Grilled Artichoke Hearts with Lemon & Garlic

by Irena

This Italian-inspired recipe for grilled artichokes hearts is full of flavour and textures. Artichokes are peeled and the hearts are pan-fried or grilled together with garlic, lemon and anchovies for that umami salt kick. This dish is great as a side, appetizer or you can throw these in a salad or pasta. This recipe is gluten-free, paleo and Whole30-friendly and I also provide a vegetarian/vegan option.

Grilled Artichoke Hearts With Lemon & Garlic

Artichoke Hearts

Many people get artichoke hearts in a jar and for a good reason – cooking with fresh artichokes requires a bit of prep work as it takes time to peel the artichokes and get the hearts ready.

And even though an artichoke looks like a large vegetable, once you get to the edible part – some of the leaves and the artichokes hearts – there is a lot less to play with. As a result, it may seem like you need to get through a whole bag of them to get a full meal out.

BUT, as a vegetable, artichoke is super filling (lots of fibre!) and you only need a couple of hearts per person when serving it as a side dish or using it in a recipe. It also tastes so different when prepared from fresh so I really encourage you to try it when in season. Plus, artichokes are nutritious and full of fibre and antioxidants.


How To prepare Fresh Artichoke Hearts

If you don’t know how to prepare fresh artichokes for cooking, you can check out my step-by-step post here. Here are some pics to guide you along. Once you’ve peeled off the leaves, cut the hearts in halves, remove the fuzzy centre and then cut into quarters.

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How to prepare an artichoke

Cut artichokes will start to brown pretty quickly so if you don’t plan to cook it right away, store it in some water with added lemon juice or vinegar. Otherwise, fire up that pan and let’s get cooking. 

How to peel an artichoke part 2


Artichoke Hearts With Garlic & Lemon

You can use asparagus or broccoli instead of artichokes as the flavours in this recipe work with many other vegetables. If you get younger, smaller artichokes, the fluffy choke inside is underdeveloped and can be eaten as well.

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Gorgeous Italian grilled artichoke hearts with lemon, garlic and anchovies. Serve it as a side dish, appetizer or add to a salad or pasta. Anchovies are optional but add a lovely, salty umami touch. Omit for a vegetarian version and replace ghee or butter with olive oil for a vegan version.


Nutritional breakdown below is per serving (2 hearts quartered) made with anchovies. If you serve as an appetizer for 4 people, half those numbers for each serving macros.


  • Serving Size: 2 artichokes hearts (quartered)
  • Calories: 179
  • Sugar: 2.6 g
  • Sodium: 796 mg
  • Fat: 6.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.2 g
  • Fiber: 12.3 g
  • Protein: 9.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 22.1 mg

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