Broiled Feta with Garlicky Cherry Tomatoes & Capers

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Broiled feta with burst cherry tomatoes and capers makes a surprisingly addictive and flavorful spread. Perfect for summer!

broiled feta

Burst cherry tomatoes, capers, and a flash under the broiler transform an ordinary block of feta into a surprisingly addictive and flavorful spread. It’s meant to serve four as a starter, but with a crusty baguette and a bottle of chilled rosé, I think it’s the perfect summer supper for two.

What you’ll need to make Broiled Feta


How to make Broiled Feta

Begin by sautéing the garlic in olive oil until golden.


Add the tomatoes and cook until they start to burst.


Stir in the capers.


Place the block of feta in a small baking dish and scatter the tomatoes around the cheese.


Broil until the feta is softened and browned on top, about 4 minutes. Serve with a crusty baguette or pita bread and enjoy!


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Broiled Feta with Garlicky Cherry Tomatoes & Capers

Broiled feta with burst cherry tomatoes and capers makes a surprisingly addictive and flavorful spread. Perfect for summer!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 1 (8 ounce) block feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 10.5 ounces cherry tomatoes, preferably different colors, halved
  • Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons capers, drained


  1. Preheat the broiler and set the oven rack in the top position. Place the feta in a small (1.5-quart) baking dish and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and sugar; cook, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes are softened and starting to burst, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the capers.
  3. Scatter the tomatoes around the feta and broil until the feta is softened and browned on top, about 4 minutes (but keep an eye on it as broilers vary greatly.)

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Nutrition Information

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  • Calories: 226
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Sodium: 732mg
  • Cholesterol: 50mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • This recipe was SO DELICIOUS that I suggested my favorite Mediterranean bistro add it to their menu as an appetizer. Because we love tomatoes, I doubled/tripled the amt of cherry tomatoes. This dish is best served straight out of the oven while the feta is a little gooey from the heat. This would be an exceptional appetizer if you were hosting friends or happy hour at your home.

    • — Jennifer Mapes on January 29, 2021
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  • This is my favorite appetizer to share with friends. I make the tomato sauce and then divide between four individual serving dishes. Then, every person has their own portion. I’ve never received more compliments! Delicious.

    • — Debbie on January 28, 2021
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  • This is my go to quick supper dish. After a busy day this is cooked in the time it takes to boil the pasta. It’s delicious and the capers take it to the next level. If you want to veganise it, just the sauce without the feta is amazing with a sprinkle of nut palm and I have used a plant based feta which also works well.

    • — Mandy on January 28, 2021
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  • This one is a winner for sure. Looks super fancy but is super simple to make…. a huge hit last summer so I decided to try it for my staff at Christmas and they all loved it too!

    • — alexandra bake on January 28, 2021
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  • Love, love, love this recipe. I followed it exactly and it’s perfect. A perfect light meal in the summer and a trusted addition to my appetizer standbys. Everyone loves this dish and now my family is asking specifically for it whenever we get together.

    • — Cheryl A on January 28, 2021
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  • This is another winner. I have a huge garden and I’m always looking for a new way to use my cherry tomatoes. I make this when ever we have friends/family over or when we are invited to a party.
    The only change I have made to the recipe is I makes cuts in to the block of feta so you have bite size pieces. ( But I don’t separate it I shape it back in to a block ). It separates a little when it cook its, but it makes it easier to eat. I serve it with tortilla chips. It is SOOOO Good !

    • — Lorie Kershaw on January 28, 2021
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  • I made this recipe twice
    And liked it better when I used a thinner block of feta. Cheese melted better. I cut the block of feta and save the rest for another dish!

    • — Holly Ritz on January 28, 2021
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  • Simple, easy, quick appetizer. Looks and tastes like I spend a lot of time on this but I don’t! Delicious.

    • — HB on January 28, 2021
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  • This was the 1st recipe that I tried from your blog. (I’ve since made many more… always with great results!). My daughter actually made it 1st for a family get together and I LOVED it. I have since made it MANY times. The only difference is I used a goat cheese log from Aldi. The cheese melts so nice and is a nice compliment to the fresh tomatoes! I did try making this with frozen cherry tomatoes (hoping I could extend the use of MY fresh tomatoes). It was good in a pinch, but prefer fresh tomatoes. Everyone who tries this LOVES it!

    • — Debbie S. on January 28, 2021
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  • ABSOLUTELY delicious!! One of my favorite appetizers to make.

    • — Vanessa M on January 28, 2021
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  • This is so delicious! One of my favorite appetizers to make and people always go crazy for it. I sometimes double the tomato mixture.

    • — Carla on January 28, 2021
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  • Not only was this recipe incredibly simple, but incredibly tasty! Goes to show, simple flavorful ingredients add up to fantastic tasting food. I used crumbled feta and basically ate it with a spoon! I always double this recipe so we have leftovers 😁

    • — Rose A on January 28, 2021
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  • Loved this the first time I made it. Cooking the tomatoes this way really brings out their flavor, especially with the olive oil they are cooked in. Great way to use up the abundance of late summer cherry tomatoes!

    • — Sarah on January 28, 2021
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  • I would rate this a 5/5. The ingredients just blend together so well. It is small but mighty in big, addictive flavors. Easy to prepare and always have the ingredients handy. A winner for any occasion!

    • — Judith Buber on January 28, 2021
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  • This is my all time favorite appetizer to serve to family and guests! It’s easy to make, presents beautifully and is absolutely delicious to the taste buds!!! The flavors blend perfectly! Thanks again Jenn!

    • — Andrea on January 28, 2021
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  • Love love love this recipe. Quick and easy and oh sooo yummy.
    I serve it on grilled baguqette.

    • — Cynthia MacPherson on January 28, 2021
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  • This appetizer not only tastes extra yummy but also looks great and is fun too eat. Very easy to make and my dear in laws loved it.

    • — Lynn Barrett on January 28, 2021
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  • Delicious! Thought I had capers and I didn’t! Ack! Substituted kalamata olives and it was great. Will pick up capers and make this again. I needed a new “go-to” app recipe and this will be it. I’ll toast up the rest of the baguette with olive oil and garlic and put it in the freezer for next time.

    • — Susan S. on January 15, 2021
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  • I made this tonight and it was excellent! I added a a couple of shallots and olives to the tomatoes and garlic, which suited our taste. But it’s so quick and amazing!

    • — Sasank on December 13, 2020
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  • Delicious
    My plan was to make caprice salad for an appetizer for our guests, I came across this recipe and changed my mind about the salad and decided to go with it, it looked different and I love sautéed tomatoes ( actually, I am Palestinian and sautéed tomato with onion is a very popular dish in Palestine) so, I used regular tomatoes that I cut to quarters, used mozzarella cheese instead and this dish was a hit, tasty, different, easy to make. Thank you

    • — Khaula on November 8, 2020
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  • This is a hit! Great way to use up abundant cherry tomatoes, even the ones that are starting to get a bit soft and wrinkly. I would add more tomatoes next time. Great served with toasted garlic naan bread cut in triangles or a baguette sliced thin.

    • — Michelle on November 8, 2020
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  • Amazingly easy and delicious! Served with sourdough bread and it was a real hit! I doubled the tomatoes and split the feta in half and made two, separate casserole dishes.

    • — Rachel H on October 18, 2020
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  • I had leftover crumbled feta cheese and capers from another recipe and so I found this recipe when I Googled those two ingredients. I only had a Roma tomato but no cherry tomatoes. I decided to go ahead and try it because I actually preferred the idea of using crumbled instead of block feta. OMG! I just did a small sample to test it out and it was so scrumptious that I made a second one to finish off my tomato. Because I’m single, I do most of my baking in the toaster oven. It works better in my opinion because I can use the “toast” function to roast my veggies which really speeds up the cooking process. I used it on this to ensure feta cooked on the bottom. I’m definitely adding cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese to next week’s grocery list!! I took a picture and would love to share it with you because it looks so delicious even without cherry tomatoes!!!

    • — Debbie Loftin on October 17, 2020
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    • So glad you found this and enjoyed it so much! Unfortunately, the blog isn’t set up to receive pictures but if you’re on Instagram, you can share it there; be sure to tag me @onceuponachef! 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 18, 2020
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  • This is delicious! I have several “foodie” friends who ask for this when they come over. The feta melts beautifully and almost passes for mozzarella in the dish. I have people in my life who dislike feta (strongly) and love this dish. Great with summer ripened tomatoes!!

    • — Denise on September 22, 2020
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  • Super good! I picked my garden golden and sweet 100 tomatoes, and had some feta cheese and capers in the refrigerator. Simple, but delicious recipe! I will definitely make it again and again! Thanks so much!

    • — Ruth on September 15, 2020
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