EASY Bok Choy with Garlic Sauce (Restaurant Style!)

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Bok Choy is one of my favorite vegetables and this garlic sauce is inspired by the many Chinese banquet dinners I ate with my family! The bok choy is crisp, tender, and tastes so good with the savory sauce. It’s a quick and easy side dish that is super versatile!

Watch the Bok Choy with Garlic Sauce Recipe Video Below!

Close up of bok choy with garlic sauce on a plate

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Bok Choy with Garlic Sauce?

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this delicious bok choy side dish! Here is what you’ll need:

INGREDIENTS TIPS

NEUTRAL OIL
My favorite neutral oil is avocado oil, but you can also use canola or vegetable oil! I don’t use olive oil when cooking Chinese food for two reasons: 1. It has a low burning point and 2. The flavor profile does not go.

SHAOXING WINE
If you cannot or do not want to use wine, you can sub with sherry, mirin, or chicken stock!

WHITE PEPPER
I get asked all the time if you can sub black pepper for white pepper – and my answer is, it depends BUT you need to watch the ratio. White pepper has a milder flavor profile than black pepper, so it’s a 1-1 substitute. I would start with less black pepper and add as you go. (But really, you should have white pepper in your pantry! It’s a staple in mine!)

Washed baby bok choy in a metal bowl

RECIPE TIPS

WASH & TRIM
Be sure to wash and trim your bok choy, especially if the larger variety. You want the pieces to be bite size and not too big.

CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOUR GARLIC
The garlic only needs to be fried for a FEW SECONDS to get color, so be careful not to burn the garlic over too high heat.

PREMIX YOUR SAUCE
The cooking process for the sauce is FAST so it’s a great idea to premix your sauce together, then add it straight into the pan! The corn starch will help thicken the sauce into that velvety texture that Chinese restaurants made so famous.

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5 from 39 votes

Bok Choy with Garlic Sauce

Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Close up of bok choy with garlic sauce on a plate
This is a super easy 15-minute Bok Choy with Garlic Sauce recipe that you can find in many Chinese restaurants! It's a delicious vegetable side dish that goes with everything!

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Clean, wash and trim your bok choy. If the bok choy are larger, cut in half lengthwise and blanch in salted water for 1-2 minutes until bright green.
  • Mix together oyster sauce, soy sauce, shaoxing wine, sugar, white pepper, sesame oil, chicken stock & corn starch.
  • In a pan, fry garlic for 15 seconds until fragrant; then add your sauce. Simmer over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes until thickened. Immediately spoon over bok choy & enjoy!

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
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  1. 5 stars
    I found these beautiful baby bok choy at Costco to use for my aunt’s chow mein recipe, but needed another recipe to use up the rest. (Costco = huge amounts…lol) This was so easy and delicious! Made it even easier since I already had all of the ingredients.

  2. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorites when eating out. I find it hard to duplicate Chinese recipes but this one was easier than I expected. Now if I could get my Chinese long beans to be as flavorful…