Magic Artichoke Dipping Sauce

Artichoke Dipping Sauce next to steamed artichoke

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!

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! | platingsandpairings.com

Artichoke Dipping Sauce next to steamed artichoke

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!

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! 

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… ⬇ ⬇ ⬇

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!

Artichoke Dipping Sauce next to steamed artichoke

Magic Artichoke Dipping Sauce

Course: Vegetable
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 74 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings
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!
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Ingredients

  • 2 large artichokes
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise or greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespooon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut about 1-inch off the top of the artichoke. Cut off the stem.
  2. Place artichokes stem side up in a steamer basket or rack. This allows the steam to fall out of the artichoke as it cooks.
  3. Allow to steam for 45 minutes - 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce by combining all the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Serve alongside the steamed artichokes.

Recipe Notes

You can also steam your artichokes in the Instant Pot

Nutrition Facts
Magic Artichoke Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for 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.

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

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!

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.

28 comments

  1. Pech

    I like how simple this is, and pairing it with a rose makes this a perfect snack to eat out on the patio during the summer!

    Reply

  2. LIGHTSOYSAUCE

    loos yummy and very simple but i’m concerned about the smell

    Reply

  3. Kari

    I am so excited to try this! I just bought my first artichoke this weekend and needed to find an easy way to cook it and eat it.

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    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Kari! Artichokes are my favorite!

      Reply

      1. Karla

        Erin, how did you like it the best?
        Greek yogurt or mayo?
        Can i use fat free yogurt or mayo?

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        1. Erin

          Hi Karla – I think I prefer the mayo. It’s a bit less tangy and more creamy. You can definitely use fat free!

          Reply

  4. Lindsay Ingalls

    My daughter keeps asking for artichokes – I think I might need to buy some and try your sauce!

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    1. Erin

      Awesome Lindsay! I think kids love them because you can dip!

      Reply

  5. Gerald Poling

    Sounds delicious my daughter and I absolutely love artichokes,. Going to whip some up tonight ?

    Reply

  6. Karen

    Artichokes are my FAVORITE! I need to try this sauce!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I love them too Karen – Thank you for reminding me that I need to make some soon!

      Reply

  7. lauren

    Adding one whipped egg white makes the sauce a little less thick and nice and frothy

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  8. Melissa Manos

    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!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you enjoy Melissa – I just posted a new recipe today for Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes. If you have an IP, this makes it super simple and fast.

      Reply

  9. Bina

    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
    Bina

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    1. Erin

      Thanks so much for the kind words Bina – Please stop by again! I’ll be putting out a new Instant Pot recipe each week.

      Reply

  10. Angela

    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.

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    1. Erin

      You are so welcome Angela – I’m glad you liked them! I’ll be cooking up a batch tonight now that artichokes are finally affordable again!

      Reply

  11. Kristin

    Could you use lime juice instead of lemon?

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    1. Erin

      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!

      Reply

  12. Bridget Haig

    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

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    1. Erin

      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!

      Reply

  13. Patricia Sardinha

    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!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you love them as much as you did as a child Patricia! I think you’ll find that they really are quite simple to cook!

      Reply

  14. Kay Shapero

    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.

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    1. Erin

      So happy to hear that you liked it Kay!

      Reply

  15. Randy S

    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.

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    1. Erin

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked it Randy!

      Reply

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