Instant-Pot Artichokes

These Instant Pot artichokes are gently infused with thyme during cooking. Melted butter and a squeeze of fresh lemon is classic for dipping, but you don't have to stop there. Try dipping the tender leaves in homemade or store-bought pesto or one of the dipping sauces below.

Instant-Pot Artichokes
Photo: Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling / Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 3 large fresh artichokes (11-12 ounces each)

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs, plus 1 teaspoon chopped, divided

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Trim artichoke stems flush with bases and cut away outer browned leaves. Slice off and discard 1 inch from each artichoke top. Rinse the trimmed artichokes under cold water.

  2. Arrange the artichokes, stem-sides up, in a programmable pressure multicooker (such as Instant Pot: times, instructions and settings may vary according to cooker brand or model) fitted with a metal steamer rack. Add water and thyme sprigs. Cover the cooker and lock lid in place. Turn steam release handle to Sealing position. Select Manual/Pressure Cook setting. Select High pressure for 12 minutes. (It will take 10 to 15 minutes for the cooker to come up to pressure before cooking begins.) When cooking has finished, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in garlic, salt and chopped thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the flavors infuse, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Carefully turn the steam release handle to Venting position and let the steam fully escape (the float valve will drop; this will take 1 to 2 minutes). Remove the lid from the cooker. Using tongs, transfer the artichokes to a platter. Pour the garlic-thyme butter into a small bowl. Serve the artichokes with the garlic-thyme butter and with lemon wedges, if desired.

Alternate dipping suggestions:

Lemon-Garlic Mayonnaise: Stir grated lemon zest, grated garlic and mayonnaise in a small bowl until combined.

Harissa Yogurt: Stir mild or spicy harissa, olive oil, a bit of fresh lemon juice and strained yogurt in a small bowl until combined.

Creamy Herb Dip: Stir sour cream, mayonnaise, a splash of white-wine vinegar and chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, chives, dill and/or parsley until combined.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

176 Calories
16g Fat
9g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 176
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Vitamin A 493IU 10%
Sodium 177mg 8%
Potassium 310mg 7%

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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