Charred Artichokes with Smoky Lemon Aioli

Charred Artichokes with Smoky Lemon Aioli
John Lee


  • large globe artichokes, stems trimmed
  •   Vegetable oil, for the grill or skillet
  • 1 Cup  aioli or good-quality store-bought mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons  chopped fresh dill
  • 2 Tablespoons  drained capers, chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon  finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 Teaspoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  smoked sea salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  smoked paprika
  •   Hot sauce, such as Tabasco or Crystal, to taste
  •   Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Charring artichokes gives them a smoky aroma, and a simple lemon aioli is the perfect accompaniment to this easy-to-make appetizer that will have your guests coming back for more. Try this recipe with baby artichokes, too; just be sure to adjust the cooking times appropriately.

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Set a steamer basket in a large pot with a lid, fill with 1 inch of water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Set the artichokes stem end down in the basket, cover, and steam until a knife meets no resistance when it pierces the stem of an artichoke, 20-25 minutes. Slice the artichokes in half lengthwise.

Heat a well-oiled grill or cast-iron skillet. Add the artichokes, cut side down, on the hot surface and let sit until they are slightly blackened. (Charred or just steamed, the artichokes can be served warm or slightly chilled.)

Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl, whisk the aioli, dill, capers, lemon zest and juice, sea salt, and paprika until well combined. Add the hot sauce, season with black pepper, to taste, and stir.

To serve, arrange the artichokes in 4 salad plates, and divide the aioli mixture among small bowls for dipping.


Calories per serving:

456 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 179g 275%
  • Carbs 51g 17%
  • Saturated 0g 1%
  • Fiber 26g 103%
  • Sugars 5g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 16g 31%
  • Cholesterol 90mg 30%
  • Sodium 3,332mg 139%
  • Calcium 232mg 23%
  • Magnesium 285mg 71%
  • Potassium 1,783mg 51%
  • Iron 7mg 38%
  • Zinc 2mg 16%
  • Phosphorus 419mg 60%
  • Vitamin A 55µg 6%
  • Vitamin C 68mg 113%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 23%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 21%
  • Niacin (B3) 5mg 25%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 28%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 329µg 82%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin K 72µg 90%
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