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How to Cook Whole Artichokes in 4 Easy Ways

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How to Cook Whole Artichokes in 4 Easy Ways

Gratinated, with a little vinaigrette or even cooked into a tart, artichokes are always a pleasure. This spiny seasonal delicacy with a tender heart can however sometimes a mystery to budding cooks, especially when cooking whole artichokes.

Fine Dining Lovers explains how to cook whole artichokes in four different ways.

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How to boil whole artichokes?

Here's how to cook an artichoke with water: -

  • First detach the first leaves and break the stem off
  • Rub the base of the artichoke with half a lemon to stop oxidation
  • Then dip the whole artichoke in a large saucepan (or casserole) of salt water and lemon
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes for white artichokes; 10 minutes more for purple artichokes.

How to Steam Artichokes?

Cooking an artichoke - or any other food - with steam can maintain its nutritional qualities. Here's how to go about it:

  • Break the stem and put lemon on the base of the artichoke
  • Remove the tough outer leaves
  • Pour a little water into the steamer and heat up
  • Place the artichoke in the basket steamer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

Discover how Julia Child steamed artichokes

How to cook artichokes in a pressure cooker?

To cook a whole artichoke in a pressure cooker is very simple and effective:

  • Break the stem and the first leaves and lemon the base
  • Place the artichoke in the pressure cooker filled with lemon and salted water
  • Lock the pressure cooker and heat until it is hot
  • Allow 15 minutes before releasing the pressure
  • Drain and serve hot or cold

How to cook artichokes in the microwave?

Yes, it is even possible to cook an artichoke with a simple microwave. Here's how:

  • Remove the stem and the first leaves and lemon the base
  • Wrap the artichoke in a microwaveable plastic film
  • Heat at maximum power for 5 minutes. 

In each of the 4 cases, check if the artichoke is cooked by inserting a knife into the bottom of the vegetable. It must sink in easily. If it doesn't, cook for a few minutes longer.

Consume your artichokes within 24 hours after cooking to enjoy it at its best.

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