Bok choy is often used in stir-fried vegetables. It’s a delicious vegetable to use that way. But did you ever try it on its own? It’s good as a stand-alone vegetable too. Here’s a simple and fast way to cook bok choy without simply boiling it. The recipe is easy and very flexible, so it can be adjusted to whatever amount of the vegetable and seasonings you want to use.
Below is a video demonstration of cooking bok choy with a saute-steam method. The written recipe is below.
Easy Sauté-Steamed Bok Choy
Makes About 4 Servings
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil*
1 cup chopped bell pepper
½ cup chopped yellow onion
4 cloves garlic, chopped
8 cups washed and chopped bok choy (about 1 medium head)
2 Tbsp vegetable broth or water
Pinch of dried chili pepper flakes, or to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
Juice of ½ fresh lime
1 Tbsp sesame seeds, or amount as desired
Warm the olive oil* briefly over medium heat in a large pot that has a tight-fitting lid. Add the bell pepper and onion, and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute more. Add the chopped bok choy, stir to combine, and sauté briefly to combine the vegetables and coat the bok choy. Add the vegetable broth (or water), chili pepper flakes, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Cover the pot and allow the vegetables to steam until the bok choy is as tender as you want, about 5 to 7 minutes for crisp-tender. Stir occasionally as it steams. Remove from heat and drizzle with lime juice, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!
*If preferred, you can omit the oil and use vegetable broth to sauté the vegetables. Since the broth would evaporate faster than oil, you may need to use 2 or 3 tablespoons of liquid in place of the oil.