Garlic Baby Bok Choy

pan fried garlic baby bok choy on a plate with red pepper flakes.

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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.


  • 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


  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.