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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! If you like artichokes as much as I do, be sure to check out my recipe for Instant Por Artichoke and Spinach dip!
Artichokes are the perfect snack, side dish or appetizer…or even meal! Yes, I could eat a couple of big artichokes for dinner…they are that good! And…they are pretty healthy, with the exception of the butter…and I use a lot of butter with mine! If you’ve never had fresh artichokes, you are missing out. They taste nothing like the jarred or canned versions since those are usually in a brine of some kind. Instead, the fresh artichoke takes on a savory, buttery taste when you make them fresh. And, one of the BEST parts of the artichoke is the heart. I never use to eat the heart because it was a pain to get to. But, if you put in the effort, you will be so glad that you did. It’s literally the BEST part!
Tips for making Instant Pot Artichokes
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. If the artichoke stem starts to turn mushy, then it’s been cooked too long.
Start by pulling off the outer leaves. The first row of leaves is usually a little too tough to eat. When you pull off the leaves, you only want to eat the softer fleshy part of the leaf that is closest to the stem. Pull the leaf off of the stem, dip the bottom in butter and scrape the fleshy part off with your teeth. Discard the remainder of the leaf. When you start to get to the prickly hairs towards the center, do not eat the prickles. Use a spoon to scoop the prickly part off of the round base that is connected to the stem. Once all of the prickles and small hairs have been removed, dip the round heart into butter and eat. You can eat a small portion of the top of the stem as it is tender.
This will vary based on the size of the artichoke. The longer the artichoke cooks, the more tender it will be. Based on the size of the artichoke, it should take between 5 and 15+ minutes to cook.
· Extra Large Artichokes-15+ minutes
· Large Artichokes-13 minutes
· Medium Artichokes- 10 minutes
· Small Artichokes- 5 minutes
My go-to for dipping artichokes is very simple…butter. I prefer to use salted store-bought butter as there is a lot more flavor with the addition of salt to the butter. But, you can also add fresh lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, or even make your own dipping sauces or dijon mustard.
Artichokes, believe it or not, are actually flowers. The part of the artichoke that we eat is the flower bud of a thistle. Even though the artichoke is a flower, it is considered to be a vegetable…and a really tasty one at that!
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Directions for making Instant Pot Artichokes:
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- 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 a spatula.
- Add 1 cup of water.
- Close the lid and seal Instant Pot. Turn the vent to the sealing position.
- Pressure cook on manual high pressure 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 minutesLarge-12 MinutesMedium- 10 minutesSmall- 5 minutes
- When the timer goes off, carefully turn the vent to the 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. Now you're ready to eat the perfect side dish, snack, or appetizer! Enjoy!
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only.
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