Magic Artichoke Dipping Sauce

This Artichoke Dipping Sauce is amazing!  It turns even the pickiest eater into a steamed artichoke lover and is made with ingredients that you probably already have on hand – Like magic!

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Am I actually calling this artichoke dipping sauce “magic”? Yep – I am, and I think it’s totally justified. I want to eat it on everything, not just artichokes – Roasted asparagus, brussels sprouts, a spoon…

What makes it magic?

  1. It’s the most amazing blend of tangy, creamy, salty, sweet.
  2. The consistency is perfect – It coats each leaf perfectly and isn’t runny.
  3. It’s simple – You probably have the ingredients on hand already – and it comes together fast!
  4. It turns everyone into an artichoke lover – I was eating artichokes furiously at the age of 10, just because I loved dipping into this sauce SO much!
Ingredients for artichoke dipping sauce labeled on counter.

For a sauce as magical as this, let’s be sure to get those artichokes just right too, huh?

To do that, make sure that you have enough water in your pot so that it won’t entirely evaporate during the 45-minute cooking time. But, make sure that the water doesn’t actually touch the artichokes. You don’t want them getting waterlogged.

Set them in a steamer basket about a half inch above the water level. Also, be sure that you cook the artichokes with the cut ends facing down (and the stem up in the air), this way the water will fall back out into the bottom of the pot while they cook, and won’t get distributed into the artichoke.

Update: Now I like to make steamed artichokes in the Instant Pot. Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes cook in just 15 minutes vs. 45 minutes, and the flavor is great too! 

Hand dipping artichoke leaf into sauce.

You’ll note that I don’t season my artichokes as they cook. Some add lemons or garlic to the cooking water. I haven’t found that those additions make much of a difference. If anything, I’ll notice that the artichokes get a bit of a sour taste.

I like them plain and unadorned, leaving more of their natural delicate flavor, and making them the perfect vessel for the MAGIC sauce. Let’s not forget the sauce… ⬇ ⬇ ⬇

Artichoke sauce in small bowl next to large bowl of cooked artichokes.

Wine Pairings for 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.

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Artichoke Dipping Sauce Recipe

Artichoke leaf dipped into artichoke dipping sauce.

Magic Artichoke Dipping Sauce

This artichoke dipping sauce is my favorite! It turns even the pickiest eater into a steamed artichoke lover and is made with ingredients that you probably already have on hand – Like magic!
5 from 111 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people



  • Using a sharp knife, cut about 1-inch off the top of the artichoke. Cut off the stem.
  • Place artichokes stem side up in a steamer basket or rack. This allows the steam to fall out of the artichoke as it cooks.
  • Allow to steam for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce by combining all the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Serve alongside the steamed artichokes.
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Calories: 74kcal | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 109mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Note: This post was originally published in 2016. It was updated in 2018 and again in 2023 to revise the photographs. The recipe and content remains the same. 

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67 thoughts on “Magic Artichoke Dipping Sauce”

    • My crazy concoction is from my Mother. She used 2-3 garlic cloves, melted butter bout a half stick. Sweeze or 2 of lemon juice and half container of cottage cheese blended in the ninja. It comes out smooth and creamy and rich and garlicy. Add salt and pepper to taste. I also pit Italian dressing on them before cooking.

    • 5 stars
      Never cared much for mayonnaise and so I used to just use ranch dressing. But wanted something more that complemented the taste of the Artichoke. I found your recipe and tried it. Pretty good but still had that taste of mayo. So used your recipe as a base. Used 1/4 tsp. of sugar, 1/4 tsp. dried tarragon, 1/4 tsp dried parsley, 1/4-1/2 tsp. fresh minced garlic, salt and pepper. I also added 1/4-1/2 tsp white vinegar ( maybe I’ll try white wine vinegar next time). Mixed in all ingredients to taste. Turned out pretty tasty. Way better than boring ranch dressing. I think next time I’ll use fresh herbs instead.

  1. You are my kind of girl!!!! Artichokes are so delish! And I know I’ve been doing it wrong (boiling them! eeks!! Sin SIN!) I’m definitely going to try this magic sauce recipe (greek yogurt, yes please!) and thank you for the wine pairing. Win win!

  2. Hi!!!! I just your website today and love it! I just love the way explain everything in detail and it’s simple to follow. I haven’t tried a recipe yet but can’t wait too. I also did get an instant pot as a Christmas gift. It takes a little getting use to, but I like the way you explain how to use it in your recipes.. I am definitely going to follow you and try your recipes.

    Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    This was outstanding. I have been cooking artichokes forever and never thought of doing them in the IP. I’ll never go back. And that sauce was to die for. Thanks so much.

    • You definitely can Kristin – I just prefer the lemon flavor. You could also swap in some vinegar. I’d start with 1 tsp. and then adjust. Hope that helps!

  4. this recipe sounds yummy, I remember a sauce that was red that we used growing up and we also cooked our artichokes in a pressure cooker. How would I cook them now? I don’t have a pressure cooker or instant pot. Help!! Thanks

    • Hi Bridget – You can just cook them on the stove. Put them in a steamer basket and cook them for 25-45 minutes depending on the size. Hope this helps!

  5. 5 stars
    Hi Erin! Had artichokes once as a small kid and loved how unique they were and how good they tasted! I’m 35 now and I am trying them again for the first time since that experience mostly because, quite honestly, I was so afraid of cooking them! Got 2 artichokes today and was looking up a great sauce with cooking instructions when I came across your blog! I have my husband out buying some Dijon mustard as we speak to complete the sauce! So excited!

  6. 5 stars
    Just downloaded and tried the sauce – reminds me a bit of my husband’s deviled eggs, which is to say MOST yummy. Am now eating an artichoke for dinner with the sauce. Saving a copy for future reference.

  7. 5 stars
    If you cut the artichokes in half and remove the choke it cooks in even less time. Approx 10 mins
    This is a great recipe. The lemon and garlic smells so good while cooking. The dipping sauce is really good too. I was surprised. Normally I don’t like citrus sauces and the dijon mustard really adds a kick.

    • Hi Sonja – I think it would also be great as a sauce for chicken, shrimp, or broccoli. Or you could thin it with some more oil and use it as a salad dressing. Hope that helps!

  8. 5 stars
    EXCELLENT dipping sauce for artichokes. I omitted sugar. Still had a great flavor, hint of garlic plus lime is perfect to go with a plain artichoke.

  9. Apparently, I’m in the minority here, but neither I nor my table companions enjoyed this dip – far too tart. I may try it again, using just 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, instead of a tablespoon. It looked good and the consistency was just right, but it just did not taste good. So sorry.

    • Add a bit more sugar, use less dijon and/or use meyer lemons that aren’t so tart. All these will help. I don’t usually measure ingredients for things like this and add to my taste.

  10. Hello from Portland! I had made artichokes from another recipe and came across your dipping sauce when I did a search. It is so good! I subbed stone ground mustard and monk fruit sweetner. Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to checking out your other recipes that are vegan.

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve allways used strait-up best foods mayo, love it, but this I devoured like a wild animal..had to put my dog in the mud room & thank God out loud good!
    Even with any minor adjustments you all might want to make, the base hits every note- Thanks in Alaska

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you, Erin. This is the best sauce I’ve ever had for artichoke dipping. So grateful to have found it, now that I’ve perfected the artichoke prepping and cooking technique. I have an IP, but I’m lazy and find it a hassle to clean and dry. The pot and colander method suit me just fine.

  13. I really like the sauce, but not for artichokes. I think the artichoke gets a bit lost in the complexity of the sauce (I am a butter/olive oil with garlic person). However, it is a great sauce and I am eager to try it on hamburgers, BLTs, etc.

  14. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe, although I don’t always measure everything and do it by taste. I usually use a mix of Greek yogurt and mayo. I also cook my artichokes in the instant pot with lemons so the lemon in the dip adds to the flavor.

  15. 5 stars
    I made this sauce tonight. I was going to steam artichokes but I got too tired. So I breaded and fried a few eggplant slices and dipped them in this sauce. Spectacular! This is a keeper for dipping just about anything. I was thinking of battered French fries, chicken wings, drizzled on baked potatoes…endless!

  16. 5 stars
    Hey there,
    I just finished reading your article about Magic Artichoke Dipping Sauce, and I couldn’t resist leaving a comment. First of all, I have to say, your writing style is so engaging and fun to read! It felt like we were having a casual conversation about food and flavors. I was hooked from the beginning.

    Now, let’s talk about that Magic Artichoke Dipping Sauce. Wow! I never thought artichokes could be so versatile and delicious. Your recipe sounds absolutely mouthwatering. The combination of cream cheese, mayo, and Parmesan cheese is already making me crave it. And adding garlic and lemon juice to the mix? Genius! I can only imagine how those flavors come together to create a tangy, creamy, and savory sauce that perfectly complements the artichoke hearts.

    Your step-by-step instructions were clear and easy to follow, even for someone like me who isn’t the most confident cook. The tips you provided, like draining the artichokes properly and using a food processor for a smoother consistency, were really helpful. I appreciate how you took the time to explain the purpose behind each ingredient and technique. It made me feel like I was learning from a friend rather than just reading a recipe.

    Thank you, Author, for sharing this amazing recipe and your passion for cooking. I can’t wait to give your Magic Artichoke Dipping Sauce a try and impress my friends at our next get-together. Keep up the fantastic work and keep those delicious recipes coming!

  17. 5 stars
    I haven’t had fresh artichokes in 30+ years and saw gigantic ones at a local produce market. I bought them, did all the trimming and went to cook in instant pot! Artichokes were way too big. So, I decided to steam them on the stove. Way too big and couldn’t get a lid on. I used another large pot for a lid to keep in steam. For the dipping sauce, I tried this recipe! My husband said that was the star of the show! It is excellent and should be bottled! I had extra so I cut up veggies after eating artichoke and used the sauce for the dip! Excellent idea!!! Next time, I’m going to try asparagus and broccoli! This sauce is so delicious and so easy to make! Thanks to folks that create recipes for others to try.


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