Grilled Artichokes

Are you an artichoke lover? We grew up with them and still every time the family is over for dinner we remember how we kids fought for hearts.

My mom first encountered artichokes in college in Los Angeles in the late 50s. She was babysitting for a family who left instructions for her on how to cook this strange looking vegetable.

She dutifully followed the instructions to cook them, and then removed the leaves to serve to the kids and threw out the hearts! Thankfully the kid’s mom eventually set her straight, and to this day mom still bemoans the loss of those hearts.

Anyway, if you love artichokes, here’s a great way to prepare them on the grill. The trick is to steam them first.

Artichokes take a long time to cook, and like moist heat, so it’s best to just grill them at the end for the grill marks and smoky flavor.

Cut them in half so the steam penetrates the center more easily and the artichokes cook faster and more evenly.

Steam them instead of boiling them so they don’t get too soggy from the water and they stay dry enough to get good browning on the grill. Sprinkle with salt and lemon juice to serve. Yum!


  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, oregano, thyme
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, cut in half (no need to peel)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 2 to 4 large globe artichokes
  • Salt