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What are capers?

About the ingredient capers. Including 351 recipes with capers, nutrition data, and photos.



Close-up of capers on a wooden spoon

Capers are often used as a garnish in many Mediterranean dishes, typically Italian . They are very frequently used in Sicilian cookery.

Capers have an intense flavour that is developed as mustard oil is released from the caper buds when pickled.

They are commonly used in salads, pastas and often served with smoked salmon such as lox with cream cheese on bagels.

Spaghetti alla puttanesca

Popular Italian dishes that feature capers as an integral component include Spaghetti alla puttanesca and Chicken Piccata.

Chicken Piccata with pasta and mushrooms


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tbsp, drained (8g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 1Calories from Fat 0
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 0.4g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars 0.0
Protein 0.2g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Food group

Capers are a member of the Spices and Herbs US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much do capers weigh?

Measure Grams
1 tbsp, drained 8

In Chinese:驴蹄草
British (UK) term: Capers
en français:câpres
en español:alcaparra

Recipes using capers

There are 351 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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