Instant Pot Caponata

"A delicious Sicilian eggplant dish made in Instant Pot. Enjoy this vegan and gluten-free caponata warm or cold with bread or pasta, or serve it alongside other dishes."


Sicilian Eggplant Dish






50 min




Vegan and gluten free

– 3 tbsp olive oil – 1 bay leaf – 1 cup onion chopped – 2 garlic cloves – ¾ tsp salt or to taste – 1 tbsp sugar – 1 large eggplant approx 1 lb 2.5 oz, chopped – ½ cup celery chopped, 4.1 oz – 10 green olives chopped – ½ cup roasted red bell pepper canned, 3.6 oz – 14.5 oz fire-roasted tomatoes 1 can – 2 tbsp capers – 2 tbsp raisins – 1 tsp Italian seasoning – 1 tsp ground black pepper heaped tsp or to taste – 3 tbsp red wine vinegar – 1 tsp red chili flakes or to taste – 5 to 7 fresh basil leaves chopped Measurement details: 1 cup = 240ml; 1 tbsp = 15ml; 1 tsp = 5ml.

You will need:


Simple & easy-to-follow

Step 1

Set the Instant Pot in saute mode. Add the 3 tbsp of oil and, when the oil is hot, add the bay leaf chopped onion and garlic. Add the salt and sugar as well. Water will ooze out, and it’s normal. Saute until the onion turns soft and tender or for about 3 to 4 minutes. Now turn off the Instant Pot. Turning it off after sauteing onion helps to prevent the burn signal in the newer Instant Pot models.

Step 2

Now spread the eggplant and then add the celery and olives on top.

Step 3

Next, add the bell peppers, tomatoes, capers, raisins, Italian seasoning, red wine vinegar, black pepper, and chili flakes. Do not mix.

Close the Instant Pot. Make sure the vent is in the sealing position. Select manual/pressure cook and set the time to 3-minutes at high-pressure mode. When the cooking is complete, naturally release the pressure.

Step 4

Carefully open the lid. Now add some fresh basil, gently mix the caponata. Check for seasoning and adjust at this stage. If you add some seasoning, simmer it for a couple of minutes and turn off the heat. Serve it with pasta, or with bruschetta, or as is.

Step 5

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