Discover the delicious flavour of fresh artichokes this season by simply grilling them with a little lemon, olive oil and salt, served alongside a zesty yogurt sauce with capers and fresh basil.


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Juice of 1 lemon (skin reserved for zest)
4 globe artichokes
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

Lemon Zest
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp capers, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt

1. Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a large bowl filled with cold water. Reserve the zest for the sauce.
2. Remove the tough, outer leaves from the artichokes until a pale yellow is revealed. Trim and peel the stem. Cut in half and remove the furry inside (the choke). Place the halves in the lemon water. Repeat with remaining artichokes.
3. Cook artichokes in a large pot of rapidly boiling, salted water for 15 minutes. Drain well.
4. Set a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush the cut side of each artichoke with oil and season with salt. Grill, cut-side-down, for 5 minutes or until well-marked and the center is tender.
5. Stir yogurt with basil, oil, capers, reserved lemon zest and salt until well combined. Serve with grilled artichokes.

amanda riva Amanda Riva is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients. Amanda Riva is part of the Blog Network family.