Quick and easy sautéed Baby Bok Choy with garlic and sesame seeds, made in less than 10 minutes. Serve this yummy side dish alongside your favorite protein!
Sesame Garlic Bok Choy Recipe
If you’ve never had bok choy before, or have only ordered it at fancy restaurants, you might be feeling hesitant to cooking it at home. I get that!
It’s traditionally found in Asian style dishes, which I didn’t grow up eating at home, so I had to teach myself how to make certain foods (like this) that I love.
Cooking with miso paste was also something I had never even heard of since my parents never used it at home. I found that it was actually an easy ingredient to use in my recipes like these Miso Mushroom Bowls and even this Air Fryer Candied Bacon.
But What Is Bok Choy?
Bok choy, also known as pak choi or pak choy, is a type of Chinese cabbage. It’s a cruciferous vegetable that has a green leafy top and a clustered bottom that looks similar to celery.
The entire plant is edible and can be eaten raw or cooked. I prefer it sautéed!
What’s The Difference Between Bok Choy And Baby Bok Choy?
There isn’t much of a difference between the two other than baby bok choy is harvested earlier, producing smaller, more tender leaves. Bok choy can withstand longer cook times and works well in stir-frys.
Bok Choy Nutrition
This is an excellent option if you’re looking for a low-carb vegetable. Bok Choy is high in nutrients, too!
1 cup of raw bok choy only has 1.5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 9 calories.
It’s also a good source of fiber, beta-carotene, and vitamins C, K, and A. This leafy green is also high in calcium and vitamin B6.
How To Cut Bok Choy
There are several different ways to cut bok choy, all of which are not right or wrong. But in this post, I am sharing the way that I do it!
Like all vegetables, you’ll want to start by washing your bok choy. All you have to do is rinse it under some cold water and run your fingers over the stalks to scrub away any remaining dirt.
After you have washed the bok choy, use a sharp knife to slice it lengthwise down the center.
Ingredients You Will Need For This Recipe
This baby bok choy recipe is so simple, you’ll only need a few ingredients!
- 2 heads of baby bok choy
- toasted sesame oil (you can also use olive oil)
- soy sauce
If you enjoy a little kick, add some crushed red pepper flakes while the bok choy is cooking.
How To Cook Bok Choy
This is a simple one pan recipe that you can make super quick!
- Heat the pan. Heat the sesame oil in the pan on medium-high heat, then add the garlic and shallot. Cook until they become fragrant and the shallot begins to soften.
- Cook the bok choy. Add the bok choy to the pan, cut side down and let it sear for about 1.5 minutes, until the bottom begins to turn golden brown. Pour 1 tbsp of water and 1 tbsp of soy sauce into the pan, cover and cook for 2 minutes.
- Season the bok choy. Remove the bok choy from the pan, season with sesame seeds, salt and pepper.
- If you don’t have soy sauce, you can use 2 tbsps of water instead.
- If you’re using red pepper flakes, add them to the pan with the garlic and shallot.
What To Serve With It
Lately, my favorite way to serve bok choy is alongside this Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass recipe. The flavors go SO well together and it’s really the perfect Asian-inspired dish!
More Vegetable Recipes To Try
- Chili Lime Roasted Carrots
- Broccolini With Marcona Almonds
- Spaghetti Squash (how to make It)
- Mexican Street Corn
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10 Minute Sesame Garlic Baby Bok Choy
- Heat a large non-stick pan on medium-high heat with sesame oil. When hot, add the garlic and sliced shallot. Cook until fragrant (30-60 seconds).
- Place the bok choy in the pan cut side down and let it cook undisturbed for about 1.5 minutes, until the bottom begins to turn golden brown.
- Pour the water and soy sauce into the pan and cover immediately with a tight fitting lid. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the bok choy to a serving dish and season with sesame seeds, salt and pepper.