Grilled Artichokes are a fantastic side dish or appetizer made with large artichokes, olive oil, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and lemon wedges.
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Grilled artichokes are the perfect barbecue side dish. Cooking them on the grill gets them a little charred outside and really soft inside. The special mix of olive oil, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper we put on them before grilling adds lots of tasty flavor that goes deep into the artichoke leaves. Squeezing fresh lemon on top gives them a tangy zing.
These artichokes cook while your other food is also cooking on the grill, so it takes no extra effort to add them to your meal. Dip them in a butter mixture and you have a winning side dish.
Why Are Artichokes Great for the Grill?
Artichokes are awesome for grilling because they turn crispy on the outside and super tender inside. When you grill them, they get a bit smoky and charred, which makes them taste even better. The grill’s heat helps to caramelize the natural sugars in the artichokes, enhancing their sweetness. If you haven’t tried grilling them yet, give them a try.
- Artichokes– I use globe artichokes that are tightly packed with fresh looking leaves and no brown spots.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – You’ll mix this with the breadcrumbs and Parmesan to make a flavorful filling.
- Garlic – Try and use fresh garlic for this, it will improve the flavor a lot.
- Breadcrumbs – I use Italian breadcrumbs, which are already seasoned slightly with Italian seasonings. It’s okay to use Panko too.
- Parmesan cheese – Use shredded cheese or shred your own from a block, which is even better.
- Salt and Black Pepper – Adds just a bit of seasoning to the mixture.
- Lemon Wedges – Spritz the lemon on the artichokes once they’re done for extra flavor.
Equipment You’ll Need
- Grill – I use a Weber Genesis E325 for most of my grilling, though I also have a Z Grills Smoker/Grill combo that I sometimes use. You can use whatever grill you have, whether it’s gas or charcoal.
- Propane or Charcoal – Depending on your setup.
- Grill Tools – I swear by this set of sturdy grill tools from Cuisinart that includes everything you need for grilling, like tongs, a flipper, a digital temperature fork, silicone basting brush, and more.
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What Temperature Should Artichokes Be Grilled At?
Artichokes should be grilled at a medium-high temperature, typically around 350°F to 400°F. This temperature range allows the artichokes to cook evenly, develop a nice char on the outside, and become tender on the inside without burning or becoming too mushy. Remember to preheat your grill properly before placing the artichokes on the grates to ensure consistent cooking and delicious results.
How Long Does It Take to Grill Artichokes?
Grilled artichokes take around 5-7 minutes on the grill if you have partially cooked them beforehand. They should be lightly charred when done. Keep in mind that the grilling time can vary based on the thickness of the artichoke leaves and the specific heat of your grill.
How to Grill Artichokes
Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.
To prepare the artichokes, trim off the tough outer leaves and cut off the top inch of the artichoke. Cut in half lengthwise and remove the fuzzy choke with a spoon or knife. Brush the insides of the artichokes with one half of the lemon to prevent it from browning.
Once the water is boiling, add the artichokes to the pot and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain the artichokes and let them cool slightly.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and the juice of half a lemon. Mix well to combine.
Preheat your outdoor grill to medium-high heat.
Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture between the leaves so that every crevice of the artichoke gets seasoned.
Place the artichokes on the grill, cut side down. Grill for 5-7 minutes, or until they are lightly charred and heated through.
Serve the grilled artichokes with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the top.
Some Tips for Grilling Artichokes
- Opt for large, fresh artichokes with tightly packed leaves. They should feel heavy for their size, and the leaves should be vibrant and not wilted.
- While you want the artichokes to be tender, be cautious not to overcook them, as they can become mushy.
How to Store
Fridge: Once the grilled artichokes have cooled down, place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Keep in mind that their texture may change slightly upon reheating.
Freezer: While grilled artichokes can be frozen, their texture may not be the same once thawed and reheated due to the water content. If you still want to freeze them, make sure they are fully cooled and then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Label with the date and store for up to 2-3 months.
How to Reheat
Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the grilled artichokes on a baking sheet and cover them with aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out. Reheat for about 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through.
Grill: You can reheat the artichokes by placing them on a medium-high heat grill for a few minutes on each side. This method helps maintain some of the smoky flavor and crispness.
Microwave: While the microwave won’t restore the crispy texture, it’s a quick option. Place the artichokes on a microwave-safe dish, cover with a damp paper towel, and heat in 20-30 second increments until warmed to your liking.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I grill artichokes for?
Grilling time for artichokes can vary depending on the size of the artichoke and the temperature of the grill. Grill the artichoke halves for 5-7 minutes over medium-high heat, or until the artichokes are tender and charred in spots.
What seasonings can I use to flavor grilled artichokes?
There are many seasonings that pair well with grilled artichokes. Some popular options include garlic, lemon, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. You can also sprinkle the artichokes with grated Parmesan cheese or chopped fresh herbs like parsley or thyme for added flavor.
Can I prepare grilled artichokes in advance?
Yes, you can prepare grilled artichokes in advance. To do so, grill the artichokes as directed and allow them to cool to room temperature. Store the grilled artichokes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, reheat the artichokes in the oven or on the grill until heated through.
What to Serve It With
This side dish goes great with all kinds of grilling favorites. Here are a few of our go-to main dishes to serve with this:
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Easy Grilled Artichokes Recipe
- 2 large artichokes
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
- 2 tablespoons (20 g) breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons (10 g) Parmesan cheese grated
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
- 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) black pepper
- 1 lemon halved (one half cut into wedges, one half juiced)
- Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.
- To prepare the artichokes, trim off the tough outer leaves and cut off the top inch of the artichoke. Cut in half lengthwise and remove the fuzzy choke with a spoon or knife. Brush the insides of the artichokes with one half of the lemon to prevent it from browning.
- Once the water is boiling, add the artichokes to the pot and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain the artichokes and let them cool slightly.
- In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and the juice of half a lemon. Mix well to combine.
- Preheat your outdoor grill to medium-high heat.
- Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture between the leaves so that every crevice of the artichoke gets seasoned.
- Place the artichokes on the grill, cut side down. Grill for 5-7 minutes, or until they are lightly charred and heated through.
- Serve the grilled artichokes with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the top.
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Laura is a passionate home cook and grill enthusiast who has spent years perfecting her culinary skills, with a particular focus on grilling techniques and flavor combinations. Her fascination with the grill, smoke, and the mouthwatering results they produce has led her on an exciting journey to discover the best methods for grilling delicious and unforgettable meals.