I mean let’s be real…what is better than a steamed artichoke?
I had so many friends growing up have their artichoke”cherries” popped at my house and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Thankfully, artichokes now are becoming way more popular and you see them at restaurants everywhere. However, I notice that most people still don’t know how to cook artichokes at home. Well fear not, I am hear to share my family secret and the easiest steamed artichoke recipe ever!
When you are at the grocery store buying artichokes, you want to make sure you are buying the firmest artichokes you can find. Don’t be shy, it’s totally ok to get a little touchy feely with these prickly little flowers! I typically buy about 4 large ones at a time because you can always save them overnight once they are steamed. (If you’re lucky, you can find a bag of 4 at BJ’s Wholesale Club!)
When you are ready to cook them, you are going to cut off the very top of the artichokes. My rule of thumb, is cut far enough down that you get all the prickly tops off of the artichoke. So maybe about 2-3 inches down on each artichoke. Then you want to chop the stems down pretty close to the base of the artichoke.
Place a large pot on the stove at high heat, with water filled up to about 4 inches and bring to a boil. I then squeeze 2 full lemons into the pot dropping the squeezed rinds in there too! I like to use a metal steamer basket in the bottom of pot and place the artichokes upside down on the basket. By putting them upside down they can release all of the excess water during the steaming. Cover your pot and steam for about 45 minutes, being sure to check 20 minutes in that the water has not evaporated. When 45 minutes is up, you can poke the bottoms of the artichokes with a knife to check if they are tender.
I personally could eat steamed artichokes all on their own but when given the option of dipping just about anything into a lemon butter sauce, I just cannot refuse! So, I melt about 2 tablespoons of butter with the juice of 1 full lemon and mix.
And THAT’S IT! I mean seriously, this is just too easy and delicious not to give a try! Trust me, you will be thanking me and your house will soon become the “artichoke house” just like mine!
Here’s a simple more clarified 6 step layout of how it should look when you cut and steam your artichokes! I hope that this helps you out!