This Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes recipe is ultra-easy to make, full of great flavor, and super-speedy in your pressure cooker!
Over the past few weeks, Barclay and I have been taking lots of little field trips to explore the various markets in our new neighborhood in Barcelona. And each time, I come away with a bag full of fresh veggies, plus usually at least one or two new foods to try. And each time, this handsome husband of mine comes away with…
…a bag of fresh artichokes. ? ? ?
Ha, I’m not kidding. We’ve been eating steamed artichokes at least twice a week since we’ve been living here, partly because they are Barclay’s absolute favorite food in the universe, and it turns out they are widely available here in Spain. But also because they are crazy affordable in Spain! (Like, $0.50 apiece here, versus the $3 artichokes we used to buy in Kansas City!)
Naturally, we both freaked out the first time we saw the price tag and immediately filled a bag full of fresh alcachofas to take home and steam. But once we arrived home, we realized that there were no pots in our “furnished” little rental kitchen that were large enough to use as a steamer, whoops. Thankfully, my new Instant Pot(affiliate link) had just arrived in the mail that day from Spanish Amazon. So we decided to try see if we could pressure cook them instead. And oh man, guys.
Talk about a game changer.
Seriously. Just when we thought artichokes couldn’t get any better, the Instant Pot worked its magic and made them even easier and quicker to steam. I mean, let’s be real, artichokes are still incredibly delicious and easy to cook the traditional way on the stovetop. But now — a half dozen perfectly-cooked batches in the Instant Pot later — I have to say that I think my stovetop steaming days are officially behind me.
So if you’re a lifelong fellow Team Artichoke fan — or if you’ve been curious about trying them for the first time — grab your Instant Pot because you’ve gotta try this one for yourselves. ?
To make these Instant Pot steamed artichokes, begin by prepping and trimming however many fresh artichokes you would like to cook. (I can fit between 4-5 medium artichokes in a single layer in my 6-quart Instant Pot, but obviously the size of your artichokes and pot may vary.)
For tips on how to choose the best fresh artichokes at the market, plus tips on how to prep and trim them before cooking, check out my post and video here on How To Cook and Eat Artichokes. (It features the traditional stovetop steaming method, but all of the steps before and after cooking are the same.)
Once your artichokes are ready to go, place the steamer basket in your instant pot, and add some water, garlic and a bay leaf to the bottom of the pot. Take a slice of lemon and rub it all over the outside of the artichokes (to add flavor and slow down oxidizing/browning), then drop the lemon wedge in the water. And place your artichokes in a single layer (not stacked on top of one another) in the steamer basket. We’ve tried cooking them stem-up and stem-down, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference, so set them in there however you’d like.
Then secure the lid, set to cook on “manual” high pressure for 10 minutes (or 12 minutes for large artichokes), finish with a quick release…
A batch of gorgeous, tender, flavorful, perfectly-steamed artichokes will be yours to enjoy in less than 30 minutes! So simple!!
Again, if you need any tips on how to eat these guys, feel free to check out my traditional steamed artichoke tutorial here.
Otherwise, as we say with our artichoke nights here in Spain — ¡buen provecho!
Fresh artichokes are extra easy to steam in the Instant Pot! Feel free to add other fresh herbs and seasonings to your steaming water if you would like.
1 cup water
3 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
2–4 fresh large artichokes, trimmed (here’s a quick video for how to trim artichokes)
1 fresh lemon wedge
dipping sauce (see options below)
Pour the water, garlic cloves and bay leaf into your Instant Pot, and place the steamer basket on the bottom of the pot.
Rub the lemon wedge all over the outside of the trimmed artichokes. (This helps add flavor and prevent browning/oxidizing.) Place the artichokes in a single layer on top of the steamer basket, and toss the lemon wedge in the water below. Close lid securely and set the vent to “Sealing”.
Press “Manual”, then press “Pressure” until the light on “High Pressure” lights up, then adjust the +/- buttons until time reads 10 minutes*. Cook. Then very carefully, turn the vent to “Venting” for quick release, and wait until all of the steam has released and the valve has dropped. Remove the lid.
Carefully use a pair of tongs to remove the artichokes from the Instant Pot, and serve immediately with your desired dipping sauce. Enjoy!
*For extra-large artichokes, increase the cooking time to 12 minutes. To test whether your artichokes are fully cooked, insert a sharp knife in the stem of the artichoke. If it slides in smoothly without resistance, your artichokes are ready to go. If not, cook them for an extra 2 minutes in the Instant Pot.
Dipping Sauce Ideas:
Lemony Melted Butter Dipping Sauce: This is my favorite way to eat steamed artichokes! Just melt some salted butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a pinch of salt and pepper, and serve. And if you really feel like going the extra mile, sauté a clove of minced fresh garlic in the butter for 1 minute before serving. Delish.
Totally going to try this!! What is the yellow dipping sauce you have in the picture?
ok, you’ve convinced me – THIS is a reason to get an instant pot, I love artichokes so much but I find them so finicky to cook!
Is that just melted butter? Lemon sauce? Growing up we dipped them in mayo-sounds gross but it was delish!
Same here and mayo is still how I enjoy them!
Add some lemon juice, capers and a bit of parmesan to that mayo, and it will be the perfect dipping sauce.
That’s how eat them too.
It said there were dipping sauce ideas, but I did not find any.
I love this. Spain was the first place I learned to cook and eat artichokes. And yes, so much cheaper and better quality than what’s available in KC.
dipping sauce (see options below)
Are there dipping sauces below the recipe? Did I miss them?
The dipping sauces are under the notes section.
Can you cook these in a crock pot? If so, for how long? Thanks!
I wouldn’t – just do them on the stove.
Great recipe, gonna try this today and let you all know how it went :)
I just made these artichokes and they turned out perfectly. I just got my Instant Pot Ultra 10 in 1 and this was my second thing to cook in it. We eat artichokes frequently and this is quick and easy.
Tried this today. Only used the lemon no garlic. My husband wasn’t adventureous today. I will sneak it in next time. Turned our really well. I have super jumbo artichokes and could have cooked them another minute so the hearts were a little more tender. Definitely one I will make again.
Go to my instant pot today. 80% of the reason I even got one is because I read this post when it was first posted! Wasn’t convinced until the seduction of easier to prepare artichokes. Haha. Thanks!
This worked perfectly, thanks! I cooked 5 in the pot in 2 layers without issue.
Would the time be the same for just 1-2 artichokes?
Finally someone that can write clear and concise directions. All my questions on artichoke preparation. Thank you
Another great Instant Pot recipe. We usually stuff our artichokes and steam them. This method will be so much easier.
My artichoke took WAY longer than this to become tender. I have only ever seen one size of artichoke so I didn’t know if mine was “large” or not, so I started with 10 minutes. Then 3 more. Then 5 more before it was tender. The grocery store calls them globe artichokes; not sure if there are other kinds. They’re larger than my fist but smaller than two fists put together (average woman’s hands).
I tried this but the artichokes were not done in 12 minutes…disappointing :( Took the larger of the 4 out, left the 3 small ones in & trying it again for 10 min. We will see if they are done then.
Probably because you had too many eliminating the space to steam the chokes. 2-4 artichokes work best as indicated in the recipe.
Going back to using my stove top pressure cooker for artichokes. This is the 2nd time I’ve tried my instant pot to cook artichokes and 2nd time it has failed to cook them in less than 20 minutes for one big artichoke!
4 lg. artichokes take 10-15 minutes max. in my old stove top Presto pressure cooker and it doesn’t really matter how many, takes the same amount of time.
I love making yogurt in my IP and have made a great soup and stew!
I grew up eating Artichokes and like Barclay they are my favorite food!! My mom has always steamed them in the microwave in a casserole dish with some water in the bottom, plastic wrap over the artichokes sealing the top and a bay leave tucked into each artichoke. 5-7 minutes in the microwave depending on the size. So quick and easy! Love all of your variations on artichoke prep and cooking!
My dipping sauce consists of mayo, paprika and lemon juice. Don’t go to heavy on the paprika because it will add heat.
Tried making 2 artichokes with this recipe… after 10 minutes, they were only about 50% cooked. Didn’t realize they were so underdone though and tried to eat them. Ended up wasting 2 artichokes. I’m new to instant pot cooking – this was my 3rd recipe attempt. There must be a bit of a learning curve – each of my recipes so far haven’t gone as planned. The other two were at least edible in the end but it’s kinda hard to eat a half-cooked artichoke! Next time I’ll try cooking them for 15 minutes!
I tried cooking artichokes Four times the first time they came out perfect the last three times they weren’t cooked you couldn’t pull the leaves off I don’t know what I did wrong
Had to cook around 15 min for one large artichoke. Only real difference from how we might normally make is the added ingredients in the steaming water. I didn’t notice much difference but my hubby loved the change. I added the bay leaf, garlic, etc to the water and rubbed lemon on the artichoke before cooking. Did in the instapot with the dipping sauce. Will make again.
Delicious artichokes. We like our artichokes a little softer not aldente; I cooked 2 large chokes for 12 minutes and needed to cook them another 12 minutes to get them to our desired doneness. They were soft without being mushy and delicious. Will use this recipe again.
Should be more like 18 minutes on high pressure for large artichokes. On 10 minutes the leaves are still undercooked. Also, all that extra stuff like the garlic and bay leave doesn’t add any additional flavor to it – I guess it doesn’t hurt. As to the lemon coated surface, that seemed to work well to prevent browning. The cutting of the lower leaves is a good idea for when you get to the good part, eating the heart.
I always cook artichokes for 20 minutes in the instant pot. No complaints, they are always tender. I have tried less time, and they just were not done. To the cup of water, I add oregano, a bit of red wine vinegar, a bit of lemon juice and spray the opened leaves with olive oil, and set them in the bottom of the pot, no steamer.
Thanks for the instant pot recipe. I’m new to instant pot and found the recipe easy to follow and super delish. I also live in BCN and love the fresh fruit and veg markets here. ☺️
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Please include a “how to eat” an artichoke section for a first timer. Eating them can be tricky if you’re not familiar or if you hadn’t had them since you were living with mom! LOL