Garlicky Sautèed Bok Choy

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Asian vegetable dishes don’t require complex preparation. Just toss your veggies in the pan with soy sauce and sesame oil to give them a distinctive Eastern flavor. Vegetables are best enjoyed when the crunch is retained by cooking them only minimally. If you have the basic Asian ingredients at home, which are so accessible nowadays, let’s start cooking! Oops, did we say to have the steamed white rice ready to enjoy this bok choy dish even more? Enjoy!

Garlicky Sautèed Bok Choy

Garlicky Sautèed Bok Choy

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1/4 of total recipe | Calories: 167 | Total Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 361 mg | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 2 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6


  • 4 small heads bok choy
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup lite (low sodium) soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 3 tablespoons juice squeezed from a lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Cut off and discard the base of the bok choy and rinse the leaves under the tap to get rid of sediments then pat them dry.
  2. There are two options to present the bok choy: One is you cut off the white stalks to separate them from the leaves then chop both parts to smaller pieces but separately. Another way is to leave the bok choy whole. Set aside.
  3. Over medium heat, in a large saucepan with olive oil, sautè the garlic fast for about 20 seconds.
  4. Add the soy sauce, lemon juice and pepper.
  5. Here you have two ways to do it, depending if you chose to chop the bok choy or not. When the sauce starts to sizzle, add the whole bok choy and cook for about 7 minutes. If you chose to cut off the white stalk from the leaves, cook first the white part for about 5 minutes then add the leaves at the end of cooking, leaving them for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Pour the sesame oil and sprinkle the sesame seeds. Toss for 1 minute.
  7. Serve with steamed white rice and as a side dish to a simple main dish of meat or fish.

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