Baby bok choy season is coming soon. Learn why and how to cook bok choy, plus get some delicious bok choy recipes!
What is baby bok choy?
If you’re new to baby bok choy, I encourage you to pick up a few bunches to cook! Baby bok choy is light green in color, and the clustered leaves have tender, edible ribs. You can eat it cooked or raw.
Cooked, it’s got a mild flavor that’s perfect in stir fries, soups, and Buddha bowls. Raw baby bok choy has a spicy edge that’s lovely in slaws and salads.
Baby bok choy is a cruciferous vegetable, like cabbage and kale. It’s actually in season all year, but it peaks in the winter. And like cabbage and kale, it packs in the health benefits. This family of vegetables helps protect us from cancer, and they’re rich in vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also rich in manganese, fiber, and (surprisingly) protein.
There are lots of reasons to eat baby bok choy, but my very favorite one is that it’s plain delicious. It’s one of my favorite vegetables, and I’m excited to share some ways to use it below.
Baby Bok Choy Recipes
1. Basic Sauteed Baby Bok Choy
Yields 2-3 servings
This basic baby bok choy recipe is very flexible. You can mix things up by using different oils, broth frying, and by adding dried herbs and spices. I like to add a few dashes of garlic powder and ground ginger to mine.
5 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
10 minTotal Time
- 1 tablespoon oil of your choice
- 4 bunches baby bok choy, coarsely chopped
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- Heat the oil on medium-high. Add the baby bok choy and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3-5 minutes, until the leaves wilt and the stems soften slightly.
- Serve hot.
This flavorful recipe is another great addition to your Buddha bowls. Saute, then cover the pan, and let the onions, garlic, and bok choy release their flavor!
Shaved Brussels sprouts, cucumber, and baby bok choy are the base for this healthy salad that gets some extra protein and crunch from sunflower seeds.
Warm, sauteed onions and baby bok choy team up with fresh carrots and cucumber and flavorful baked tofu in this hearty quinoa bowl.
Baby bok choy stands up really well to grilling, and it gives it a lovely, smoky flavor. You can make this recipe on your stove in a grill pan or outdoors on a BBQ.
This veggie-packed noodle recipe features baby bok choy, peppers, carrots, broccoli, and pea shoots. Toss the whole thing in a quick, easy peanut sauce for a filling meal.
If you don’t have a grill or a grill pan, you can still enjoy some rich, smoky baby bok choy by pan-searing. This curry bowl features chunky baby bok choy, sliced in half and pan fried to perfection.
This recipe is a great example of how to make baby bok choy the star of your stir fry game. The light, orange-ginger sauce is the perfect compliment to this rainbow-colored bowl of deliciousness.
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