Grilled artichoke hearts with za’atar aioli

Recipe by Damaris Beems
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Course: Mezze, Appetizers, SidesCuisine: Lebanese, Arabic




Cooking time


Thawing the artichoke hearts


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Grilled artichoke hearts. Crispy right? And then with that delicious za’atar aioli. Well, it is a snack or a side that is ready quickly. A lovely addition on the table. Delicious as an appetizer. Lovely with a mezze. If you always have a few artichoke hearts in the freezer—just like me—you can put this surprising dish on the table in no time.


  • 8 artichoke hearts. From a can/pot or freezer

  • 2 large cloves garlic

  • 1 table spoon mustard

  • 300 ml vergine olive oil

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 table spoon za’atar

  • salt and pepper


  • If you’re using frozen artichoke hearts, take them out of the freezer ahead of time. About half an hour before you want to grill them. Grind the garlic cloves with a little salt in a mortar to a nice puree. In another bowl, whisk the olive oil with the Dijon mustard until smooth. Then mix in the garlic puree and some salt and pepper. Squeeze half of the lemon and add it to the oil. Then add the za’atar. And season with salt and pepper.
  • Preferably grill the artichoke hearts over high heat in a ribbed grill pan. They should be a bit scorched. They must be fried crispy. Otherwise, you can fry them in a frying pan with a little sunflower oil over high heat.

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