Artichokes are in Season! What the heck do I do with them, though?

If you’re like me, and did not grow up in an area where fresh artichokes are plentiful, you may have felt a little intimidated by them. Maybe you’ve seen them in the store, but not had the slightest idea how to prepare them.  If you’re like me, I mean.  LOL  Well, now I am fortunate enough to live here, where artichokes are at the peak of their freshness, so I asked my local fruit vendor to clue me in.  Here’s what she said to do with them:


First, wash them thoroughly under cold running water.
Then get a pot of water ready, add a bit of salt and the juice from 1 lemon.
Now, using a sharp chef’s knife, cut approximately an inch from the top.

artichokes cutting

The artichoke should look something like this after cutting:

artichokes cut

You’ll need to rub the cut bits with a lemon to prevent them from oxidizing (turning black).
After you’ve lemoned (that’s not a word, is it? haha) them up, use a kitchen shears to remove any thorned edges.

removing thorns

Place the artichokes in the prepared pot of lemon and salt water.
Bring to a boil, then cover and lower heat to medium low and cook for about 20 minutes (depending on the size…for larger artichokes, cook longer and vice versa).
While the artichokes are cooking, prepare the lemon butter dipping sauce.

cooked artichokes

dipping the artichoke leaf


3 tablespoons butter, melted
juice from 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 tablespoons minced parsley
salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


Whisk all together and use to dip artichoke leaves.
To eat the leaves, tear each one off, dip in sauce, and then bite down on the leaf, pulling the leaf through your teeth, to remove the softer flesh.
Discard the tough outer skin of the artichoke after removing the tender part.

I served the artichokes with a simple pan seared pork chop (just seasoned with salt, cracked black pepper and a hint of garlic, then garnished with chopped parsley) and a baked potato.  Deliciously springy. :)

pan seared chop

15 Responses to “Artichokes are in Season! What the heck do I do with them, though?”

  1. THANK YOU for posting this. I would have had no clue what to do with them. Can you make them into dip or something like that from here?

  2. I LOVE artichokes, but have never prepared them myself. Now I feel brave enough to try :)

  3. Oh my God!! This website is AWESOME!! I love the organization and how easy it is to navigate, great work!!
    *all thumbs up*

  4. Hi Deb! :) Yeah, you can make dip with them…an idea…prepare them as I did, then scoop out the heart (only the softer parts), then use the artichoke “flower” as the bowl…if you need a recipe for the dip, I can post one…I usually mix it with cheeses, mayo and seasonings and bake it….It would be really pretty inside the choke, though. :)

    Hi Hannah! I’m so glad! I was afraid to try them too, but heck…I figured if I screw it up? No harm done. If I get it right? Awesome! :)

    Hi Narami! Thank you so much! :)

  5. my goodness, this is definitely my kind of meal!

  6. Thank you, Angela! I’m so glad you liked it! :)

  7. Hahaha!!! Do you know I never made an artichoke for the same reason? Maybe I’ll give it a whirl.

  8. Bethany! See? You’re like me! :) lol I hope you do, B…you’ll love it! MUAC!

  9. Nikki, I adore artichokes and I’m so glad you have this recipe here so I’ll have it handy. As usual, beautiful pictures!!

  10. Aw, Lizzie! Thank you so much! Artichokes really are food of the Gods…I am craving artichoke dip like right NOW, lmbo :D

  11. Nikki, my mom used to make them like this when I was a kid. Pure heaven on a plate.

  12. Aw, L! Thank you for that…to be even in the same plane as your mom makes me proud. MUAC!

  13. They are my absolute favorite food. I have an easy recipe for another dip which I’ll have to look up! Artichokes are amazingly delicious. It was fun to read and see how you made them!
    Great photos!

  14. Artichoke dip…OMG it’s been a while…I *love* them as a hot, cheesy dip…yum! I’ll look for your recipe! :)

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