Learn just how easy it is to make boiled artichokes by following my step-by-step guide & video. It's a hands-offsuper food snack or appetizer that's done in under 45 minutes, and seriously delicious served my favorite way - with the highly addictive Whipped Lemon Butter.
Add water to a large pot, there should be enough water to at least cover the artichokes. Salt the water and add in the lemon slices and the artichokes.
Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for 30-70 minutes until the leaves come off easily.
Take off the heat and place the artichokes upside-down in a strainer or on a plate, to remove excess water. Then serve with whipped lemon butter.
Whipped Lemon Butter (optional)
Melt ⅓ of the butter and let cool slightly.
Place the melted butter in a bowl, preferably one with high sides, and cut the remaining butter into small pieces. Add a few pieces at a time to the melted butter, while mixing well with an electric whisk.
Once all the butter has been added, mix in the lemon juice and taste test. Season with salt according to taste, cover, and place in the fridge until you want to serve.
Lemon can be skipped, but I like the taste it adds and it also keeps the artichokes from turning grey when cooking. Just make sure to wash the skin before slicing!
Fine table salt can be skipped but adds great flavor - it can also be switched for any other type of salt. Skip if steaming your artichokes.
Tips & Tricks
You don't have to trim the leaves, even if you will see that in most recipes - but you can if you want to
Cook time varies a lot for both steamed and boiled artichokes, depending on how fresh your artichokes are. The best way to find out if they're done is to try pulling off a leaf.
Smaller, greener artichokes cook faster - sometimes in as little as 20 minutes
Larger, darker artichokes will take longer - sometimes more than an hour
To remove excess water from boiled artichokes let them cool upside down in a strainer for a few minutes after cooking
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge - a whole artichoke is good for about a day, but the artichoke heart alone can be stored for at least 3 days
Leftovers can be eaten cold or heated in the microwave
Save leftover artichoke hearts and use in salads, pasta dishes or on pizza