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Grilled Artichokes with Lemon and Pecorino

This recipe puts a spin on artichokes paired with Italian dressing by pairing steamed artichokes with a bright, lemony sauce and pecorino cheese.
Course Vegetable
Cuisine Italian
Keyword artichoke, dressing, lemon, pecorino, sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 471kcal


For the artichokes:

  • 4 medium globe artichokes, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the lemon vinaigrette:

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • kosher salt, as needed
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino cheese


For the artichokes:

  • Using kitchen shears trim the sharp tips off the leaves. Remove any small leaves at the bottom of the artichoke and trim the stem. In a large lidded pot fitted with a steamer basket, add enough water to reach 2-inches up the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the artichokes upright to the pot then cover and steam until the bottom leaves pull away easily, about 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove the artichokes from the pot and cut in half lengthwise. Heat a grill or griddle on medium-high heat. Brush the artichokes with the melted butter then place on the grill or griddle cut side down and cook until slightly charred, about 5 minutes.

For the lemon vinaigrette:

  • In a small pan over low heat, add the olive oil and garlic. Fry the garlic, stirring occasionally until it is crispy and golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Spoon the garlic onto a paper towel lined plate and remove the oil from heat. Let the oil cool slightly then whisk together with the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and chives.

To serve:

  • Arrange the artichokes cut side up on a plate, season with salt and pour half of the dressing over the top.
  • Sprinkle with pecorino and the crispy garlic and serve with the remaining dressing on the side for dipping.


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 591IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg