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Sauteed Artichokes with Butter & Garlic (with Video!)

Artichokes are a pain, but totally worth it–especially if you want to make someone feel like itís a special day!

2 large artichokes or a handful of baby ones
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons butter

1. Rinse artichokes in cold water
2. Use a sharp knife to cut the top 1/3 off of each one. Trim the stems to about 1 inch, and remove the smaller leaves from around the base. Use scissors to remove any remaining leaf tips.
3. Cut each artichoke in half from the bottom to the top, then use a spoon to scrape out the hairy choke. Rinse again to remove any residual hairs.
4. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
5. Add the garlic, and saute for about 1 minute to flavor the butter.
6. Arrange artichoke halves cut-side down in the skillet. Saute for about 5 or 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
7. Reduce heat to low, and pour in about 1/4 cup of water, cover, and let steam for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the artichokes are tender. A fork should easily pierce the stem.

Watch the video! “Farmers Market Cooking Show” Sauteed Artichokes with Butter & Garlic:


Jen Dalton is an organic home cook and slow food organizer who uses fresh local ingredients. This summer she is partnering with and to promote the “Love Your Farmer’s Market” contest. Jen’s 7 episode cooking show will raise awareness of local foods and community farmers markets. Be sure to visit the Love Your Farmers Market contest website to vote for your favorite market.

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Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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5:09PM PDT on May 8, 2013

Sauteed with butter and garlic sounds good! Will try tomorrow with dinner. Thanks

2:22AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thanks for the 'how'. I love them but could never cook them. Am going out tomorrow to buy some and cook. Thanks a heap, Like the market.

6:51PM PDT on Nov 2, 2010

This will work, thanks!

11:24AM PST on Jan 29, 2010

would be a lovely starter

10:30AM PST on Jan 25, 2010

good recipe healthy and probably tasty

12:58PM PDT on Jul 2, 2009

I've never been able to cook a decent artichoke without it loosing its beutiful color. Thanks to this recipe, I now can!

2:37PM PDT on Jun 25, 2009

I prefer artichokes steamed- cut off the stem and the top 1/2 inch or so of leaf tips, place the artichoke stem side up in a dish/pot with a little bit of water, cover and steam until a leaf can be pulled out with little resistance. It's best with some butter/mayo/lemon juice dip. You can cut them up and de-choke them for guests, but I usually just let folks pull and dip leaves as they go and leave out a spoon for whoever wins the fight over the heart.
Artichokes are incredibly healthy for you, tons of fiber, iron, potassium, B vitamins and trace minerals, even vitamin K! haha And they are VERY low fat (less than 1 g per medium artichoke, without sauce).
I'm so glad they are in season!!!
If anyone knows a good marinated recipe, please send it my way! Thanks :)

3:05PM PDT on Jun 23, 2009

I've tried once to cook an artichoke and it turned out horrible! I am so glad you posted this video!! Sounds simple and delicious with that recipe. I saw this recipe on that looks simply divine and now that I have actually seen how to cut artichokes I think I can master this one too

2:29PM PDT on Jun 22, 2009

That sounds healthy AND delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

10:28AM PDT on Jun 22, 2009

I love artichokes! Never cooked these little ones before. Can't wait to try.

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