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Sesame Fried Artichokes

Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 4
This easy-to-eat appetizer borrows from Roman-style fried artichokes and adds Asian flavors. They're a snap to whip up.


  • About 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 pounds baby artichokes
  • 1 lemon, cut in quarters
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 265
  • caloriesfromfat 69 %
  • protein 4.8 g
  • fat 21 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • carbohydrate 19 g
  • fiber 7.4 g
  • sodium 267 mg
  • cholesterol 5.1 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat until it reaches 350° on a deep-fry thermometer; when oil is hot, reduce heat to low. Mix mayonnaise and sesame oil; set aside.

  2. Use a paring knife to shave stem ends of the artichoke to a point like a pencil. Remove all outer green and tough leaves until you reach the yellowish core. Cut each artichoke in half and put in a bowl of ice water. Squeeze lemon quarters into water and drop in peels.

  3. Drain artichoke pieces and blot dry with a towel. Working in 2 batches, cook artichokes until browned and crispy, about 8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel to drain. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and salt to taste. Serve with mayo.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.