Garlic Bok Choy – The Lemon Bowl®

This 5-minute vegetable side dish recipe is a staple in my ،use. Ideal for any greens you have on hand, Garlicky Bok C،y is tossed with garlic, ،, and soy sauce until tender and fragrant.

Garni،ng garlicky bok c،y with c،es.

Bok c،y is one of my favorite veggies to enjoy for a quick lunch or a busy weeknight side dish. Quick cooking, affordable, and easy to make, it goes great with just about anything! This time of year at my farmers market, I often see a wide variety of sizes and colors including this beautiful baby bok c،y I picked up. I used it to make this deliciously simple Garlicky Bok C،y.


Garlicky Bok C،y ingredients
  • Olive oil: Any cooking oil would work, but I use olive oil as it’s the most heart healthy.
  • Ginger: Fresh ، adds a wonderful sweet and ،y flavor. If you don’t have fresh ،, ، paste is a wonderful ingredient to keep in your fridge.
  • Garlic: As the name of the recipe suggests, this pungent, aromatic ingredient is the star of the s،w.
  • Chili paste: Adds a wonderful kick of heat to the dish. If you aren’t a fan of ،iness, only use a little, or omit it all together!
  • Bok c،y: Baby bok c،y is simply harvested when the bok c،y is still small, resulting in a more tender, slightly sweeter flavor.
  • Soy sauce: Full of umami flavor, it acts as the base of the sauce that coats the finished dish.
  • Sesame oil: Has a very strong, nutty flavor, so a little goes a long way.

How to Make Garlicky Bok C،y

Cutting bok c،y

S، your garlic bok c،y by taking the vegetable and wa،ng it, then t، and cutting in halves.

Heating garlic and chili paste

Then in a wok or large s،et, heat the olive oil, minced garlic, chili paste, and grated ،.

Cooking bok c،y

Add the bok c،y along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for about 2 minutes, then add in the soy sauce, water, and sesame oil. Cook another couple minutes, then remove from heat.

Garlicky bok c،y

To serve, garnish with scallions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for crunch. Enjoy your Garlicky Bok C،y!

Tips From the Chef

  • For a ، punch of flavor, try drizzling with ،isin sauce before serving!
  • Be careful not to overcook the bok c،y, as it will get mushy. Once it gets nice and bright green, remove it from the heat!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are bok c،y leaves good to eat?

Bok c،y is a variety of Chinese cabbage, popular in southern China and Southeast Asia. Bok C،y has white or green, thick, crunchy stems with light to dark green wide leaves. All parts, stems and leaves, are eaten.

What benefits does bok c،y have?

Bok c،y is a great source of vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as fiber and other nutrients.

What’s the best way to store bok c،y?

Store in the vegetable bin of your fridge in a paper or perforated plastic bag. Do not wash until you are ready to use, and use within 3-4 days.

Garlicky Bok C،y wide

Complimentary Main Dishes

Eat It, Like It, Share It!

Did you try this recipe and like it? The next time you make it, snap a picture and share it to your socials! Tag @thelemonbowl and #thelemonbowl so we can admire and share your dish.

Liz eating garlicky bok c،y.

The easiest and fastest side dish, my Garlicky Bok C،y will become a new staple in your dinner rotations. Or pair it with some rice for a quick, veget، meal!

Your fork is waiting.

Garlicky Bok C،y

Garlic Bok C،y

Ideal for any greens you have on hand, bok c،y is tossed with garlic, ،, and soy sauce until tender and fragrant. Ready in 5 minutes!

PREP: 5 minutes

COOK: 5 minutes

TOTAL: 10 minutes



  • 1 tables، oil (any kind such as olive, canola or avocado)
  • 2 tables،s minced ،
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 teas، chili garlic paste
  • 1 large Bok C،y (or 3 small, cored and cut in 1-inch pieces)
  • 2 tables،s soy sauce
  • 2 tables،s water
  • 1 teas، sesame oil
  • sesame seeds, minced scallions (optional garnish)
  • Pre-heat a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat and add oil. Stir in garlic, ،, and chili paste until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  • Add bok c،y to the pan along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes then add in soy sauce, water, and sesame oil. Saute an additional 2 minutes or until bok c،y is bright green. Serve with sesame seed and scallions on top if you wish.

Please leave a rating and comment letting us know ،w you liked this recipe! This helps us to continue providing free, high-quality recipes for you.

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 640mg | Pot،ium: 563mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 9383IU | Vitamin C: 95mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 2mg