If you haven’t heard of caponata, now is the time. I’m excited to introduce you to this lovely antipasti, our Instant Pot Caponata recipe.

Full of eggplant, zucchini, and celery, caponata is as beautiful as it is delicious, and making it in the pressure cooker makes this Instant Pot Caponata recipe comes together in a snap.

Instant Pot Caponata recipe - Instant Pot appetizer

What is Caponata?

Caponata is a Sicilian eggplant dish consisting of a cooked vegetable salad made from chopped eggplant and celery seasoned with vinegar and a sweet and mildly spicy sauce.

We’ve made this beautiful appetizer even easier to make by creating an Instant Pot version.

 

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Instant Pot Caponata Recipe

Try this Instant Pot Caponata recipe as a delicious antipasti or Instant Pot appetizer. This also makes a great light lunch.

Instant Pot Caponata
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into ½” pieces
  • 2 small zucchini, cut into ½” pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped dates
  • ½ cup tomato paste, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to pressure cooker, reserving ¼ cup tomato paste.
  2. Set pressure to 5 minutes.
  3. Quick release and then stir in remaining ¼ cup tomato paste. Serve with a selection of crackers, flatbread, pita bread, and olives. Caponata sauce can be served warm or cold, and you can also serve with pasta or couscous.

 

Directions:

Instant Pot Caponata

The ingredients for caponata are gorgeous. Enjoy the color and beautiful scents as you prepare this healthy dish.

Instant Pot Caponata

Add all ingredients to pressure cooker, reserving ¼ cup tomato paste. 

Set pressure to 5 minutes. 

Instant Pot Caponata

Quick release and then stir in remaining ¼ cup tomato paste.

Instant Pot Caponata

Serve with a selection of crackers, flatbread, pita bread, and olives. Caponata sauce can be served warm or cold, and you can also serve with pasta or couscous.

What’s your favorite Instant Pot appetizer?

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