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!

EatingWell Magazine, March 2021


Credit: Eva Kolenko

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


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

  • 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.

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

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

Nutrition Facts

1 artichoke & 2 Tbsp. sauce
250 calories; fat 21g; cholesterol 12mg; sodium 296mg; carbohydrates 14g; dietary fiber 7g; protein 5g; sugars 1g; saturated fat 3g; vitamin a iu 105IU.