Bok Choy with Garlic Sauce

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Tender Bok Choy in Garlic Sauce is fresh and loaded with flavor! Perfect as a side dish, takeout copycat, or quick dinner served with rice or noodles. In just 15 minutes you’ll have a healthy, Chinese favorite.

bok choy served on a plate with garlic sauce

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This is a quick, easy, and healthy spin on Chinese-American takeout that you can make at home. Whether you got it in your Misfit’s veggie box, your CSA, or your own garden bok choy is a beautifully tender green that comes in both baby and large form. Bok choy is a cold weather crop signifying both the start and end of summer.

This recipe includes a quick blanching of the bok choy to retain both texture and nutritional value while making it easier to eat. It all moves along very quickly. Reduce the sauce while waiting for the water to boil for blanching the bok choy for an even quicker recipe!

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Close up of bok choy and garlic sauce


  • Bok Choy: If using the larger size of bok choy, quarter the pieces prior to blanching. No matter the size, trim the bottom of the vegetable and soak or rinse in water to remove any debris between the leaves prior to blanching.
  • Soy Sauce: or coconut aminos can be used. This is the primary liquid in our sauce.
  • Fish Sauce: provides an umami flavor to the dish for balance.
  • Ginger: I recommend freshly grated ginger even though you’ll see me use a paste in the video.
  • Sesame Oil: a traditional flavor in Asian cooking.
  • Szechuan Pepper: a citrus pepper, not to be substituted with black pepper.
  • Brown Sugar: for sweetness.
  • Rice Wine Vinegar: for tang.
  • Garlic: minced garlic is the star of the show. Use high-quality fresh garlic.
  • Oil: Go neutral like peanut oil.

Video Instructions

  1. Boil and blanch the halved baby bok choy. Be sure it is rinsed and rubbed well prior to cooking to remove any dirt or hidden bugs.
  2. While the bok choy is cooking, make the sauce by combining ingredients in a small sauce pot or skillet. Reduce until your desired consistency.
  3. Drain the bok choy and plate. Pour sauce over while warm and enjoy.


  • Dutch Oven for blanching
  • 1-quart sauce pot for sauce
  • Stirring Spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Collander or large bowl for cleaning bok choy

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How to make a full meal

There is enough sauce to go around! Try serving this on a bed of rice or ramen noodles. You can also serve with roasted eggplant, carrots, mushrooms, beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp.

How to clean bok choy

Baby bok choy can be halved while larger ones will need to be quartered. Soak in a sink full of cold water for a few minutes, then rub your fingers gently over the leaves into the stem. Bok choy can gather a lot of debris and small insects. Rinse and rub well to remove as much as you can prior to blanching.

Do you eat the white part

Bok choy is also known as white cabbage. The entire vegetable from the green leaves to the white root is edible both raw and cooked. Treat it the same way you would a cabbage, and you’ll quickly learn to love bok choy.

copycat chinese takeout bok choy with garlic sauce

Katie’s Tips

  • Make extra of this sauce. You’ll want to put it on everything! Feel free to customize it. If you like more heat, add more pepper. If you want it less salty use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce and a higher ratio of oil to soy sauce.


Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2 days. For best results texturally, saute leftovers in a skillet over medium heat. Does not freeze well. The sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for about 1 month or frozen into cubes and stored in a ziploc bag for multiple months.

bok choy in garlic sauce with chopsticks

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Bok Choy with Garlic Sauce

Course Dinner, Side
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 2 people
Bok Choy is a tender, crunchy, leafy green of the cabbage family that does best blanched our sautéed and swimming in a garlic soy sauce blend.


  • 1-quart sauce pot
  • 4 quart Dutch Oven for boiling water
  • large mixing bowl for rinsing
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Stirring Spoon


  • 2 pounds bok choy halved and rinsed well
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup fish sauce
  • 1/8 cup oil
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon szechuan pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


  • Halve or quarter the bok choy and soak in cold water, rubbing fingers gently between each leaf to remove debris. Rinse and repeat. Drain.
  • Blanch the bok choy in boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain and set on a platter.
    2 pounds bok choy
  • Add the garlic sauce ingredients to a 1-quart pot and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes until reduced to your liking.
    1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/8 cup fish sauce, 1/8 cup oil, 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar, 1 Tablespoon szechuan pepper, 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, 1 Tablespoon garlic, 2 teaspoons sesame oil


This recipe calls for about 2 pounds of bok choy which is 3-4 baby bok choy. You can use more easily and the sauce will stretch. 


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 3059mg | Potassium: 1359mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 20296IU | Vitamin C: 206mg | Calcium: 529mg | Iron: 5mg

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