There’s no delivery required for this delicious, healthy and easy Bok Choy With Garlic and Oyster Sauce Recipe! Ready in 10 minutes from start to finish.
Bok Choy With Garlic and Oyster Sauce
I used to spend a lot of money on delivery. Yep – the Chinese restaurants that flanked my apartment in Toronto heard from me rather frequently. Whether it was garlic-loaded dry-fried green beans or an order of delicious Moo Goo Gai Pan, I simply couldn’t get enough meat and veggies tossed in fragrant and savory sauce and delivered to my door. My rationale was that it was cheaper to order delivery than to cook for one. Sure, sometimes that’s true. But it was one day as I was tearing the lid off a delicious to-go container of stir-fried bok choy that my roommate walked past and casually asked how much I’d spent for this simple veggie dish. When I told him $12 was the damage that day, he looked at me like my head was on fire.
“You know that’s just bok choy with garlic and oyster sauce, right? You could make that for like three-bucks with three ingredients,” Phil said and poured himself a cup of coffee. As he returned to his room, he again said the words, “Three bucks,” and closed his door. A few days later, on my next trip to the store, I decided to test out his theory. Sure, the bill for bok choy, a head of garlic and a jar of oyster sauce was mega cheap. But could it really be that simple? Short answer: yes. Phil was right. Garlic and oyster sauce made my homemade bok choy sing!
OK – full disclosure: I used more than three ingredients in this updated bok choy with garlic and oyster sauce recipe. Let’s call it bok choy 2.0. However it’s still super easy to make at home! I’ve found that a splash of soy sauce adds to the umami element brought on by the oyster sauce. And some dry sherry (you can also use Shaoxing wine) and black pepper imparts a slightly woodsy sweetness to the dish as a whole.
Bok choy is super delicious in most Chinese preparations. The wilted leaves keep their crunch near the stalk, and are a wonderful vehicle for this simple sauce made primarily from garlic and oyster sauce. Served with a side of white rice, this is one of those dishes that perfectly balances my desire to eat flavorful food that also happens to be good for me. Total win! What’s your favorite healthy Chinese dish? Do you think it’s cheaper to make your favorite dish at home than to order it for delivery? Tell me about it in the comments!
Other simple, delicious veggie recipes:
- Seitan and Vegetable Stir Fry
- Broiled Green Beans Almondine
- Spring Swiss Chard Pie With Gruyere
- Spicy Pickled Vegetables
- Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Bread Crumbs and Almonds
Did you like this Bok Choy With Garlic and Oyster Sauce Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below!
Serve this recipe with a side of Japanese rice. Watch our video on How To Make Japanese Rice the stove top or rice cooker method!
- Bring a pot of salted water to boil and add bok choy. Boil for 1 minute and drain. Rinse under cold water and drain again. Set aside.
- In a pan over high heat, add oil and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add bok choy and all the other ingredients and cook for 2 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and transfer bok choy and sauce to a plate. Serve immediately.
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Very high in vitamin B6
Very high in vitamin C