"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - La Rochefoucauld


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Butter Sauce

I pretty much love eating anything that I can dip in butter, so artichoke is high on my preferred vegetables list. A bonus, these veggies are high in cynarin, which lowers cholesterol, promotes good digestion, and is great for the liver and gallbladder.

Steaming these veggies is an easy and healthy option. Since the cooking method involves little water, the artichoke retains more nutrients.

Today I think I'm going to try a simple lemon butter sauce to go with it, just for something a little different.

Steamed Artichokes

Servings: Depends on the number and size of the artichokes
Total Cost: $1 - 3
Reheat Factor: 0/0
Freezer Factor: 0/0

(1 Not in Pantry)

1 Clove of Garlic
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1. Trim and rinse the artichoke. Cut the top of each artichoke leaf, cut off the base, and remove outer leaves if they look old.

2. In a large pot, add an inch or two of water, a clove of garlic, and lemon juice (or a slice of lemon.) Insert the steaming basket.

3. Place the artichokes in the steamer, tips up. Cover and cook for 25 - 40 minutes.

4. Make sure you can easily pull out the inside leaves, and cut into the base of each artichoke to check if they are soft. If not, cook them longer, checking about every 5 minutes or so.

5. Drain artichokes upside down on a paper towel.

6. Dip them in butter sauce and eat. (Not sure how to eat the leaves? Check this out.)

Simple Lemon Butter Sauce

(0 Not in Pantry)

1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp lemon juice
pepper to taste

1. Mix the ingredients together.
2. Serve!


  1. This looks FANTASTIC!! I love artichokes and so do my kids. Thanks so much for linking up, I can't wait to see what you bring to the table next week. Cheers.

  2. Thanks! It's a simple recipe, but it's yummy. :)