Fresh Steamed Artichoke Recipe

Updated on December 12, 2019
Lisabean2202 profile image

I love cooking and growing plants—so when I can put those two things together, it makes for a great day!

Artichoke Ready for Dinner

Simple & Satisfying Side Dish

This artichoke recipe is one that I adapted after looking through several others online. It's very easy and contains only minimal ingredients, which makes throwing it together a cinch. I like to set a timer for 15 minutes so I can periodically check the water level in the pot. This was a crowd pleaser in my home, and hopefully it will be in yours as well!

If you would like a lower calorie option, simply omit the lemon butter sauce and just drizzle lemon over the artichoke when it's fully cooked.


Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: Serves 2


  • 2 artichokes
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons lemon, divided in half
  • 2-4 cups water


  1. Prepare artichokes for steaming by cutting off the tops, where the pointy parts are. Use scissors to cut the remaining points off of the leaves. (Refer to the photo below to see how the trimmed artichokes should look.)
  2. Bang the artichokes on a flat surface to open the leaves; then rinse them with water.
  3. Place artichokes into a pot with several inches of water on the bottom. (Alternatively, use a steamer basket if you have one.)
  4. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the artichokes. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the water. Cover and cook on medium heat. The water should be gently simmering.
  5. Check the water level every 15 minutes or so and add more water if it is getting low. This will prevent the bottom the artichokes from burning and ensure that they continue to cook evenly.
  6. After 1 hour of cooking, check for doneness by carefully pulling out one of the middle leaves and tasting. The bottom of the artichoke leaf should be tender. If it is not, continue to cook in 15-minute increments until done.
  7. To make the lemon butter sauce, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add remaining lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine.
  8. Drizzle sauce over artichoke or use as a dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!


Raw artichoke, top and pointy ends trimmed and ready to be cooked
Raw artichoke, top and pointy ends trimmed and ready to be cooked | Source

Health Benefits of Artichoke

1. Fiber

2. Antioxidants

3. Prebiotics

4. Protein

What did you think?

Cast your vote for Fresh Steamed Artichoke

Have You Ever Cooked Artichoke Before?

See results
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2
Calories 297
Calories from Fat225
% Daily Value *
Fat 25 g38%
Saturated fat 12 g60%
Carbohydrates 20 g7%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 10 g40%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 46 mg15%
Sodium 430 mg18%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2019 Lisa Bean


Submit a Comment
  • Miebakagh57 profile image

    Miebakagh Fiberesima 

    18 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

    Yes, Lisa, I do.

  • Lisabean2202 profile imageAUTHOR

    Lisa Bean 

    18 months ago from Nevada

    You're welcome! I hope you like them!

  • Lisabean2202 profile imageAUTHOR

    Lisa Bean 

    18 months ago from Nevada

    I agree Peggy! I've always made them the same way so it was nice to do something different this time!

  • Miebakagh57 profile image

    Miebakagh Fiberesima 

    18 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

    Hello, Lisa, I have not eaten artichokes before. But considering the nutritional information is given, the meal is equally for me. Next time I go shopping. I will buy a piece. Thanks for sharing your experience online. Enjoy the day.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    18 months ago from Houston, Texas

    I have only steamed artichokes a couple of times and should do it more often. They are a true taste treat!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)