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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!

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