Garlic Bacon Bok Choy Recipe

Recipes.net Team
Recipes.net Team October 19, 2020
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Try something green, leafy, and delicious for lunch with our Garlic Bacon Bok Choy Recipe! This stir fry bok choy is scrumptious, healthy, and quick to make! It’s perfect for busy days when you just want something light but packed with green leafy veggies to eat.

This sauteed bok choy dish is exploding with flavors despite its delightful simplicity. The roasted garlic adds an irreplaceable flavor and texture to this dish! Meanwhile, the crispy fried bacon chopped into small pieces, as well as the crisp, pan-cooked baby bok choy, work together to give this dish an addicting and satisfying crunch!

In this recipe, we’ll show you how easy it is to cook bok choy that’s enriched with roasted garlic and crispy, fried bacon for a quick lunch or dinner meal!

What Is Bok Choy?

Before we proceed with cooking this recipe, let’s first get to know more about the main ingredient we’ll be using: bok choy.

For those who aren’t familiar, bok choy, also known as bok choi, park choi, and pak choi or pak choy, is a healthy, green Asian vegetable most commonly used in stir-fried meals. It is a type of Chinese cabbage that’s been a long-time staple ingredient in many Chinese and other Asian cuisines. Although it is a kind of Chinese cabbage, bok choy looks like a hybrid between celery and lettuce. You can recognize it by its long, elongated stalk and green, lettuce-like leaves.

It’s a versatile ingredient that you can incorporate in all kinds of dishes, from Thinly-Sliced Beef Ramen to Chicken with Coconut Curry. However, this green leafy vegetable is also popular for its impeccable health benefits. To know more about bok choy’s health benefits, bok choy is one of the few vegetables with a really high amount of nutrients for every calorie it has, more so compared to other foods. This is the reason why it’s tagged as a superfood.

Bok choy is a great source of vitamins and nutrients. It has also shown to help combat diseases like cancer as well as heart disease, is low in calories, and can help aid with healthy digestion! We recommend you try all kinds of bok choy recipes as the vegetable is incredibly nutritious! And where else should you start but with this Garlic Bacon Bok Choy Recipe!

What Does Bok Choy Taste Like?

What does this green leafy vegetable taste like? Well, bok choy tastes a lot like cabbage (it is a type of one, after all). It has the same refreshing taste that cabbage and other green leafy vegetables are known for, as well as a mild, grassy, and peppery flavor.

When it comes to texture, its long, celery-like stalks are crunchy. On the other hand, its leaves are soft with the right amount of crisp.

How To Cook Bok Choy

In this recipe, we’ll be cooking bok choy in aromatic, roasted garlic, soy sauce, and crispy fried bacon. We’ll show you just how easy and simple this stir-fried bok choy dish is to make. In just under 10 minutes, you’ll have a healthy but delicious dish of sauteed bok choy, topped with crumbles of chopped bacon.

But you can also add more ingredients to make this stir fry more filling than it already is. Mushrooms, carrots, and sesame seeds are just some of our suggested additional ingredients in making this stir fry.

 

Tip: Remember that you’ll have to cook the bok choy (both baby and adult) fast for it to retain its crispness and vibrancy. So, you will only want to expose the leaves to the sauce for only about 1 to 3 minutes, before turning off the heat.

With just a handful of easily-obtainable ingredients, you can make your own quick and easy stir fry oozing with all kinds of flavors and nutrients. And when you finally have these ingredients at hand, just follow our simple recipe instructions and you’ll be feasting on a healthy and delicious lunch meal! Before you start cooking, make sure to check out the Recipe Notes just after the instructions for more tips like learning how to clean bok choy and more!

How To Make Garlic Bacon Bok Choy

We’re topping flavorful, crisp pan-fried bok choy with crunchy chopped bacon and a savory, spicy soy sauce mix . This Garlic Bacon Bok Choy dish is easy and simple to make, but is incredibly rewarding to eat!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 3 rashers bacon
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lb baby bok choy
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 4 tsp chili flakes, dried

Instructions

  1. On a skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon until crispy. Then, set aside.

  2. Using the same skillet, add vegetable oil and garlic. Saute the garlic for a full minute.

  3. Add the bok choy, and cook until it starts to wilt.

  4. Pour the soy sauce and sesame oil on top of the bok choy, then stir.

  5. Add chili flakes and stir once more.

  6. On a chopping board, chop the fried bacon into crumbles.

  7. Sprinkle the chopped bacon on top of the bok choy.

  8. Serve for a quick and healthy lunch, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • For this recipe, we recommend you use baby bok choy over the large, adult ones. Baby bok choy is smaller, yet more tender and taste sweeter due to being harvested earlier than the adult bok choy. To taste the vegetable’s sweet flavors, use baby bok choy when making this recipe.
  • To keep the crispness of both the bacon and bok choy, we recommend you cook them for less than 10 minutes, and to serve immediately when done.
  • How To Prepare Bok Choy: First, wash and dry the baby bok choy. Then, trim the bottom inch from its head and cut away the leafy greens from both sides of the white stalk. You may cut the baby bok choy down some more for easier stir-frying. However, you can also saute it as is.

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 540mg
  • Calories: 378kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Fat: 31g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Iron: 6mg
  • Potassium: 232mg
  • Protein: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 23g
  • Sodium: 2528mg
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Vitamin A: 22557IU
  • Vitamin C: 207mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

Is this recipe vegan-friendly?

Although we’re using bacon in this recipe, you can still make it vegan-friendly by using Vegan Bacon or tofu as a substitute ingredient.

How to eat bok choy?

You can eat bok choy raw, with either a dip or as part of a salad. However, do note that eating too much raw bok choy can result in thyroid problems. Stir-frying bok choy or adding it in other dishes are both great ways to eat this delicious green vegetable. Asides from ramen and curry, you can also include bok choy in your stew, soups, and even fried rice.

How to store bok choy?

Remember not to wash bok choy before storing it in the fridge because moisture promotes rotting. You can store bok choy in a plastic or ziplock bag with punched holes for about 3 days up to a week at most. We also suggest storing it in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Remember to always wash the bok choy first and remove outer wilted leaves before using it in any dish.

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Conclusion

This rich and flavorful stir fried fried bok choy dish is simple and easy to make! It’s perfect for busy days when you’re in need of a quick but delicious and healthy meal to fill your hungry tummy. Try making this bok choy recipe for you and your loved ones, and you’ll be introducing them to a brand new world filled with intricate stir-fried flavors.

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