new bottle of capers! Can't wait to give 'em a try!
~ingrid

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

I love fried capers!!! In pasta tossed with goat cheese and lemon zest... YUM.

Kevin said...

Fried capers as a garnish is a great idea!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I have never been a fan of capers but fried might be a different story...

Deseree said...

What a great idea! I just recently discovered how much I love capers. I particularly love them with salmon, but I have never thought of them fried. I will definitely be trying this. Thank you!

mlosier said...

I had these on a caesar salad in a high end resturant and came home to look up how the chef made them... they were crispy and fun. thanks for the recipe!

Michael, Victoria BC Canada

Tami Falus said...

Hi, thx for the recipe! I tasted these for the first time this summer (don't usually like capers as I find them tooo salty) and they were sooo good!!!
I am curious how long after you make these can you keep them? I would like to use them for a cocktail party but would like to do as much ahead of time as possible....
Thx :)