Instant Pot artichokes are quick to make, taking less than 15 minutes, and they are tender and perfectly steamed, so you can dip the leaves in butter or easily carve out the center for a salad.
I make artichokes often, but I never loved how difficult it was to steam them perfectly. It would either turn out too crisp or too soggy. In the Instant Pot, you just set it on the trivet and cook for 8 minutes, depending on the size. It turns out perfectly steamed, just like this corn on the cob does. Such a time saver!
There are two ways to cook an artichoke in the Instant Pot. You can put it in whole, or you can cut it in half, remove the fine leaves at the center, and steam it face up. I usually prefer to steam them whole. It’s fun to serve them that way.
Ingredients Needed for Instant Pot Artichokes
- 2-4 large artichokes
- Salt & ground black pepper
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp melted butter or mayonnaise, for dipping
How to Choose an Artichoke
Artichokes are in peak season from March through May. In the US, green artichokes are mostly grown in northern and central California. If you drive in that area, you’ll see tons of artichoke fields.
There are also purple artichokes (I love their color!) aka Romagna artichokes, originally grown in the Mediterranean. You can get either green or purple artichokes for this recipe. They cook the same.
To choose an artichoke, look for one that has a firmly packed head of leaves, with leaves that look fresh and not dried or shrivelled.
How to Clean an Artichoke
With a paring knife, cut off any small leaves near the stem that aren’t held tightly to the base of the artichoke. Slice off most of the stem, leaving just about ¼ inch.
Cut the top 1/3 of the artichoke off with a sharp chef’s knife. The top of the leaves have a spark point on them, so it’s best to just cut those off in one clean cut.
If you’re cooking them whole, this is how they will go into the Instant Pot.
If you’re rather cut them in half and clean the insides first, then proceed with these instructions:
Cut the artichoke in half. With the paring knife, cut out the small fine leaves in the center, leaving just the artichoke heart.
How to Make Instant Pot Artichokes
Pour in a cup of cold water.
Place the artichoke halves on the trivet, face down. You can stack them on top of each other, if there are too many for one layer.
Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing. Press the pressure cook button and set the timer to 8 minutes. When the time is up, allow a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.
The artichokes should be perfectly tender and ready to eat. If they aren’t as soft as you would like, put the lid back on immediately and set the time for another 2 minutes.
How Long to Cook Artichokes
Since artichokes vary so much in size, there’s no one-size-fits-all timer setting. You’ll need to gauge your artichokes and base the time off their size and firmness.
Larger, tightly packed artichokes can take 25 minutes or more to cook in the Instant Pot, while small, less tightly packed artichokes take about 12 minutes to cook.
- Medium artichokes (around 11″) = 8 minutes
- Large artichokes (around 15″) = 25 minutes
Why Use An Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.
How to Serve & Eat Steamed Artichokes
I serve the artichoke leaves with melted butter or mayonnaise to dip them in. If you like a little extra flavor, add some dried dill and a pinch of garlic powder to the melted butter.
To eat them, you gently grip the leaf about halfway up between your teeth and pull. The meat of the artichoke will slide off as you pull.
Don’t chew on the leaves or try to bite through them. The meat on the inner side of the leaf is all that should be eaten. And it should come off easily if steamed properly.
Once you’ve pulled off all the leaves, you can eat the artichoke heart, which is the tender part at the base of the leaves.
What to Eat with Artichokes
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Instant Pot Artichokes
Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot
- 2-4 medium artichokes
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or mayonnaise, for dipping
- Clean the artichokes by removing the top 1/3 of the leaves and cutting off the stem.
- Place the artichoke on the trivet, stems down.
- Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing. Press the pressure cook button and set the timer to 8 minutes. Allow a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
- Use natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then release the remaining pressure. If they aren’t as soft as you would like, put the lid back on immediately and set the time for another 2 minutes.
- Serve with butter or mayonnaise.
- Larger artichokes may need up to 25 minutes or more of cooking time. For large artichokes, start with 25 minutes, and increase the time by 4 minutes, if they are not as soft as you would like.
- You can quickly reset the timer if the artichokes are not cooked enough for you. Just place the lid back on and set more time. It will take only a few minutes to come back up to pressure. If cooking a second time, there’s no need for a natural pressure release.
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