How to Cook Artichokes

Last night I cooked artichokes for the first time. I loveeeee artichokes and have a nostalgic connection with them because my grandma used to make them all the time and it was one of my favorite dishes she made. Whenever I see them on a menu I order them but have always been intimidated to cook them at home.

But on my first and only trip to the grocery store last week, I saw some beautiful artichokes and just went for it. Last night I Googled how to cook them in the Instant Pot and found this article which was lengthy but helpful. I condensed everything into the directions below so if you’re an artichoke fan like I am, you can make them too!

In addition to being delicious, artichokes are quite good for you.

While these artichokes didn’t come out like my grandma’s, they were delicious and couldn’t have been easier to make. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

– 2 artichokes
– 2 tblspns, butter
– 3 cloves, minced garlic (or garlic powder)
– Juice from 1 lemon
– Salt to taste

1. Wash the artichokes by submerging them in cold water for 5 minutes.

2. Lay the artichokes on a cutting board sideways and pull off any smaller petals at the base, and use a knife to cut off the stem. Then use a pair of kitchen scissors to trim the thorn tips (about 1 inch) off of all the petals.

3. Place 1 cup of cold water and a steamer rack in the Instant Pot. Place 2 whole artichokes on the steamer rack and close the lid. Squeeze lemon juice on the artichokes so they don’t turn brown as they cook (optional).

4. Pressure cook on high pressure for 9 minutes. Use the quick release method when they’re done cooking and carefully open the lid.

5. Make garlic butter while the artichokes were cooking. I just heated the butter in the microwave with garlic powder but if you really want to do it right, melt the butter in a saucepan and add in minced garlic. Sautée until the garlic is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Set aside and cool. Season with salt to taste.

6. When the artichokes are cool enough to touch, pull off the petals one at a time and dip the white fleshy ends into the garlic butter.

7. Enjoy!

What are your tips for cooking and serving artichokes?

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  1. Lillie said:

    I loveeeee artichokes! I’ll try the instapot method next time. Try adding lemon juice to your butter next time!

    4.7.20 · Reply