Instant Pot Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant cubes mixed with chopped bell peppers, onion and celery, black olives and spices in red sauce

Perfect vegan recipe - Dump all the ingredients, stir well and have a delicious meal in less than 15 minutes.

Eggplant cubes mixed with chopped bell peppers, onion and celery, black olives and spices in red sauce

Eggplant Caponata is a traditional Italian summer dish typical of Sicily and Southern regions in general.

This Instant Pot eggplant caponata is made with eggplants and tomatoes and is an excellent option for a light and vegetarian main dish.

The instant Pot will help you to speed up the cooking of the vegetables, which usually takes a long time.

This Instant Pot Eggplant recipe is vegetarian and even vegan-friendly.

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Do I have to use capers?

If you don't have capers or don't like their taste, feel free to use any capers substitute instead..

How to serve?

It can be served both as a side dish or a light meal, together with some bread or on crackers. You can also serve with:

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If you are into eggplant, you can check out this Eggplant Pasta recipe or these delicious White Eggplant Recipes that are perfect for beginners.

Eggplant cubes mixed with chopped bell peppers, onion and celery, black olives and spices in red sauce

Instant Pot Eggplant Caponata

A classic Italian dish loaded with richly delicious flavors. Have a healthy vegetarian meal in only 8 minutes using the Instant Pot.
4.72 from 35 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bell pepper, caponata, eggplant, Eggplant Caponata
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie


  • 1 lb eggplants chopped
  • 7 oz tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon capers
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh basil to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all your ingredients in your Instant Pot and stir a bit.
  • Close the lid and cook at high pressure for 8 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release and open the lid.
  • Add fresh Basil and salt and pepper to taste and serve 🙂


Calories: 145kcal Carbohydrates: 18g Protein: 2g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Sodium: 472mg Potassium: 397mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 12g Vitamin A: 1091IU Vitamin C: 35mg Calcium: 36mg Iron: 1mg


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23 thoughts on “Instant Pot Eggplant Caponata

  1. 5 stars
    Was afraid I would get a burn notice. I did not! Now I can’t stop tasting this out of the pot. Delicious! The sweet and savory is so balanced.

    1. You may need to add a splash of water, but I find the water content released from the tomatoes and eggplant (and other veg) is more than enough for the Instant Pot to work.

  2. Fanstatic! WOW!!!
    Easy. Delicious!
    I'd debate the total prep time since I think it should include the time to get up to pressure and the time until the Red "don't open" is on, but that's just a silly pet peeve of mine.

  3. I made this yesterday with my boyfriend. It was great to find a recipe but it was quite watery, though I used tinned tomatoes not fresh chopped. I think next time I’ll put it to a slow cooker setting.

  4. For the past two years I've made caponata on the stove and preserved it in jars via water bath.Do you know if this recipe would work that way? It sound SO easy in the Instant Pot

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