How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke {VIDEO}

Artichokes might look intimidating, but don't be shy! 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. Steamed artichokes are a great healthy snack or a side dish!

How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke

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.”

Here’s your How-To video on preparing and eating an Artichoke!

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 fuzz.

How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke

What is the best way to cook artichokes?

The Instant Pot is my personal favorite way to cook an artichoke because it is FAST and it steams the artichokes perfectly every time. If you do not have an Instant Pot, steam them using a steamer basket, using all of the same ingredients. See recipe card below for both methods! Whichever method you use, cook until the artichokes are dark green in color and the leaves can be easily removed.

How do you pick a good artichoke?

Look for artichokes that have intact leaves and are green in color. If the leaves are falling off the vegetable or if they are blotchy, it is likely not fresh.

How do you eat steamed artichokes?

Prepare artichokes exactly as written in the instructions below. If you are serving artichokes to guests, serve with a small bowl of melted butter and a spoon. Remove leaves one by one, dipping the ends into the butter and scraping off the “meat” using your teeth. Discard the remainder of the leaves and continue until you’ve reached the center, where the leaves are small and soft. 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!

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!

Other healthy sides for you to make and enjoy:
Cauliflower Mushroom Rice
Sauteed Zoodles and Mushrooms
Roasted Veggies

How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke
Artichokes, Veggies, Vegetables
Vegetables, Instant Pot
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How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke

prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins

Artichokes look intimidating, but don't shy away! 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 vegetable. Steamed artichokes are a great healthy snack or a side dish!


  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cloves garlic, quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 fresh artichokes, tops removed (~1 1/2 inches), leaves trimmed and all but 1 inch trimmed from stem
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, for dipping


  1. Place basket inside Instant Pot and add water, garlic, bay leaves, lemon juice and salt. Add artichokes, cut-sides up. Secure lid and set on high pressure. Press STEAM button and set timer for 10 minutes. When the timer beeps, set to VENTING and wait for the float valve to drop. Immediately remove lid and transfer artichokes to a separate bowl using tongs.
  1. Pull the leaves off of the artichoke starting at the base. Dip the base of the leaf into the melted butter and using your teeth pull the "meat" from each leaf. Discard the remainder of the leaf. Continue doing this until the leaves are very soft and thin. Gently twist and pull the leaves off, revealing the "choke" or fuzz. Scrape out the fuzz using the edge of a spoon, revealing the artichoke heart. Cut into bite-size pieces and dip in melted butter! ENJOY!


* To steam without an Instant Pot: Place all ingredients in a steamer basket. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cover and steam for 30 minutes, or until the leaves are dark green and soft and can be easily removed.


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