Tequila Lime Artichokes

Baby purple artichokes are small, meaty & full of flavor. Roasted in the oven, these Tequila Lime Artichokes are a great appetizer or snack.

Tequila Lime Artichokes by FamilySpice.com
I think I’m in love. Actually, I know I’m in love. Sssh!! Don’t tell my husband. It’s my new lens. I’m so in love with this new lens that it’s making simple food photography so much fun. After years of photography frustration, I’m finally happy with my pictures. And honestly, I’m not just in love with my new lens. I’m also in love with these gorgeous Fiesole Baby Purple Artichokes!

To celebrate their Artichoke Festival, Frieda’s Produce sent me these unbelievably stunning artichokes to photograph, to cook and to frankly, fall in love with.

I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them.

Tequila Lime Artichokes made with Baby Purple Artichokes by FamilySpice.com

Aren’t they lovely? Don’t they look like rose buds?

Tequila Lime Artichokes made with Baby Purple Artichokes by FamilySpice.com

These little artichokes are tender and with no hairy choke inside to fuss with. I admit I was feeling giddy with these lovelies… so I broke out the tequila!

Again, sssh!! Don’t tell my husband!! He’s very possessive about his tequila!

Tequila Lime Artichokes made with Baby Purple Artichokes by FamilySpice.com

These Tequila Lime Artichokes are super easy to prepare. A 5 minute steam bath followed by 7 minutes roasting in the oven. A little drizzle of tequila on their bodies and an easy tequila lime dipping sauce to dunk them in.

Tequila Lime Roasted Artichokes

A quick steam and a few minutes of roasting make this fabulous finger-food even more addicting with it's tequila-lime dipping sauce Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1 lb Fiesole Baby Purple Artichokes
  • 1/2 cup mint, fresh, (optional)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 TBS tequila
  • 1 1/2 TBS lime juice
  • 3 tsp mint, fresh
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground


  1. Wash, peel back outer leaves and cut in half:
    • 1 lb Fiesole Baby Purple Artichokes
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  3. Bring 2 to 3 inches of water to boil in a pot and drop in:
    • 1/2 cup mint, fresh , (optional)
  4. Add a steamer insert over the water and place the artichokes into the steamer basket. Cover tightly, and steam until just tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Cool slightly, drain well and coat artichokes evenly with:
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  6. Arrange artichokes in a single layer on a roasting pan and bake for 7 to 8 minutes.
  7. While artichokes roast, whisk together:
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 1/2 TBS tequila
    • 1 1/2 TBS lime juice
    • 3 tsp mint, fresh
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  8. Remove artichokes from the oven and season with:
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  9. Place artichokes on a serving plate and drizzle with:
    • 1 TBS tequila , (optional)
  10. Serve artichokes warm or at room temperature with dipping sauce.


Serving Suggestions: This sauce is great with any variety of artichokes, too.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 6

Cook Time:

Tequila Lime Roasted Artichokes Detail
Mmmmmmm….. Heaven!

Tequila Lime Artichokes by FamilySpice.com

Why don’t you have an artichoke love-affair of your own? You can find these sweeties at participating Southern California Ralphs Supermarket! They are only in season in April and May, so now is the time to really enjoy them. You can learn more about Frieda’s exclusive variety of artichokes here!

And stay tuned to meet another artichoke love of mine: The Sangria Artichoke!

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33 Responses to Tequila Lime Artichokes

  1. Rosa at #

    Oh, that is a marvelous flavor combination! Your artichokes must taste wonderful.



    • Laura at #

      Thank you, Rosa! It’s one our favorite combinations!

  2. Those artichokes are stunning! Must be the photographer :). Mind sharing what lens you’re using?

  3. Agree with another Laura – you really take gorgeous pictures! I love how you cooked these artichokes!

    • Laura at #

      Thank you, Nami. I really loved these baby artichokes!

  4. Sissi at #

    Laura, they look extraordinary! I cannot imagine how anyone could refuse to eat them (there are manyrtichoke haters in the world). Your photos are breathtaking and I’m sure it’s not only the lens, but most of all your skills and talent.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comment.

    • Laura at #

      You are so sweet, Sissi, thank you! My dad is one of those artichoke haters and I just don’t get it! More for us!

  5. LOVE these pictures and the artichokes. Oh, and the tequila lime part sounds good too!
    Funny coincidence – my camera crashed and burned while I was preparing artichokes at my house. So I’m headed out for a new camera this weekend. I might be leaning on you for advice next time I see you! ; )

    • Laura at #

      Sorry to hear about your camera, but yeah for the new one! If you get it before camp we can have fun learning it together!

  6. Asmita at #

    Hi Laura,
    These photographs are stunning! Love, love them. The artichokes look delicious!

  7. I’ve got lens envy all over myself. I got the cheaper 1.8. One day I’ll be a hero like you and get the better one. Until then I’ll just practice taking shots as good as yours.

    Love the artichokes!

    • ha! ha! I waited two years before I broke down and bought the lens. And because of the cost, I sure was nervous. But, I am so happy that I did.

  8. what can we say? delicious.

  9. Stunning looking artichokes! The color is beautiful, I need to check out your lens post as I’m having some frustrations myself and am considering a new lens if my camera will take it..
    Thanks, I love your blog 🙂

  10. Farnaz (The Pomegranate Diaries) at #

    Your pictures are beautiful!!! Saw your guest blog on Just One Cookbook -so happy I found your blog! Love the recipes…..especially the Persian ones:)

    • Laura at #

      Salaam, Farnaz! So nice to meet you! Can’t wait to check out YOUR Persian recipes!

  11. Laura, I love this recipe and your images are absolutely gorgeous!

    • Laura at #

      Thank you, Valentina!

  12. gorgeous photos! Absolutely arti-Shocking 🙂

    • Laura at #

      Ha! Ha! That’s hilarious! Thank you!

  13. Noel at #

    I’m really at a loss for words. Those artichokes look too beautiful to eat. I purchased a new camera a few months ago with an extra lens and what an amazing transformation it brings to the dishes I cook. I’m still practicing. The photos are stunning!

    • Laura at #

      Nothing beats trial and error. Have fun with your camera!

  14. Came over to you from Spicie Foodie’s YBR and I love your work. I always think of preparing Mexican artichokes in a Mediterranean way – love your idea of adding Mexican flavors.

    • Laura at #

      I love fusing different cultures into my recipes. A bit of the unexpected never hurt anyone!

  15. Rochelle at #

    Gorgeous artichokes! I have to try this tequila on the next ones I get.

    Also, I’m so envious of your new lens!

    • Laura at #

      Thank you, so much Rochelle!

  16. Love the tequila recipe – why haven’t I thought of that? Great idea. Isn’t a 50mm lens great on a crop body? I think it’s close to the perfect focal length for most food photography. Nice lens, nice recipe, nice post – thanks!

    • Laura at #

      It’s a fabulous focal length. I had to get used to no zooming back and forth, but other than that, I LOVE IT! And seriously, why not artichokes and rum, vodka, wine or other booze???

  17. anna at #

    i have never seen artichokes like this! they are adorable! and purple! mmm this recipe looks so good i wish i knew where to find choke-less chokes around here!

    • Laura at #

      They are currently only available in Southern California. But you might some other specialty artichokes at your local farmer’s market.

  18. Congrats on your new lens Laura. Your photos have always been beautiful and these are just gorgeous! Thanks for being a part of the YBR 🙂


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