10 Minute Lemon Garlic Sauteed Bok Choy Recipe

How to make sauteed bok choy with fresh lemon and garlic in under 10 minutes. Make this as a side dish or add your favorite protein for a full meal. Jump to the 10 Minute Lemon Garlic Sauteed Bok Choy Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

If you are wondering ‘what is bok choy,’ let’s get that out of the way first. More recently, we have been noticing bok choy show up in our local grocery store. It’s in the same family of veggies as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. It’s light, crisp and crunchy on the bottom and has dark green leaves on top. It tastes mild and we absolutely love it — especially when we quickly stir fry or saute it. The leaves wilt a little and the white bottoms stay light and crisp.

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Our Favorite Way to Cook Bok Choy

This recipe was the result of a mistake — I was throwing together a quick lunch while using up as much of what was left in the fridge as I could. I threw bok choy into the skillet intending to toss and flip it often so that it cooked slightly, but didn’t brown. Instead, I became distracted and realized that I had left it in the skillet, without moving it for a couple of minutes. (Thanks Instagram)

10 Minute Lemon Garlic Sauteed Bok Choy Recipe

This left the underside of the veggie browned and caramelized. The garlic in the pan was also toasted pretty dark. Thinking that I’d ruined it, we had a taste. After a generous squeeze of lemon and a tiny drizzle of olive oil, we realized it was one of our favorite veggie dishes we’ve made in a while. So that’s why we are sharing it with you.

By the way, another recent favorite is our veggie tacos — the creamy cilantro sauce is amazing!

Quickly cooking bok choy with garlic.

The whole dish comes together in under 10 minutes and it’s great as a bed for this baked salmon or served as a light side with roasted chicken. I’ve also spooned canned albacore tuna on top and drizzled everything with a little more olive oil and loved it.

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10 Minute Lemon Garlic Sauteed Bok Choy Recipe

10 Minute Lemon Garlic Sauteed Bok Choy Recipe

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Boy choy is a nutritious vegetable and an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A. It tastes mild and when cooked correctly has a light crunch at the bottom with wilted greens on top. When making the recipe below, it’s important not to burn the garlic. I love this when the garlic is well toasted, but if the garlic turns very dark brown, it will taste bitter. Another thing to note is that even when you have removed the bok choy from the pan, it continues to wilt and soften. So if you notice the garlic browning too much, it’s okay to transfer everything out of the pan a minute early.

Makes approximately 4 servings

You Will Need

1 pound baby bok choy

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

Sea salt

Half of a lemon, cut into wedges


    Remove any discolored outer stalks of the bok choy and discard them (or save for stock later). Place the bok choy into a colander and rinse with cool water, rubbing any grit or dirt from between the leaves. Trim the ends then slice each bok choy in half lengthwise. Or if they are large, cut into quarters. Pat dry.

    Add the oil, garlic and red pepper flakes to a wide room temperature skillet. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oil begins to bubble around the garlic, but before the garlic starts to turn light brown.

    Toss in the the boy choy and spread into one layer. Sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon of salt then cook, without stirring, until the bottom is starting to turn brown, about 2 minutes. Flip then cook another 2 minutes or until the green leaves have wilted and the white bottoms are beginning to soften, but still have some crunch.

    Transfer to a platter then squeeze 2 lemon wedges on top. A teaspoon or so of olive oil is nice, too. Serve with more lemon wedges on the side.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Add Your Favorite Protein: To turn this into a main dish, add cooked chicken, shrimp or tofu. Season the protein with salt and pepper then cook until almost cooked through. Add the garlic, pepper flakes and the bok choy then cook until the green tops have wilted and the bottoms are crisp tender. Finish with the lemon and olive oil.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. We omitted salt from the calculations since you will need to add to your tastes.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 60 / Protein 1 g / Carbohydrate 4 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 1 g / Total Fat 5 g / Saturated Fat 1 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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11 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Sandra February 1, 2018, 12:33 am

    I made this recipe tonight, it was amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  • Loopy December 31, 2017, 4:55 pm

    Bok choy gives that oriental flavor but doing it mediterranean/greek style brings other flavors to you pallete.. Awesome! You may add julliene cut onions (to roast/fry evenly with garlic) but it’s optional!.. or any other veggies but it’s great on it’s own!

  • Bob December 17, 2017, 12:31 pm

    This was very easy to make, tastes great and is a nice departure from the usual veggies.

  • Mariah November 21, 2017, 12:03 am

    Delicious! Even our kids loved the lemony garlicky wonderfulness!

  • Amy November 7, 2017, 12:24 pm

    Just made it and loved it! Great recipe. I usually make book Choy with an Asian flare this was a nice switch up.

  • Jane September 28, 2017, 12:28 am

    Bok choy fantastic….more please xxxx

  • Carolyn Dean September 12, 2017, 10:29 pm

    Fell in love with bok choy @ Bachanal in Vegas. Since then, trying recipes at home and still loving it.

  • Paulina September 4, 2017, 8:18 pm

    Made it tonight as a side dish and it was really delicious! If possible, use tongs so it stays in one piece when you turn them over 🙂

  • Mom May 15, 2017, 8:13 pm

    Cooked this tonight. Loved it.

    • Adam May 17, 2017, 12:47 pm

      So glad you loved it! (p.s. love you Mom!)

  • Analida's Ethnic Spoon May 1, 2017, 10:48 pm

    Mmmm I love bok choy. I got hooked during my trip to Asia. This is a new twist on a favorite for me.


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