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Roman Style Fried Artichokes

Roman style fried artichokes recipe inspired by the infamous fried artichokes in the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. Artichokes gently fried in olive oil and seasoned simply with sea salt and lemon juice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian, Jewish
Keyword: carciofi alla giudia, Jewish fried artichokes, Roman style fried artichokes
Calories: 615kcal
Author: Samantha Ferraro


  • Medium-large bowl filled with water
  • 1 lemon cut in half and squeezed + more for garnish
  • 1 pound baby artichokes
  • 2 cups olive oil or enough to have 3 inches of oil
  • Sea salt for garnish


  • Begin by cleaning the artichokes by removing all the tough outer leaves and until you reach the tender and tight forming center.
  • Cut artichokes in half and place in bowl of water, squeezed with lemon juice and leave the lemon halves in the water. This will help slow down the browning.
  • Heat a medium sized pot with olive oil until it reaches about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. I also test it with a small piece of leaf and if it sizzles right away, it's ready.
  • Drain artichokes and put them dry as best as you can. Add about half the artichokes to the oil and fry for about 10 minutes, until the outsides are crisp. Do this in several bathes.
  • Once done, use a slotted spoon to remove the artichokes and drain on a paper towel. Season immediately with sea salt and serve with fresh lemon juice.


Calories: 615kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 570mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 27g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 4050IU | Vitamin C: 66.3mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 8.2mg