Air fryer artichokes are a delicious and unique way to update your appetizer menu! Preparing whole roasted artichokes in the air fryer will save you time without giving up any flavor.
If you’ve ever seen an artichoke while doing your weekly grocery shop, you’ve probably wondered the best way to prepare and serve them. This vegetable may look intimidating to cook, but thanks to your air fryer, it’s never been easier.
When you cook an artichoke in the air fryer, this vegetable doesn’t need much to help it stand out. With just a few ingredients (that you probably already have at home) and 20 minutes of your time, you’ll have a fresh appetizer that is easy and quick to prepare. It’s vegan and keto too!
The key to a perfect air fryer artichoke is in the preparation—and the dipping sauce you serve them with.
After you’ve picked the best ones you can find, simply rinse, cut, and season with lemon juice, olive oil, and a few spices. Then, pop them in the air fryer and let your favorite kitchen appliance work its magic.
Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:
- The ingredients and methods you’ll need to whip up roasted artichokes in the air fryer
- The secrets to getting this vegan and keto appetizer just right every time
- Answers to commonly asked questions about air fryer artichokes, including how to pick the best artichoke and dip ideas to serve alongside them!
After making this recipe, you’ll learn how to make perfect air fryer whole artichokes! This easy-to-prepare and good-for-you vegetable makes a savory addition to any table.
I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.
How to make Air Fryer Artichokes
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 340 degrees F. Rinse the artichokes and trim the stems to remove the tough outer leaves. Cut the whole artichokes in half lengthwise and remove the fuzzy choke (it’s inedible) using a spoon.
STEP TWO: Pour the lemon juice over the cut sides of the artichoke. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Flip them and repeat on the leafy side.
STEP THREE: Place the artichokes cut side down in your air fryer and leave them to fry for 12 minutes. Open the air fryer, flip the artichokes, and then fry them for 4 more minutes (for a total of 16 minutes).
STEP FOUR: When they’re done, take the artichokes out of the air fryer. Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite dipping sauce!
How to Pick the Best Artichoke
When choosing your artichokes, it’s important to test each one in your hand. Opt for whole artichokes that are on the heavier side and that have a solid feel. The heavier the artichoke, the fresher it is. The leaves should be thick and firmly closed with a dark green hue.
Another tip? Rub the artichoke leaves together. If they squeak, it’s a good sign! That means the artichoke is fresh.
Can You Cook a Whole Artichoke in the Air Fryer?
Yes, you can cook a whole artichoke in the air fryer! Place the artichoke stem down in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Gently separate the leaves of the whole artichoke, and make a hole in the center with a knife.
Drizzle more oil, and place a garlic clove at the center of each artichoke. Season with salt and pepper and cook the artichoke in the air fryer for 20 minutes at 360 degrees F.
How to Eat Artichokes
You can eat artichokes hot or cold. Pull the leaves off the whole artichoke one by one and dip the base into your choice of dipping sauce. The base of the artichoke leaf is called the “meaty” section and that is the only edible part of the outer leaves.
Once you’ve eaten all of the leaves, you can scoop out the heart which is completely edible! Watch out for the inner, fuzzy “choke” which should be removed and discarded.
Dip Ideas to Serve with the Artichokes
There are several different dip options for fried artichokes. Artichokes go well with dairy, so you could make a dip out of melted butter or any type of cheese. Cream cheese, goat cheese, sour cream, and feta-based sauces are all great ideas.
Air fryer artichokes also taste good with herbs like parsley, thyme, and basil. Try to incorporate these spices in your dip! Some people even enjoy eating artichokes with mayonnaise or hollandaise sauce.
Other Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love:
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- Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash
- Spicy Okra Bites
- Easy Ranch Potatoes
- The Best Air Fryer Vegetables to Make
Air Fryer Weight Watcher Points per serving: 0
- 3 medium artichokes
- 1 small lemon, juiced (3 tablespoons lemon juice)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Black pepper, to taste
- Preheat your air fryer to 340 degrees F.
- Rinse the artichokes, then trim the stems and remove the tough outer leaves. Cut them in half lengthwise and remove the fuzzy choke from the inside using a spoon.
- Pour the lemon juice over the cut sides. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Flip them and repeat on the leafy side.
- Place them cut side down in the air fryer and fry for 12 minutes. Open the air fryer, flip the artichokes, then fry for 4 more minutes.
- Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite dipping sauce.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.