Beans are huge in the Mediterranean Diet. Fasolakia is a very traditional Greek dish in the “ladera” family. “Ladera” are foods cooked in a lot of olive oil that are served warm or at room temperature. They are usually cheap to make but very filling and delicious. This is one of the best instant pot recipes i’ve tried. Fasolakia is best in the summer when fresh green beans are available. My aunt in Crete likes to add potatoes and zucchini to this dish which makes it more filling. I thought this would be a perfect recipe to adapt for the Instant Pot cooker. This recipe usually takes an hour to cook on the stove. It’s amazing how the Instant Pot can fully cook the potatoes and beans in only 15 minutes!
Here are some other ladera and bean recipes to try! (Not Instant Pot)
The Instant Pot we use is the 6 quart version. It is just right for recipes that serve 4 all the way up to 8 servings. For us, it seems to be the perfect size. Below is the one we purchased from Amazon. I highly recommend it!
1poundgreen beans (fresh or frozen) If fresh, stems removed
1 1/2onion, sliced thin
salt and pepper, to taste
Set the Instant Pot on Saute while you prep all the ingredients so it starts to warm up.
Once everything is prepped, first pour in the diced tomatoes, water, and olive oil. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and stir really well. You want to stir them really well now because you won't have another chance until it's finished cooking.
Once it's stirred well, put the top on the pot, and spin to lock it in. Then make sure the valve on top is set to "sealing".
Use the manual setting and set to 15 minutes. Wait a few minutes and it will turn on and start sealing the pressure. Wait until the timer reaches 0. (it takes a little while for the timer to start because it needs to reach a certain temperature)
When the timer reaches zero, use an oven mitt and turn the valve on top to "venting". It takes a couple minutes for the steam to release. When you don't hear anymore steam coming out, you can remove the top and serve! Be careful, the food is still very hot! Enjoy!
George studied International Business in Greece in 2015 for three semesters. His family is from the island of Crete, and he lived with them for a whole summer. During that time, he started working for Mediterranean Living and contributing his firsthand experiences of the traditional Cretan diet. He learned fluent Greek along the way, being fully immersed in a traditional Cretan village. He is since graduated with a business degree from Worcester State University. George loves language and traveling, so he completed a TEFL certificate program at the Boston Language Institute in order to teach English abroad and travel the world. He currently works full-time blogging, recipe formulating, and social media marketing for Mediterranean Living. His passions include language, gardening, hiking, skateboarding, and watching sports. He dreams of living in Crete one day, after he travels the world learning as many languages and cultures as possible.