Instant Pot Whole Steamed Artichokes

November 10, 2020

Instant Pot Whole Steamed Artichokes

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Instant Pot Whole Steamed Artichokes are a faster and easier way to cook artichokes. Pressure cooker artichokes are tender and ready to dip in your favorite sauce!

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Vegetarian

Cuisine: American

Keyword: pressure cooker artichokes

Servings: 1 – 4

Calories: 70 kcal

Author: Sandy Clifton, from, and Jill Nussinow from the cookbook Vegan Under Pressure:


  • 1-4 Artichokes
  • 1 1/2 cups Water/Veggie broth (for the 6 qt pressure cooker, 2 1/2 cups for the 8 qt)

Aromatics to Add to the Water/Veggie broth:

  • 1/2 Lemon, sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 small Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Salt (optional)
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion, sliced
  • 1 sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • Thyme


Prepare the Artichokes:

  1. Remove small outer leaves that are dry, and cut the stem off, leaving about 1/4″. Then use a really sharp serrated knife to cut the top inch or two off of the artichoke. This exposes the inside and will allow the steam to penetrate it.
  2. Rinse the artichokes and pat dry with a paper towel. Then rub some lemon on the cut surface to prevent browning.

Prepare the Steaming Liquid:

  1. Add the water to the stainless inner liner. Then add the aromatics (garlic, bay leaves, lemon slices, salt, onion, thyme, and rosemary).
  2. Place the trivet/rack into the pot.

Cook the Artichokes:

  1. Place the artichokes into the pot, stem side up (cut side down). Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
  2. Cancel the Sauté function. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual Button or dial, then the + or – button or dial to select the cook time (cook times may vary*): Small artichokes – 7 minutes Medium Artichokes – 10 minutes Large artichokes – 15 minutes
  3. When the cooking cycle is finished, do a Quick Release of the steam/pressure by turning the steam release knob to the Venting position, or pushing the release button, if applicable.

4. You can tell when the artichoke is done when a knife slides into the bottom easily.

5. Remove the Choke from each artichoke. You can scrape the fuzzy choke with a spoon or a knife.

6. Serve with your favorite dip!

What to Dip Them In:

• Lemon Mayo – Mix some Vegan mayo and lemon juice together.

• Plain Vegan Mayo

• Melted Vegan Butter – Melt butter in a microwave safe dish.

• Garlic Vegan Butter – Sauté a couple of pressed garlic cloves in butter.

Recipe Notes:

• *Cook times will vary based on the size of the artichokes, as well as the density of the leaves. Tightly packed, denser quantity of leaves (and a heavier artichoke) will take longer to cook.

• You may need to do a test to find your perfect cook time.

How did you modify this recipe? Please share in the comments. Thank you for sharing!

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