We loved this amazing Stir-Fried Bok Choy and this bok choy recipe is low in carbs and flavored with soy sauce and butter! And this tasty side dish with Bok Choy can easily be gluten-free if you use gluten-free Oyster Sauce and Gluten-Free Soy Sauce.

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Bok Choy with Soy Sauce and Butter finished dish on serving plate

I know that Stir-Fried Bok Choy might be a tough sell with some of you. But it would be really sad if you didn’t try this tasty Bok Choy side dish, because when we made the recipe recently to take new photos, we absolutely inhaled it and then spent about 5 minutes talking about how good it was.

This Bok Choy recipe is flavored with soy sauce and butter in a delightful way, and when we tested it we made this recipe, devoured it, and then wished we had more! Seriously, this was quick, easy, delicious, and really very healthy. 

And most of the ingredients here except the Bok Choy are things you’ll already have on hand. And as I said, Jake and I wished we had made more, so go ahead and double the recipe if you’d like!

What ingredients do you need?

(This is only a list of ingredients; please scroll down for complete printable recipe. Or if you use the JUMP TO RECIPE link at the top of the page, it will take you directly to the complete recipe.)

What is Bok Choy?

Bok Choy is a type of leafy green vegetable that’s also called Chinese Cabbage, Pak Choi, or Pok Choi. It’s used a lot in Chinese cooking and has a pleasant mild flavor that’s somewhat similar to cabbage.

Want Tips for Stir-Fry cooking?

You may want to read my Tips for Stir-Fry Cooking before you make this, although seriously this recipe is about as easy as you could imagine.

Can you make Stir-Fried Bok Choy if you don’t have a wok?

I love using a wok for stir-fry cooking because the curved sides make it easy to keep stirring the food. But if you don’t have a wok you can definitely make this recipe in a large frying pan.

How can you make Stir-Fried Bok Choy gluten-free or vegetarian?

You’ll want to look for Gluten-Free Oyster Sauce (affiliate link) and Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) if you need this recipe to be gluten-free, and if you’re a vegetarian you could substitute a vegetarian stir-fry sauce for the Oyster Sauce.

How low in carbs is the Stir-Fried Bok Choy recipe?

This amazing Bok Choy side dish only has about 2 net carbs per serving!

Stir-Fried Bok Choy process shots collage

How to make Stir-Fried Bok Choy:

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  • Mix the water, soy sauce, sesame oil, and Oyster Sauce.
  • Chop the bok choy into smallish pieces (and wash in salad spinner and spin dry if it needs it.)
  • Heat the wok or frying pan until it’s very hot.
  • Then add the peanut oil and let it heat about 30 seconds.
  • Add the bok choy and stir-fry about 2 minutes.
  • Then add the soy sauce mixture and the butter and cook about 1-2 minutes more.
  • That’s it! Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve hot!

Bok Choy on serving plate

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Stir-Fried Bok Choy with Soy Sauce and Butter finished dish on serving plate
Yield: 4 servings

Stir-Fried Bok Choy

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

This Stir-Fried Bok Choy that's flavored with soy sauce and butter was so tasty we couldn't stop talking about how good it was!


  • 2 T water
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 T oyster sauce (see notes)
  • 1 T vegetable oil (see notes)
  • 2 heads head Bok Choy, ends trimmed and cut crosswise into strips and washed if needed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 1 T butter
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish, optional but recommended


  1. Combine water, soy sauce, sesame oil, and oyster sauce and set aside.
  2. Heat wok or heavy frying pan until very hot, about 1-2 minutes, then add oil and heat about 30 seconds more.
  3. Add bok choy and salt and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Add soy sauce mixture and butter and stir fry 1-2 minutes more, until bok choy is still slightly crisp, but getting tender.
  5. Serve hot, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds if desired.


Use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce and Gluten-Free Oyster Sauce if needed.

You can buy sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds at Amazon.com if you have a hard time finding them. (Links are affiliate links.) I used peanut oil.

This recipe adapted slightly from The Gourmet Cookbook.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 119Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 8mgSodium 612mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Stir-Fried Bok Choy on serving plate, close up.

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Oyster sauce has some carbs, but the amount per serving is very, very small and this recipe for Stir-Fried Bok Choy is suitable for low-carb diet plans, even Keto. I’d also eat it for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, despite the small amount of butter (which isn’t recommended for South Beach.)

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This Stir-Fried Bok Choy recipe was updated with new photos in 2017. It was last updated with more information in 2024.

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