Microwaved Artichokes

I can’t tell you exactly why, but something rubs me the wrong way when I think about COOKING in the microwave. I can’t help but think all those WAVES can’t be good for our bodies. I’m not a scientist so I can’t get all technical on you but, honestly, I try to avoid using the microwave as much as possible. Sometimes though, its just what you’ve got to do. So…if you have enough time to boil atrichokes for 45mins- an hour (and thats after the water starts boiling) I’d say thats what you should do but here’s a great alternative thats just as yummy.

Servings 2-4 (depending on if you’re eating a whole or a half per person)


2 large artichokes*

1/2 onion – coarsely chopped


2-3 large TBS minced garlic

2 TBS olive oil

2 TBS lemon juice OR a couple big lemon wedges

fresh of dried herbs (whatever you like or just italian seasoning)

microwavable plastic wrap

Dipping Options: melted lemon butter, just melted butter, garlic butter, my fav lemon mayo, or green goddess salad dressing.

*It’s important to pick a good artichoke. You want the leaves to be a bright green color without much brown/yellow discoloration. The leaves need to be tight together and not loose. Bigger doesn’t always mean better but you want them to be roughly the same size.

First: thoroughly clean the artichokes. Trim the stem leaving 1″ to 2″. Cut off the top and cut the¬† pricklies off all the exposed leaves.

Second: get a microwavable bowl just big enough to put the artichokes in (you want them to stand in the bowl without tipping over). Put an inch or so of water in the bowl and put in the onion, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs(I used basil this time). Take the artichokes and put them under running water, letting the leaves retain as much water as possible. Carefully place the water-logged artichoke in the bowl stem side down. The goal is to keep the artichokes upright the whole time, so if you need to, put a glass or something microwave safe to keep them standing.

Third: cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the microwave.

Forth: microwave on high for 20-25 minutes. Check them once the beeper goes off to see if they are done (careful of the steam! It’s HOT) by pulling out a second row leaf and taste testing it. If you can easily scrape off the meat, they’re done. These were pretty big artichokes, so these particular ones took about 35 minutes but normally they aren’t this big.

And you’re done! Let them sit upside down for a couple minutes so they can drain and cool a bit.

These make a great, somewhat novel side veggie but I also love making these for appitizers when I want people to mingle. It brings people around the dish and I put out a couple different dipping options plus its fun and adventurous to work for your food a bit.


May 24, 2010. Tags: , , , . Appitizers, Dinner, Recipes, Veggies.

One Comment

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