Last Updated on 23rd April 2022 by Pauline
Artichokes can take a long time to prepare using conventional methods, but I want to show you how to cook artichokes in Instant Pot and make the process a bit easier on you.
The Instant Pot is great at making a lot of foods in a very simple way, taking much of the hassle and mess out of preparation and giving you very little work to do while ensuring that your food comes out perfectly every time.
How do you tell if artichokes are fresh and ready to eat? Look for artichokes that are tightly packed together rather than ones with loose leaves. The loose looking artichokes are not as fresh, and though they may taste okay, they might have lost some of their nutritional value, and they will definitely go bad sooner than the tightly packed ones.
Keep in mind that how long it takes to cook the artichokes will depend on how big they are. The larger ones will take longer to cook. The loose ones don’t take as long to cook, and because they are more open, they can cook fully and thoroughly in less time than the tightly packed ones.
How long to cook artichokes in the Instant Pot? Large artichokes that are tightly packed and very fresh may take about 25 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot. Smaller, looser artichokes take a lot less time to cook, with some of them cooking as quickly as 10 minutes in the Instant Pot. That’s a big difference in cooking times, and it’s easy to overcook the large artichokes if you’re used to cooking smaller ones that cook fast. Pay attention to the size and how tightly packed the artichokes are before setting the cooking time for Instant Pot.
Preparing the Artichokes for Cooking
Before you can cook your artichokes, you need to prepare them. Peel off the outer leaves that look dry and unhealthy. You don’t want to eat those. Then, cut the majority of the stem of the artichoke off, leaving behind about 1/4 of an inch of stem.
Next, cut about an inch or two from the top of the artichoke. This will help the artichoke to steam and open up the inside for heat to move through the artichoke more freely.
Next, rinse off and clean your artichokes. Make sure you wash them in running water and then pat them dry using a paper towel or a dry kitchen towel. Artichokes can brown as they cook, and to avoid that, you can rub a little lemon on the cut area at the surface of the artichoke.
How to Cook Artichokes in an Instant Pot
Fill the inner liner of the Instant Pot with water and you can add some aromatics to it, if you wish. These can be seasonings like lemon slices, onion, bay leaves, garlic, salt, and rosemary.
Take the Instant Pot trivet or rack and place it into the pot. Next, put your artichokes into the pot with the stem side facing up and the cut side facing down. Make sure the lid is closed tightly and then turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Use the pressure cook setting and set your cook time. Remember that small artichokes take about 10 minutes, and large ones take about 25 minutes. If you have medium sized artichokes, they will take about 15 minutes to cook.
Once the Instant Pot has gone through its cooking cycle, you can use the quick release to let the steam and pressure out. Set your nob to the venting position and then press the steam release button. To make your artichokes softer, you can allow the pot to release the pressure naturally.
How do you tell if the artichokes are done cooking? You should be able to poke a knife into the bottom of the artichoke and it should slide in easily, if they are done cooking. If there is still a lot of resistance, you can put them to cook for a few minutes longer.
Now you know how to cook artichokes in the Instant Pot. Try not to overstuff the pot with artichokes and keep in mind that fresh ones will take longer to cook than not so fresh ones, because of how tightly packed they are and how dense their freshness makes them.
How Long Does It Take to Cook Artichokes in an Instant Pot?
The cooking time for artichokes in the Instant Pot will depend on a few different factors. You have to consider the size of the artichokes, how dense they are, and how many you’re cooking at once. If you overstuff the pot with artichokes, they will take longer to cook and they might not cook evenly. If you mix together dense large artichokes with small, open leaved artichokes, you may have uneven cooking throughout your vegetables. It’s better to put the same kind of artichokes together or consider taking the smaller ones out earlier in the cooking process. That can be difficult to do with the Instant Pot, so it’s best to simply make sure all of your artichokes are about the same density and size.
If you want to know how to pressure cook artichokes in Instant Pot, simply make sure that the lid is on tightly and then cook them for the right amount of time. Remember it’s 10 minutes for smaller artichokes and 25 minutes for the larger ones. To pressure cook them properly, they need to cook for the right amount of time. You also need to have enough water in the Instant Pot so that they will cook fully.
I use a cup and a half of water for the six-quart pressure cooker. If your pressure cooker is a different size, you will need to use a different amount of water and be careful about overfilling the cooker with artichokes. So, for the eight-quart pressure cooker, you can use 2 ½ cups of water. If you are operating a three-quart pressure cooker, you only need a cup of water.
Now you can see how simple and easy it is to cook artichokes in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. I think this is a lot simpler than trying to cook them in a pan or skillet on the stove or in a pot of water. I hope this article helps you to cook your artichokes fully and ensure they come out nice and tender without any difficulty.