These tender and smoky Grilled Artichokes with creamy garlicky lemon dipping sauce, are a fantastic summer appetizer! Artichokes are trimmed, halved and steamed ahead of time, tenderized and ridded of thorns and chokes. When you're ready to eat, just brush them with olive oil and grill them for 5 minutes per side and serve them with the delicious dipping sauce.
This is a beautiful dish for summer entertaining - everyone loves them!
I adore artichokes. It's not only the flavor, it's the whole leisurely process of eating an artichoke, picking off the leaves one by one, dipping each one in butter or aioli, and savoring the small bits of buttery nutty flesh, all the while anticipating a big delicious prize at the end when I finally get to the heart.
I love artichokes however they're cooked, but Grilled Artichokes, with their smokey charred flavors and golden caramelized bits, are my absolute favorite.
What You Will Need To Make Grilled Artichokes:
- Fresh Globe Artichokes: Globe artichokes are the most common type of artichoke found at the grocery store. They're large and round, with ample 'meat' on their leaves and big delicious hearts. They're the best type of artichoke for grilling. One half of a large artichoke per person is enough as an appetizer, but two halves per person is also really nice and always appreciated.
- A Scissor: kitchen shears or all-purpose scissors will do for trimming the artichoke leaves.
- A Sharp Kitchen Knife: Something that can cut through the tough skin of an artichoke.
- 2 halved Lemons: When artichokes are cut, they oxidize fast. A wipe with lemon will prevent discoloration.
- A large steamer or pot with a lid: A typical pot you'd use for boiling spaghetti (7-8 quarts) will hold 4 or 5 artichokes.
- Olive oil, salt and pepper: For seasoning the artichokes just before you grill them.
- For the aioli Ingredients see the recipe below.
How To Make Great Grilled Artichokes
Artichokes are tough and thorny and they have a choke that can literally choke you. The key to making Great Grilled Artichokes is to remove all the armor and tenderize the artichokes before grilling them. There is definitely some work involved but the payoff is big, and all the preparations can be done a day or two in advance.
Properly trimmed artichokes are a pleasure to eat, and pre-cooking the artichokes before grilling them ensures super tender leaves and hearts that are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Here's how to do it:
- First Snip off the thorns on the leaves: use a scissor to cut the thorny tip off each leaf and rub the cut parts with a halved lemon to prevent discoloration.
- Trim the Stems: The artichoke stem is delicious, almost as tasty as the heart, but the exterior skin on the stem can be tough. It's easy to trim the outer layer of the stem with a paring knife or vegetable peeler. After you trim the stem, rub it with lemon to prevent it from turning brown.
- Slice the artichokes in half and cut off the tips: Slice each artichoke in half through the stem. Then lay each half cut-side-down and cut inch off the top of each artichoke (more thorns) and rub the exposed parts with lemon.
- Steam or boil the artichoke halves for 20 minutes: It takes only 20 minutes to fully tenderize the halved artichokes.
- Scoop out the chokes: Once the cooked artichoke halves are cool enough to handle, it's easy to remove the chokes. Just scoop them out with a spoon. The artichokes are now ready to be grilled or you can keep them in the fridge for up to 48 hours before grilling them.
- Grill the artichokes: Set the artichokes on a tray or a rimmed baking sheet, something that's easy to transport to and from the grill. Brush the halves generously with olive oil, season them with salt and pepper, and grill them for 5 minutes per side, just long enough to infuse them with smoky charred flavors and to burn in some gorgeous grill marks.
How to Serve Grilled Artichokes:
Grilled artichokes are delicious warm or at room temperature, though I do have a slight preference for serving them warm. I like to arrange the artichoke halves, cut-side up, on a big platter, and let everyone help themselves. I give each of my guests a small plate; a small bowl of lemon aioli dipping sauce; and a fork and knife for the heart. I set out a big communal bowl or two for the discarded leaves.
If you want to grill them an hour or two ahead of time and serve them warm, you can leave them out for an hour or so and then pop them in a 200ºF oven for a half hour or 45 minutes before serving them.
What I love about this Grilled Artichokes Recipe
Grilled Artichokes are such a delicacy. I love to serve these to friends and family. We all sit around together and enjoy this delicious healthy vegetarian dish, amassing piles of discarded leaves and enjoying every delicious bite.
It's wonderful to have a recipe like this where all the preparations are done ahead of time and a recipe that maximizes the enjoyment of eating artichokes. With all the pre trimming, steaming and grilling, plus the delicious dipping sauce, these grilled artichokes are pure heaven!
Here's the Grilled Artichokes Recipe. I'm excited for you to try this. If you do, I hope you'll come back to leave a comment and a star rating. I'd love to know what you think.Print
Originally published May 3, 2013. Updated July 17, 2021 with a few new photos, clarifying details and step-by-step instructions added to the written post and to the recipe. The same delicious recipe!