With just a little preparation, you can turn fresh Artichokes into the highlight of your next meal! Learn how to prepare an artichoke following these simple step-by-step instructions so you can cook and serve the perfect meal:

Prep Time:

5 mins

Cook Time:

10 mins


  1. Decide if you need to cook just one artichoke or multiple artichokes at a time. Either way, you can cook artichokes ahead and store them in your refrigerator for several days before eating them or using them in a recipe.


  2. Next, take your fresh artichoke and rinse it well under cold water. If you have one handy, we even recommend using any soft kitchen brush and giving the choke a quick brush down to remove the natural, light film an artichoke produces while growing. This can give the choke a bitter taste if not removed.


  3. With a sharp, serrated kitchen knife, “top and tail” the artichoke by cutting about one inch from the top of the artichoke.


  4. Then, trim the stem about one half inch or remove the stem if you need it to “sit up” on a plate for stuffing or filling. Remember, the artichoke stem is a continuation of the heart, so don’t cut it off unless you need you to.


  5. For a restaurant-style presentation of artichokes, take any scissors or kitchen shears and snip off the thorns on the tip of the artichoke petals (Note: this step is optional, as the thorns tend to soften with cooking).


  6. Optional: Many cooks like to also rub the cut portion of the artichoke with the juice of a fresh lemon to prevent it from browning.


  7. Lastly, don’t be afraid to spread open the petals slightly to allow any seasoning you may use to fall in between the artichoke petals for flavor.


  8. Now, your Artichoke is ready to cook!