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How to Prepare and Cook Artichokes

Don’t be intimidated on how to prepare and cook artichokes! Four steps will show you how easy it is to prepare these fresh and flavorful vegetables.

artichokes in a steamer basket

Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables of all time. The creamy, buttery texture and slightly grassy flavor pairs perfectly with just a sprinkle of sea salt and a splash of fresh lemon juice. The ultimate low calorie, high fiber side dish, I love scraping the meat off of each leaf.

Steamed Artichokes with Tahini Sauce an easy recipe

When I was preparing artichokes recently over on Instagram stories, many of you mentioned that you love artichokes but don’t know how to prepare or cook them. To help, I’ve decided to show you, through a step-by-step photograph tutorial, just how easy artichokes are to cook at home.

artichoke in a steamer basket

How to Properly Cook Artichokes

Liz DellaCroce
Four steps will show you how easy it is to prepare these fresh and flavorful vegetables. Don't be intimidated on how to prepare and cook artichokes!
4.67 stars average
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 60 kcal



  • 1 Artichoke
  • 3 inches Water and Lemon Slices


  • The first step is to slice off the top of each artichoke, about 1 inch deep. Since most of the “meat” is located inside the bottom of each leaf, you don’t need the tough portion on the top of the leaves. Discard these pointy pieces (or get fancy and save them for a vegetable stock!)
    trimming artichokes
  • Next, remove about one inch from the bottom of each stem. There is no real reason for this other than creating more space in the pot when you cook them. In fact, I don’t eat much of the stem at all so you could probably even remove more but I like the look of leaving a little of it intact.
    Trimming Artichokes - Tutorial on Cookign Aritchokes
  • Grab a pair of scissors for the third step and carefully slice off the pointy tops of each remaining leaf on the outer edge of the artichoke. Be sure to carefully rotate the artichoke in a circle to make sure you don’t have any prickly pieces remaining.
    Trimming Artichokes - Tutorial for Cooking
  • At this point you are now ready to cook the artichokes. My favorite cooking method is to line a steamer basket with lemon slices and bring 2-3 inches of water to a roaring boil. Place the artichokes in the pan, facing down, and cover tightly with a lid. Steam until the inner leaves pull easily and the hearts are tender about 30-35 minutes.
    artichokes in a steamer basket



Serving: 1gCalories: 60kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 120mgPotassium: 474mgFiber: 7gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
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Steamed Artichokes with Tahini Sauce an easy recipe

Be sure to try my newest steamed artichoke recipes: Steamed Artichokes with Tahini Garlic Dipping Sauce. Looking to stuff artichokes? Try my Italian Stuffed Artichokes instead.

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Check out more healthy and easy appetizer recipes on my Pinterest board!


Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.


  1. Can these be prepared in an instant pot?! I havent had artichokes since I was a child and I absolutely loved em. Trying to prepare them as an adult for the first time and found this recipe/ method. I started a pot of boiling water only to not have the lid fit. Argh.

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