Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce


November 26, 2022

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This Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce is gently blanched, then used as the base for an umami-rich oyster sauce poured all over! It’s one of my favorite ways to eat bok choy, and this vegetarian dish is perfect as a side or served with rice for a more filling main course.

Bok Choy with oyster sauce is a perfect way for incorporating more vegetables into the weeknight rotation. It’s so simple to make and tastes delicious!

Watch the Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce Recipe Video Below!

bok choy with oyster sauce on a plate

Ingredients for Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce

This Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce recipe is an amazing and flavorful way to enjoy this classic Chinese vegetarian dish! Here is what you’ll need for the recipe:

  • Baby Bok Choy
  • Garlic
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Shaoxing wine
  • Sesame Oil
  • MSG
  • Chicken Stock – I always recommend Kettle & Fire – use code CJPINS for 20% off your order here!
  • Cornstarch
raw ingredients for bok choy and oyster sauce


I recommend buying baby bok choy for this dish, but in a pinch, regular bok choy works well too. Depending on how big your bok choy is, you may need to trim and cut the bok choy in half like I do here.

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. I find that the flavor profile does not usually go with the dish. 

Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce: Recipe Instructions

Cut the Bok Choy

The first step in making this recipe is washing the bok choy and cutting it in half, lengthwise. Find where the outer most leaves come up and cut right down the middle of them to keep all the bok choy leaves in tact like I do here.

baby bok choy cut in half

Next, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tbsp of kosher salt. Blanch your bok choy for about 45 seconds, or until the bok choy are bright green. Drain and remove to a plate.

blanched bok choy

Next, mix the sauce by combining chicken stock (I always use Kettle & Fire – get 20% off your order when you use code CJPINS!), oyster sauce, low sodium light soy sauce, shaoxing wine, sesame oil, sugar, salt, msg, and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over high heat, whisking occassionally to prevent the sauce from burning to the bottom of the pot. Stir until the sauce has thickened – if too loose, mix together 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch and 1/2 cup water and slowly add it until the desired consistency is reached.

mixing oyster sauce in a pan

Plate and serve

Now that your bok choy is blanched and drained, all that’s left to do is pour that rich umami oyster sauce over the bok choy and enjoy!

bok choy with oyster sauce on a plate

If you liked this Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce recipe, check out some of the most vegetable recipes on the blog!


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.

For a recipe that comes together extremely quickly, the key to pulling this recipe off successfully is having your ingredients prepped and in bowls right next to your wok or pan! Have your premixed sauce, chicken, and vegetables ready and easily accessible during the cooking process.

bok choy with oyster sauce on a plate

Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce

by Chris Joe
This simple and delicious way to eat bok choy is one of my favorites! A rich and flavorful oyster based sauce compliments the delicate bok choy perfectly.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4



  • Wash and trim the bok choy and cut in half if using the larger variety. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add 1 tbsp of kosher salt
  • Blanch the bok choy for 45 seconds or until bright green. Drain and set aside
  • In a small saucepan, mix together sauce ingredients and bring to a low boil until thickened, stirring occasionally to ensure the sauce doesn't burn to the pot.
  • Serve the sauce over the bok choy and enjoy!
Keyword bok choy, oyster sauce, vegetables, vegetarian
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Recipe Rating

  1. 5 stars
    Just made this on 4/30/23 & what a great way to end the month.. I’m trying to eat not vegetables and one of my favorite vegetables is bok choy. The oyster sauce compliments this so well and is very flavorful. I have enough sauce left over to put on more bok choy, which is exciting. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Hi CJ,
    I’m glad I finally can get your recipes.
    I’ve only seen the shorts videos on Pinterest and I needed the recipes
    Thank you