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Steamed Artichoke

This easy recipe for a steamed artichoke will remove all your fear over this odd looking vegetable. Takes less than a half hour of mostly waiting time, and you'll get a tasty Mediterranean stylee appetizer sure to impress.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine European, Mediterranean
Keyword Artichoke, Mediterranean Recipes, Steamed Vegetables, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 45kcal
Cost $5


  • Steamer (or a Pot and a Metal Basket)
  • Knife


  • 2 Artichokes try to get ones that feel dense and squeak a little when your move the petals.
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 small White Onion
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper freshly cracked, to taste
  • Olive Oil extra virgen, to taste


  • In a pot/steamer add a few inches of water and put in the bay leaves and halved onion. Squeeze in the juice from half the lemon and drop the half in as well. Bring to a boil.
  • While waiting for the water to boil cut your artichokes in half and use a spoon to scoop out the 'choke' (the fuzzy center and the purple petals). If the water is taking a while to boil rub some lemon juice on the cut side of the artichoke to prevent browning.
  • Place the artichokes cut side down on the steamer tray or upturned metal basket and turn the heat down to medium. Cover with lid and steam for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the artichoke halves and dress with olive oil, salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. Serve with some lemon wedges, and your favorite dip! Mine is just a simple homemade mayonnaise with just a splash of soy sauce.


Sodium: 61mg | Calcium: 40mg | Vitamin C: 23mg | Vitamin A: 19IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 5g | Potassium: 300mg | Calories: 45kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 1g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 11g | Iron: 1mg