Artichokes are the flower of the vegetable world, with sharp leaves and enough prep to scare some home cooks away. While they may look intimidating, artichokes are easier to prepare at home than they look, and the results are every bit worth the effort.
Look for fresh artichokes in the springtime. If you're lucky enough to have a farmers market nearby or a grocer with a good selection of produce, you may notice a few different varieties of artichokes. Most of the artichokes available in the U.S. are globe artichokes and can range in size from lime-sized baby artichokes to giant, softball-sized specimens. Prepared artichoke hearts can also be found frozen or jarred year-round.
Since the artichoke is part of a thistle plant, it contains a fibrous area called a choke. Small, baby artichokes can be eaten whole, but all others require the choke to be removed before or after cooking. Directly beneath the choke is the heart, the best-tasting, tenderest part of the flower. Parts of the outermost leaves are also edible, as are the innermost, tender leaves and the top part of the peeled stem.
Learn just how delicious and versatile artichokes can be with our collection of recipes, including appetizers, side dishes, and mains.
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Roasted Whole Artichokes
An easy and delicious way to cook artichokes is steaming. This oven method has you wrap the veggies in pockets of aluminum foil, effortlessly steaming them with garlic. Have a fresh lemon handy to keep the cut leaves of the artichokes from turning brown.
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Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
Frozen or jarred artichoke hearts combine with sun-dried tomatoes and olives for a pantry meal that only takes minutes to whip up. If you have fresh artichokes, use the cooked, diced hearts in this flavorful, vegan pasta recipe.
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Spinach and Artichoke Dip
No one can resist warm, gooey spinach and artichoke dip. This recipe uses marinated artichoke hearts for extra flavor, but frozen, thawed hearts or fresh, cooked hearts work just as well. Serve with cubes of bread, crackers, or chips for dipping.
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Chicken, Artichoke, and Mushroom Casserole
This tasty main dish recipe calls for just 6 ingredients and pairs with a range of dishes. Try serving the chicken casserole over pasta or with bread to soak up the sauce. If you're using fresh artichokes, cook them first, then chop the hearts and stems.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Stuffed artichokes are an impressive spring appetizer or side dish for an Italian meal. A simple filling of seasoned breadcrumbs, cheese, and parsley adds crispy texture and herbaceous flavor to the roasted artichokes.
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Instant Pot Artichokes With Lemon-Garlic Aioli
The Instant Pot is excellent for steaming tough veggies like artichokes. The device cuts down the cooking time, and the lemon aioli is perfect for dipping. To eat, dip an outermost leaf and pull off any tender meat as you pull it through your teeth. The inner leaves and heart are fully edible.
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Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breast
Marscapone cheese, wilted spinach, and artichokes make a delicious and vibrant filling for stuffed chicken breasts. A light lemon sauce finishes the dish nicely, making it fancy enough for company but simple enough for a weeknight.
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Cream of Artichoke Soup
This recipe uses whole, fresh artichokes to make a luxurious cream of artichoke soup. Once the artichokes are cooked, the soup only takes a few minutes to blend and serve. Top with a sprinkle of parsley or thyme leaves for a bit of freshness.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Italian Pasta Salad
Filled with fresh veggies and tossed with a flavorful dressing, Italian pasta salad makes a colorful side dish or light, make-ahead lunch. Broccoli and cauliflower add crunch while mushrooms and artichokes lend a meaty texture. Creamy avocado and briny olives are the finishing touches.
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Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms
Vegetarian stuffed mushrooms are perfect party food. With a flavorful filling of cheese, red pepper, and artichokes, the dish is finished with a crispy breadcrumb for the ideal bite. No one will be able to eat just one.
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Give fresh artichokes an irresistible smokey flavor by finishing them on the grill. Boil the vegetable first just until tender, then grill until charred. A sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon are all you really need, but a garlic aioli wouldn't hurt.
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Vegetarian Pesto Pizza With Feta Cheese
Pesto and feta cheese pair nicely with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes for a Greek-inspired pizza. Make this vegetarian pizza using store-bought pizza dough or make your own for a real treat. Add Kalamata olives for even more flavor.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Spinach and Artichoke Pull Apart Bread
Everyone loves spinach and artichoke dip, but what if you combined the dip with crusty bread into one mega appetizer? You can prep the dip ahead of time and stash it in the fridge until a few minutes before your gathering. Make a few clever cuts into a store-bought loaf of bread, add the dip, and bake for melty pull-apart bread.
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Fresh Spinach Ravioli Lasagna
Store-bought ravioli is combined with fresh spinach, ricotta cheese, and artichokes for a hearty ravioli "lasagna." It's quicker and easier than your typical vegetarian lasagna but with tons of cheesy flavor.
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Reduced-Fat Vegetarian Artichoke Risotto
Make this artichoke risotto vegan by simply using vegan butter. The dish gets its creamy texture from silken tofu and artichoke hearts add texture and savory flavor.
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If you like artichokes, then you'll love this hummus. This artichoke hummus recipe is a no-brainer: It's easy to make and has a lot of different flavors that are sure to please any palate. Serve with seasonal veggies, pita chips, or spread over toast for a refreshing snack.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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Baked Feta Pasta
We gave the popular TikTok Baked Feta Pasta a makeover with spinach, artichokes, and roasted red peppers. It's all tossed together with hot, cooked pasta and a little cream to create a beautiful, luscious meal. With only a few ingredients and one casserole dish (plus a pot for boiling pasta), you’ve got a complete and tasty dinner in no time.