This Instant Pot Artichokes recipe is so easy and healthy. You’ll love how fast it is to make them in a pressure cooker. This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.

cooked artichoke on a plate with fresh lemon

Easiest Way to Cook Artichokes

Cooking artichokes in the Instant Pot is the absolute easiest way to cook this delicious, healthy vegetable. If you’re ever cooked them on the stovetop, you know that it takes forever to get them tender and cooked through. 

With the pressure cooker, you literally just place the trimmed artichokes on your trivet, add some water, and set the time. When you open the lid, you’ll find perfectly steamed and ready-to-eat artichokes. I promise you it’s this easy!

If you’re haven’t yet bought your own Instant Pot, I highly suggest the 6-quart version that you can get on Amazon for a great price.

Recipe Steps

artichoke on marble countertop

Step One

Cut off the stems of the artichokes with a sharp knife. You want to base of the artichokes to be flat. You’ll also need to use the stainless steel trivet that comes with your pressure cooker. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the bowl for steaming.

Step Two

Place the artichokes upside down (flat side side up) on the trivet. Lock on the lid.

Use the manual setting to set the cooking time to 23 minutes on high pressure for large artichokes. You can either use the manual release or the natural release. I like a really soft artichoke, so I use the natural release for at least 10 minutes.

If you are using an artichoke that is medium, you can decrease the cook time to 18 minutes. For baby artichokes, I like to cook them for just 10 minutes.

two artichokes in an instant pot pressure cooker

Nutrition Highlights

Not only are cooked artichokes absolutely delicious, but they are a very healthy food. Artichokes contain a type of carbohydrate known as a fructooligosaccharide that has anti-cancer and other health benefits. Artichokes also contain prebiotic fibers, meaning that they help nourish the good bacteria in our systems.

FAQs

How do you serve artichokes?

As far as how to serve your perfectly cooked artichokes made in the Instant Pot, my recommendation is a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Done!

If you prefer a creamy sauce for dipping, I would recommend a paleo brand of mayonnaise. Otherwise, my motto is to keep it simple with my easy method of lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. 

Or, to be honest, you can actually just eat the artichokes steamed without anything on them. They have a natural fresh wonderful flavor that I adore.

How do you eat an artichoke?

I get asked this all the time! The best way to eat an artichoke is to pull off each leaf and use your teeth to scrape or bite off the last 1/3 of each leaf. You won’t be able to eat the whole leaves because they are too tough.

Once you get to the inside of the artichoke, called the artichoke heart, you will need to use a knife or a spoon to scrape out the fuzzy part. Then, you can eat the base of the artichoke, also called the artichoke heart. That is the best part, in my opinion.

How many can I cook in an Instant Pot at one time?

You can cook about two medium-to-large artichokes in a 3-quart Instant Pot or up to four medium-to-large artichokes in a 6-quart Instant Pot.

When are artichokes in season?

Artichokes are in season from March through May in most part of the United States. In California, though, artichokes grow almost the whole year.

grouping of fresh artichokes

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Easy Instant Pot Artichokes

cooked artichoke on a plate ready to eat

This Instant Pot Artichokes recipe is so easy and healthy. You’ll love how fast it is to make them in a pressure cooker. This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 23 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Vegetarian
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Ingredients

  • 2 large artichokes
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut off the stems of the artichokes with a sharp knife so the bases are flat.
  2. Add the stainless steel trivet to the base of a 3-quart or 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker.
  3. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the bowl for steaming.
  4. Place the artichokes upside down (flat side up) on the trivet. Lock on the lid.
  5. Use the manual setting to set the cooking time to 23 minutes at high pressure. You can either use the manual release or the natural release.
  6. To serve the artichokes, use tongs to place them on a large plate. Squeeze the lemon over the artichokes and drizzle on the olive oil. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Notes

You might need to adjust the time based on the size of artichokes you are cooking. For large artichokes, set the time for 23 minutes. For medium artichokes, set the time to 18 minutes.

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