The Basics: How to Make Steamed Artichokes
2. Squeeze both halves of the lemon into the water in the pan and reserve the lemon halves for later. Add the bay leaf, peppercorns, and parsley to the pan, if using. Reinsert the steamer basket, cover the pan, and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer while you trim the artichokes.