Don’t Be Afraid {Grilled Artichoke Hearts}

One of my favorite foods in the world is grilled artichoke hearts.

If you have never cooked with them before they can be pretty intimating but I am hoping that by the end of this post you will give them a try.

So many people don’t know how to cook them so when we cook them for friends they give us way too much credit for being the most amazing hosts in history.

Maybe they just had a few too many of my really killer margaritas:-)

The lesson here is to fool your friends into thinking you are amazing by feeding them grilled artichoke hearts and garlic aioli sauce.

I am so hungry now just typing this.

Let’s get on with it and master the artichoke!

1. Cut off the tips of the artichoke.  This allows you to steam them and place them face down in the steamer.

2. Cut up a few lemons to throw in with the water you will use to steam the artichokes.

3. Place 3-4 cups of water in a large pot and add the 2 sliced lemons.  Bring to a boil. Once the water is at a boil place your steamer basket in the pot.  Place your artichokes face down in the steamer, close the lid and let steam for 20-25 minutes (I go the full 25 minutes. I like them really tender).

4. Once they have steamed bring them out, cut them length wise and scoop out the fuzzy part which is called the choke.

5. Place all of the artichoke halves on a baking sheet and lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

6. Have your grill heated (medium heat) and place your artichoke halves face down onto the grill.  Grill for 10 minutes checking to make sure you don’t burn them.

7.  Turn the artichokes over and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (just a little) and continue to grill for another 5 minutes with the lid closed.

8. Time to dig in!  We like our grilled artichokes with garlic aioli.  I have made it from scratch and also made it from mayonnaise and we love it both ways. 

Garlic Aioli {the easier version}

1 cup mayo (we use Earth Balance egg/dairy/soy free so everyone in the family can enjoy it)

4 garlic cloves minced

salt and pepper

Stir it all up, chill and it will be ready when your artichokes come off the grill.

Go wow your friends and it never hurts to serve margaritas with them:-)


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  1. katy

    Okay, so I can totally handle the steaming/grilling. I’m not sure about eating them, tho. Please, post pictures of how to eat, too

  2. Kolein

    Salivating! I’ve never made them this way before. Cannot wait to try it! We LOVE artichokes here too!

  3. Terrie Cammack

    Love artichokes! I grew up eating them. May dad is from Salinas, CA (lettuce capital of the world). About 10 miles north is a town called Castroville (artichoke capital of the world). When we would visit my grandmother in Salinas, we would stop and buy a dozen on the way down from our favorite stand. I now live in the Sacramento region and it is hard to get them at a decent price. So when I am able to make it over to the Santa Cruz area, I try to get some. Grilled artichokes are so good. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Marisa Franca

    Looks delicious! We’ve made artichokes before but it seemed labor intensive — this seems much easier. We would like to wow our friends.

  5. Suzen

    OK, this is really exciting! My local store has packs of 6 baby ones and I never buy because I don’t know what to do with ’em. Of course, now your secret is out, so you will have to make even MORE Margaritas so your guests will think you did this complicated thing that they can’t. 😉

  6. lissa

    these photos literally make my heart leap into the air! *leap!* those countertops are working for ya~

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