Grilled artichokes sound really great but are you supposed to eat them as you would a steamed artichoke (by pulling the leaves off) or can you eat the whole thing?
If you grill medium or larger artichokes, you should peel the bracts off individually and eat just as if they were steamed. The taste will be a bit different and the bracts will be dry and a little crispy to hold.
If you use baby artichokes, you can eat the whole thing - but you should remove the outer layer of bracts first (as if you were planning to make fried artichoke hearts which would be another article). So, remove the outer bracts first leaving only the tender ones and steam, cut, clean, grill, eat.
This is fantastic. This is the first time I've come accross your site and I think it is great. Thank you for taking the time to create it. Kudos to you!
For those of us without an outdoor barbeque, is there any way to grill artichokes with a George Foreman grill or oven?
Sure, try placing the artichokes about an inch under the broiler in your oven and broiling for a comparable amount of time (as if you were grilling). Keep an eye on it (just as you would on the grill) to make sure it doesn't burn.
On the indoor grill, you can try keeping the grill open and grilling them like that. Times will vary depending on the power of your electric grill.
Have fun with it!
I enjoy your site, I'm looking forward to trying this recipe (bought some Artichokes last night)!
Thank you for creating such a great website!! I have always steamed my artichokes, it is great to have a new way to cook them!! The instructions are easy to follow, and the pictures are really great!!
Great article -- inspired me to actually try cooking artichoke for the first time.
I did try the George Foreman method (don't have a grill, can't use one at my apartment easily) -- I would suggest maybe extending the cooking time beyond the 10 min (flip) 5 min for the electric option. My 'choke was cooked well enough, but didn't get the blackened, grilled flavor or look.
Will have to try the broiler next time.
Also did a variation on the sauce -- yogurt with dijon mustard, a little worcestershire, and some "cajun" spices. Was quite good...and just so this doesn't start a "healthy" war ;) -- I hate mayo.
Just discovered a new boyfriend whom also loves artichokes, can't wait to try them out just as I tried him out. Probably just as yummy!
I discovered your site this morning after reading an article on artichokes in an Italian magazine for Americans living in-country (I went to Google...). I am an accomplished cook and have rarely seen such complete directions for artichokes in particular. Cudos to you!
Where do I find seeds on the artichoke? I would like to harvest some so that I can pass them on to friends.
Just discovered your site, and as a teacher, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the "presentation" of your lesson. A picture truly is worth more than a thousand words! Can't wait to try to recipe.
Thank you! Outstanding, clear easy to understand steps re grilled artichokes... am steaming my home grown ones as we speak, ready to be grilled. Am very much looking forward to perusing the rest of your site. Congratulations and thanks again.
I just want you to know that this step by step on grilling artichokes is excellent...the pictures help as well! Thanks!
Totally kicks ass !!
This site is great- as soon as I saw the headline (analytical cooking) I felt like I was home!
This artichoke recipe looks like something I can do, unique in comparison to the other artichoke links I found.
I bought an artichoke today and I'd be cooking it right now if I had some veggie mayo. Any other dips that are easy and vegetarian?
Thank you for an outstanding primer on preparing and eating an artichoke. I ordered a steamed artichoke at a restaurant last night and now I know that the parts that I ate are OK. I did chew the fibrous leaves but didn't swallow the leftover fibers.
What a great article--thanks! I saw fresh baby artichokes at Publix yesterday and plan to grill them. Not something you come across every day in Nashville.
WOW... awesome instructions, that were so easy to follow. I plan on grilling some artichokes right now. Love your site so much I had to add you to my favorites list!!
Bought a grill and then bought artichokes hoping to fing a site about how to grill them. I gambled on finding instructions and googled your site. Thank you for such clear instructions! You didn't make it more difficult than it had to be and it was great! I added Italian seasonings and fresh garlic and they rocked! Thanks again!
:) I tried the grilled artichoke and was impressed. Being Italian i have eaten them since I was a kid. I have always had them stuffed. these were excellent. The second time I made them i spiced up the sauceby adding a hint of garlic and Oregano. Also for the oil I added onion, black olives salt, pepper, basil, oregano, parsley and a little romano cheese.
Tahnks again for a good reciept
Terrifc, I love artichokes! May I suggest a dip as follows,
1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, mixed in 2 tbs lemon juice. A tsp drop of light mayo in the dip, on the side. Dip the artichoke leaf in the mixture with a light drag on the mayo to eat.
This dip works also very well with steamed crab!
I thoroughly enjoyed your description of how to steam and grill the artichokes.
May I thank you for your unique and detailed recipies. Step by step is the best, and you do not assume the reader" knows all about the subject"
Thank you Michael for posting this blow-by-blow account of artichoke preparation. I cooked them many years ago, completely forgot how to do it, and was saved by your first-class page. All the diners enjoyed it. Good for you!
I've got a late-season grilling event this Saturday, and I'm trying to figure out a practical (and not too expensive) way of steaming up some artichokes on the scene of the grill. The grill does have an available but I won't have an opportunity to steam them before I arrive at the grill.
I'm going to try it anyway-- fab something together with a foil pan, my steamer basket, and I think I have a spare foil cake-pan which, filled with water, should survive the burner just fine.
I like this approach to cooking. Hunter Cashdollar
Excellent suggestions. I ususally snap off the outer bracts all around the artichoke until getting to the softer yellow leaves, then cut off the top third and quarter the artichoke. I like having more charred service and the quartered artichoke seems easier for people to just pick up and eat. I use a small paring knife to cut a v groove over and under the choke and remove it. As you wrote, olive oil, salt and pepper are all that are needed for htese babies.
I highly enjoyed the grilled artichokes, they were wonderful. I do not like mayo based sauces for them though. What I use, and this is very unhealthy but delicious, is 1-2 TBSP butter, 1 garlic clove minced, seasoned salt and fresh cracked pepper, heated. Very simple and very good.
Wonderful info on grilled artichoke. Now, I'm no engineer, but top this off with a lemon Aioli, and you're in heaven. Aioli - shortcut is mayo (best foods) pinch of cayenne, fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, minced or shredded green onion, salt & pepper..... yum P.S. if you're a true engineer, perfectionist, you'll want to make your own mayo 1 c. Extra virgin olive oil, 2 large egg yolks, salt & pepper.
Your site is wonderful. My late husband was an engineer and he grew up in artichoke country in California. He would think your site was a hoot! Thanks for making me think of him and sharing a chuckle.
Aloha Michael Chu,
Excellent website and instructions on grilling artichokes. Our fave restaurant, The Rutherford Grill in California Wine country does a great job w/ these and we've been meaning replicate their efforts. The pictures, instructions, and anatomy lesson were excellent. My wife is a mechanical engineer and loved your site. We use mayo w/ a little soy sauce as our EZ dipping sauce. Keep up the excellent work and we'll be visiting your site often.
Al Lim :)
My husband and I just ate the Grilled Artichokes at the Rutherford Grill (near Napa, Ca) today for lunch. We decided to try it at home. Since they grill their's over a wood fire grill, we wanted the smokey flavor but have a gas BBQ. I added Mesquite Liquid Smoke to the water before steaming. I also added some to the Olive Oil that we basted the artichokes with, and lightly sprinkled Lawry's seasoning salt on them before grilling. They were every bit as good at Rutherford's. Now if I could come up with their dipping sauce, I'd have it made and impress everyone!O
I suggest adding some info on how to make some different merinades. We like ours with: buter,ground garlic (not garlic salt), fresh cerlatro, EVOO, fresh group pepper, soy, sea salt, onion powder, fresh lime (1) and lemmon (.5) juice. and one spoon of mayo. Great for dipping and merinade durring the grilling process.
It's funny that another person mentioned Rutherford's Grill in Napa Valley. We had their Grilled Artichokes there a month ago and tried to mimick the recipe here tonight. We'll have to try the artichoke recipe in this post (thank you very much!). The Rutherford Grill dipping sauce is easy - it's equal parts of mayonaisse, creamy horseradish and ground mustard.
Your instructions were perfect! I bought two today for 88 cents each. I love the taste but am always reluctant to cook them myself. Thank you for posting pictures that show exactly what the choke looks like. Every other article I looked at said to discard or scrape out the choke but only gave word descriptions. I am sending this site to other friends that have had the same question I did. Thank you!
your instructions and photos were very helpful. I've steamed artichokes before but never grilled em. they turned out perfect :)
ANOTHER DIPPING SAUCE IS MADE WITH 1 PART MAYO, 1/4 PART KETCHUP AND 1 TSP. CURRY POWDER. ENJOY!
Artichokes were always a mystery to me. Thanks for the step-by-step hand-holding. Very informative-and the final outcome was delicious!!
(I used a olive oil,lemon juice,garlic,fresh oregano and balsamic vinegar marinade on the steamed artichokes prior to grilling.)
I'm not big into using recipes, but I was interested in trying Grilled Artichokes and thought I'd check a recipe for some tips. All I have to say is BEST I have ever tasted! These are so tasty off the grill that they need no condiments or additional seasoning. I am now making these for the second time. I'll never eat another steamed artichoke again.
This recipe for grilled artichokes is definilty a keeper. I've been making steamed artichokes for many years, but until I had one grilled at a restaurant in Houston I never dreamed I'd get hooked. I now make them at home often, and when we go to Houston, I return to Houstons (the restaurant) and enjoy them there as well.
Love artichoke. Eat them any which way I can. simple dipping sauce, garlic pressed or finely chopped, lemon juice or balsamic vinegar and olive oil, salt to taste.
You can wrap the artichokes in aluminum foil and drizzle them with oil etc. and then put them standing up on the grill or in hot oven about 20 minutes.
You can cut them in half and in water microwave them covered for about 10 minutes on high, until fork pressed into base comes out tender feeling.
We just got back from Napa Valley and had the artichokes at Rutherford's Grill as well. Funny that someone mentioned Houston. My wife ate there as well and apparently they are owned by the same company/person.
In any event, I tried to replicate the process on my gas grill and discovered a few things. First, we cut the artichokes prior to steaming them. Bad idea. Second, we steamed the artichokes for 1 hour. Also not a good idea. The result was 1/2 the leaves falling off and through the grill. And the smoke flavor wasn't there.
Now that I have read your recipe and saw some of the posts, I try it again. BTW, I'm also trying to duplicate their corn bread recipe as well, but that has proven to be a little harder to find!
Unless you have your own artichoke plant you won't be able to harvest any seeds from the 'chokes - they're basically the flower "bud" BEFORE it's gone to seed. If you live in a fairly temperate climate, look around for artichoke plants as they are often used as landscaping. They actually have a beautiful purple flower. After the flower's wilted, you may be able to collect the seed from it, though I don't know what it would look like. I've got 4 'chokes in my garden and I eat every single flower bud!
Thanks for the great instructions!
For anyone interested in growing artichokes - it is very easy to do.
We've been growing 3 artichoke plants in our front yard since Spring, and they've been incredibly easy to grow. We bought them small from a nursery & they're been very low maintenance. The plants look very cool aesthetically too!
Each plant has so far yielded 1-2 large ("crown"?) artichokes, and 10-15 smaller artichokes of various sizes. We've already eaten the large ones, but we're now letting the smaller ones continue to grow to see how large they'll get (but not letting them get to flower).
We're harvesting a few different sizes today & will try out your grilling instructions tonight. Thanks for the tips on how to eat different sizes!
PS - For a dip we've always used: 1 tsp mayo, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, and 2 dashes of Lemon Pepper... sometimes also a dash of cayenne pepper for zest.
Wow! I've never done this before but it turned out GREAT!! Your procedure for preparing the artichoke had adequate detail for a novice like me to successfully complete it. Thanks!
Wow ! Itís a nice recipe.
Last time I checked, our grill was home to a nest of wasps (for the second time) so no grilling right now till they're dealt with. Irritating.
We have artichokes quite often though and just use a quick-lazy method that works for us. Even the prep is done lazy-way.
...rinse artichokes to remove any dust/spray/etc
...if stems are long enough to bother with, peel outer covering with a veg. peeler, then cut stems flat to bottoms
(..I don't cut off any of the leaf tips, etc, since they don't bother me)
...turn artichoke(s) upside down (slightly askew okay) and place in a microwave-safe bowl/container (if I'm making two, I'll use a rectangular Pyrex dish)...drape artichokes lightly with piece of dry-wax paper (or waxed paper, plastic wrap, etc)
...microwave on High about 5-15 min depending on number/size, or till a fork or knife tip can be easily pushed into the upturned artichoke bottom
...serve with lemon butter for dipping
...remove outer leaves one at a time, dip/scrape with teeth
...remove thinner and softer inner leaves a few at a time, dip/bite off
...scrape choke off with sharp tablespoon, etc
...chop up bare bottom and dip/eat
As mentioned, I don't have a problem removing the leaves with sharp tips attached to dip and eat--guess I just grab them lower down, etc. (If I did have to snip off all those tips, suspect we wouldn't eat artichokes as often and I'd miss that!)
Just turn on the grill... should take care of the problem.
I love your approach to sharing recipes. I'm not an engineer, but a lawyer, and I really appreciate the step by step and context. Appeals to and affirms the ridiculous methodical way i have! Brava/o!
Thank you for the great information and photos! That's the best tutorial I've ever seen.