Microwaving is an incredibly underrated cooking method.
Many people view it as a last resort for when they’re short on time, but it actually has a wide range of advantages aside from being quick and convenient.
In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of microwaving food, explain how to microwave an artichoke in particular, offer tips and precautions for doing so, and answer some frequently asked questions.
Why You Should Consider Microwaving an Artichoke
Artichokes are often boiled or steamed since these methods have been popularized as the traditional ways to cook them. However, microwaving is a great alternative that can elevate your artichoke experience in several ways.
Firstly and most obviously, microwaving takes less time than other cooking methods. Boiling or steaming artichokes usually takes between 20-45 minutes depending on their size and freshness. Microwaving cuts this time down drastically – you can enjoy a delicious artichoke in just 10-15 minutes.
Secondly, microwaving preserves nutrients better than boiling or steaming due to the shorter cooking time. Because many vitamins are heat-sensitive and soluble in water (like vitamin C), more of these beneficial nutrients are retained when using the microwave.
Improved Flavor & Texture
Finally, microwaved artichokes may taste better! When you boil or steam an artichoke they absorb water which alters their texture and may dilute their flavor – neither are ideal scenarios if you want to indulge in all the natural richness of an artichoke’s unique taste! Conversely using a microwave ensures that your veggies come out crispy without losing moisture for any meal you’re preparing.
Step-by-Step Guide on How To Microwave An Artichoke
Now that we’ve convinced you to give microwave cooking a try, let’s go through how to microwave an artichoke. It’s a lot simpler than you might think!
Step 1: Prep the Artichoke
Start by washing your artichoke in cool water, pressing any remaining water out with a paper towel. Next, cut off the stem and use some scissors/kitchen shears to trim the sharp tips of each leaf. This step isn’t essential but it will make handling your artichoke easier when it comes time to eat.
Step 2: Seasoning
To add some flavor before microwaving, drizzle or brush olive oil over each section of the artichoke and squeeze half a lemon on top. Finally, sprinkle some salt and pepper all over it.
Step 3: Microwaving Time
Wrap your seasoned artichoke loosely in plastic wrap then place it upright in microwave-friendly bowl or mug filled with ½ inch of water.
For consistent results every time microwave on high for around six minutes for one average sized (8-ounce) choke! You can extend this time by 1-2 minutes if you’ve opted for larger chokes or increase the number of chokes you cook simultaneously.
Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave; carefully remove plastic wrap sealing from each warm choke with tongs and serve!
Precautions for Microwaving an Artichoke
Despite being quick and convenient, microwaves still require some care when cooking as temperatures can vary depending on wattage levels etc. Here are some precautions to consider:
- Be sure that while your preparing your dish that there is enough water left in the container you’re using as boiling dry could damage or even crack/melt your dish.
- Place a loose cover over top whatever dish or container you’ll be putting food into whilst cooking because even if its not boiling dry its still important not to have the entire dish exposed to direct microwaves otherwise parts of the food may cook at different rates.
Factors Affecting Cooking Time
The cooking time for artichokes in the microwave depends on several factors, including:
Larger artichokes need more time to cook. Stick to eight minutes to start with or an additional minute for each additional ounce, smaller chokes will require a shorter time of six minutes.
Riper chokes are softer and cook faster. If you’re not sure how ripe your artichoke is, give it a gentle squeeze – it should feel firm (ish) without being too hard or too soft.
Microwaves with higher wattage levels generally take less time to cook than ones with lower wattages so be sure you take this into consideration when cooking.
Expert Tips for Perfectly Microwaving An Artichoke
Now that we’ve gone through the basics of microwaving an artichoke, let’s go over some expert tips that can take it to the next level.
Tip 1: Use Flavorful Broths in Place of Water!
For a more flavorful approach you can use chicken broth instead of plain water – add some minced garlic and some fresh sprigs of thyme for an extraordinary taste profile which can perfectly complement your roasted artichoke deliciousness!
Tip 2: Add Rosemary!
Artichokes have such a unique flavor that any accent notes should only enhance their natural goodness. Rosemary is one herb that has been known to make chokes taste even more savory; just dice up some rosemary leaves and drizzle them on top before adding seasoning like salt and pepper.
Tip 3: Keep It Simple!
As we mentioned above microwaving is quick and delicious, but there’s no need to spend hours prepping your artichoke. Sometimes simple seasoning like garlic, salt and pepper works perfectly to bring out the natural taste of your artichoke without overwhelming the palate.
Advantages of Microwaving an Artichoke
We’ve already mentioned some advantages to microwave cooking in general, but here are some specific benefits of microwaving an artichoke:
- You won’t have to wait as long compared to boiling or steaming.
- It retains more nutrients than other cooking methods.
- It results in a crispy exterior and a succulent center with preserved moisture for ultimate enjoyment of the artichoke’s distinct texture
- Simplicity allows you more time & space for preparing other meal components
- Even less expensive and/or smaller sized cuts are given the same delicate treatment reserved for the most luxurious dishes
Disadvantages of Microwaving an Artichoke
While there aren’t many downsides to microwaving, it’s still important to mention them:
- The resulting flavor may be different from traditional methods.
- You may have difficulty whether all sides are cooked through if you aren’t careful
Frequently Asked Questions about Microwaving An Artichoke
Here are some common queries people have about microwaving an artichokes:
Does microwaving ruin the taste of my artichokes? Not necessarily! In fact, microwaved vegetables are often crispy and flavorful; sometimes even more so than boiled or steamed ones!
What happens if my microwave is small? Will it affect how evenly my ingredients cook through? While putting too much into too small microwave can slow down your dish’s journey towards readiness, just be sure not overload your unit when taking on larger grub like aritchoke & Broccoli!
Can I use this method with other vegetables besides just artichokes? Absolutely! This is a great method that works really well with a lot of vegetables! If you’re interested in microwaving other veggies then be sure you follow similar steps as for the artichokes.
Microwaving is an excellent method for preparing artichokes, it’s quick, easy and flavorfully retained.
Plus, it saves time and leaves your kitchen counter cleaner than boiling or steaming would.
If you haven’t given microwaving a shot yet we highly recommend that you do.
You might fall in love with this cooking method!
Jenny has always been passionate about cooking, and she uses her platform to share her joy of food with others. Her recipes are easy to follow, and she loves giving tips and tricks to help others create their own unique culinary creations.