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Crispy Fried Artichokes with Lemon Aioli

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To be honest, I am not sure what I liked most about this vegetarian recipe for Crispy Fried Artichokes with Lemon Aioli. The fried artichoke hearts were super crispy, and the lemon aioli was out of this world! Use canned, quartered artichoke hearts for ease of preparation. If you are not feeling a deep fry, check out my tips for making Air Fryer Crispy Artichokes.

Naturally, I created a short TikTok video preparing this incredibly tasty artichoke appetizer. Be sure to watch down below in the recipe. If you have not yet signed up for this social media platform, use my code 5SSIS800K0H06 to create an account.

crispy fried artichokes sitting on white wrinkled parchment paper with my hand holding one and dipping in a brown bowl filled with lemon aioli

What do artichokes taste like?

Never let the “look” of any food sway you from giving it a try. Artichokes are one of those vegetables that tend to mystify. In fact, artichokes are full of vitamins, nutrients and are rich in dietary fiber and antioxidants.

Honestly, artichokes (on their on), are quite tasteless. Steaming and grilling artichokes tends to be the two most popular way to enjoy them. However, one can definitely eat them raw.

Cooked artichokes have a slight sweet flavor, and soft texture.

Tips on making the best Fried Artichokes

Frying artichokes has become quite popular in the past several years. Seriously, search Fried Artichoke recipes on TikTok. I can assure, you will not be at a loss for tasty and interesting ways to fry up these beauties.

For ease of this simple appetizer recipe for Fried Artichokes with Lemon Aioli, I suggest using canned, quartered artichokes.

However, if you want to tackle the prep involved in cleaning fresh artichokes, check out my recipe for Grilled Artichokes.

Here are a few more tips to ensure crispy artichokes:

  • rinse the artichokes well
  • be sure the oil is hot enough (350° to 375°)
  • substitute cornstarch for rice flour (don’t skip this ingredient for super crunchiness)
  • fry in batches, if necessary
  • salt immediately out of the fry

Air fryer artichokes

If you are looking to cut back on the calories from deep frying artichokes, prepare in an air fryer. Follow these simple steps:

  • preheat the air fryer to 390°
  • drain the canned artichokes and pat dry
  • do NOT use flour
  • coat the artichokes in olive oil and your favorite blend of spices (add grated Parmesan cheese if you wish)
  • air fry in five minute intervals (tossing) until they are browned and crispy

Lemon Aioli

  • prepare the simple lemon aioli ahead of time to allow the flavors to develop
  • use a food processor or immersion blender to create a creamy texture
  • substitute the mayo with vegan mayo to make this a vegan lemon aioli
  • aioli is best served at room temperature

STORING LEFTOVER FRIED ARTICHOKES AND LEMON AIOLI

These crispy artichoke appetizers can be wrapped in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and stored in the fridge for up to three days. To reheat, place the artichokes in a 400° oven or an air fryer at 390°, for a few minutes. Freezing is NOT recommended.

The Lemon Aioli sauce should be stored in an airtight container and will last up to a week in the fridge. Bring the aioli to room temperature prior to serving.

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crispy fried artichokes sitting on white wrinkled parchment paper with my hand holding one and dipping in a brown bowl filled with lemon aioli

Crispy Fried Artichokes with Lemon Aioli


Description

These crispy fried artichoke hearts are super crispy, and the Lemon Aioli is out of this world! Use canned, quartered artichoke hearts for ease of preparation. If you are not feeling a deep fry, check out my tips for making these Crispy Fried Artichokes in the air fryer!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cans quartered artichokes
  • oil for a deep fry
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

FOR THE LEMON AIOLI:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons stoneground dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients for the aioli. Mix well.
  2. Cover and reserve until ready to serve.
  3. Heat to 350°, enough oil in a pot for a deep fry.
  4. Drain and gently rinse the artichokes. Pat dry.
  5. In a bowl combine the flour, rice flour and seasonings. Mix to combine.
  6. Dredge the artichokes in the flour to fully coat.
  7. Fry the coated artichokes until they turn golden brown (should only take a few minutes). Do not overcrowd the pot. Fry in batches, if necessary.
  8. Remove and drain on paper towels, or a cooling rack sheet pan combo. 
  9. Salt immediately.
  10. Serve warm.
  11. Garnish with fresh lemon wedges, fresh parsley and the lemon aioli.
  12. ENJOY!

Notes

SEE POST FOR NOTES AND TIPS!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6 artichokes

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