These Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes Recipe makes steaming artichokes way less intimidating and it only takes 20 minutes to make.
This Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes Recipe is one of the easiest recipes to make and it takes only 20 minutes to make. You just need to cut the stem and the top of the artichoke, throw it in the Pressure Cooker, along with water and any aromatics you want. I used dried rosemary and bay leaves. It might seem a little intimidating at first, but trust me it is so foolproof. I love dipping artichokes in pesto or a sun-dried tomato dip. Artichokes are a great spring vegetable, although it is available most of the year.
The heart of the artichoke is the best part and it is completely edible. The innermost leaves are the softest but you can eat the outermost by scraping with your teeth and eating the tender parts. I find that steaming artichokes is the best way to make them to give them the right amount of moisture.
- Are Artichokes good for you?
- Artichoke Recipe Ingredients
- How to Steam Artichokes in the Pressure Cooker
- Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes Recipe Variations
- How to store Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes Recipe
- Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes Recipe Top tips
- Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes Recipe
- Food safety
Are Artichokes good for you?
- Rich in Nutrients: Artichokes are a good source of essential nutrients, including dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, and magnesium.
- High in Antioxidants: Artichokes contain antioxidants, such as quercetin, rutin, anthocyanins, and cynarin, which help combat oxidative stress in the body and support overall health.
- Aid Digestive Health: The high fiber content in artichokes promotes digestive health by supporting regular bowel movements and fostering a healthy gut microbiota.
- Heart Health: Artichokes have been associated with heart health. They contain compounds that may help lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood pressure, and improve overall cardiovascular function.
- Liver Support: Compounds in artichokes, particularly cynarin, may support liver health by promoting the production of bile, which aids in digestion and the elimination of toxins from the body.
Artichoke Recipe Ingredients
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Dried parsley
- Bay leaves
- Olive oil
See recipe card for Pressure Cooker Artichokes Keto quantities.
How to Steam Artichokes in the Pressure Cooker
Rinse the artichoke with water and pat dry with a paper towel. Take the artichoke and remove any outer part leaves that may seem dry. Cut the stem off, and an inch from the top until the inside is exposed.
Add a cup of water into the Pressure Cooker and dried parsley. Place the trivet into the Pressure Cooker and then the artichokes on top of the trivet.
Close the lid and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes.
Take the artichokes out and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt.
Hint: The innermost leaves are the best part to eat!
- Artichokes: No direct substitution for artichokes, but you can choose a different vegetable for steaming, such as broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus.
- Dried Parsley: Substitute with fresh parsley or other fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary.
- Bay Leaves: If you don't have bay leaves, you can omit them or use a small amount of dried thyme or oregano for added flavor.
- Salt: Use your preferred salt alternative, such as sea salt, kosher salt, or a low-sodium salt substitute.
- Olive Oil: Substitute with avocado oil, grapeseed oil, or melted butter for a different flavor profile.
Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes Recipe Variations
- Lemon Herb Artichokes: Squeeze fresh lemon juice into the Instant Pot water, place lemon slices on top, and garnish with herbs like parsley, dill, or chives.
- Garlic Butter Artichokes: Brush prepared artichokes with melted garlic-infused butter before steaming, and add minced garlic to the Instant Pot water.
- Spicy Artichokes: Add a kick with a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the water. Serve with a spicy aioli or hot sauce for dipping.
- Mediterranean Style: Drizzle artichokes with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with Mediterranean herbs like oregano and thyme, and serve with tzatziki sauce or hummus on the side.
- Balsamic Glazed Artichokes: Create a sweet and tangy flavor by mixing balsamic vinegar with olive oil, brushing it over the artichokes, and garnishing with chopped fresh basil or mint.
- Asian-Inspired Artichokes: Infuse an Asian flair by adding soy sauce, ginger, and a splash of rice vinegar to the water. Drizzle with sesame oil before serving.
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- Instant Pot: The primary appliance for pressure cooking the artichokes. I love using my Instant Pot to make this recipe, although you can use any pressure cooker you prefer.
- Steamer Basket: Essential for elevating the artichokes above the water to allow for even steaming.
- Trivet: A metal rack that can sit at the bottom of the Instant Pot to keep the artichokes above the water level. Some Instant Pots come with a trivet.
- Cutting Board: For preparing and trimming the artichokes before placing them in the Instant Pot.
How to store Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes Recipe
- Allow to Cool: Let the steamed artichokes cool to room temperature before storing.
- Refrigeration: Place the artichokes in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag.
- Separate from Liquid: If there's any liquid in the container, try to drain it or keep the artichokes slightly elevated to prevent sogginess.
- Labeling: Label the container with the date of preparation for easy tracking.
- Refrigeration Time: Steamed artichokes can typically be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
- Freezing (Optional): While the texture may change slightly, you can freeze steamed artichokes for longer storage. Ensure they are in a freezer-safe container, and label with the date.
- Reheating: Reheat artichokes in the microwave or steam them briefly before serving. Add a splash of water to maintain moisture.
Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes Recipe Top tips
- Trimming Tips: Trim the sharp tips of the artichoke leaves and remove the tough outer leaves to make them easier to eat.
- Lemon for Freshness: Add a squeeze of lemon juice to the water for a fresh flavor and to prevent discoloration of the artichokes.
- Even Cooking: Place similar-sized artichokes in the Instant Pot for more even cooking.
- Natural Release: Allow a natural release for a few minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure to prevent hot steam from escaping rapidly.
- Check for Doneness: Test doneness by pulling off a leaf; it should come off with a slight tug.
- Serve with Dipping Sauce: Prepare a dipping sauce like garlic butter, aioli, or vinaigrette for added flavor.
- Flavorful Water: Infuse the water with herbs, garlic, or spices for extra flavor during steaming.
- Use a Trivet: If available, use a trivet to keep the artichokes above the water level, ensuring they steam rather than boil.
- Experiment with Seasonings: Try different herbs and seasonings to customize the flavor profile of the artichokes.
- Save Cooking Liquid: Save the liquid from steaming; it can be used as a base for soups or sauces for added flavor.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove