Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes are quick and easy to make with the help of your electric pressure cooker. Plus, this recipe gives them SO much flavor!
Tell me guys – Do you have an Instant Pot yet? I’m hoping you do, because I’ve got a lot of Instant Pot recipes lined up for your over the next few weeks. Mainly, it’s because I’m using it like all the time. So much so that I’m thinking about buying a second one…
So, I’m going to try not to overwhelm you with Instant Pot recipes – I’ll limit it to one recipe a week, with “regular” recipes too, but I’m telling you – If you don’t have one yet – You really should get one! (PS – Instant Pot is not paying me to say this… I’m not affiliated with them in any way.)
The Instant Pot doesn’t always meant that dinner happens in an “instant” – Some recipes can take just as long as the regular version when it comes down to it. It takes time for the pressure to build in the Instant Pot, so cooking time needs to also take into account the time for that pressure to build before the actual timer begins. The more you have in the pot, the longer it takes for the pressure to build… But in this case, these Instant Pot steamed artichokes are a total time saver.
Because there’s only a cup of water in the pot, that pressure builds super quick. And while steamed artichokes can take up to 45 minutes on the stovetop, these Instant Pot steamed artichokes only take about 15 minutes, add another 5 minutes or so for that pressure to build – So, 20 minutes! That’s like half the time. And that’s the perfect amount of time to make some of my yummy “magic” artichoke dipping sauce.
Here’s the game plan: I trim my artichokes, add a bit of garlic, lemon and salt to the pot, place in the steamer basket and add my artichokes, cut side down (stem side up) into the Instant Pot. By placing them stem side up, it means that the water won’t drop down into the leaves and they steam away, instead, with the cut side down, the water will drip out of them as they cook, meaning your artichokes won’t get waterlogged.
Also, I feel like all that pressure in the pot really helps those flavors to soak into the artichokes. I don’t have any scientific evidence to back me on this, but I really do think it makes a difference!!!
Just look at these beauties!
TIP: Sometimes I will make a big batch of these in the Instant Pot – As many as will fit a single layer (3 large artichokes, or 4 small-ish ones) and then I’ll reheat them on a hot grill. Just cut them in half and let them get a bit charred on a hot grill (or grill pan). They take on a bit of a smoky flavor and reheat perfectly this way!
So, are you guys with me? Are you in for more Instant Pot recipes? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
NOTE: The artichokes were flipped over at the end for photography purposes. This may be a bit misleading. They were in fact cooked stem side up in the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes
- 2-4 artichokes
- 1 cup water
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 2 lemon wedges
- Dipping sauce
- Prepare artichokes for steaming: Snap off tough outer leaves. Cut off the top 1/3 of artichoke. Snip remaining sharp or spiky tips using kitchen shears. Trim stem of artichoke.
- Add water, garlic cloves, lemon wedges and a couple pinches of salt to your Instant Pot.
- Place artichokes in a single layer on the steamer basket, stem side up. Close lid and set the vent to "sealing".
- Select "Manual" mode, leave the setting on High Pressure, and adjust the time based on the size of your artichokes: 5 minutes for small, 10 minutes for medium, 15 minutes for large. When the time is up, turn the vent to "venting" for a quick pressure release.
- Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
Wine Pairings for Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes:
- Artichokes (like asparagus) can be notoriously difficult to pair with wine. The pairings that I’ve found work best are Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, or a light, fruity red wine, such as a Beaujolais.