Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce

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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 on a plate

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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!

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 – 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.
  • Garlic
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Shaoxing wine
  • Sesame Oil
  • MSG
  • Chicken Stock
  • Cornstarch
  • 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. I find that the flavor profile does not usually go with the dish. 
raw ingredients for bok choy and oyster sauce

Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce: Recipe Instructions

Cut the Bok Choy

The first step in making Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce 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.

Next, mix the sauce by combining chicken stock, oyster sauce, low sodium light soy sauce, shaoxing wine, sesame oil, sugar, salt, msg, and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over high heat, whisking occasionally 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.

Plate and Serve Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce!

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 your Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce!

bok choy with oyster sauce on a plate

Recipe Tips for Bok Choy with Oyster 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.


  • 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.

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5 from 8 votes

Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce

Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
bok choy with oyster sauce on a plate
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.



  • 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!


Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1022mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 7570IUVitamin C: 77mgCalcium: 198mgIron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
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  1. 5 stars
    Lucky to have had the ingredients on hand just as bok choy! Super easy and delish.

    Thanks CJ

  2. 5 stars
    this was such an easy recipe to make, but more importantly it is so delicious and now my staple and possibly the only way I’m going to prepare bok choy again! CJ you are the best and make these delicious dishes so easy to make thank you

  3. 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.

  4. 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