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Ever thought this thorny green flower-head looks out of place in the veggies section in the market?

Artichokes might look intriguing & intimidating at first.

How do I cook this? How do I eat this? What does it taste like? Can I eat the petals? What do you eat it with??

What is an Artichoke?


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Artichokes, just like broccoli & cauliflower, are nutrients-packed edible flower buds! 😀

This budding flower-head on an edible base is an age-old food from the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Once the buds bloom, artichokes turn into large & beautiful purple flowers that are barely edible.

I’ve always wondered what it’s like back in the days with so little knowledge about food & science.

Who was the first person adventurous enough to think – ah! Let’s snatch this thorny green, budding flower from this 4-feet plant, and eat it!

They had no idea if it was poisonous or if it posts any threats. Totally admire their bravery (or perhaps they were just desperately starving?).

But now we know artichokes have some of the highest levels of antioxidants and dietary fiber among the vegetables.

Even higher antioxidant content than blueberries, broccoli, or red wine; and higher fiber content than avocado, carrots, or oats.

Many enjoy the delicate natural flavor, plus the moist & tender meaty texture.

Instant Pot Artichokes with Butter Garlic Dipping Sauce Recipe

How to Purchase Artichokes?


Here are some pointers for purchasing fresh & quality Artichokes:
  • Compact petals still rather closed = more fresh & tender
  • Feels heavy for the size & firm
  • Fresh healthy green color (avoid dehydrated or wilted ones)

How to Store Artichokes?


It’s not fun when you open your fridge, excited to try a recipe to find your ingredients gone bad 🙁

Here are 3 tips for storing fresh uncooked Artichokes:

  • Slice off a bit of the artichoke stem, then sprinkle it with a little water, and place it in the fridge in an airtight plastic bag
  • Do not wash before storing
  • Best to cook within 5 – 7 days of purchase

Instant Pot Artichokes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Artichokes): Make this foolproof recipe in 20 mins! Superfood nutrient powerhouse with delicious delicate flavors.

Pressure Cooker Artichokes Experiment


How Long to Pressure Cook Artichokes? Time for another experiment! 😛

What We Look For in Cooked Artichokes?

  • Evenly cooked
  • Moist, tender petal flesh with a bit of crunch & perfectly cooked heart with a crunch (not mushy-mush or leathery)
  • The mild & delicate natural artichoke flavor being brought out

We conducted 4+ tests with Artichokes using different cooking times & preparation methods in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

Pressure Cooker Artichokes Test #1

We first tried pressure cooking halved, cut off the stem, trimmed the thorn tips, and scraped off the choke Artichokes (as shown in below photo).

Instant Pot Artichokes Cooking Experiment Test #1 - halved, trimmed, cleaned artichoke

Instant Pot Artichokes Cooking Experiment Test #1: Before pressure cooking

P.S. we did leave one without scraping the choke to compare the difference.

The results? Mushy-mush-mush overcooked artichokes… 🙁

Instant Pot Artichokes Cooking Experiment Test #1 Results - overcooked artichokes

Instant Pot Artichokes Cooking Experiment Test #1: After pressure cooking

Here are the Instant Pot Artichokes Experiment Results:

Instant Pot Artichokes Cooking Experiment Results

(Click photo to enlarge the chart)

 *HP = High Pressure; QR = Quick Release

After conducting the above pressure cooking tests, we achieved our desired results with Test #4! 🙂

*Note: we checked various places for the last few months, and we still couldn’t source larger Artichokes (ours were 250g, 11″ circumference). Be sure to adjust the cooking time according to the size of your artichokes.

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Artichokes Because:

  • Easy, Fast, Foolproof – compare to 30 – 45 mins on the stove or even longer in the oven!
  • Healthy Nutrient Powerhouse – high in antioxidant & dietary fiber
  • Versatile delight: you can enjoy it on its own as a snack or appetizer with your favorite dip, or sauteed, deep-fried, stuffed, stew…etc.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Artichokes


Instant Pot Artichokes Recipe Ingredients
  • 2 artichokes (250g each, 11″ circumference)
  • 4 cloves (13g) garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  • Kosher Salt to taste (about 2 pinches)
  • Optional: lemon juice from 1 lemon

*For Vegans: you can use olive oil in place of unsalted butter for dipping sauce.

Tools for Instant Pot Artichokes


Instructions for Instant Pot Artichokes


Step 1
Wash Artichokes

Ingredient

2 artichokes (250g each, 11″ circumference)

First, wash the artichokes by submerging them in cold water for 5 minutes.

Optional – Step 2
Prepare Artichokes


How to Prepare Artichokes?

First, lay the artichokes on a cutting board sideways (as shown in below photo).

How to prepare artichokes

Then, pull off any smaller petals at the base, and use a knife to cut off the stem. Then use a pair of kitchen scissors to trim the thorn tips (about 1 inch) off of all the petals (as shown in below photo).How to trim artichokes*Pro Tip #1: trimming the thorns are mostly for better presentation. You can skip it for convenience.

*Pro Tip #2: we find it’s easier to scrape off the center choke after pressure cooking, so we skipped the scraping at this step.

Step 3
Place Artichokes in Pressure Cooker

Ingredients & Tools

1 cup of cold water
2 whole artichokes
Optional: lemon juice from 1 lemon

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
Stainless Steel Steaming Rack Stand

Then, place 1 cup of cold water and a steamer rack in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Place 2 whole artichokes on the steamer rack (as shown in below photo), and close the lid.

*Pro Tip: If you like, squeeze some lemon juice on the artichokes to slow the rate of oxidation.

pressure cooker artichokes

Step 4
Pressure Cook Artichokes


Pressure cook

  • Pressure Cooking Method:
    • Trimmed Artichokes: High Pressure for 8 minutes (using the Manual Button)
    • Uncut Whole Artichokes (250g each, 11″ circumference): High Pressure for 9 minutes (using the Manual Button)
    • Larger Artichokes: Please increase the cooking time accordingly.
  • Pressure Release Method: Quick Release

Open the lid carefully.

 

Step 5
Prepare Garlic Butter

Ingredients & Tool

4 cloves (13g) garlic, minced
2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
Kosher salt to taste (about 2 pinches)

Sauce pan

While the artichokes are cooking in the pressure cooker, heat a sauce pan over medium low heat.

Melt 2 tbsp (30g) unsalted butter and add in the minced garlic.

Sauté garlic until golden brown. Do not let the garlic burn.

Set aside to cool it down slightly.

Season with kosher salt and adjust to taste (about 2 pinches).

Step 6
Serve Instant Pot Artichokes


Serve Instant Pot Artichokes with Garlic Butter Sauce.

Dip and enjoy the yummy Pressure Cooker Artichokes!~

Instant Pot Artichokes with Butter Garlic Dipping Sauce Recipe

How to Eat an Artichoke?


When the Pressure Cooker Artichoke has cooled enough to handle, you can pull off the petals one at a time. Then, dip the white fleshy ends into the sauce.

Fresh artichokes with butter garlic dipping sauce

Yum! LOVE this simple Butter Garlic Sauce.

Eat only the soft, white fleshy part of the petal with the dip. Then, discard the remaining petal.

*Tip: Easiest way to eat is to have the sauce side down at your tongue, then pull the petal outwards as you slightly clench your teeth to strip off the fleshy meat.

Peel . Dip . EAT! and Repeat.

Continue to peel until you reach the Artichoke’s center choke (as shown in below photo).How to eat an artichoke: artichoke center choke

Don’t eat this fuzzy part, or you may really choke!!

This inedible fuzzy part can be easily removed by a spoon or knife (as shown in photo below) and discard.

Scrape, scrape, and scrape away…How to eat an artichoke: scrape out the inedible choke covering the artichoke heart

Scrape until the fuzzy-wuzzy beard is gone.

Ta da! A clean (artichoke) heart. Time to eat your heart out!! 😀How to eat an artichoke: artichoke heart

If you have the “Don’t Waste Food” Syndrome, you can cut the stem in half and eat the core white fleshy part in the center (as shown in photo below).How to eat an artichoke: artichoke stem

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Instant Pot Artichokes
Make this Foolproof Instant Pot Artichokes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Artichokes) in 20 mins! Superfood nutrient powerhouse with delicious delicate flavors.
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetables, Super Easy
Cuisine: World  
  Prep:  |  Cook:  |  Total:
  Serving: 2
  Rated 5.0/5 from 4 reviews
 
Ingredients
  • 2 artichokes (250g each, 11" circumference)
  • 4 cloves (13g) garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  • Kosher Salt to taste (about 2 pinches)
  • Optional: lemon juice from 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. Wash Artichokes: Submerge artichokes in cold water for 5 minutes.
  2. Optional - Prep Artichokes: Cut stem off and trim about 1 inch off the tip of the artichokes.
  3. Place Artichokes in Pressure Cooker: Place 1 cup of cold water and a steamer rack in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Place 2 whole artichokes on the steamer rack, and close the lid.
    Optional: If you like, squeeze some lemon juice on the artichokes to slow the rate of oxidation.
  4. Pressure Cook Artichokes: Pressure cook
    a) Trimmed Artichokes: High Pressure for 8 minutes (using the Manual Button) + Quick Release OR
    b) Uncut Whole Artichokes: High Pressure for 9 minutes (using the Manual Button) + Quick Release
    c) For Large Artichokes: Increase the pressure cooking time accordingly.
    Open the lid carefully.
  5. Prepare Garlic Butter: While the artichokes are cooking in the pressure cooker, heat a sauce pan over medium low heat. Melt 2 tbsp (30g) unsalted butter and add in the minced garlic. Sauté garlic until golden brown. Do not let the garlic burn. Set aside to cool it down slightly. Season with kosher salt and adjust to taste (about 2 pinches).
  6. Serve: Serve artichokes with Garlic Butter Sauce. Please see this step in the article on how to enjoy artichokes properly.

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Notes
Cooking Time: If you have a larger artichoke or if prefer a softer, creamier heart - increase the cooking time accordingly.

For Vegans: use olive oil in place of unsalted butter for dipping sauce.


Nutrition Information
Serving size: 270g Calories: 261 Fat: 12.1g Saturated fat: 7.3g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 34.5g Sugar: 3.3g Sodium: 303mg Fiber: 17.6g Protein: 11g Cholesterol: 31mg
Instant Pot Artichokes Recipe (Pressure Cooker Artichokes): Make this foolproof recipe in 20 mins! Superfood nutrient powerhouse with delicious delicate flavors.

Last update on 2017-11-19 based on Amazon US | Images from Amazon Product API

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