How To Cook An Artichoke

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how to cook an artichoke

Cooking an artichoke is extremely easy. There are several ways of cooking an artichoke – boiling it, steaming it, roasting it or microwaving it.  Below you will find my easy instructions on how to cook an artichoke in each of those 4 ways – all you need to do is pick your favorite cooking method and you are good to go!

You don’t need to do any special prep work before you cook an artichoke.  Many people slice of the top of the artichoke or cut off the spiked ends of the leaves, but those steps are completely unnecessary.  The artichoke is cooked whole, and the only thing you need to do before you cook an artichoke is to wash it.

My favorite way of cooking artichokes is microwaving it. It’s simply the easiest way of cooking an artichoke – just wrap it in a paper towel and pop it in the microwave – no need to mess around with boiling water!

How To Cook An Artichoke In The Microwave


  • Artichoke


  • Wash the artichoke
  • Wrap the artichoke in a paper towel
  • Put the wrapped artichoke in a microwave and microwave on High for 7 minutes (if cooking 2 artichokes at the same time, the cooking time is 10 minutes.)

My second favorite way of cooking an artichoke is roasting it in the oven. Here’s how you do it:

How To Roast An Artichoke

To roast an artichoke, preheat the oven to 425F. Wrap the whole artichoke in aluminum foil so it’s sealed (you can roast as many artichokes as you like at the same time, just wrap each artichoke separately in foil). Put wrapped artichokes on a baking sheet, then put in the oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Many people cook artichokes by steaming or boiling them. I never do it that way because I’m simply too lazy to deal with the pot of boiling water :) But if you’d like to steam or boil artichokes, you certainly can – here are the instructions:

How To Steam An Artichoke

Bring an inch of water to a boil in a pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add whole artichokes to the steamer basket, cover and steam for 25 minutes.

How To Boil An Artichoke

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the whole artichoke and boil for 25 minutes.

After you read this article, you’ll know exactly what to do with that artichoke, so go ahead and buy it at the grocery store – it’s always fun to try something new, especially when it’s tasty and easy to make!

Pick your favorite way of how to cook an artichoke and just follow it.  After your artichoke is cooked, let it cool down and enjoy eating it!  Of course, don’t forget to check out my instructions on how to eat an artichoke :)

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