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One of our absolute favorite things to eat are Instant Pot Artichokes.  I don’t know if I like the actual artichoke or the butter and garlic better!  For some reason I crave them and need to cook them every couple of weeks.  They have become our guilty pleasure for sure (mine and Kaleigh’s).  I hope that you love our recipe for Instant Pot Artichokes as much as we do!

I have always boiled artichokes…until now!  When I boil them, I become pretty impatient and often find myself taking them out of the water before they have finished cooking.  Why do they take so long??  If you are impatient and want really good artichokes, then you have to try cooking them in your Instant Pot!  This recipe is a game changer!

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Tips for this recipe:


1.To double check to make sure that your artichoke is cooked, stick a fork in the stem.  If it’s soft, then your artichoke is finished cooking.

2.Eat the heart!!  When I was a kid, I use to give my mom the heart because I thought…gross!  It’s hairy and prickly, I’m not eating that!!  Do it!  Yes, it’s hairy and prickly, yes it’s a bit of work, YES IT’S WORTH IT!

3.Use a spoon to scrape off the prickles from the heart.  Once you get a good start at it, the rest will come off easily.

4.Don’t eat the prickly hairs.  Are you sensing a theme here?

5.Serve with SALTED butter.  It may not be as healthy, but it is 10000 times better tasting.

6.Add lemon to the Instant Pot or squeeze on top of cooked artichokes for additional flavor.

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Ingredients for making Instant Pot Artichokes:


  • 2 Large Artichokes
  • 1 ¾ sticks Butter
  • 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 cup Water

Instant Pot Artichoke

Instructions for making Instant Pot Artichokes:


1Trim artichoke leaves and stem. Using kitchen scissors, trim the top 1/4 of each artichoke leaf removing the pointy end. Trim artichoke stem using kitchen knife until it is 1 inch long.


2Make compound butter by mixing 1 stick of softened butter and 2 tablespoons of minced garlic.


3Fill and top artichokes with compound butter by smearing the butter on the top of the artichoke and pulling butter into leaves with spatula.


4Place trivet into Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water.


5Place artichokes on trivet, stem side down.


6Put the cover on the Instant Pot and turn vent to sealing position.


7Pressure cook 13 minutes.  Timing will vary based on the size of artichokes.  If you prefer your artichokes very soft, add 2 minutes to cook time below.

 

  1. Extra Large-15 minutes
  2. Large-13 minutes
  3. Medium- 10 minutes
  4. Small- 5 minutes


8When timer goes off, carefully turn vent to release position. Quick release until steam no longer comes out of Instant Pot.


9Open Instant Pot and remove artichokes.  Serve with 3 tablespoons of melted butter or compound butter. 


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Instant Pot Artichoke
Artichoke

Instant Pot Artichoke

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Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 78kcal
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Ingredients

  • 2-4 Artichokes
  • 1 ¾ Sticks Butter (1/4 pound sticks)
  • 2 tbsp Garlic (Minced)
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions

  • Trim artichoke leaves and stem. Using kitchen scissors, trim the top 1/4 of each artichoke leaf removing the pointy end. Trim artichoke stem using kitchen knife until it is 1 inch long.
  • Make compound butter by mixing 1 stick of softened butter and 2 tablespoons of minced garlic.
  • Fill and top artichokes with compound butter by smearing the butter on the top of the artichoke and pulling butter into leaves with spatula.
  • Place trivet into instant pot.
  • Add 1 cup of water.
  • Place artichokes on trivet, stem side down.
  • Cover and seal Instant Pot. Turn vent to sealing position.
  • Pressure cook on high for 13 minutes.. Timing will vary based on the size of artichokes.
    If you like your artichokes very soft, add an additional 2 minutes to the cook times below.
    Extra Large-15 minutes
    Large-12 Minutes
    Medium- 10 minutes
    Small- 5 minutes
  • When timer goes off, carefully turn vent to release position. Quick release until steam no longer comes from the Instant Pot.
  • Open Instant Pot.
  • Remove artichokes and serve with 3 tablespoons of melted butter.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg
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6 Comments

  1. I followed the directions exactly. I ended up having to put them back in for two minutes at a time several times. I am from the west coast so I‘m used to artichokes being very large. I guessed the ones I was cooking were small to medium, so I cooked them based on medium time frame recommendation. I never did get them done. Not sure why I couldn’t get them to turn out.

    1. Hi there. Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry to hear that your artichokes did not turn out. It really does depend on what size artichoke you are making and how well done you like them. It sounds like you have some pretty big (I’m so jealous!)artichokes. I would recommend cooking them longer next time. Based on your feedback, I did go and update the recipe to include a longer cook time for extra large artichokes and made the recommendation to pressure cook an additional 2 minutes if you prefer your artichokes a little softer. I hope that helps! 🙂

    1. You eat the heart and the meaty bottom part of the leaves. After they are cooked, the bottom of the leaves by the stem get soft. You pull off each leaf and then dip in butter and scrape off the meaty part with your teeth. When you start to get to the center of the artichoke, the leaves will become very small and a little prickly. Don’t eat those. Rip off the center of the leaves and all of the furry parts. I use a spoon to remove the fur to keep the heart in tact. Once the heart is exposed and all of the fur is removed, dip the heart in butter and enjoy! It’s so good!

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