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Stir-Fried Bok Choy

We loved this amazing Stir-Fried Bok Choy that’s low in carbs and flavored with soy sauce and butter! And this recipe can easily be gluten-free with gluten-free Oyster Sauce and Soy Sauce. 

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

Even before I start writing about it, I know that Stir-Fried Bok Choy  is going to be a tough sell with some of you. But it would be really sad if you never tried this tasty side dish, because when we made the recipe recently to take new photos, Jake and I absolutely inhaled it and then spent about 5 minutes talking about how good it was. The Bok Choy is flavored with soy sauce and butter in a delightful way, and when we tested made this recipe and devoured it, how we wished we had more!

Seriously, this was quick, easy, delicious, and really healthy with a very small amount of butter! 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 for this recipe?

  • water
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil (affiliate link)
  • Oyster Sauce (affiliate link)
  • vegetable oil
  • Bok Choy
  • salt
  • butter
  • sesame seeds (optional but recommended)

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 on Chinese cooking and has a pleasant mild flavor that’s somewhat similar to cabbage.

Do you need help with Stir-Fry cooking?

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

How can you make this recipe 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 gluten-free (and if you’re a vegetarian you could substitute a vegetarian stir-fry sauce for the Oyster Sauce).

Stir-Fried Bok Choy with Soy Sauce and Butter found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to make Stir-Fried Bok Choy:

(This is just a summary; scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

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

Stir-Fried Bok Choy with Soy Sauce and Butter found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Stir-Fried Vegetable Recipes!

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Stir-Fried Broccoli

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

Stir-Fried Bok Choy

Yield 4 servings
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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Stir-Fried Bok Choy with Soy Sauce and Butter found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Oyster sauce has some carbs, but the amount per serving is very small and I’d consider this to be 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 recipe was posted in 2006, with a photo that was pretty bad! It was updated with new photos in 2017 and last updated with more information in 2021.

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    29 Comments on “Stir-Fried Bok Choy”

  1. I don’t think the instructions are clear about cutting up and cooking the bok choy. I have cooked bok choy often, and the leafy green part is quite different from the white stem part. I cook the stem part first and add the leafy bits just at the end. Your pictures show green leaf and white stems, but the ingredients don’t specify.

    • It wasn’t a problem for me if the stem parts were slightly more crispy than the leafy green part, especially since the total cooking time is so short, but obviously you’re welcome to do it any way you’d like.

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  4. Around how many cups of bok choy would you say? There are at least a half dozen different types at my grocery store. Thanks!

    • I’d say the two head of bok choy chopped up is about 4-6 cups of chopped greens. I don’t think you need an exact amount for this, but in the photos it looks to me like my 12 inch frying pan was quite full.

  5. Thank you Kalyn..I love bok choy,and use it often in my stir fry's. I have not used butter w/it, only the soy,and oyster sauce which I have on hand for fried rice..Love that I'm seeing more of the less common veggie recipes from all parts of the world.