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Some vegetables that deserve center stage always seem to end up in a supporting roll. I’ve already made my case for Chinese broccoli, now I want to talk about baby bok choy.

Like everyone else, I love baby bok choy in a mixed vegetable stir-fry. But it’s also wonderful on it’s own. 

You’ll find that baby bok choy is amenable to many flavor combinations. This is one of my favorites: sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and a little chili paste kick.


To make this a meal, I like to turn it into a Soba Noodle Bowl or serve as a side for Cauliflower Fried Rice or quickly stir-fried chicken, pork or beef .

Spicy Sesame Ginger Bok Choy

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Calories: 95
Servings: 2 people
I’ve written this recipe to serve two; feel free to double or triple it!


  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 heads baby bok choy coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red chile paste such as sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  • Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger; cook and stir 1 minute.
  • Add bok choy, chile paste and soy sauce; cook 3 to 5 minutes, until greens have wilted and stalks are crisp-tender.
  • Transfer to serving bowl and drizzle with toasted sesame oil. Serve.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 506mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Kathy says:

    This looks delicious! I don’t have chili paste on hand today. Is there any other substitute for chili paste.

    1. Marissa says:

      Hi Kathy! Yes, absolutely. You can use Sriracha, Tabasco (or other vinegar based hot sauce), gochujang, or even a healthy pinch of crushed red pepper!

  2. Cindy says:

    My husband loves bok Chou and hot spices, he’s going to love this tonight for dinner

    1. Marissa says:

      Wonderful! Thank you, Cindy!

  3. Wolf says:

    Tried this recipe this evening as I was hunting something simple and quick to use up my bok choy – this was awesome! the red peper chile paste was a great touch and added some “bam”.
    thanks for sharing it!

    1. Marissa says:

      So glad you enjoyed it!