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three Whole Steamed Artichokes in a pressure cooker

Instant Pot Whole Steamed Artichokes

Instant Pot Whole Steamed Artichokes are a faster and easier way to cook artichokes. Pressure cooker artichokes are tender and ready to dip in your favorite sauce!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker artichokes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Pressure Building and Release 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 - 4
Calories 70 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1-4 Artichokes
  • Lemon Wedge
  • 1 1/2 cups Water (for the 6 qt pressure cooker, 2 1/2 cups for the 8 qt, 1 cup for the 3 qt)

Aromatics to Add to the Water (optional)

  • 1/2 Lemon, sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 small Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion, sliced
  • 1 sprig Fresh Rosemary (optional)


Prepare the Artichokes

  1. Remove small outer leaves that are dry, and cut the stem off, leaving about 1/4". Then use a really sharp serrated knife to cut the top inch or two off of the artichoke. This exposes the inside and will allow the steam to penetrate it.

  2. Rinse the artichokes and pat dry with a paper towel. Then rub some lemon on the cut surface to prevent browning.

Prepare the Steaming Liquid

  1. Add the water to the stainless inner liner. Then add the aromatics, optional, (garlic, bay leaves, lemon slices, salt, onion, and rosemary).

  2. Place the trivet/rack into the pot.

Cook the Artichokes

  1. Place the artichokes into the pot, stem side up (cut side down). Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  2. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual Button or dial, then the + or - button or dial to select the cook time (cook times may vary*):

    Small artichokes - 10 minutes

    Medium Artichokes - 15 minutes

    Large artichokes - 25 minutes

  3. When the cooking cycle is finished, do a Quick Release of the steam/pressure by turning the steam release knob to the Venting position, or pushing the release button, if applicable (If you like softer artichokes, let the pot naturally release the pressure).

  4. You can tell when the artichoke is done when a knife slides into the bottom easily.

What to Dip Them In

  1. Lemon Mayo - Mix some mayo and lemon juice together.

    Plain Mayo (my favorite)

    Melted Butter - Melt butter in a microwave safe dish.

    Garlic Butter - Sauté a couple of pressed garlic cloves in butter.

Recipe Notes

*Cook times will vary based on the size of the artichokes, as well as the density of the leaves. Tightly packed, denser quantity of leaves (and a heavier artichoke) will take longer to cook.

You may need to do a test to find your perfect cook time.