Making whole steamed Artichokes in the Instant Pot is incredibly easy! I show you how in this easy to follow tutorial with step by step photos and even includes a creamy herb dipping sauce to serve along side!
I have been an artichoke fan ever since I was a kid. They are great stuffed. They are great baked with tomatoes. In dips and of course grilled. But one of my biggest complaints about cooking whole artichokes is how long they take to cook. Steaming whole artichokes usually takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. And while I think they are totally worth the wait, Instant Pot Artichokes cook in a fraction of the time.
If you’re like me, the very first time you decide to prepare an artichoke you’re super intimidated. And that could start with the simple question: How do I pick out a good artichoke?
There are a couple of ways to ensure that the artichoke will be good:
You want to look for an artichoke that has leaves that are closed. If the leaves are splayed out, that means that the artichoke is old. As far as color go, a ripe artichoke will be a dusty green color. A few brown spots is nothing to worry about but you don’t want one with deep purple or soft brown spots. That means the artichoke has spoiled.
Similar to when you are steaming whole artichokes in a pot, you will need to trim the artichoke first. Trimming an artichoke could seem a bit daunting if you have never trimmed one before. But it is actually really easy to do. Let me show you just how easy it is!
Step #1: let’s talk about the tips of the artichoke leaves. They can be a little prickly. So we want to get rid of them. To do that simply cut off the top 1/2 inch or so of the artichoke using a sharp knife.
Step #2: Next, you will want to trim the tips of the remaining leaves. A good pair of kitchen shears will do the trick here. Just use them to trim off the prickly top of the leaves.
Step #3: Cut off the stem of the artichoke so that it sits flat.
Step #4: When artichokes are cut, they will begin to oxidize and turn brown. That is why it is essential to dip then in lemon water immediately after cutting. I usually have a bowl of ice water that I have squeezed a lemon into right next to where I am cutting.
You will need to place the artichokes in the steamer basket or trivet that came with your pressure cooker. Pour in a cup of water. Place the lid on and seal.
Cook the artichokes on high pressure for 9 minutes and then do a manual release.
DES’ TIP: Depending on the size of your artichoke timing may vary. This recipe calls for two large globe artichokes but if you were to use smaller artichokes the time might be closer to 7. You can always cook an additional 2 – 3 minutes if after the pressure is released the artichoke is too tough.
Once the pressure has been released, carefully remove the artichoke. The artichoke is done when the leaves pull away easily.
Finally, let’s talk dip. When you’re eating a steamed artichoke, the dip is just as important as the artichoke itself. Some people prefer butter or mayonnaise. Garlic Aioli is nice too! For this recipe, I made a quick and easy creamy herb dip that is also fab!
Now that you know just how easy it is to make Artichokes in the Instant Pot, I’m pretty confident it’ll be your new favorite way to prepare them.
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Note: This post was originally posted in 2018. It was updated with new step by step photos and nutrition information in 2021.