How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke

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How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke

There are Many Ways to Enjoy an Artichoke

The first thing you should know is how to cook them. Artichokes can be a bit daunting if you are new to them. How you cook and eat an artichoke is not obvious from its appearance. Read on to see how to cook and eat them.

Here are the steps:

How to Cook an Artichoke


How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Allow 1 artichoke per person

How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke

This is a description on how to cook and eat an artichoke. It's easier than you think.


  • Fresh Artichokes
  • Garlic Clove
  • Chipotles in Adobo Sauce
  • Lemon slice
  • Bay Leaf


  1. If the artichokes have little thorns on the end of the leaves, take a kitchen scissors and cut of the thorned tips of all of the leaves.
  2. Pull off any smaller leaves towards the base and on the stem.
  3. Cut excess stem, leaving up to an inch on the artichoke. The stems tend to be more bitter than the rest of the artichoke, but some people like to eat them.
  4. Alternatively you can cut off the stems and peel the outside layers which is more fibrous and bitter and cook the stems along with the artichokes.
  5. Rinse the artichokes in running cold water.
  6. In a large pot, put a couple inches of water, a clove of garlic, a slice of lemon, 1 tsp of the chipotles in sauce and a bay leaf (this adds wonderful flavor to the artichokes).
  7. Insert a steaming basket. Add the artichokes. Cover.
  8. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  9. Cook for 25 to 45 minutes or until the outer leaves can easily be pulled off.


How to Eat an Artichoke

Artichokes may be eaten cold or hot, but I think they are much better hot. They are served with a dip, either melted butter or mayonaise. My favorite dip is mayo with a little bit of balsamic vinegar mixed in. Any sauce that is your favorite will go equally as well. I like honey mustard out of the bottle for a quick dip. In this version, I added chipotles to the steaming water. I then put the artichoke on the gas stove in the flames for a few minutes to give it a char and served it with approximately 3 Tblsp of mayonnaise and 10 dashes of chipotle sauce, mixed well. You can use your outdoor grill or gas stove to give the artichoke a quick char after steaming it which adds a smoky flavor that is subtle yet distinct.

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Laura Raymond

Laura Raymond is a Serial Entrepreneur, avid recipe developer and Modern Marketing Guru carving my niche in the food and travel industries, mobile marketing and online ordering. Specializing in Engagement Marketing and putting business owners back in control. Destination Cuisine is my passion to bring foodie events, culinary tours, cooking classes and cool restaurants/hotels together in an interactive site. Reach me at (941) 809-2012. Join our CULTure so you can... Eat Well and Live Full.


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  1. artichokes are easier than they look to prepare…and lowfat.


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