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Steamed Artichokes with Tahini Dipping Sauce

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Fresh artichokes are steamed until tender then served with a creamy tahini garlic dipping sauce.

Steamed Artichokes with Tahini Dipping Sauce a healthy side dish recipe

Recently I showed you just how easy it is to cook artichokes at home so now that we have the basics covered, I thought I’d share one of my favorite ways to eat artichokes: steamed with a creamy tahini garlic dipping sauce.

Trimming Artichokes Tutorial for Cooking

Artichokes are delicious on their own, especially these beauties from Ocean Mist Farms, but creating a simple dipping sauce is the ultimate way to take them to the next level.

How to Steam Artichokes Step by Step Tutorial

As I mentioned in my How to Cook Artichokes tutorial, you’ll want to start by trimming and steaming the artichokes until tender. This process takes about 30-35 minutes. You’ll know the artichokes are ready to eat when the inner leaves pull apart easily and the heart is fork-tender.

Steamed Artichokes with Tahini Sauce an easy recipe

While the artichokes steam, that’s when I like to whip up my creamy tahini garlic sauce. Made with just a few simple pantry ingredients like tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic, lemon juice, and salt, you will be drizzling this addictive sauce over anything and everything.

Steamed Artichokes with Tahini Dipping Sauce a gluten free side dish recipe

For a little kick of heat at the end, I like to sprinkle the sauce with cayenne before serving. If you want to keep it mild, smoked paprika works well too.

What are your favorite ways to eat artichokes? I’d love to hear your ideas.

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Steamed Artichokes with Tahini Dipping Sauce - a healthy side dish recipe

Steamed Artichokes with Tahini Dipping Sauce

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Fresh artichokes are steamed until tender then served with a creamy tahini garlic dipping sauce.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 30 mins
TOTAL: 40 mins
Servings: 4


  • 4 whole artichokes
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 clove garlic (grated)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cayenne (optional garnish)


  • Prepare and steam artichokes by following my step-by-step photo tutorial.
  • While artichokes are steaming, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, warm water, garlic and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Serve steamed artichokes with tahini garlic dipping sauce on the side. Sprinkle tahini sauce with cayenne if you wish.


Serving size is 1 steamed artichoke and 2 tablespoons tahini sauce.


Serving: 1gCalories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 16.3gProtein: 7.2gFat: 13.2gSaturated Fat: 1.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11.7gSodium: 662mgFiber: 7.5gSugar: 1.4g

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  1. Why would my sauce turn into a chunky paste immediately after I mixed the ingredients together? Brand new bottle tahini.

  2. I’ve never heard of grated garlic…I have a great mincer that I got at Williams Sonoma which is easy and minces smaller than I have ever been able to accomplish by hand.
    I added chipotle And adobo (homemade). I hate mayonnaise so this is a great idea for a dipping sauce. I had thought of making humus but this is much easier and a better porpotion.

  3. We had artichokes at home all the time growing up (in New York). It was like no big deal lol. I can’t remember the last time I had one!! I need to check out your tutorial so that I can start making them myself!

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