Hello lovely friends!
This Easy Bok Choy recipe uses just a handful of ingredients and can be made within 10 minutes. It’s delicious, nutritious, and the perfect side dish for your next meal. Bonus it’s gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian and vegan-friendly!
I decided to switch gears this month and share a savoury dish. I haven’t shared one in quite some time and thought, what better time than in March as we head towards St.Patrick’s Day and Springtime here in Canada?
So you may be wondering, out of all the veggies, why bok choy? First and foremost, I LOVE how easy it is to make. Seriously it is done in no time with just a few ingredients, and you have yourself a delicious side dish. It is perfect if you want to add more nutrition to your diet with minimal effort.
Secondly, I love its unique taste and how it soaks up all the flavours you cook with like a sponge. I first ate bok choy at one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto, Spring Rolls and East (same franchise). If any of you remember the restaurants, comment below! They have sadly closed now, but the memories still last. They had a heavenly fried noodle dish with beef and vegetables covered in a scrumptious sauce. Even though I loved the crispy noodles, I remember I equally enjoyed eating the bok choy. I loved how the flavours of the sauce would seep into the leafy petals of the bok choy. It was divine.
I never thought of making bok choy myself until I changed my diet years ago. My naturopath highly recommended eating them because of all their amazing nutritional benefits, including being super rich in calcium! So for all my vegan and vegetarian friends out there, this is an excellent vegetable to add to your diet when trying to eat more calcium-rich foods.
Even if you are not a fan, I think this recipe will change your mind, and showcase just how flavorful these little veggies can be! Give them a try, and see. If you are weary of seeing the red chilli flakes scattered all over and aren’t one for spicy heat, do not fret they are absolutely optional and are just as flavourful without the red chilli flakes! I personally like the little spicy kick of heat!
• BOK CHOY – is jam-packed with vitamins and antioxidants, rich in calcium and fights inflammation.
• GARLIC – boosts your immune system, contains medicinal properties and is rich in antioxidants.
• OLIVE OIL – is great for heart health, high in antioxidants and fights inflammation and bacteria.
Let’s whip up some super Easy Bok Choy!
Easy Bok Choy
Easy Bok Choy Ingredients
- 1 bag fresh bok choy, washed
- 3-4 medium garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 inch fresh ginger, cut into small pieces
- ⅓ tsp sea salt (adjust to taste)
- ¼ tsp black pepper (adjust to taste)
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil (adjust to taste)
- small pinch of dried red chilli flakes* (optional)
- ½ tsp coconut aminos (optional)
- 1 tsp tapioca starch (arrowroot starch) (optional)
- large wok (or large pot)
- cutting board
- paring knife
- measuring spoons
- large spoon
- large bowl
- Cut the bottom stem of the bok choy, discard, and fan out all leaves and place in a large bowl. Wash thoroughly a few times, there can sometimes be some sand and grit in between the leaves. Put aside.
- Peel and slice the garlic and ginger into thin discs or long strips. Set aside.
- Add oil to a large wok on medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add the garlic and ginger you should hear a nice sizzle sound, let it infuse into the oil for about 30-60 seconds, and now add the red chilli flakes.
- It's now time to add the bok choy! It may splutter a bit because of the water from the bok choy and the oil mixing, so please be careful. Once you have added the bok choy, turn up the heat to medium-high and mix everything well. Cover with a lid.
- Remove the lid, you will notice within a couple of minutes of cooking the bok choy will start to wilt down. It's now time to add our seasoning, sea salt, black pepper, and coconut aminos.
- OPTIONAL: If you notice a lot of water with the bok choy, you can add a tapioca starch slurry to help thicken it up more, if you desire. See notes below for how to make tapioca starch slurry.
- Cook for 5-7 minutes, mixing occasionally. You will know it's ready when the bok choy becomes soft yet still has a slight crunch to it. It's now ready to serve! This side dish pairs perfectly with rice, fish, chicken, and beef. Enjoy!