Fresh artichokes might look intimidating, but don’t be shy! There are two easy ways to prepare them quickly! You can cook them perfectly in just 10 minutes (a bit longer if you don’t have an Instant Pot) and with little effort you’ll get to the heart of the delicious vegetable. Steam the artichokes for a great healthy snack or a side dish!
Original recipe posted November 2018 | Updating recipe October 2019
When I was a kid my mom made steamed artichokes all the time for us to snack on. I thought every mom prepared artichokes as snacks, but as I got older I learned that most people are deathly afraid of them. Or at least deathly afraid of cooking and preparing them. I mean, they look a little bit scary! When you purchase artichokes at the store, you are almost guaranteed to get a comment from the folks at checkout. I’ve heard so many funny comments from people over the years. Here are some favorites: “What ARE these?!” “What do you DO with these?” “Are these any good?” “Is this cilantro?” “They’re so painful!” “I always wondered if anyone bought these things.”
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If you have never prepared an artichoke, let me convince you to try! With a few helpful little tricks, they are easy to prep and the small amount of effort that goes into making them suddenly disappears when you reach the gold. If you have ever eaten an artichoke, you know what “gold” I’m talking about. The delectable, savory, totally scrumptious artichoke heart that is buried beneath the grumpy-looking leaves and intimidating fuzzy center. You’ll be glad you have a simple instant pot recipe to make these delectable veggie treats.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO COOK ARTICHOKES?
Love artichokes? Instant Pot Artichokes are easy but you can steam them on the stove for a tender vegetable too with your favorite dips.
INSTANT POT METHOD
The Instant Pot is my personal favorite way to cook an artichoke because it is FAST and it steams the artichokes perfectly every time. This is one recipe you won’t use high pressure with though, and no quick release with all the steam. We’re using the steam function.
Cut off the top of each artichoke and trim the leaves a bit. Place your large artichokes into a steaming basket inside your pressure cooker with a few inches of water on the bottom. Add the bay leaf, garlic , salt and pepper and lemon slices. Cover your instant pot make sure the valve is open. Click the “steam” button for a cook time of just 10 minutes and let it begin to heat the water.
STOVE TOP METHOD
Cut off the top of each artichoke and trim the leaves a bit. Add about 3 inches of water to your large pot,then begin adding lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper and a bay leaf into the pot for the perfect flavor! Bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer with the cover on for 30-40 minutes or until the artichoke is dark green in color and the outer leaves are easily removed.
In under 30 minutes you have a tender, delicious vegetable that is just so yummy!
HOW DO YOU PICK A GOOD ARTICHOKE?
Look for artichokes that have intact leaves, tightly packed and not loose and falling off. Also, they should be green in color, healthy looking. If the leaves are falling off the vegetable or if they are blotchy, it is likely not fresh. Another tell is if they are heavy for their size, a dense artichoke is primed for picking. Their optimal season is from March through May.
HOW DO YOU EAT STEAMED ARTICHOKES?
Begin pulling the leaves off of the artichoke starting at the base. Dip the base of the leaf into the melted butter. Insert leaf into mouth and scrape teeth against it in order to pull the “meat” from it. Discard what is left of the leaf. Continue doing this until you reach the center of the artichoke. You will see thin, small leaves and underneath them a layer of white fuzz – this is the artichoke heart.
Gently twist and pull to reveal the “choke” which resembles fuzz or small hairs. Scrape the choke out entirely using the edge of a spoon. Cut the artichoke heart into pieces, dip into the melted butter and enjoy!
Cut it in half lengthwise and then cut out the fuzzy portion with a knife. Dip in butter and eat down to the stem.
If you are serving artichokes to guests, serve with a small bowl of melted butter as your dipping sauce and a spoon.
Did I convince you? Please give steamed artichokes a try and report back, letting me know how you served them and how hard you fell in love. ENJOY!
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HOW TO CLEAN AN INSTANT POT
Keep your Instant Pot shiny, clean and scent-free by following these simple steps:
EXTERIOR – Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe down any grease or gunk on the outside of the Instant Pot. Use a brush or the edge of a clean cloth to reach inside the rim to remove food that may have gotten stuck in the grooves. The exterior “housing” should never ever be immersed in liquid or run underwater.
INNER POT – The stainless steel inner pot can be hand-washed OR run through a dishwasher. See below tips for deep cleaning when needed.
COVER – The inside of the IP cover can usually just be wiped down with a clean cloth after use. If there is food stuck to the inside of the cover, remove the sealing ring and run the cover under hot water and scrub with a brush or cloth.
SEALING RING – The sealing ring can be easily removed from the Instant Pot and hand-washed with warm, soapy water OR run through a dishwasher when needed.
TRIVET – The trivet that is inserted into the Instant Pot can be scrubbed with a brush, hand-washed with warm, soapy water or run through a dishwasher.
DEEP CLEAN – If the inner pot starts to show signs that it needs a deep cleaning (cloudiness or discoloration), pour either 2 cups of white vinegar OR 2 cups of water plus 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into the pot. Place the cover on the pot and set to STEAM for 3 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally and remove the cover. Remove sealing ring and inner pot and allow to air dry.