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Fresh Steamed Artichoke Recipe

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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

fresh-steamed-artichoke

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.

Enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

1 hour

1 hour 10 min

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!

Artichoke

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

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

What did you think?

© 2019 Lisa Bean

Comments

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on January 05, 2019:

Yes, Lisa, I do.

Lisa Bean (author) from Nevada on January 05, 2019:

You're welcome! I hope you like them!

Lisa Bean (author) from Nevada on January 05, 2019:

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

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on January 04, 2019:

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 Woods from Houston, Texas on January 04, 2019:

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

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