Grilled garlic artichokes are perfect for the warmer months upon us.
You can add whatever kind of condiments you’d like. My favorite side for artichokes is an easy garlic aioli and a squeeze of lemon.
I brushed garlic oil over the artichokes just before grilling with a silicon brush, making sure to get the oil into the heart, down the stem and in between all of the leaves.
Sauces for Grilled Artichokes:
Best Way to Clean your Artichokes
Grilling an artichoke looks fancy and is incredibly easy, it just is a bit labor intensive.
You can make these artichokes one of two ways:
1). Boil First
Boiling your artichokes first is a bit more time intensive but it will be easier to take the choke out of the artichoke when the vegetable is soft.
- Clean your artichokes by chopping off the top of the leaves and tripping the stems. Wash the artichoke out under running water.
- Fill up a large saucepan with lightly salted water and add your trimmed artichokes to the pot.
- Boil for about 45 minutes or until the leaves are easy to pull off.
- Take the artichokes out of the water and drain.
- It’s best to put some rubber gloves on at this point since you’ll need to hold the artichokes when you cut them and then again when you scoop out the choke (the hairy part of the artichoke).
2). Clean First
Another option is to clean the choke out of your artichoke first.
- After trimming the stem and chopping the top of the artichoke off, take your sharp knife and slice the artichoke in half.
- Take a spoon with a sharp edge and scoop out the choke of the artichoke
- Take a large pan and fill it with lightly salted water and add halved lemons to the pan.
- Add in your cleaned artichokes and boil for about 15 minutes or until leaves peel from the vegetable easily.
- It will take less time to boil the artichoke that is already halved and cleaned.
Stovetop Grill Pan or Outdoor Grill
The choice is yours. It just depends on what kind of flavor you want to give your grilled garlic artichokes.
Outdoor grill: You’ll get a smokier flavor with an outdoor grill than with a grill pan. You’ll also be able to reach a higher temperature with an outdoor grill. A major downside of using an outdoor grill is that it takes longer to heat up and is more labor-intensive. However, there is a higher flavor payoff when grilling over an open flame.
Stovetop grill: If you do choose to use a stovetop grill pan, make sure to use a cast iron pan since it will give you a richer and deeper flavor. Using a stovetop grill pan is definitely easier than setting up your grill outside, and it’s much cheaper since you aren’t using any propane gas.