Grilled Bok Choy with Sweet Soy Glaze Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Recipe Details

Grilled Bok Choy with Sweet Soy Glaze Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 40 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1 cup sake

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1-inch knob ginger, roughly sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly sliced

  • 2 scallions, roughly chopped

  • 2 pounds baby bok choy, rinsed, dried, and split in half lengthwise

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the soy sauce, sake, sugar, ginger, garlic, and scallions in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat stirring until the sugar dissolves. Reduce to a bare simmer and cook until sauce is syrupy and reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Strain and discard solids. Reserve sauce.

  2. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

  3. Toss bok choy with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on hot side of grill, cut side down and cook until lightly charred, about 45 seconds. Flip and cook until second side is charred, 45 seconds longer. Transfer to cooler side of grill, cover, and continue cooking until tender all the way through with a light crisp bite, 1 to 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a large plate, drizzle with sauce, and serve.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
377 Calories
7g Fat
59g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 377
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1909mg 83%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 59mg 296%
Calcium 226mg 17%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 1001mg 21%
*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.)