Grilled marinated bok choy is a simple side dish that is quick and easy to make and requires only a few ingredients.
Simply whisk together the marinade ingredients, marinade the baby bok choy for 15 minutes, and grill for 5 to 7 minutes.
You can grill whole baby bok choy or individual leaves of larger bok choy.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- This quick and easy side dish is ready in about 10 minutes.
- Bok choy is milder than most other cabbages making it a great introduction to the cabbage family.
What is Bok Choy?
Bok choy is a member of the cabbage family and is an ingredient frequently used in Asian cooking. It goes by several names including pok choy, pak choi, and Chinese cabbage.
The long green leaves are tender while the white stems have a satisfying crunch.
It has a mild flavor and crisp texture that pairs well with a variety of dishes.
Shopping For and Storing
Choose bok choy that looks crisp and is firm to the touch. The leaves should be green and not wilted.
Store bok choy in the refrigerator for up to a week.
What part of bok choy do you eat?
The entire bok choy is edible. You may want to trim a small portion of the tough base before eating. Bok choy can be eaten both cooked and raw.
What Does Bok Choy Taste Like?
Bok choy has a subtle cabbage flavor. It is sweeter and milder than spinach with a slight peppery undertone.
When grilling bok choy you will want to keep the leaves and stem intact to hold the bok choy together.
Once grilled the leaves will take on a slight char and the stems will become tender while still retaining some of their crunch.
How to Clean
Bok choy can have dirt nestled between its leaves. If preparing larger bok choy, simply wash the dirt away from each leave under running water.
When preparing baby bok choy, swish each baby bok choy in a bowl of cold water to loosen and remove the dirt.
Low Sodium Soy Sauce: No need to add additional salt to the marinade. Soy sauce is plenty salty.
Sesame Oil: If you don't have sesame oil you can substitute olive oil but you will lose some of the delicious nutty flavors.
Honey: Honey's sweetness rounds out and compliments the other ingredients. It also caramelizes beautifully on the grill.
Rice Vinegar: Rice vinegar adds a bite to the marinade that is more subtle than other types of vinegar.
Red Chili Flakes: If you don't have red pepper flakes you can substitute a splash of sriracha or your favorite hot sauce.
Ground Ginger: Feel free to substitute fresh chopped ginger for the ground ginger. If using fresh ginger increase the amount to 1 teaspoon.
Baby Bok Choy: Baby bok choy can be difficult to find. We have a wonderful global grocery store about 30 minutes away that often carries it.
If you can't find baby bok choy you can use regular bok choy. Just break each individual leaf off like you would a head of romaine lettuce.
Larger more mature bok choy will have a stronger bitter flavor.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Preheat the grill to medium heat.
In a medium bowl whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, honey, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and ginger.
Wash the bok choy and shake off excess water.
Add the bok choy to the bowl and toss to coat.
Lightly oil the grill. Add the bok choy, close the lid, and cook for four minutes.
If you would like more char on the bok choy, flip the bok choy and cook for another two minutes.
Remove bok choy from the grill and serve immediately. Drizzle the remaining marinade over bok choy if you choose.
Grilled and marinated bok choy makes a delicious side dish for just about anything. Try serving it alongside these other grilled favorites.
For even more delicious Asian flavor try serving it next to these delicious teriyaki pineapple chicken meatballs.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave.
- After grilling the bok choy serve it as a side dish or chop it up and add it to your favorite stir fry or soup.
More Easy Side Dishes
Grilled Marinated Bok Choy
- medium bowl
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pound baby bok choy
- Preheat the grill to medium heat.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce, 3 tablespoons sesame oil, 2 cloves of garlic , 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, and ¼ teaspoon ground ginger.
- Wash the 1 pound baby bok choy and shake off excess water.
- Add the bok choy to the bowl and toss to coat.
- Lightly oil the grill. Add the bok choy, close the lid, and cook for four minutes.
- If you would like more char on the bok choy, flip the bok choy and cook for another two minutes.
- Remove bok choy from the grill and serve immediately.
- Drizzle the remaining marinade over bok choy if you choose.
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