Basic Artichoke Recipe in a pan

Basic Artichoke Recipe in a pan

By 02/05/2012

I love artichokes, but not just their taste, I like the all process of tearing leaf by leaf and enjoy a little bit at a time when you know the best still has to come as you get closer and closer to the artichoke heart.

Artichokes are very popular in Italy and their seasons are autumn and spring. They come in different types and in different sizes and their colour can vary. Italy and Spain are the largest world artichoke producers.

I love them everywhere especially on top of my pizza, they are my favourite topping, but I must say that I often use the ones preserved in olive oil,  as it can be difficult to find them in England and they can be quite pricey too. In Italy instead they are quite cheap.

Artichokes are very nutritious, very low in calories and very high in iron. They have many properties and one of them is that they can help with digestion.
There are lots of different recipes but this one is just a very basic and quick one.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes



Make sure you wash your artichokes well as you could find little insects hiding inside the leaves. Remove the outer leaves which are tough and cut the stems.

Chop the parsley and the garlic cloves and put them inside the leaves. Sprinkle with salt and with breadcrumbs, a dash of olive oil and a little water.

Put the artichokes and the stems in a large pan, add water up to cover half of the head of the artichokes. Close the pan with a lid and cook over a moderate heat for about 30 minutes. Prickle them with a fork to check if they are cooked.

Artichokes cooked in a pan

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18 Responses to Basic Artichoke Recipe in a pan

  1. La cucina di Molly

    Adoro i carciofi e li preparo in diversi modi, ottima la tua versione! Complimenti per i premi ricevuti! Ciao

  2. simple baking

    COngrats for all the awards dear Alida! you deserve many more :D. I love your blog for its simple content and I really admire your style of writing. BTW these look good. Don't know how they taste coz we don't get artichokes in India. But going by your clicks, m sure I would love to have them on my pizza also 😀

  3. Axemum

    Here's hoping our local farm shop gets some artichokes in soon so I can try these. I really miss them from my time in Italy. They are so difficult to find here.Congratulations on the awards

  4. Gloria

    Love artichokes, love this and congrats by your awards!!

  5. Jasna Varcakovic

    I never tried to cook artichokes…shhh!I see now it's not that complicated as I thought 😉

  6. Dolcemeringa Ombretta

    Mamma mia anche a me piacciono molto i carciofi e secondo me così si sente tutta la loro bontà ! Baci

  7. simran

    congrats on your awards alida……these look really good..i love the simple preperation…really good

  8. Lenia

    What a nice way to cook artichokes!Complimentoni per i premi!Bacioni!

  9. elly

    Tu che sei un'assidua frequentatrice del mio blog, saprai certamente quanto io ami i carciofi! In tutte le maniere. Beh posso solo dirti che questi sono spettacolari!!! Complimenti! Anche per i premi veramente meritati!

  10. Pegasuslegend

    Artichokes are one of my all time favorite holiday recipes for Easter… mom used to make them and I would fight for the heart… I now realize the memories she gave me with this precious vegetable to cling to those days… yours looks amazing. Just perfectly stuffed I can just imagine how fabulous the aroma of these were cooking… BRAVO!!! Simple is best. These are perfect! Congrats on your well deserved awards!

  11. Recetario Spanglish para mis hijos

    Hello Alida, my youngest daughter loves to take the leaves one by one, and respecting this treat I can´t make it stuff, it wouldn´t be the same. BUT I love stuffed artichokes, my mom used to make them, he learnt from my grandpa, descendant of Italians like you. Have a nice weekend 🙂

  12. All That I'm Eating

    I love artichokes so much but have yet to prepare them from raw. I always buy them in oil. This looks lovely and congratulations on your awards!

  13. Lauralovescakes

    I have to confess I've never prepared an artichoke but they do look very tasty! Congratulations on your awards too1 🙂

  14. Alida

    I think the problem is that they are already old! I find the same if I buy them in the UK, at least in supermarkets (and they cost 2£ each which is a fortune!).These ones I cooked whilst in Italy and they were very nice as they should be.

  15. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    Congrats on these awesome awards! I love artichokes & grow them in our vegetable patch every summer! These artichokes looks really delicious & easy to prepare! Will try this summer when we harvest our artichokes ! Have a lovely day, Alida! 🙂

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