how to make the perfect herb artichoke

herb artichoke with curry cream sauce

If you’ve ever tried my mom’s artichoke then you’ve experienced a little slice of heaven. I have been trying to replicate her artichokes for years but somehow mine never turned out as well as hers. That is until now. The last time I was over at her house for a special occasion, which of course featured her yummy artichokes, and I had her tell me step by step how she makes her divine leafy creations.

I am happy to report that I put the very explicit instructions to the test and as a result, I had not one but two delicious artichokes to show off at our outdoor (in the rain) picnic last weekend.


Ripe artichoke(s)

Any combo of the following dried herbs: Basil, Oregano, Lemon Pepper, Tarragon, Thyme, Salt, Pepper

Olive oil

Curry (for the sauce)

Mayo (for the sauce)


Place artichoke(s) in a pot and almost completely cover with cold water

Add 3 TBSPs of olive oil to the water plus a few dashes of all the dried herbs listed above.

steps to make the perfect artichoke

Bring water to a boil

Cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes.

Stir the artichokes around every 10 minutes or so while simmering.

Leaves will pull off easily when the artichokes are done.

While the artichokes are simmering, make the dip with two simple ingredients: Mayo & curry. Combine curry to mayo to taste and put in the fridge until artichokes are ready to eat.

Artichokes can be served hot or cold.

Make them for your next party–I promise they’ll be a hit.



  1. 1
    Rachael says:

    Pinned! and I’ll definitely be trying this recipe…we LOVE artichokes!

  2. 2
    AmandaLynn says:

    My Mom makes these as well but I’ve been too afraid to try without a recipe. You’ve inspired me to try.

  3. 3
    Laura says:

    They tasted awesome, even in the rain. One of my favorite things on earth is artichokes and my 9-year old negotiates me for the heart! Here’s some trivia for you: Castroville California in Monterey County claims to be the artichoke capital of the world and they produce about 80% of USA ‘chokes. I believe it because we drove thru there last week and it was blissful artichoke fields for miles!

  4. 4
    benjie says:

    Will def try this! We eat artichokes a lot. I make up different sauces and we been steaming and grilling them but this looks tasty and easy! Thanks Mar!

  5. 5
    Laura Lohr says:

    Ooooohhhh! Yummy! We love artichokes and eat them fairly regularly. We’re going to try this! I’m sending it to my artichoke-loving hubby!

  6. 6

    Artichokes with mayo or ranch dressing. YUM!!!

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