The fast way to cook foolproof steamed artichokes in just minutes is by using your Instant Pot.
Artichokes in the instant pot are quick and easy to make with the help of your electric pressure cooker. Plus, this dipping garlic lemon sauce gives it so much flavor! What I love the most about this artichokes instant pot recipe is that you don't need to check the pot every often to make sure the water hasn't evaporated or to avoid they get mushy.
Simply place the artichokes in the instant pot set the cooking time to just a few minutes on high pressure, and you'll have perfectly steamed artichokes to enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.
Feel free to scroll down to the recipe card if you want the print version of this recipe. But if you have some questions or want to learn more about; artichokes, how to choose, clean and trim them, how to eat them and of course why this vegetable is healthy, please keep reading.
What is artichoke
Artichoke is the immature flower bud of a thistle, which is culinarily classified and eaten as a vegetable. The plant is a member of the aster family and is harvested before the bud blossoms.
The globe or French artichoke is the most common variety of this green vegetable. It's a popular vegetable in European cuisines, as well as here in the U.S. They're mostly grown in France, Italy, Spain, and California.
Artichokes are in season in spring through early fall. But they are the best and often less expensive from March to June.
Are artichokes healthy
Artichoke is a good source of folate, vitamins C, dietary fiber, and vitamin K. Artichokes are also packed with antioxidants. Did you know they're number 7 on the USDA's top 20 antioxidant-rich foods list?.
How to choose an artichoke
When shopping for artichokes at the store, look for artichokes that:
• The leaves are closed with little separation since artichoke is a flower bud while it ages the leaves start to open up. So avoid an artichoke with wide-open leaves.
• When you pick it up, it feels dense and heavy, avoid those that are light because it means they are probably a bit dried out, and won't be as meaty as they should be.
How to clean artichokes
To clean the artichokes, you only need to rinse them in runny cold water. Opening up the leaves a little while you rinse the artichokes, so the water gets inside more easily.
How to trim an artichoke
- Pick the tough outer leaves off until you reach paler, more tender leaves.
- You also need to cut off about one-third of the tip of the artichoke.
- Pull off the smaller leaves towards the end of the stem. Those tents to be hard and don't have any meat.
- If it has a long stem, you should cut it off if you don't like bitter flavor. Even though some people like them because the inner core of the steam tastes like the artichoke heart.
- With the help of a kitchen scissors cut off the tips of the leaves. It will make the artichokes easier to handle.
- Cut the artichokes in half lengthwise
- With the help of a small spoon or a melon scooper, scoop out and discard the choke (the inedible fuzzy part)
How to cook artichokes in instant pot
STEP 1. Place the trivet in the pressure cooker. Add 1 cup of water. Place the artichokes cut-side down on the trivet.
STEP 2. Place the lid on the pot and lock it in place. Turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position (or DON'T press the release knob for the newest model). Press the steam button (or dial) and the + or - button (or dial) to choose 10 minutes. The pot will take a few minutes to build up the pressure before the timer starts.
STEP 3. When the cooking time has finished, let the instant pot sit undisturbed for 10 minutes, then do a Quick Release of the pressure by turning the knob towards the Venting position (or pressing the release knob). When the metal pin in the lid drops down, you can open the cover facing away from you.
STEP 4. To test doneness, pull off an artichoke leaf; the leaf should come off with no resistance.
STEP 5. While waiting for the artichokes to cool down a little bit, heat a small saucepan, add olive oil, butter, and garlic and saute for 20 seconds, then add lemon juice, water, and parsley.
STEP 6. Transfer the artichokes to a serving platter. Drizzle the lemon garlic sauce over them or serve it as a dipping sauce.
How long to steam artichokes
Steaming artichokes in the instant pot only require 20 minutes from start to finish, since there is not so much liquid the pressure build fast and the cooking circle can start in a few minutes
What to eat with instant pot artichokes
Instant pot steamed artichokes are delicious with a tasty dipping sauce. You can still use the drizzling sauce as a dipping sauce instead if you want.
What part of this instant pot artichoke do you eat
The light end of the leaves has a soft, pulpy, and delicious portion and that the part you eat along with the heart and discard the choke.
How to eat the artichoke
- Pull the leaves off and dip: Pull the outer leaves off, one at a time. Dip the white fleshy end in the sauce.
- Place light end in mouth, dip side down, pull, scraping through your teeth: Tightly grip the other end of the leaf. Place in mouth, dip side down and pull through teeth to remove the soft, pulpy, and delicious portion of the leaf. Discard remaining petal.
- Cut the artichoke heart into pieces and dip into the sauce to eat.
Are artichokes good for you
In short, artichokes are good for you because they have calcium, vitamin A, C, and iron, as well as folate.
If you still don't own an instant pot, yet I recommend you to get one, especially if you're a mom and want more time with your kids or to do more things around the house. This appliance saves me so much time when making dinner and also helps me to add more veggies to my toddles meals, oh the best part is my kitchen is clean when dinner is ready. You can get the exact one I have here or if you want a less
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- Place a trivet in the pressure cooker. Add 1 cup of water. Place the artichokes cut-side down on the trivet.
- Place the lid on the pot and lock it in place. Turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position (or DON'T press the release knob for the newest model). Press the steam button (or dial) and the + or - button (or dial) to choose 10 minutes. The pot will take a few minutes to build up the pressure before the timer starts.
- When the cooking cycle has finished, let the instant pot sit undisturbed for 10 minutes, then do a Quick Release of the pressure by turning the knob towards the Venting position (or pressing the release knob). When the metal pin in the lid drops down, you can open the cover facing away from you.
- To test doneness, pull off an artichoke leaf; the leaf should come off with no resistance.
- While waiting for the artichokes to cool down a little bit, heat a small saucepan, add olive oil, butter, and garlic and saute for 20 seconds, then add lemon juice, water, and parsley.
- Transfer the artichokes to a serving platter. Drizzle the lemon garlic sauce over the artichokes. Or serve it as a dipping sauce.
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 200Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 8gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
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