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Pan-Fried Baby Artichokes

Posted by on June 14, 2012

It’s artichoke season, and I love this easy way to make delicious, crunchy artichokes similar to artichokes a la romana.

I love fried artichokes but I don’t love frying at home…both because of the amount of oil you need to use and my fear of boiling hot oil getting out of control. Plus, it’s probably a good thing for my health that I have the no-fry rule. These baby artichokes are pan fried in just a couple tablespoons of oil and the crunch comes from the panko.

Fried Artichokes
12 baby artichokes, cleaned and halved
1 egg, beaten with a splash of water
1 cup panko breadcrumbs

To clean the artichokes, chop off the tops about 2/3 of the way down, so that you are just above the choke. Trim off the outer dark green leaves and peel the stems. Take out the choke and cut in half (or do it in the reverse order, whichever is easier). If you’re not cooking them right away, put in acidulated water (water with lemon).

Steam for 5 minutes and let cool. Dip them in the egg and then in the panko and sauté in the olive oil, turning so all sides brown. Remove to a paper towel and season with salt.

8 Responses to Pan-Fried Baby Artichokes

  1. dinnersforwinners

    Oooh yum!! I love artichoke season! I need to taste these — immediately :)

  2. Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board

    I’m scared of frying too, so I’m glad you found an alternative .. but I’m also scared of cooking whole artichokes haha .. I need to learn to get over that fear because these look so good!

    • m&m

      Whole artichokes are totally easy, use a bread knife to take the tops off easily!

  3. twicecookedhalfbaked

    I love these! I just had these at Cuoco in Seattle last week. I could have eaten 2 more plates of them.

  4. Sophie33

    A grand & tasty recipe. I just bought Panko breadcrumbs in my Asian supermarket & wanted to use it but had no recipe. I am so going to make this tasty snack!

    • m&m

      Hope you enjoy them! And you can use panko pretty much anywhere you would use breadcrumbs!

  5. pinkpolkadotfood

    I have never cooked fresh artichokes sucessfully!! I hope I will be with this recipe!

  6. annashortcakes

    Very nice… I have never prepared fresh artichokes. This recipe is encouraging. Thanks.