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.

By Jen Dalton


Tanya W.
Tanya W1 years ago

Love garlic and butter...

Tanya W.
Tanya W1 years ago


Debbie Tate
Debra Tate4 years ago

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

susan rattray
susan rattray4 years ago

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.

Kay O.
Kay O7 years ago

This will work, thanks!

Claudia L.
Claudia L.7 years ago

would be a lovely starter

Natalia P.
Natalia P7 years ago

good recipe healthy and probably tasty

Laurie Peterson
Laurie Peterson8 years ago

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

Christie C.
Christie C8 years ago

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 :)

Tracey Shrier
Past Member 8 years ago

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