To all my fresh artichoke lovers out there – did you know that you can microwave an artichoke?! This cooking method is efficient and produces a delicious artichoke for one in less than 20 minutes.
What part of the artichoke do you microwave?
Like steaming artichokes, when you microwave artichokes you can either microwave it whole or fully prep your artichoke by removing the choke.
I personally prefer to clean and prep my artichoke through step 5 in the article below then I microwave it whole as I find it easier to remove the choke and inedible inner leaves after it has been cooked.
How to prep an artichoke.
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 dish should you microwave artichokes in?
You must use a microwave-safe bowl large enough to fit the artichoke standing up to microwave a whole artichoke.
Do I need to cover the artichokes when microwaving?
Yes! When you microwave artichokes you will need to cover it with plastic wrap.
Once you have covered the dish with the plastic wrap you will also need to randomly poke small holes throughout the plastic wrap for ventilation.
How long do you microwave artichokes?
The length of time for microwaving artichokes fully depends on your microwave and the size of the artichoke you are cooking.
Small artichokes will cook in about 12-15 minutes on high, so use that as a starting point and add time as necessary.
Once you take the cooked artichoke out of the microwave, carefully remove the plastic wrap, avoiding coming in contact with any built up steam that is released.
What voltage/power does the microwave need to be on?
In order to cook the artichoke in the microwave, you will need to have your microwave on the highest setting possible.
How to make sure an artichoke is fully cooked.
You know an artichoke is fully cooked when a knife or fork is inserted into the bottom of the artichoke, and there is little to no resistance.
If you tried our technique for how to microwave an artichoke I would be so grateful if you would rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below!Print
How to Microwave an Artichoke
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Microwave
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
1 artichoke, cleaned and prepped through step 5 of this post.
½ of a lemon
Clean and prepare the artichoke through step 5 of this post.
Place the prepared artichoke in a microwave-safe dish, upside -down, with the stem end facing up.
Squeeze the half of a lemon over the artichoke.
Cover with plastic wrap tightly then poke a few small holes into the plastic to vent with a pairing knife.
Microwave on high starting at 12-15 minutes for a small artichoke 15-18 minutes for medium to large artichokes or until the bottom of the artichoke is easily pierced with a fork or the tip of a small knife.
Serve immediately with your favorite sauces.
- Serving Size: 1 artichoke
- Calories: 90
- Sugar: 4.3 g
- Sodium: 73.2 mg
- Fat: 0.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 22.8 g
- Protein: 3.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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