Grilled Artichokes recipe

Gluten Free Grilled Artichokes Recipe

To me, artichokes are a metaphor for some people and relationships. They are thorny and prickly and not particularly beautiful, especially when cooked. Artichokes require an investment of time and effort. They need to be cleaned, the sharp points snipped off one at a time and then they must be cooked a good long time in hot water which can get you pretty steamed to truly bring out the sweetness.

Even once cooked, you have to work your way through the outer leaves to the more tender inner ones and then, just when you think you have struck gold, you usually have to discard the thistly choke to get to the utterly fantastic heart.

Ahhh, but the joys of savoring the experience once the cleaning and cooking process is done! As you gently pull the tender meat from the tough leaves, one by one, working slowly and luxuriously towards the hidden gold of the heart, you have the satisfaction of knowing you are in a relationship that, like a great marriage, just gets better and better.

Artichokes, like people, should not be written off at first glance just because they seem like too much work. A little effort can result in dining nirvana! And since artichokes are gluten-free, isn’t it nice to know that the bliss of the relationship does not cause pain later on?

It’s just too hot and humid here in Florida to steam up my kitchen for an hour so I often grill my artichokes on the barbeque. I take a little extra time in my prep, which shortens the time involved to get to the heart when eating. Just like a great marriage, we tend to learn little tricks over time that will get us to the good stuff faster!

Grilled Artichokes

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Grilled Artichokes recipe
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Gluten Free Grilled Artichokes Recipe

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 4 large artichokes
  • 2 lemons quartered
  • 1 head of garlic
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Preheat a barbeque that has a lid to about 350-400 degrees.
  • Cut a little of the very top and bottom off of the artichokes. Snip the sharp points off of the leaves and rinse the artichokes. Cut each artichoke in quarters vertically and with a sharp paring knife cut the thistle out of each quarter.
  • Lay out a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and put the artichoke quarters in the center. Sprinkle a little water (about a tablespoon) over them. Add the lemon quarters. Cut the top off of the head of garlic and toss that in. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and wrap the foil tightly around the whole lot. Take another large piece of foil and wrap tightly around the packet so that some steam will build up while cooking.
  • Put on the barbeque, close the lid and cook for about 1 hour. Alternately you can cook them in the oven instead; put in a preheated, 400 degree oven for 1 hour.
  • Carefully open the foil packet and put artichokes on a serving platter. I toss the lemon wedges on the platter too.
  • Squeeze the garlic into some mayonnaise and mix well if you like for a delicious dipping sauce.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Grilled Artichokes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 57
% Daily Value*
Sodium 81mg3%
Potassium 384mg11%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 30.5mg37%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Chow and Chatter
    August 18, 2009

    sounds good oh i love the way you wrote this post Rebecca

  2. mishakim
    August 18, 2009

    There's really no need to snip the tips off the leaves. If you're leaving in the tough leaves that have to be handled to eat anyway, it's perfectly easy to avoid sticking yourself on the sharp tips. Of course, if you're serving company or customers, it might be worth the effort.

  3. Linsey
    August 18, 2009

    I don't know if you watch Iron Chef America on the Food Network, but they just did an artichoke battle which was pretty good. I wonder if they post any of those recipes…?

    Also, Top Chef Masters just did a show where the challenge was to cook for actress Zooey Deschanel, who is vegan and also gluten intolerant and doesn't eat soy. It was a good one and they managed to make some tasty looking dishes.

  4. mare
    August 20, 2009

    Your analogy made perfect sense. I love artichokes, and I'm in love with an artichoke that I call Crab Cake. I may have to change that to Artie, if he'll tolerate it!

  5. gluten-free freak
    August 21, 2009

    your blog is simply gorgeous! can't WAIT to try this next week when I'll finally have access to a grill. good luck with the new writing gig!

  6. Megs' Gut
    August 21, 2009

    Those look delicious. I should really try to do my own…I always buy them canned!

  7. notquitevegan
    August 22, 2009

    I just stumbled across this blog, and this post, which I find quite remarkable beautiful.

  8. Cynthia
    August 22, 2009

    Don't let that heat get the best of you. Hope that you are well.

  9. Pursuit of Healthfulness
    September 10, 2009

    Grilled artichokes are my absolute favorite dish in the world… much to the confusion of the many never to have tasted their delight before. But, with this recipe, it should be (and is, to me!) easy to see how delicious they can be! Thank you for giving me another method to add to my repitore!

  10. Casey
    February 25, 2012

    I can’t wait to try this. It sounds sooo good!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      February 26, 2012

      Thanks Casey, one of my favorite all time recipes!

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