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.
- Blender Hollandaise Sauce: This version is super easy.
- Tzaziki Sauce: For a Mediterranean twist.
- Any kind of mayo or aioli
- …or whatever sounds good to you!