6. Once boiling, place the steamer basket into the pot. Replace the lid, lower the heat to medium, and set the timer for 30 minutes. Check it on occasion to make sure that the bottom pot has not boiled dry, adding more water if necessary.
7. Once the timer goes off, check your artichoke for doneness by sticking a knife through the leaves towards the heart. It it pierces through and slide out easily, it's done. Remove the artichoke and steam basket. Set aside and allow to drain out any excess water for at least 5 minutes.