Carciofi alla Giudia: Fried Artichokes Roman-Style

Carciofi alla giudia is a much-loved dish.

It was invented in Rome and is very popular throughout Lazio.

The recipe for artichokes alla giudia comes directly from the Jewish custom of fasting completely for Kippur, the feast of atonement.

At the end of this holiday, fried artichokes were eaten and cooked by housewives, which is why they were called “alla giudia.”

Carciofi alla giudia are a delicious side dish, capable of bringing out all the aroma and flavor of artichokes.

Here is the original recipe for preparing artichokes alla giudia!

Carciofi alla Giudia

Carciofi alla Giudia

Fried Artichokes Roman-Style
Course Italian Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 Serving


  • 4 Artichokes
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • After thoroughly cleaning the artichokes, soak them in a bowl of acidulated water (water with lemon juice) for at least 10 minutes.
  • Remove them from the water, drain them, dry them and tap them against each other so that the leaves begin to open.
  • Heat enough oil in a pan so that the artichokes are coated with it.
  • Then submerge the artichokes and leave them in the hot, but not boiling, oil (280/300 F will do) for 10 to 15 minutes, the time needed for them to cook but not become too soft.
  • To check if they are cooked, simply prick the base of the artichoke with a fork; if the fork penetrates the artichoke, you can remove it from the oil.
  • Let them cool by holding them upside down in a tray for about 20 minutes and, with a fork, open the leaves from the inside out, as if it were a flower, so that they take on the characteristic rose shape.
  • At this point, season the inside of the artichokes with salt and plenty of pepper and let them rest for a few minutes to make sure they season well before cooking.
  • Sprinkle them with water (or white wine) and dip them in the oil, raising the temperature slightly but being careful not to burn them.
  • Remove them after about 1 minute and place them to dry on a sheet of paper towels.
  • You can serve your artichokes alla giudia piping hot either as an appetizer or as a side dish;
Keyword Carciofi alla Giudia, Fried Artichokes Roman-Style, italian artichoke dish
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