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Sesame Fried Artichokes

This easy-to-eat appetizer borrows from Roman-style fried artichokes and adds Asian flavors. They're a snap to whip up.

Sunset JANUARY 2012

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total: 30 Minutes


  • 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


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.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 265
  • Calories from fat: 69%
  • Protein: 4.8g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated fat: 2.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 19g
  • Fiber: 7.4g
  • Sodium: 267mg
  • Cholesterol: 5.1mg

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