Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce


  • 4 large globe artichokes
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    Lemon butter sauce
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) melted unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste


  1. With a large knife, cut stems off artichokes so they sit flat on the plate.
  2. While working with one artichoke, place others in a large bowl of water and the lemon juice.
  3. This will prevent the artichokes from discoloring.
  4. Cut off top ? of artichoke.
  5. Clip points off remaining bottom outer leaves.
  6. Repeat with remaining artichokes.
  7. In a large pot, place 1 – 2 inches of water in the bottom with sea salt and steam artichokes for 20 – 30 minutes (depending on their size) until one of the leaves pulls out easily.
  8. Drain and serve upright with lemon butter sauce or chill and serve with a vinaigrette or flavored mayonnaise (such as Balsamic Vinaigrette, Dijon Vinaigrette or Tarragon Mayonnaise)
    Lemon butter sauce
  1. Whisk together all sauce ingredients and serve in small dipping bowls.

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