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This simple sautéed baby bok choy recipe pairs the crunchiness of bok choy with the flavors of garlic and soy sauce for an easy side dish that comes together in less than 10 minutes.

Garlic baby bok choy recipe stacked on a plate.
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Baby Bok Choy is truly the sleeper pick of all vegetables. It has such a delicious texture (love a crunchy veggie!) and takes on the flavor of everything you cook it in. I love using bok choy in stir-frys or simply on it’s own like this garlicky baby bok choy recipe.

What I love about this recipe is that it could not be any easier to come together. You only require a few simple ingredients, a large skillet or pot and 10 minutes. If you’re lost on what to make as a side dish for your main, I cannot recommend this baby bok choy recipe enough!

What is Bok Choy?

Bok Choy, also known as pak choy or pak choi is a type of Chinese cabbage packed-full of nutrients. Bok choy is high in fiber, low in carbohydrates and is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and beta-carotene. It also high in folate, B16 and even calcium. Interestingly, it is considered both a cruciferous veggie and leafy green veggie.

What is the difference between bok choy and baby bok choy?

There is virtually no difference between regular bok choy and baby bok choy with the exception of when the veggie is harvested. Baby bok choy is harvested earlier than regular bok choy so its leaves are more tender and some feel it has a sweeter taste.

Baby bok choy in a colander.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Avocado oil – or a different neutral oil. You can also use olive oil, which isn’t neutral but will still work and taste delicious.
  • Garlic cloves – use freshly minced garlic cloves for this recipe.
  • Baby bok choy – slice them in half and keep the stalks intact. Be sure to rinse out any remaining dirt on the stems by running them under cold water in a colander.
  • Soy sauce – feel free to use tamari if gluten-free
  • Sesame oil – I like to drizzle a little sesame oil on top.
  • Red pepper flakes – these are entirely optional but adds some nice heat and flavor to this bok choy recipe

How to Cook Bok Choy

STEP 1: COOK GARLIC

Heat a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add in olive oil and garlic and saute for 1 minute.

Garlic sauted in a pot.

STEP 2: COOK BOK CHOY

Add in baby bok choy and soy sauce. Toss to coat in garlic and soy sauce and place cut side down in pan. Cover pan with a lid or tinfoil. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until dark green leaves have begun to wilt. Remove lid and allow to cook for 2-3 more mins or until bok choy is golden brown and desired taste and consistency is reached.

Cooked baby bok choy.

STEP 3: GARNISH

Drizzle with sesame oil and a sprinkle of red chili flakes.

Garlic baby bok choy recipe on a plate.

Leftovers + Storage

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in microwave or stove-top.

What to Pair with Bok Choy

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Garlic Baby Bok Choy

This simple sautéed baby bok choy recipe pairs the crunchiness of bok choy with the flavors of garlic and soy sauce for an easy side dish that comes together in less than 10 minutes.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (can also use olive oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lbs baby bok choy (roughly 45 heads), halved
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil, for drizzling
  • optional: red chili flakes for heat

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add in avocado oil and garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add in baby bok choy and soy sauce. Toss to coat in garlic and soy sauce and place cut side down in pan. Cover pan with a lid or tinfoil. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until ends have begun to wilt.
  4. Remove lid and allow to cook for 2-3 more minutes or until bok choy is lightly browned and desired taste and consistency is reached. Try not to move bok choy too much so you get a nice char.
  5. Drizzle with sesame oil and a sprinkle of red chili flakes. Add salt and pepper, to taste
  6. Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to 5 days.

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