Steamed Artichokes with Lemon-Basil Aioli

The simplest way to make artichokes: cook them whole and eat your way to the tender heart leaf-by-leaf. And they cook up in less than 10 minutes in the microwave!

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon-Basil Aioli
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 lemon

  • 4 medium artichokes

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • Ground pepper to taste


  1. Grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest into a small bowl. Cut the lemon in half.

  2. Using a sharp knife, cut off the top ½ inch of each artichoke. Remove the small, tough outer layer(s) of leaves from the stem end and snip any spiky tips from the rest of the outer leaves using kitchen shears. Trim ½ to 1 inch from the stem end. Peel the stem if fibrous. Rub the whole artichoke, especially the cut portions, with the cut lemon halves to prevent the artichoke from turning brown too quickly.

  3. Place the artichokes in a microwave-safe container and add water. Cover and microwave on High until tender, about 8 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, mix mayonnaise, basil, garlic and pepper into the zest. Serve the artichokes with the aioli.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

250 Calories
21g Fat
14g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 artichoke & 2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 250
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Vitamin A 105IU 2%
Sodium 296mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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