Steamed Artichokes with a Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce

So, a couple of weeks ago I got a recipe in my email inbox from another one of my favorite new blogs, “Snack Girl.” I LOVE Lisa’s blog and encourage you to check it out! It is not a gluten-free blog, but many of her recipes are easily adaptable to be gluten-free. She also does a lot of healthy snack product reviews, some are GF, some are not, but you can get some really great ideas either way! If you subscribe to, Lisa will send you a free list of “30 Healthy Snacks for under 100 Calories.” To read more about Lisa, click here.

Anyway, back to the email I received with her latest post (at the time); which was intriguingly titled, “Do NOT Be Afraid of this Vegetable – In Season Now and Yummy.” The title of Lisa’s post proved to be somewhat ironic for our entry into the world of artichokes. While there is indeed no reason to fear the vegetable itself (they are delicious), depending on your taste preferences, you might want to consider proceeding with caution! 😉

But I will get to that in a minute.

The day I received the recipe, also happened to be my CSA box delivery day and inside were four artichokes! What perfect timing because I had honestly NEVER made or consumed a fresh artichoke before! I am however, a big fan of hot, cheesy artichoke dips, but they aren’t exactly what you would call “healthy!” All things in moderation, right?? 😉 Yeah, lets move on…

Artichokes are high in fiber and are a good source of antioxidants, folate, magnesium and potassium; click here to learn more great nutritional information on this fascinating veggie!

Snack Girl’s Recipe for Artichokes with a Lemon Butter Dip <– Visit Lisa’s site for a link to a video tutorial on How to Prepare an Artichoke).

2 medium Artichokes
1 Tbs. Butter (I used something I’ve newly discovered… Organic Valley’s Pasture Butter, which I found at my local Whole Foods. This is a seasonal product and is not available year-round).
1/4 of a Lemon (I used 1/2 of a small Lemon)
1 clove minced Garlic

Prepare Artichoke:

  • Cut stem off at base.
  • Cut off top 1/3 of each artichoke.
  • Place artichokes in microwave-safe bowl, base down, and add 1/2 inch of water to the bowl.
  • Cover and microwave for 8 minutes (depending on your microwave).
  • Let stand for 1-2 minutes before uncovering. Check to see if leaves easily detach from artichoke. If not, place artichokes back in microwave for another minute.

Prepare Sauce:

  • Place butter in small bowl.
  • Squeeze lemon into the bowl and add garlic.
  • Microwave for 10 seconds until butter is melted.

To Eat:

  • Rip leaf off of artichoke and dip in sauce. (Proceed with caution before placing in your mouth, see below, LOL!)
  • Place the leaf with the inside facing up (inside of leaf was facing inside of artichoke).
  • Scrape sauce and artichoke with your teeth.
  • When done with leaves eat the artichoke base – it is the best part!

The above recipe belongs to Lisa at and the following photos are my contribution (just please don’t get mad at me at the end, and if you are eating right now, stop. 😀 ).

I will definitely rub the cut parts with lemon juice next time (watch the video tutorial first!).

If using a microwave, be sure to use a microwave safe dish... don't use plastic! 😉

Now for the Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce:

The Pasture Butter comes in one solid block, so you need to guess-timate how much to cut off.

Then add your fresh lemon juice (really, don't use that stuff in a lemon-shaped squeeze bottle).

See how brown they got? This is why I would recommend doing the lemon rub.

And there you have it… well, almost. I had better share with you why I said to “proceed with caution” before just digging in (warning: this is gross):


So the moral of this story is this: “Do Not Be Afraid Of This Vegetable” BUT “Do Proceed with Caution!” 😀

There is also an important “hidden” lesson here… this is an Organic Artichoke… no chemical pesticides to drive off the occasional “visitors” (it happens)! I am not sure what kind of worm this is (anyone know?) but I found this website that made me a little more thankful for seeing this little guy (before he ended up in my mouth!).

I was going to throw the entire artichoke away but funny thing happened (it’s called a b.o.y.!), Sam wanted to eat the artichoke that had been home to the worm (not the worm itself, thank God). So, I just took off several rows of leaves from the bottom and let him go for it (whatever works, right?).

Ahh, motherhood… never a dull moment! 🙂

Thanks for this recipe Lisa, the lemon butter sauce was AWESOME! We will most definitely be making these again soon.

13 Responses

  1. You know, I have yet to prepare a fresh artichoke. It’s ridiculous – I thrive on eating interesting, challenging foods. So why do I hesitate on the artichoke? I love them – I’ve bought them frozen (a nice, delicious way to cheat out of having to work at your artichoke), and I love them canned or yes, in that artichoke dip! No more. I’m gonna get some at the grocery. Wish they’d show up in my CSA box – worms or not! haha.

  2. Alta,

    Thanks for making me feel like I wasn’t the only one who had never had a fresh artichoke! Sometimes I feel like I am always the last to fall of the turnip truck, LOL!

  3. I’ve cooked them once before but they’re a bit of a faff to eat in my opinion. What can I say? Lazy when it comes to eating 😉

  4. Anna,

    I love your honesty!! 🙂 I can be lazy at times too… but can’t we all?

  5. I’m glad you liked it – and I’m so glad your son did too! Lisa

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten artichoke in any form. That’s crazy. I’ll have to give this a try.

  7. Hey Heidi – thanks for inspiring me this time! I have never made artichokes before, or eaten a fresh one. Just the yummy dips and then some canned ones in salads and such. I think Nathan has made them for himself before but I have been scared of them!! I saw some last week at the store and thought about giving it a try… Maybe this week!

  8. Renee… go for it, do not be afraid of the worm, LOL! I just picked up a few good looking artichokes at Trader Joe’s… no worms to report. 🙂

  9. I’ve been eating fresh artichokes since I was little, and I’ve NEVER seen a worm in one, ew! It must be that they were organic… All that healthy deliciousness seems to come with a buggy downside.

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  11. He wanted to eat the one with the worm!!! HA! Little boys rock. I hope I get to have one that is that badass someday. 🙂

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