Garlic Bacon Bok Choy Stir Fry Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: October 19, 2020 Modified: July 19, 2021
Garlic Bacon Bok Choy Stir Fry Recipe

If you’re looking for a tasty and healthy dish, then this bok choy stir fry is perfect for you. This dish explodes with flavors despite its simplicity. With roasted garlic, crispy fried bacon, and crisp bok choy we’re surely in for a crunchy treat. Furthermore, you can serve this savory vegetable dish with chicken curry for a superb lunch or dinner!

Tips on Making Bok Choy Stir Fry

Bok choy is also known as bok choi, park choi, pak choi and pak choy. It’s a green, leafy Asian vegetable commonly used in stir fry recipes. It’s similar to a napa cabbage in terms of texture and flavor but is a darker green. We’re making pan fried bok choy cooked in aromatic roasted garlic, soy sauce, and mixed with crispy fried bacon. We’ll show you just how easy stir fry is to make indeed.

  • Use baby bok choy over adult ones. It is smaller, more tender, and has a sweeter taste. This is because it’s harvested earlier than adult bok choy. 
  • Add garlic to a cold pan first. Because your pan will gradually heat up as the garlic is sauteed gently. By starting with a cold pan, your garlic is prevented from burning, allowing the flavors to shine more.
  • This recipe is so versatile you can easily add other ingredients. To make it even tastier and more filling, you can include carrots and mushrooms to add color and texture. You can also turn it into an equally healthy chicken stir fry recipe by adding chicken breast pieces. This should add healthy protein to the mix.
  • Cook your bok choy stir fry fast. If you cook it for too long, it’ll lose its firmness and crunch. Consequently, it’ll also lose its vibrant green color and turn dark. So aim to cook it for a maximum of 10 minutes.

How To Make Garlic Bacon Bok Choy Stir Fry

We’re topping our crisp and flavorful bok choy stir fry with crunchy chopped bacon and a spicy soy sauce mix. This savory dish is easy and simple to make, but incredibly rewarding to eat!

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

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Commonly Asked Questions

How do you cut bok choy for stir fry?

You should always cut the bottom of the stem. This part is too thick and won’t cook evenly along with the leaves and upper parts of the stem. 

How do you cook bok choy so it’s not bitter?

For our healthy stir fry and all other bok choy recipes it is recommended that you blanch the bok choy before stir frying. This will get rid of some of its bitterness and its leaves will have a brighter green tinge. 

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Conclusion

This rich and flavorful bok choy stir fry 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. Who says vegetable dishes are boring? This tasty stir fried bok choy and bacon proves that wrong.

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