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Instant Pot Artichokes

How to steam artichokes in the Instant Pot. Includes directions on how to trim, cook, and eat an artichoke as well as the best artichoke dipping sauce.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword artichokes, instant pot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Time to come to pressure 5 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 135kcal


  • Instant Pot


Steamed artichokes:

  • 2 large globe artichokes
  • 1 cup water

Dipping sauce:

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme woody stems removed
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper


  • Trim artichokes: Cut off most of stem. Cut artichoke in half lengthwise. Use a sharp knife to cut under choke and scoop out. Rinse off artichoke halves.
    halved artichoke with choke removed
  • Steam: Place artichoke halves on trivet in Instant Pot with their cut halves facing down. Add water. Close and lock lid. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. When done, allow artichokes to sit in pot for 1 minute, then quick release pressure and transfer cooked artichokes to a plate.
    steamed artichokes
  • Make dipping sauce: Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix to combine. Taste, and adjust according to preference.
    dipping sauce for artichokes
  • Eat: To eat artichoke, dip ends of leaves into dipping sauce and scrape off soft white section using bottom teeth. When done, scrape away any remaining stem, leaves, or choke and eat the heart of the artichoke.
    scraped artichoke leaf


Nutritional information based on a half of an artichoke with ¼ of the dipping sauce as a serving.
Optional: Thorns can be trimmed off of leaves with kitchen shears. Also, aromatics like garlic cloves and lemon can be added to the Instant Pot prior to steaming.


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg