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Grilled Artichokes with Crab Filling

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My grill broke last summer. We were in the middle of a move, and I still held onto the hope that we could fix it, so it wasn’t replaced. In Southern California, grillin' isn’t just a summer activity, it’s a year long love affair, making an entire 13 months sans grill a really long time to deprive myself of the chard glory of fire cooked food.

We just replaced it this past weekend and I can’t get enough of it. I had been trying to satisfy my urge to grill via my grill pan. Although it is a pretty fantastic pan, after making this corn on my stove top in a grill pan I couldn’t take it anymore, I had to have the real thing. I think I’ve officially reached Grill Junky status, lets hope I can keep it under control.

Hope you don’t mind too much, but I’ll be posting my grilling adventures over the next few weeks. And probably well into fall.

Grilled Artichokes with Crab Filling

My favorite pinterest board right now is my Grillin' like a Villain. Feel free to post links to grilled food I should be aware of!

Grilled Artichokes with Crab Filling

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


For the Artichokes:

  • 2 fresh artichoke
  • 4 tbs melted butter
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • Vegetable oil for the grill

For the Filling:

  • 4 rings fresh pineapples (cut off rind and remove core)
  • 12 ounces fresh lump crab meat
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 8 large Brussels sprouts
  • 2 ounce crumbled goat cheese


  1. Prepare a pot of lightly salted boiling water. Preheat the grill
  2. Slice the artichokes down the center, lengthwise. Using a melon baller and a paring knife remove the hair from the choke as well as the inner purple leaves, leaving a cavity in the center of the each artichoke half.
  3. Boil in the pot of lightly salted boiling water until the outer leaves tear away easily, about 20 minutes.
  4. Grill the pineapple rings until strong grill marks appear on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from grill, allow to cool slightly, chop.
  5. In a small bowl stir together the crab meat, pineapple, sour cream, hot pepper sauce, ½ tsp each of salt, pepper, chili powder, and mustard powder.
  6. Using a cheese crater, grate the Brussels sprouts, this should equal about 2/3 cup. Stir the grated Brussels sprouts into the crab mixture.
  7. Once the artichokes are done cooking, remove from water and allow to drain.
  8. Mix the melted butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Brush artichokes on all sides with melted butter mixture.
  9. Brush the grill with vegetable oil. Grill artichokes, cut side down, until nice grill marks appear, about 5-8 minutes. Baste artichokes with melted butter while grilling.
  10. Remove from grill, fill the cavity of each artichoke with crab mixture and top with crumbled goat cheese. Return to the grill, crab side up, and cook just until the filling is warm and the cheese has started to melt, about 3 minutes.
  11. Serve immediately.


Starting at the outside and working inward, use the artichoke leaves to scoop out and eat the filling.

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Tieghan June 25, 2013 um 3:16 am

A year without a grill in Cali! Ugh.
These artichokes look amazing! I love the crab filling and the pineapple in them! So good!


Gerry @ foodness gracious June 25, 2013 um 6:24 am

Yikes, no grill…that would kill me!! Glad you’re back on track 🙂


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 25, 2013 um 7:58 am

We grill a lot and I can just imagine how hard would it be to be without a grill for so long. Loving these artichokes! And the crab filling – yum!


Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry June 25, 2013 um 8:48 am

Since I live in an apartment, I crave a grill in the summer like water. It makes food so much tastier! I could eat this filling alone, crab and pineapple, yummy!


ashley – Baker by Nature June 25, 2013 um 9:49 am

I will be living vicariously through you since w have NO grill here in NYC (it KILLS me). These artichokes look so good, Jackie! I think I need to invite myself over for dinner soon 😉 xo


RavieNomNoms June 25, 2013 um 10:40 am

This looks awesome! I love artichokes, and crab filling?? Yes please!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 25, 2013 um 9:48 pm

Oh goodness – I think I need to invest in a grill stat!


Des @ Life’s Ambrosia June 25, 2013 um 10:20 pm

I’ve actually just started grilling, usually my husband does it. I must say that I am really enjoying it. And honestly was thinking of grilling the artichokes I bought last week but I never would’ve thought to stuff them with crab filling. I am so going to now and probably with Dungeness Crab because, in my opinion, it’s the best crab out there 🙂


Andi McGrew June 26, 2013 um 4:02 am

This looks amazing. Making it!


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain June 26, 2013 um 1:44 pm

No grill in Cali would be like not having a winter coat in Denver! Oh my!

And can I tell you, these artichokes are amazeballs. I love, love the crab addition!


Julie @ Table for Two June 26, 2013 um 6:58 pm

What a great idea for the grill, this looks so wonderful!


Bree (Skinny Mommy) June 27, 2013 um 8:57 am

Looks like the perfect summery dish!


Yvonne @ bitter baker June 27, 2013 um 12:39 pm

I just love the way you served these, it looks soo cool!! And I’ve never tried to grill artichokes before, this is definitely going on my BBQ menu! As well as the crab filling 🙂


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