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Lemon and Garlic–Braised Artichokes

If you think you could never prepare fresh artichokes at home, think again. This simple and delicious recipe is sure to become part of your regular springtime rotation.

Serves 4
Ready in 28 mins
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 23 mins
233 calories per serving


> 2 tbsp olive oil
> 4 fresh artichokes, trimmed, halved, and choke removed
> 1 tbsp minced garlic
> 2 cups water
> 1/2 tsp salt
> 2 lemons
> 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) butter
> 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley


In a deep 12-inch skillet, heat the oil on medium-high. Pat the artichokes dry and place in skillet, cut-sides down. Cook 2 min., until browned. Transfer to plate.
To same skillet, add the garlic. Cook 30 sec., stirring. Add the water and salt. Squeeze juice from the lemons into skillet. Return the artichokes to the skillet. Heat to a simmer on high. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 20 min., until stems are tender.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, microwave the butter, covered, until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer the artichokes to a serving platter. Stir 3 tbsp cooking liquid into melted butter, along with the parsley. Drizzle butter over artichokes.

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