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two artichokes trimmed with a knife on a cutting board next to a lemon

How to Prep Artichokes

Learn how to trim and clean artichokes in preparation for boiling, steaming, microwaving, or roasting.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 60kcal



  • 1 artichoke


  • Slice off the stem of the artichoke, leaving about ½-inch, and remove the lower leaves.
  • Cut off about ½-inch from the top of the artichoke. Rinse the artichoke under cold running water, gently opening the leaves if you are able. Turn the artichoke upside down and let it drain over the sink before returning to the cutting board.
  • Rub lemon juice on the cut surface to prevent browning. Personally, I don't always do this step because I usually roast or steam my artichokes, which causes them to lose their color anyway.
  • Use kitchen scissors to snip the tips of the outer leaves, to yield flat edges. Your artichoke is now ready for boiling or steaming. Whole artichokes can also be roasted, but I prefer to cut them in half before roasting and remove the fuzzy choke from the center with a spoon.



  • Cut artichokes react with air and will turn brown, so it's best to clean and trim them just before cooking.
  • When selecting artichokes at the store, squeeze them to see if they squeak, which is a sign of freshness. The leaves should not be cracked or overly dry, but some browning on the outer leaves is normal.
  • To cook artichokes: try oven-roasted, Instant Pot, or microwave. And check out my favorite artichoke dipping sauces.


Serving: 1artichoke | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg