Fresh 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. Steam the artichokes for a great healthy snack or a side dish!
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.
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, add a few inches of water to your large pot then bring it to a boil. Adding just lemon juice and a bay leaf will make it have perfect flavor! Steam the artichokes with a steamer basket, using all of the same ingredients. See recipe card below for both methods! Whichever method you use, cover the pot and cook until the artichokes are dark green in color and the leaves can be 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?
Prepare artichokes exactly as written in the instructions below. If you are serving artichokes to guests, serve with a small bowl of melted butter as your dipping sauce 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 outer 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!