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How to Cook Artichokes in the Instant Pot or Stovetop Pressure Cooker

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If you didn’t grow up eating artichokes, they can look pretty unapproachable. Luckily I had a mother who loved artichokes, and we had them as often as the budget would allow for our big family. Some people cook them whole and cut the choke out after, but I learned from my mom to cut the artichokes in half and cut out the choke before cooking. This may have been due to having twelve people in the family, since each family member got half an artichoke, probably all the budget could handle!

Whatever the reason I’ve been doing it that way ever since, even now that I’m buying my own artichokes and can eat as many as I want. I used to cook my artichokes in a pan with a few inches of boiling water, but when I discovered the idea of using the pressure cooker, I thought it was brilliant. For years I happily cooked artichokes in my stovetop pressure cooker, but now I love using the Instant Pot to cook perfect artichokes in 8 minutes pressure cooking time!

What Are Artichokes?

Artichokes are thistles, originally from Europe. The bud is completely edible in young artichokes, but in mature plants, only the center heart and lower edges of the leaves are edible, and the choke must be removed. You can dip the heart and edges of the leaves in sauces, butter, or mayonnaise, and artichokes are good hot or cold. An average-sized artichoke has about 13 carbs, but 7 grams of fiber, so only 6 net carbs.

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How to Prepare the Artichokes:

With a bit of trimming and peeling you can eat most of the artichoke stem, so I always pick the ones with the longest stems. (If the lower part is woody, you can just cut it off when you eat it.) Trim the discolored end, then cut off the any stray leaves and peel the stem if needed.

After the stem is trimmed and peeled, cut the artichoke in half, cutting lengthwise through the stem. This makes the artichoke quicker to cook and easier to eat, but maybe I love doing it because that’s how my mom did it. The center part with the fuzzy texture is called the “choke” and it needs to be cut out. Use a small sharp knife to make a deep cut under the fuzzy choke. Grab the very inside leaves, and pull out, taking the choke with it. With practice you can get it out in one or two pulls, and leave as much of the leaves as you can while removing all the choke.

My mother never trimmed the artichoke leaves (and I bet you wouldn’t either if you were cooking for 12!) But lately I like to use kitchen shears and cut off the sharp ends; your choice on that.

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Cooking Artichokes in the Instant Pot:

Put a steamer basket in the Instant Pot with 1 cup of water. (I also like to add a few tablespoons of my fresh-frozen lemon juice, which keeps the artichokes from turning brown.) Trim artichoke stems, cut in half, remove the choke, and trim leaves if desired, as described above. Put four artichoke halves into the Instant Pot. (I’m using a 6 Quart Instant Pot and I probably could have fit a couple more artichoke halves.) Lock the lid and choose MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 8 minutes.

When the pressure cooking time is done, choose the QUICK RELEASE method to release the pressure. I serve my artichokes with Artichoke Dipping Sauce, inspired by the sauce my mom always served.

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Cooking Artichokes in the Stovetop Pressure Cooker:

These are my original photos from when I first learned to cook artichokes in a stovetop pressure cooker! I trimmed the artichokes, cut out the choke, and cut them in half as described above. I used to add dried lemon peel and shallots to my water when I cooked artichokes, but the last few years I have stopped doing that. Put the metal rack in the bottom of the pressure cooker with two cups of water. Put four artichoke halves into the pressure cooker. (I’m using a 3.7 Quart Kuhn Rikon Stovetop Pressure Cooker, but if you have a bigger size you can fit a few more.)

Lock the Lid and turn on the stove and bring the pressure cooker  to HIGH PRESSURE, then lower the heat enough to maintain high pressure and cook for 6 minutes. Use QUICK RELEASE. Serve hot, with Artichoke Dipping Sauce if desired.

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Here’s my old photo from the pressure cooked artichokes that first appeared on my blog in 2008, and I have made them many, many times since then!

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I devoured the artichoke in this photo immediately after I finished taking pictures!

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How to Cook Artichokes in the Instant Pot or Stovetop Pressure Cooker

How to Cook Artichokes in the Instant Pot or a Stovetop Pressure Cooker can help you make perfect artichokes every time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-sized artichokes
  • 1 cup water (2 cups for stovetop pressure cooker)
  • 1-2 T fresh lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried lemon zest or 1-2 tsp. fresh lemon zest (optional, I don’t use this much any more)
  • 1 tsp. dried shallots or 2 tsp. minced fresh shallots (optional, I don’t use this much any more)

Directions:

How to Prepare the Artichokes:

  1. Trim the discolored end of the artichoke stem, then cut off the very lowest leaves and peel the stem if needed.
  2. After the stem is trimmed and peeled, cut the artichoke and the stem in half. Use a small sharp knife to make a deep cut under the fuzzy choke on each half. Grab the very inside leaves, and pull out, taking the choke with it. Try to leave as much of the leaves as you can while removing all the choke.
  3. Lately I like to use kitchen shears and cut off the sharp ends; your choice on that.

Instant Pot Instructions:

  1. Trim artichoke stems, cut in half, remove the choke, and trim leaves if desired, as described above.
  2. Put a steamer basket in the Instant Pot with 1 cup of water. (I like to add a few tablespoons of my fresh-frozen lemon juice, which keeps the artichokes from turning brown.)
  3. Put four artichoke halves  into the Instant Pot, facing down. (I’m using a 6 Quart Instant Pot and I probably could have fit a couple more artichoke halves.
  4. Lock the lid and choose MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 8 minutes.
  5. When the pressure cooking time is done, choose the QUICK RELEASE method to release the pressure.
  6. Serve hot or cold.

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Instructions:

  1. Trim artichoke stems, cut in half, remove the choke, and trim leaves if desired, as described above.
  2. I used a 3.7 quart Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker to cook four artichoke halves at a time, but you could probably fit a couple more.
  3. Put the metal rack in the bottom of the pressure cooker Add 2 cups water (and lemon juice if desired) and then put in artichokes, inside facing down.
  4. Put the pressure cooker on the stove, lock lid, and bring to HIGH PRESSURE.
  5. Then lower heat enough to maintain high pressure and pressure cook for 6 minutes. (Start timing as soon as high pressure is reached.)
  6. After six minutes, use QUICK RELEASE method to release pressure, then open lid carefully.
  7. Test for doneness by pulling out one leaf; it should remove easily and be tender on the end and the stem should pierce easily with a fork.
  8. My artichokes were perfectly cooked in six minutes, but if you need to cook a little longer, just put lid on but don’t lock and cook a few minutes more.
  9. Serve artichokes hot or cold.

Notes:

Equipment:
I made this in my 3.7 quart Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker back in 2008, but now I’d use my Instant Pot.

Inspired by artichoke cooking advice from CookieCrumb and timing recommendations from Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
How to Cook Artichokes in the Instant Pot or Stovetop Pressure Cooker can help you make perfect artichokes! Artichokes are a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet. One whole artichoke has about 13 carbs, but 7 grams of fiber, so they are also suitable as an occasional treat for other low-carb diets.

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42 comments on “How to Cook Artichokes in the Instant Pot or Stovetop Pressure Cooker”

  1. I became afraid of the pressure cook after hubby told me horror stories…I may have to give it another go in order to try this recipe…

    • Rosanna, since I posted this I've gotten a new electric pressure cooker that you program for a certain amount of time and it shuts itself off. I love it. You might be more comfortable with that!

  2. I tried this tonight, and left the artichokes whole (2). 7 mins was not enough – I think for whole ones it might be closer to 10 mins.

  3. Deb, isn't it just the best way ever to cook them!

  4. Ive been using a pressure cooker for 30 years (started in my early 20s – got it as a gift for Christmas when I was pregnant again!) I cook them whole, but cut off the stems so they sit flat on the roating rack in the pressure cooker and cook with about 1/2 water for 6 minutes while hubby finished making the hollandaise sauce! Perfect every time!

  5. Phoo-D so glad you enjoyed them. This is the only way I cook artichokes nowdays!

  6. We made these last night and they turned out amazing! I steamed two artichokes out of the same batch earlier in the week and they were quite tough and lacking in flavor compared to the ones cooked in the pressure cooker. Next up is an artichoke soup with the leftover liquid and a bag of frozen artichoke hearts!

  7. I love the idea of taking out the choke before it cooks- We always just steamed them whole, and had to deal with the choke at the table, which can get messy. I'll be trying this method tonight!

  8. You're welcome! You will LOVE the pressure cooker for cooking artichokes.

  9. I just bought a pressure cooker a few weeks ago to use for cooking grains. THANK YOU for this idea ~ once again I am reminded of why I am a KK fan!

  10. Judianne, my mother also cooked them in water that way but the pressure cooker is so much faster that now I love using it. But for people without a pressure cooker, just use a big pot.

  11. My mom never used her pressure cooker for artichokes but she used to cook them in a Dutch oven in water to cover. She added at least 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 2 to 4 large whole cloves of garlic.about 1 TBSP of salt and then cooked them until tender. They were essentially marinated while cooking. We did dip the leaves in mayonaisse but really if you are controlling your diet, one doesn't need to. Also, since we like a whole artichoke each, I have started cutting off the top 1/3 to 1/2 (depending on the size) before cooking. That part isn't edible so why cook it? They could well be cooked this way in a pressure cooker.

  12. Shirley, the new pressure cookers are really wonderful. They have a safety valve that takes away the worry.

  13. In 6 minutes? Wow! That is definitely an incentive to get a pressure cooker. We just had artichokes for dinner this week. We're nuts for artichokes, but steaming them is not a quick thing. Okay, I may have to get a pressure cooker. I've had them in the past, but was always intimidated by them and ended up passing them on to others.

    Thanks for revisiting this post, Kalyn!

    Shirley

  14. Elle, thank you. I loved how they turned out!

  15. I can't wait to try artichokes in the pressure cooker… I'll have to wait until NEXT spring!!

    Lovely photos, too!

  16. I’ve been wanting to get a pressure cooker… now I really want one. And cutting them in half – I just bought a 3 for 2 special, now I know what to do with the 3rd.
    (Love the house pics – been catching up)

  17. Becky, do keep trying and you’ll get it right. Artichokes are such a delight!

    Cookiecrumb, YOU are awesome. Thanks again for the great tip. I’m loving the pressure cooker so much. If I wasn’t spending much money on my house (and kind of freaking out about it) I’d probably have bought a bigger size pressure cooker too. (Best news is that there is a guest room now, so you and Cranky must come visit!)

  18. You are awesome.
    I am flattered.
    Mmm.

  19. Thanks for posting this. I tried twice this year to cook artichokes with no success. I will review this next time I pick up artichokes at the store.

  20. For all you thinking about getting a pressure cooker, really I can’t say enough good things about the pressure cooker. It was an investment for me (because I was paranoid and got a really high quality one) but no regrets. I wish I had a bigger size too!

    Once again I see I’m not keeping up on comments, but I’m glad so many people are liking this information.

  21. Kalyn, I think you just pushed me over the edge. Artichokes in six minutes? I HAVE to get a pressure cooker now.

  22. its first time i am listening that artichokes are cooked. 😀 any ways i am definatly gona try it.

  23. PS: I wanted to mention that I bought a Digital Pressure cooker about 5 years ago. I love it to pieces! Use it all the time– love it much more than a slow cooker.

  24. What a coincidence! I blogged about pressure cooking artichokes, and then I grilled them! They were super good.
    I appreciate the tip on using aromatics with the pressure cooker. Now, why haven’t I thought of that?
    Beautiful photos, too.

    Debby

  25. Yum. I love artichokes, but have peeled so many in my work life that I don’t often feel compelled to prepare them at home. I’ve been wanting to buy a pressure cookier for ages now though!

  26. You’re right – artichokes are intimidating. I have no idea to make them and though I’m sure they’re delicious (I love artichoke hearts) I’ve always been hesitate to buy the scary looking things! 🙂

  27. That is brilliant, Kalyn! Not only cutting them in half, but using a pressure cooker. I have GOT to get one of those babies. I always cook ‘chokes whole, which means an hour or so of cooking to get them really tender. I also throw in lemons and bay leaves, but I love chiles, so I should add that, too. Many thanks!

  28. I guess it depends where and when (the 50s-60s) and with whom (and with which cookbooks – the older Joy of Cooking edition we used had a pressure cooker timing chart in it) you grew up – we always cooked our artichokes in a pressure cooker, but we didn’t cut them in half (and remove the choke) first. The idea of adding aromatics to the water is new to me, though.
    Sandra

  29. I’ve cooked whole artichokes in the pressure cooker for years. But note: if using an aluminum pressure cooker avoid adding anything acidic to the mix as there is a direct correlation of aluminum and alzheimers.

  30. I love your blog! Thankyou!!

  31. Wow, artichokes in 6 minutes! I keep talking about getting a pressure cooker because of you, Kalyn! Now I think I really have to.

  32. Flfarmgirl, you made my day with that comment, so now we’re even! (BTW, love the name of your blog, very clever!)

  33. You have made my day with this post! I have been intimidated by the lovely thistle. I have seen some beautiful chokes at the market this week. I love my pressure pan and your post couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you! PS, I had the best I’ve ever had while we were in Rome. You have given me a flash back and courage—how did you do that?

  34. Lori, what a fun memory! I can tell you I’m sold on the pressure cooker. I never imagined I’d love it so much.

    Reen, I agree, it did seem like it took forever in a regular pot didn’t it. I remember wondering why they took so long to cook!

  35. Can’t wait to get artichokes! I’ve always made them in a pot with water at the bottom and sometimes it takes forever! This looks great and I have several pressure cookers. So glad you posted this!

  36. I have been thinking about buying a pressure cooker, this gives me one more reason. I first ate an artichoke after I graduated college. My date showed me how…a cute memory.

    Happy Easter to you and your family Kalyn.
    Lori Lynn

  37. Pearl, you must try them!

    Lydia, the more I use the pressure cooker, the more I like it. I’m just getting ready to make a cauliflower curry right now.

    Veggie Queen, you are the pressure cooking expert! How lucky to get baby artichokes. I never see them here.

    Trish, my mom had one too, but I was scared of those older ones. The new models have a pressure release valve built into the lid, so it can’t come off. I love mine, although it was definitely an investment. My only regret is that I didn’t spring for the larger one.

  38. What an awesome idea. Hmmm…where is that old pressure cooker of my moms?!!

  39. Thanks for this great post on cooking artichokes in the pressure cooker. I am a huge pressure cooking fan.

    I cooked baby artichokes (so lucky to get them) in mine last night and thought that 3 minutes at pressure would be just right but when I do it again, it will only be for 2 1/2 minutes because they were a bit overcooked.

    Some people only use their pressure cookers for artichokes but we both know that they are really missing out on benefits of the pressure cooker and cooking the really good stuff.

  40. Six minutes? Gosh, I really have to get a pressure cooker! I’ve seen such wonderful recipes — yours, for cooking beans as well as these artichokes — and another for risotto. I wouldn’t mind having my slow cooking speeded up a bit!

  41. mm i have never made or prepared artichokes, but this sounds like a neat way to do it! thank you for sharing 😀

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