Super Simple Iron Rich Grilled Artichokes!

No need to wait to dine in a restaurant to have your artichokes. If you've never cooked artichokes, they can seem a bit daunting, but they're very simple. They also don't have to be this dainty, old-fashion French food. I prefer mine earthy and rustic with olive oil and a hearty squeeze of lemonmessy fingers and all!

And, depending on how lazy you are in the kitchen, you can even skip trimming the leaves before you steam them. I make them at least once a week because they are one of the richest plant sources for iron (about 1.3 to 1.6 mg per 100 grams compared to 2.9mg in red meat). Plus, I love the way they adorn my kitchen counter until I'm ready to make them.

My simplest preparation is to steam, then grill them (if you don't want to grill outside, a table grill will do too). There's not even a recipe, just a few steps. I drizzle them with fresh lemon juice before devouring them.

Enjoy! To your health and happiness! xx, Juli

  • Fresh artichokes (I ate all of what is pictured here, but maybe 4 halves per person as a starter or side.)
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Fleur de sel
  • Fresh lemons 
  1. Select small to medium fresh artichokes as they will steam and grill more quickly.
  2. Wash artichokes.
  3. Trim the tips of the leaves with a sharp kitchen shears.
  4. Steam for about 20 minutes in salted water (about 1 heaping tablespoon per litre).
  5. Remove from steaming water and gently pat dry.
  6. Cut artichokes in half.
  7. Brush a grill with olive oil.
  8. Place artichokes on one side. I like to place them with their exterior side first so they soften a little more with the heat. Gently press them down with a spatula.
  9. Turn them over so their interior side is on the grill and press them down gently. 
  10. Remove from grill as soon as you see nice grill marks.
  11. Sprinkle with fleur de sep and serve immediately with fresh lemon.