Yes, you can air fry artichokes! Air fryer artichoke is the easiest and fastest way to prepare this rustic appetizer.

a closeup shot of roasted air fryer artichoke halves on a plate.

artichoke recipe overview

Your air fryer artichoke will be tender with slightly crispy leaves that will be ready to dip into melted butter or your favorite creamy dipping sauce.

Cutting the artichokes in half allows them to cook up quickly. Using the air fryer to roast artichokes is way faster than roasting them in the oven.

ingredients you’ll need

Two artichokes, oil, and seasonings on a marble counter, viewed from above
  • Artichokes – I can cook two medium-sized globe artichokes in my Cosori air fryer.
  • Lemon Juice – Fresh lemon juice adds flavor and keeps the leaves from turning brown.
  • Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil is added for flavor and richness. Plus it helps the artichokes to get soft and tender in the air fryer.
  • Kosher Salt – Basic seasonings are all this appetizer needs.
  • Black Pepper – Freshly ground, if you can.
  • Garlic Powder – I love the flavor of garlic with artichokes. Garlic powder is the easiest way to get it.

how to pick artichoke at the store

You want to look for firm artichokes that have closed heads and compact layers of leaves.

A fresh artichoke will feel heavy for its size, and shouldn’t be dry, shriveled, or slimy.

how to prep the artichokes

Before you can cook your artichokes, you’ll need to do a little bit of work to get them ready.

  1. Start by washing the artichokes under cool running water,
  2. Remove any damaged leaves.
  3. Trim the pointy tips from each of the leaves, going all around the entire artichoke to remove all of the sharp parts.
  4. Slice the top off of the artichoke, removing about an inch or the top 1/4th of the artichoke.
  5. Cut off the long stem too so that the artichoke is more compact.
  6. Finally, for this recipe, you’ll want to cut the artichokes in half, lengthwise.

air frying instructions

a collage of six images showing the process of making air fryer artichokes
  1. Prep the artichokes for air frying as described above.
  2. As soon as possible after cutting them, toss the artichoke halves with lemon juice. This prevents them from browning and adds extra flavor.
  3. Drizzle the artichokes with olive oil, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Place the air fryer halves in the air fryer basket, cut side down. If your artichokes don’t fit in your air fryer in a single layer, you may need to cook them in two batches.
  5. Air Fry at 350°F/180°C for 15-17 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, flip the artichokes over.
  6. The artichokes are ready when you can easily pull off the outer leaves. Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite dipping sauce.

a note on cook time

The amount of time the artichokes need to roast in the air fryer will depend on how large or small they are.

  • Small or baby globe artichokes will take about 10 minutes in the air fryer.
  • Medium-size artichokes (about 3 inches in diameter) will air fry in about 15 minutes.
  • For anything larger than 3 inches add 5 additional minutes to the cooking time in this recipe.

As always, you should keep an eye on your food as it’s cooking in the air fryer. That way you can pull the food out when it’s ready.

what to serve with artichoke

halved artichokes in an air fryer basket

Traditionally, artichokes are served as an appetizer that you can share before enjoying a meal.

You may want to incorporate air fryer artichokes into an appetizer spread or a charcuterie board along with things like olives, cured meats, and sliced cheese.

A side of Air Fryer Garlic Bread is also delicious with artichokes.

If you really love artichokes, try this recipe for artichoke quesadillas. You can heat them in the air fryer!

how to eat artichoke

After the artichokes come out of the air fryer, let them cool slightly before eating them.

Then, you can tear off each petal. The inner part of the leaves is the part that you eat, and you can scrape it off with your teeth, leaving the hard outer leaf behind.

Once you’ve enjoyed each leaf, you can also eat the center or the artichoke heart. Just be sure to remove the fuzzy choke with a spoon first.

Dipping sauce recommendations

a hand dipping an artichoke leaf into a dipping sauce

You can dip the leaves of your air fryer artichoke into just about anything.

An easy dipping sauce for artichokes is made by melting a bit of butter and mixing it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some salt and pepper.

Add a bit of garlic powder or crushed red pepper for extra flavor.

Try making some fresh lemon garlic aioli or serving artichokes with pesto too.

are artichoke hearts poisonous? Debunking the myth

Nothing about an artichoke is poisonous or toxic, but there is a part of the artichoke that you shouldn’t eat.

The “choke” or the fluffy, hairy, spiky part in the very center of the artichoke is named as such because it can get stuck in your throat.

Remove the choke and throw it away either before you cook your artichokes or just after. The rest of the artichoke heart is edible and delicious!

It’s best not to try to eat the hard stem of the artichoke and the outer leaves either. Again, they aren’t poisonous, but they are woody and fibrous and not digestible.

Air Fryer Artichoke

Air Fryer Artichoke is an easy and delicious appetizer. Enjoy perfectly roasted artichokes in way less time using the air fryer.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 129kcal



  • 2 artichokes medium sized
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Wash the artichokes. Remove the bottom outer leaves from the artichoke near the stem and trim the ends of the remaining leaves so they aren't pointy. Trim the excess stem up to the base and the top 1/4 of the artichoke near the point. Slice the artichokes in half lengthwise. You can remove the fuzzy choke now or after cooking.
  • Toss the artichoke halves in lemon juice to prevent them from browning and for some added flavor.
  • Drizzle the artichoke halves with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Place the air fryer halves in the air fryer basket, cut side down. You may need to air fry the artichokes in batches if they don't all fit.
  • Air fry at 350°F/180°C for 15-17 minutes, flipping halfway through. Check if the artichoke is ready by pulling one of the outer leaves. If it pulls off easily, it's ready. If not, air fry for longer.
  • Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite dipping sauce.



  • The cook time is for medium sized artichokes. You may need to adjust the cook time if you are using artichokes of a different size. 
  • If you are using baby artichokes, your cook time will be much quicker. Start checking around the 10 minute mark. 
  • To know if the artichokes are done, try pulling one of the leaves off. If it comes off easily, the artichoke is done cooking. 
  • Artichokes start browning very quickly after being cut. In order to prevent this, cover all of the cut sides of the artichoke with the lemon juice as quickly as possible.
  • Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.
  • Pro Tip: Check your food as it cooks. Each air fryer runs a bit differently. Sometimes air frying is a trial and error process. Check your food as it cooks to learn your air fryer better!  When cooking a new recipe or food items be sure to check your food often to help avoid over/under cooking.
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Serving: 1artichoke | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1284mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I love artichoke! My wife not so much.
    Thank you for this recipe – it means that I can use one of the air fryers to do my own side dish, so that she doesn’t have to!
    Thanks Cindy you’ve saved the day again and this recipe both easy and tasty!

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