Time to demystify one of our most mysterious vegetables. Instant Pot Artichokes are as easy as they are delicious. Nutty and buttery in taste, and soft and creamy in texture, the tender leaves balance perfectly with a sweet-tart Lemon Dipping Sauce. Follow the simple, fear-free prep instructions for best results.
Prep artichokes - trim stem. Trim the tips of the outer leaves with kitchen scissors, then slice 1” off the top. Remove any smaller leaves around the base, and any leaves that have shriveled. Rinse under cold water and slightly loosen the leaves in the center. Rub the ends of the lemon onto the exposed leaves to help slow oxidation and browning and to flavor the artichokes.
Pour the water into the inner pot, along with 3-4 lemon slices and a bay leaf. Fit with a steamer basket or trivet.
Place the artichokes onto the steamer basket. You can stack if necessary.
Secure the lid and ensure the pressure valve is set to sealing. Pressure cook on HIGH for 9 minutes. Perform a quick release to release all pressure.
Test the artichoke - you should be able to pull off one of the outer leaves easily. If the artichokes aren’t done yet, cook another 1-2 minutes depending on toughness. These artichokes were 4” inches in diameter, and took 9 minutes.
Remove the artichokes with tongs. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and ground pepper just before serving.
Make the dipping sauce - combine the lemon juice, olive oil, dijon mustard, oregano, honey and salt in a jar and whisk or shake until emulsified.
***Nutritional Information includes lemon dipping sauce.