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Sautéed Baby Bok Choy


2 servings

Prep time

3 minutes

Cooking time

5 minutes



Completed recipe of sauted baby bok choy with garlic
Sautéed in a little oil softens it up to make it a delicious vegetable side dish.

Baby bok choy is quick, easy and tasty when sauted with olive oil and little garlic. This side dish can be ready in <10 minutes.

Choosing Baby Bok Choy

Start with fresh bok choy that is crisp and looks fresh. When it ages the area around the bulb can start to get soft and brown. If this happens, remove the outer leaves/stalk and use the ones inside.

Fresh uncut baby bok choy vegetable
Pick fresh and crisp baby bok choy.

Prepping the dish

Slice the baby bok choy into 1/2″ slices for quick and even cooking. Cut the bulb end into quarters or smaller pieces. For the garlic use a garlic press to get nice small pieces or chop the cloves.

Chopped baby bok choy kitchen prep with olive oil and minced garlic
When chopped into 1/2 slices the baby bok choy cooks in under five minutes.

Sautéing Baby Bok Choy

Add a little olive oil to a pan heated to medium. Add the baby bok choy to the warm pan and cook until tender stirring every couple of minutes. It should soften in less than five minutes. The vegetable can be eaten raw and and does not require much cooking time. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.

Chopped baby bok choy into a hot pan starting to cook.
Heat some oil and add the bok choy and let it wilt and soften.

Save adding the garlic until right before the baby bok choy is ready and then add the garlic. Add the garlic at the end for only 30 seconds to prevent the garlic from burning.

Cooked bok choy in a pan on the stove.
Once the bok choy is ready, add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds and serve hot.

Like many leafy vegetables, the bok choy leaves will shrink quite a bit when cooked. Two heads per person is a recommended serving size when eaten the main vegetable side dish. The image below is two heads of baby bok choy sautéed. The plate full of the cooked vegetable is 5″ wide.

baby bok choy garlic dish recipe

The Recipe

baby bok choy vegetable prep

Baby Bok Choy with Garlic

  • Author: Food Level
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish


Sautéed baby bok choy with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper makes for a delicious vegetable side dish.



  • 2 heads baby bok choy (rinsed and chopped into slices)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil to medium
  2. Add rinsed bok choy and saute until leaves are soft.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste
  4. Add a touch of olive oil and garlic for about 30 seconds.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


Two heads of bok choy per person for a medium-sized portion.


  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 58
  • Sugar: 1.3g
  • Sodium: 360mg
  • Fat: 4.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.0g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 3.5g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Protein: 1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: baby bok choy, vegetables, vegetarian, sautéed

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