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Simple Sauteed Bok Choy – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    a spoon tucking into a bowl of sauteed bok choy with sesame seeds sprinkled on top
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    Simple sauteed bok choy is the healthy side dish your table has been missing. Enjoy this nutrient-dense vegetable flavored with garlic and ginger, and cooked using a simple stir-fry method. In just 15 minutes, this easy bok choy recipe will be ready to serve alongside your main dish.

    Sauteed bok choy in a large bowl, topped with sesame seeds and a wooden spoon resting on top

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    Why We Love This Recipe For Sauteed Bok Choy

    Bok Choy is a delicious type of Chinese cabbage that is very common in Asian cuisine, but sadly underutilized in the US This simple bok choy recipe shows just how accessible and tasty it is as a sauteed side dish.

    Bok Choy is also a great low calorie, fresh and crunchy green vegetable to add to stir-fries like our 15-Minute Ginger Pork Stir Fry, or soup like our Bok Coy Soup. Sauteed bok choy, or pac choi as it is sometimes called, might be the easiest way to enjoy it.

    Recipe Highlights

    • Only takes 15 minutes
    • Budget-friendly
    • Like other leafy greens, it is low in carbs and calories and high in vitamin K
    • Made with simple kitchen staples

    Key Ingredients for this Recipe

    ingredients to make simple bok choy, including dry sherry, green onion, ginger, garlic, oil, and sesame seeds
    • Bok Choy: While we love baby bok choy served whole, we prefer chopped mature bok choy for sauteeing. Chop and wash in a salad spinner and spin dry before cooking.
    • Avocado Oil: Or use another neutral cooking oil like sesame oil.
    • Dry Sherry: Can be purchased at the liquor store. Avoid cooking sherry which often includes sodium and tastes slightly different. Alternatively, you can use 3 tablespoons of vegetable broth plus 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar.
    • Sesame Seeds: Option, used for garnish. Adds decoration and subtle nutty flavor.

    Step By Step Instructions To Make This Bok Choy Recipe

    cook garlic and ginger and then add bok choy

    Step 1: Cook Garlic and Ginger

    Heat your oil over high heat in a large skillet (not non-stick) and add garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring constantly until they’re fragrant and starting to brown. This should take about 30 seconds.

    Step 2: Add Bok Choy

    Stir in the chopped greens and stems all at once – the skillet will be full, so don’t be alarmed. Add dry sherry and cover the skillet with a well-fitting lid. Allow the bok choy to cook for 1 ½ to 2 minutes to allow it to soften and wilt.

    add dry sherry and cook

    Step 3: Cook and Serve

    Remove the lid and then sprinkle the bok choy with salt. Continue cooking, stirring often, until the Bok Choy is crisp, tender, and bright green. This should take about 2 to 3 minutes. Finally, stir in the scallions and remove from the heat, then serve the dish sprinkled with sesame seeds.

    a spoon tucking into a bowl of sauteed bok choy with sesame seeds sprinkled on top

    FAQs and Expert Tips

    How do I cut and clean Bok Choy?

    Slice the head of the Bok Choy in half down the middle. Remove the core with a triangular cut. then chop it crosswise bite-sized pieces for sauteeing. Place in the basket of a salad spinner and submerge in cold tap water. Swish to remove any dirt or debris. Drain and spin dry.

    How can I store leftover sauteed Bok Choy?

    We think this recipe is best when cooked fresh, but if there is leftovers you can store them up to two days. Transfer to a resealable container and store in the refrigerator.

    How to Reheat

    Reheat leftovers in a skillet over high heat until it’s just warmed through. Keep covered to heat through quickly and stir often. Do not overcook as the Bok Choy will get musky.

    How to prep ahead

    This can be prepared up to three days ahead. Cut the garlic and ginger and keep in a small air-tight container. Chop and wash the Bok Choy. Keep in a resealable bag or snap-lock container.

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    What Does This Bok Choy Side Dish Go With?

    Variations To Try

    • Add toasted sesame oil at the end.
    • Add red pepper flakes along with the ginger.
    • In the last minute of cooking, toss with a little oyster sauce or hoisin sauce for additional flavor.
    • Add in chopped cooked chicken or shrimp for a little protein.
    • Mushrooms are great paired with this veggie! Add a cup of sliced ​​mushrooms in at the same time as the bok choy and cook.
    close up image of bok choy after being sauteed and sprinkled with sesame seeds

    Additional Sauteed Vegetable Recipes To Try

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    Happy Cooking! ~Katie

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    Description

    Simple sauteed bok choy is the healthy side dish your table has been missing. Enjoy this nutrient-dense vegetable flavored with garlic and ginger, and cooked using a simple stir-fry method. In just 15 minutes, this easy bok choy recipe will be ready to serve alongside your main dish.


    • 2 tablespoons neutral cooking oil such as avocado
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 2 tablespoons minced ginger root
    • 8 cups chopped Bok Choy, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 1 pounds)
    • 3 tablespoons dry sherry (or 3 tablespoons vegetable broth plush 1 teaspoon rice vinegar)
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 2 green onions or scallions, chopped
    • Sesame seeds, black or white, (optional)

    1. Heat oil over high heat in a large skillet (not non-stick.) Add garlic and ginger, and cook, stirring constantly until fragrant and starting to brown, about 30 seconds.
    2. Stir in Bok Choy (the skillet will be full.) Add dry sherry and cover with a well-fitting lid. Let cook 1 ½ to 2 minutes to allow the Bok Choy to soften and wilt.
    3. Remove lid and sprinkle with salt. Cook, stirring often until the Bok Choy is crisp tender, and bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in scallions and remove from the heat. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds if desired.

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    Ingredient Note

    While we love baby bok choy served whole, we prefer chopped mature bok choy for sauteeing.

    Prep Ahead

    This can be prepared up to three days ahead. Cut the garlic and ginger and keep in a small air-tight container. Chop and wash the Bok Choy. Keep in a resealable bag or snap lock container.

    How To Chop and Clean Bok Choy

    Slice the head of the Bok Choy in half down the middle. Remove the core with a triangular cut. then chop it crosswise bite-sized pieces for sauteeing. Place in the basket of a salad spinner and submerge in cold tap water. Swish to remove any dirt or debris. Drain and spin dry.

    • Prep Time: 5 mins
    • Active Time: 15 mins
    • Cook Time: 10 mins
    • Category: Side Dishes
    • Method: Stove Top
    • Kitchen: Asian

    Nutrition

    • Serving Size: 1 scan cup
    • calories: 109 calls
    • Sugar: 2g
    • Fat: 7g
    • Carbohydrates: 7g
    • fiber: 2g
    • protein: 2g

    Keywords: Sauteed Bok Choy, Sauteed Pak Choi, Bok Choy Side Dish, Easy Bok Choy Recipe, Simple Bok Choy Recipe

    About the Author

    Katie Webster

    Katie Webster studied art and photography at Skidmore College and is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute. She has been a professional recipe developer since 2001 when she first started working in the test kitchen at EatingWell magazine. Her recipes have been featured in numerous magazines including Shape, Fitness, Parents and several Edible Communities publications among others. Her cookbook, Maple {Quirk Books} was published in 2015. She launched Healthy Seasonal Recipes in 2009. She lives in Vermont with her husband, two teenage daughters and two yellow labs. In her free time, you can find her at the gym, cooking, stacking firewood, making maple syrup, and tending to her overgrown perennial garden.

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