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Ways to Prepare Fresh Artichokes
As with many foods, you can prepare artichokes in a variety of ways. What’s the quickest, and one of the most nutritious ways to prepare fresh artichokes? Well, let’s compare some cooking times.
Stuff and Bake. You can add some great flavors but expect an hour of cooking time.
Grill. Great grill taste but you need 45 minutes of cooking time.
Boil or Steam on the Stove. After the water comes to a boil, it takes another 20-35 minutes, depending on artichoke’s size
Use a Pressure Cooker. Cooks faster, but you need a pressure cooker. And, it’s harder to tell when the artichokes are done.
Microwave Steaming. Generally will take about 6-10 minutes to microwave steam an entire artichoke, depending on your microwave’s power settings, and the size of the artichoke. DING, DING, DING – WE HAVE A WINNER!
Tips For The Best Steamed Artichokes In The Microwave.
So, you’ve decided to steam an artichoke in the microwave. Here’s how to make the most of it.
Prep The Artichoke.
Before microwaving, cut the top third of each artichoke off. This is going to be the toughest, inedible artichoke leaves so don’t be sad. You can always make your compost pile a little happier with inedible artichoke parts. A sharp, serrated knife helps cut through the top. Even better, use an electric knife, if you got it.
To keep it from browning before you eat it, once you cut it, sprinkle with some lemon or lime. Some types of fresh artichokes brown more easily than other. One good thing – if it does brown, it doesn’t impact the taste.
Find The Right Dish.
You want a dish where you can place the artichoke(s) cut side down, with about ¼ – ½ cup of water in the bottom, and that can be tightly covered. The cover can be the microwavable lid, a dinner plate, or plastic wrap.
Add Some Seasoning Before You Cook.
Add a bay leaf and/or some lemon to the water. Sprinkle some herbs over the artichokes before you cook it.
To increase the cooking time even more, cut your artichoke into 4-6 parts. This way, you have more surface area to season, and you will reduce your cooking time even more.
Avoid Overcooking Your Artichoke.
Although the microwave makes cooking the artichokes fast and easy, you don’t want to overcook your artichoke. And different sized artichokes will cook differently. Check a whole artichoke after 7 minutes to get an idea how fast your microwave is cooking. If you cut your artichoke in halves or quarters, check it after 4 minutes. You know the artichoke is done when you can pull an outer leaf off with ease.
Let the artichoke cool slightly, but serve warm.