Cooking bok choy is a simple and quick process. Bok choy, also known as Chinese cabbage, has a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a crisp texture. Here’s a basic stir-frying method, which is a popular way to prepare bok choy:

How To Cook Bok Choy

How to Cook Bok Choy Recipe Ingredients:

  • Bok choy
  • Cooking oil (such as vegetable oil or sesame oil)
  • Garlic (optional)
  • Soy sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper


Prepare the Bok Choy:

  • Rinse the bok choy thoroughly under cold water to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Cut off the bottom inch of the bok choy bunch, separating the stems from the leaves.
  • Slice or Chop:
  • If the bok choy leaves are large, you can chop them into smaller, more manageable pieces.
  • Cut the stems into bite-sized pieces. Keep the stems and leaves separate as they have different cooking times.
  • Cooking:
Prepare the Bok Choy
  • Heat a wok or a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add a tablespoon of cooking oil (vegetable oil or sesame oil) to the pan.
  • Optional: Add minced garlic to the hot oil and sauté for 30 seconds for added flavor.
  • Stir-Fry:
  • Add the bok choy stems to the pan first, as they take longer to cook. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they start to become tender.
  • Add the bok choy leaves and continue to stir-fry for an additional 1-2 minutes until the leaves wilt but remain vibrant green.
  • Be attentive and stir frequently to prevent burning.
  • Seasoning:

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How to Cook Bok Choy – Stir-Frying:


  • Bok choy
  • Cooking oil (vegetable oil or sesame oil)
  • Garlic (optional)
  • Soy sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Instructions:
  • Follow steps 1-7 from the previous stir-frying method.

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How to Cook Bok Choy – Steaming:


  • Bok choy
  • Soy sauce
  • Ginger (optional)
  • Sesame oil (optional)


  • Cut bok choy into halves or quarters, depending on size.
  • Place a steamer basket in a pot with a small amount of water, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the basket.
  • Arrange bok choy pieces in the steamer basket.
  • Steam for 5-7 minutes or until the bok choy is tender but still crisp.
  • In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, ginger, and sesame oil. Drizzle over the steamed bok choy before serving.

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How to Cook Bok Choy – Grilling:


  • Bok choy
  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Instructions:
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Cut bok choy in half lengthwise.
  • Brush the cut sides with olive oil or spray with cooking spray.
  • Grill the bok choy for 3-5 minutes per side, or until it has grill marks and is slightly tender.
  • Remove from the grill and drizzle with lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Optional: Add a splash of soy sauce for flavor. Be cautious with the salt, as soy sauce is already salty. You can also season with salt and pepper to taste.


Once the bok choy is tender-crisp and has absorbed the flavors, remove it from the heat.


Garnish with sesame seeds or chopped green onions if desired.


  • Serve the stir-fried bok choy as a side dish or add it to your favorite Asian-inspired dishes.
  • Remember, you can customize the recipe to your liking by adding other vegetables or proteins. Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the bok choy pieces and your desired level of doneness. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.

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