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.
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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
- 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.Print
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