Marinated bok choy is a simple recipe that only requires a few ingredients. It’s vegan, easy to serve up and packed full of nutrients. Serve with a side of fried tofu or another protein of choice.
Chop up the bok choy to your liking, add a bit of oil as well as your desired marinade or sauce, and then cook down the bok choy until al dente.
How to Cut Bok Choy
Bok choy is either served as whole bok choy or cut up into pieces. You will often see baby bok choy sold in your local grocery store. The size of baby bok choy will really vary, sometimes it’s very large baby bok choy and it’s best to chop it into smaller pieces. Other times, you’ll be able to get baby bok choy that will be able to be eaten in one bite. It just depends on what your local store has in stock.
There are two main ways to cut bok choy.
1). Take your knife and cut through the middle of the bok choy. From there you can cut out the stem in a diagonal cut. If you’d like to cook the bok choy like shown below, then you’re ready to cook!
2). Take the above directions and then slice the bok choy into smaller sections, like you’re chopping up romaine lettuce.
However you decide to cut your bok choy, make sure you wash it thoroughly before cooking. Oftentimes there is dirt in the bok choy at the stem. Just wash it away with your thumb under running water.
Ingredients for Boy Choy Marinade
Making this bok choy oyster sauce marinade is simple and only requires a few staple ingredients.
Mix together and let the bok choy soak in the marinade for about half an hour before cooking.
- Oyster sauce: The base of this sauce is oyster sauce. A little bitter, a little sweet and very savory, Oyster sauce is an often underutilized sauce in Western cooking.
- Minced garlic: A staple aromatic in many dishes.
- Honey: A sweetness rounds out the other flavors in the sauce. Make sure to incorporate well into the sauce with a whisk.
- Rice vinegar: Adding rice vinegar to this sauce gives a bit of sweetness and also a much needed bite to the sauce. Rice vinegar isn’t nearly as harsh as other vinegars and has a much lighter and delicate taste, making it a great ingredient in a sauce.
- Green onion: Add the tops of the green onion (the green part) as garnish to the sauce.
How to Make Marinated Bok Choy
Sauteeing the bok choy is the easiest part of this recipe. Just add your bok choy to a large frying pan or wok and add in your sauce.
If you have the time, you can marinate your bok choy in the sauce for a little while beforehand so it really soaks up the flavor of the sauce.
Sautée the bok choy until it’s cooked to the desired done-ness. I like my vegetables with a little crunch to them, but others like their veggies to be more soft and overcooked. When you see that your bok choy is cooked to your liking, take it off the heat and transfer to a plate. Serve as a side or over rice. I often serve sautéed bok choy over white rice with fried tofu.
Other Ways to Cook Bok Choy
Looking for anther way to cook your bok choy?
After allowing the vegetable to soak in the marinade for about half an hour, you are ready to cook your bok choy!
You can do the typical cook method of stir frying in a large pan or wok, which will make a delicious bok boy stir fry, just serve over right.
You can also grill it.
To grill your bok choy, take it out of the marinade and place it on a hot cast iron pot or directly onto the gas-powered grill.
Since bok choy is such a delicate vegetable, it only need about 5 minutes to cook on a hot grill or pan.
Grilling your marinated bok choy will give it a nice char and a different flavor than if you were to pan fry it.