Braised Baby Bok Choy with Garlic, Ginger, and Soy Recipe

Lauren Rothman

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 4 medium or 6 small bok choy

  • 4 tablespoons neutral oil, such as grapeseed or canola

  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger, grated on a microplane grater

  • 2 medium garlic cloves, grated on a microplane grater (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed dark brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon minced chives

  • Hot cooked rice, for serving (optional)


  1. Soak bok choy in a large bowl of cold water, swishing to loosen any grit. Drain, cut in half lengthwise, and dry carefully with paper towels. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven over high heat until shimmering. Add halved bok choy, cut side down, working in batches if necessary to avoid crowding pan, and sear until deeply browned, about 6 minutes. Remove to a large plate or sheet pan.

  2. Lower heat to medium and add ginger and garlic, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add water and vinegar and bring to a simmer, stirring and scraping bottom of pan with a wooden spatula or spoon to loosen any browned bits. After 1 minute, add soy sauce and brown sugar. Add bok choy back to pan and cook, uncovered, until bok choy leaves are wilted and stems are crisp-tender, 6-8 minutes. Remove bok choy to serving platter.

  3. Continue to cook liquid in pan over medium heat until it reduces to a glaze of desired consistency, 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon glaze over bok choy and garnish with sesame seeds and chives. Serve with hot cooked rice, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
139 Calories
10g Fat
11g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 139
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 619mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 25mg 126%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 427mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)