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Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Sauce

Artichokes were a pregnancy craving of mine. They might look difficult to prepare and eat, but steaming them makes them tender and the sauce adds a special treat to it.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon garlic dipping sauce, steamed artichokes
Servings: 1 artichoke


Steamed Artichoke

  • One large artichoke
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Lemon wedge
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Lemon Garlic Dipping Sauce

  • 4 tablespoon good quality real mayo
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 large garlic clove grated or pressed
  • ¼ teaspoon pink salt or sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • Wash artichoke then cut stem down to about a ½ inch. Tear off one layer of leaves closest to the stem.
  • Place artichoke in a medium saucepan with water, lemon, and salt.
  • Steam over low heat for 35-45 min. Check a couple times throughout to see if water is absorbed and more is needed.
  • Remove artichoke from remaining water, and place on serving plate.

Dipping Sauce

  • Place mayo in a small bowl.
  • Grate or with a garlic press add garlic.
  • Mix in lemon, salt, and pepper.
  • Serve beside artichoke.
  • Pull off leaves and dip and eat. The closer you get to the heart, more of the leaf is eatable.