Barbecued artichokes

    35 min

    Fresh artichokes are cooked in boiling water, then basted with a simple lemon, garlic and olive oil sauce and finished off on the barbecue. In my opinion, this is the best way to eat artichokes!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 large artichokes
    • 1 lemon, quartered
    • olive oil
    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Fill a large bowl with cold water. Squeeze the juice from one lemon wedge into the water. Trim the tops from the artichokes; cut in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape out the hairy choke. Place halves into the bowl of lemon water to prevent them from turning brown.
    2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Meanwhile, preheat an outdoor barbecue for medium-high heat.
    3. Add artichokes to boiling water; cook for about 15 minutes. Drain. Squeeze the remaining lemon wedges into a medium bowl. Stir in the olive oil and garlic and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Brush the artichokes with a coating of the garlic sauce and place them on the preheated barbecue grate. Cook the artichokes for 5 to 10 minutes, basting with the garlic mixture and turning frequently, until the tips are a little charred. Serve immediately with the remaining garlic sauce.

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    Great recipe!!! I went to Houston's last week and got a rough recipe from the bartender that was essentially the same – she didn’t know any measurements, but the ingredients were consistent with the recipe listed on this website. According to her, they boil the artichokes for 20 minutes and then refrigerate them for 1 hour before grilling. I just tried the recipe at home (incorporating these instructions) and they came out great. Because I am limited to an oven, I broiled the artichokes on high, as closely to the burners as possible (without touching of course), for approximately 20 minutes. This gave them the nice charred look and flavor on the outside. Hope this helps those without access to a grill.  -  20 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Really good, and very simple! I boiled the artichoke halves the day before, drained them thoroughly on paper towels, and refrigerated them before scooping out the chokes with a spoon (don't forget this important step) and grilling them the next day. Get them good and charred for the best flavor! The marinade/dipping sauce is great! I also made a garlic aioli for dipping that complemented the artichokes nicely.  -  31 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very good! I do think it's odd that the instructions don't mention to remove the choke, some cooks might not know that they should do that. Anyway, next time I think I would boil the artichokes for longer and only grill long enough to put a little char on them. Great flavor though. Thanks!  -  17 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)