How to Steam and Eat Artichokes


Artichokes are full of good benefits that supply our body with nutrients to lead a healthy life. Steaming is the most popular form for cooking artichoke. This tutorial will show you the easy and proper way for steaming artichokes, after preparing them for cooking.

If you would like to know how to prepare artichokes before cooking, visit my other article; link under the "Resources" section at the bottom of this tutorial. Instructions for steaming and eating artichokes >>

Things You'll Need

  • Artichokes, any size
  • 1 wedge (or more) of fresh lemon, optional
  • Some salt, optional
  • Large saucepan or stockpot
  • Steaming basket, optional
  • Fill a pot with about 2" to 4" of water, depending on the artichoke size and amount you'll be steaming. Adding a pinch of salt and/or a squirt of lemon juice is optional. Bring water to a boil.

  • Use a steamer basket to cook your artichokes or just place them in the boiling water. Turn heat down to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour; depending on the size and amount in your pot. When simmering, check water level often to prevent drying out. Test with a fork, they are done when the bottoms are tender and leaves are softened.

  • Remove steamed artichokes from heat. Enjoy them with your favorite dip, butter, or sauce while peeling artichoke leaves off from stem with your fingers. While eating, pull the leaf through your teeth, scraping the tenderest part. Throw away the rest of the leaf that is fibrous, and then continue with the rest of the leaves on the stem.

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