If you are wondering how to cook bok choy, these 14 bok choy recipes are going to wow you.
Table Of Content
- What is bok choy
- Bok choy nutrition facts
- 14 easy and yummy bok choy recipes
- How to choose and store bok choy
- How to cut and prepare bok choy
What is Bok Choy (Pak-choy)
Bok Choy, also known as Pak choy and Chinese cabbage, is a common green-leaf vegetable originated from China.
The word “bok” in Chinese means “white”. And “choy” in Cantonese means “vegetable”. So the name “bok choy” in Chinese can be translated as “the white veggie“.
Bok choy gains its popularity in China and other parts of the world because it’s easy to cook and taste great. Almost the whole plant is edible and it can be dinner-ready in minutes.
Nutrition Facts Of Bok Choy
14 Easy and Hearty Bok Choy Recipes
Stir-fry baby bok choy with mushrooms and oyster sauce
This is my one of my go-to bok choy recipes when I have absolutely no time to cook. As a big fan of cooking with oyster sauce, it takes minutes from start to finish.
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Miso ramen with bok choy and poached egg
This is my kind of dinner. Miso soup, ramen and poached egg, you can’t get anything better than that.
The ramen noodle soup adds up real quick. Got chicken or mushroom leftovers? Throw them in! You can also swap bok choy with broccoli or other greens if desired.
Full recipe: This Healthy Table
Baby Bok Choy Salad
I have never thought of making salads with bok choy. I’ve made celery salad before and decided it was not my thing.
But Meggan from Culinary Hill has taken the bok-choy salad to a whole new level by adding extra crunches. With the nutty taste from the sesame dressing, I can have a whole bowl all to myself.
Full recipe: Culinary Hill
Stir-Fred Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce
I call it “the Bad Day Dish“. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying this bok choy recipe isn’t festive or tasty enough to be served on a good day.
This is the dish my mom will put on the table at the last minute when she has a bad day. When you have no time and no mood for cooking, this is one of the easiest bok choy recipes on the planet.
The sweet-and-saltiness from the oyster sauce compliments the taste of the crunchy-tender bok choy. It may just turn a bad day around.
Full recipe: Daily Cooking Quest
Hoisin & Shiitake Burger with Bok Choy
So this is another OMG for me. Swapping the lettuce in a burger with bok choy is mind-blowing. Not to mention combining shiitake mushrooms in the burger.
An Asian-style burger? I’ll take that.
Full recipe: Blue Apron
Smothered chicken with mushroom and roasted bok choy
Boy choy has a fresh and mildly sweet taste. When smothered with chicken, the natural sweetness is absorbed in the gravy, making it extra tasty.
I think I may need a bowl (or two) of Jasmine rice to go with the creamy gravy.
Full recipe: Whist with Real Gud
Bok Choy Noodles with sesame
When boiled or pan-fried, bok choy tends to wilt pretty soon. That’s not a good thing if you are looking for an on-the-go lunch recipe.
This vegan bok choy recipe solves all the problems. With snow peas and spaghetti, this lunchbox is guaranteed to satisfy your tastebud and stomach.
Full recipe: The Sea Salt
Miso Salmon with roasted bok choy
If you like miso soup with bok choy, you are going to love this one-pan recipe. This easy bok choy recipe takes 15 minutes to cook, making it a super fast weeknight meal.
Full recipe: The Nutritious Kitchen
Roast baby bok choy recipe
Nothing crazy but roasted greens seasoned with garlic, lemon juice and salt.
If you are a newbie and don’t know how to cook bok choy, this vegan side dish would make a great start. It just can’t get any easier.
Full recipe: Salt and Lavender
Korean-style bok choy namul
I just can’t say no to the sweet-and-spiciness of Korean food. This Korean bok choy recipe will make a great side dish when I run out of kimchi.
Full recipe: KimchiChick
Pan-seared chicken with bok choy
A weeknight main course packed with protein and dietary fibre, this bok choy and chicken recipe is definitely a perfect low-carb weight-watcher.
Full recipe: Simply Recipes
Maple Glazed Tofu with Garlic Sautéed Bok Choy
This is the classic lunch takeaway that you can order in most Chinese restaurants. Now you can recreate a healthier version at home.
Full recipe: Mealime
Bok choy and beet spring roll
Bok choy leaves make great spring roll wrapper. If you are on a low-carb diet, this thai-style recipe will be your non-guilty pleasure.
Full recipe: Love Beets
Golden Turmeric Noodle Miso Soup with Bok Choy
I’m in love with the idea of combining rice noodle and zucchini noodle all in one bowl. What a great way to cut off some carbs while still burst hunger.
I can already see this recipe becoming my new winter binge.
Full recipe: Love and Lemons
How To Choose and Store Bok Choy
When buying bok choy from grocery stores or supermarkets, here are a few things to look at:
- Stems are pearly-white without any brown spots
- If you are picking baby bok choy, the stems should be in fresh light green
- Avoid those with rubbery stems
- Leaves of the bok choy should be in dark green color
- Avoid those with wilted or brown leaves
If you are planning to store for later, here is how to store bok choy:
- Don’t wash the bok choy you get from the market
- Put your bok choy in a plastic bag or a Ziploc
- Store it in the fridge for up to 5 days
- If used for salad, the bok choy should be consumed within 3 days
How To Cut and Prepare Bok Choy
Bok choy is not a hard-to-clean-up veggie. It takes just minutes to get it ready for cooking.
Follow these easy steps to prepare your bok choy for tonight:
- Start working from the outside and separate the stalks, just like celery
- Remove any wilted leaves or brown stems
- Alternatively, you can cut off the bottom inch or so with a knife
- Rinse with running water to remove dirt
- If used for salad, slice and trim bok choy into small pieces
- Boil the bok choy for 2-3 minutes before cooking if you want it tender
Tip: If you want to boil your bok choy while remaining its bright green color, put a few drops of vinegar and a little salt in the water.
So this is it for the bok choy recipes and how to cook bok choy.
If you have tried cooking bok choy, tell me about it! Enjoy!