Along with steaming, boiling an artichoke is one of the most common ways to prepare an artichoke. Not sure how to boil an artichoke? I got you covered!
Ahh, artichokes. A thistle that has one of the worst reputations for being difficult to prep and cook. Yup, that's right. This vegetable is a perennial thistle that belongs to the sunflower family. But no need to worry; once you have mastered how to prep artichokes cooking them any which way your heart desires will be a piece of cake!
What part of the artichoke do you boil?
When you are boiling an artichoke, you can boil the entire artichoke as long as you cut off the top and trim the leaves.
Do I need to cover the artichokes when boiling?
Yes, you need to cover the pot when you are boiling artichokes.
The lid needs to remain on the pot the whole cooking time.
Do I need to add anything to the water when boiling an artichoke?
When you are boiling artichokes you don’t want to just place them in plain water. Think of it like salting pasta water! You want to season the cooking liquid aggressively to impart any flavor. To your pot of water add lemon halves, garlic, salt, pepper, and your artichokes of course.
How long does boiling an artichoke take?
Boiling an artichoke can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes depending on the size of your artichokes and to what level of doneness you are cooking them to.
Sometimes, recipes call for artichokes to be par-cooked this takes significantly less time than boiling an artichoke until completely cooked. However, par-cooking means an additional cooking process will be needed before you can eat the artichokes.
What does par-cook mean?
Par-cooking is a process by which food is partially cooked so that it can be finished or reheated later. Restaurants use this method quite often, however it can also be very useful to the home cook especially when cooking dishes like grilled or stuffed artichokes.
How to make sure an artichoke is fully cooked
You know an artichoke is fully cooked when a knife or a fork is inserted into the bottom of the artichoke, and there is no resistance.
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How to Boil an Artichoke
To me, a fully-cooked, boiled artichoke is rather soggy. But, when only cooking partially in boiling water before being finished on the grill or in the oven the boiling process adds a nice juicy consistency and texture to an artichoke.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 20-40 minutes
- Total Time: 31 minute
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Boiled
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
4 artichokes, cleaned and prepped.
coarse kosher salt to taste
2-3 bay leaves
1 head garlic, halved through the center revealing all the cloves.
1 lemon, halved
Select a pot large enough to hold all of the artichokes you plan to cook. Fill halfway with water and salt as you would pasta water. Place over high heat to boil.
Meanwhile, clean and prepare the artichokes through step 5 of this post.
Place the prepared artichokes stem side down into the boiling water. Lower the heat to a simmer and weight the tops of the artichokes with a dish or potlid that fits into the pot to keep the artichokes submerged.
Simmer the artichokes until par-cooked 15- 20 minutes or fully cooked 25-40 minutes depending on size.
Remove the artichokes from the water and place upside-down in a colander to drain.
When cool enough to handle, carefully pull open the petals at the top of the artichoke and remove the small, inner inedible leaves and the hairy "choke" by scraping it with a small spoon.
Either continue with another cooking process if you par-cooked the artichokes or serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauces.
- Serving Size: 1 artichoke
- Calories: 129
- Sugar: 3.1 g
- Sodium: 78.5 mg
- Fat: 0.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 30 g
- Protein: 5.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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