Steamed Bok Choy

Simple, yet elegant steamed Bok Choy recipe drizzled with red hot chili oil, topped with scallions and cilantro! I created this recipe after purchasing bok choy and trying to figure out what to make with it. I've used this vegetable in stir frys, but that wasn't on the menu for the week. I grabbed my steamer and decided to steam them. It's probably one of the best decisions since it was the easiest thing to do. Once the water boiled, it only took 6 minutes of cook time. That is perfect for busy weeknights!

Steamed Bok Choy drizzled with soy sauce and red pepper oilSteamed Bok Choy drizzled with soy sauce and red pepper oil-mealplan4me

Shopping Tips

Bok choy can be easily found in local grocery stores. If you do not have any at your local store, I recommend going to Asian markets as it is cheaper in price than at my local grocery store.

You will need the following for this Steamed Bok Choy recipe:


  • Large pot
  • Steamer basket 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 6 minutes

Serves: 2


  • 1 bag of baby bok choy (this was enough for 2 people)
  • Soy  Sauce
  • Spicy Red Pepper Chili Oil
  • 1-2 Scallions, Chopped
  • Cilantro, less than a handful, Chopped


To prepare this dish, start by filling up a pot with water, place the steamer basket inside the pot, set on the stove to high and wait for it to boil.

*TIP: Make sure the water does not go above the steamer basket

In the meantime, wash the bok choy, making sure to get every corner of it. If some of the pieces are too large, you can slice down the middle. Otherwise, lift around the leaves to make sure all grit is washed out. There is a hard base on the vegetable. Make sure to cut that part out and discard.

Wash and chop the scallions and cilantro, then set aside. You will use both of these at the very end as a garnish.

Once the water is boiling, set the bok choy inside the steamer basket, then place the lid onto the pot. The cook time is between 5-6 minutes, depending on how soft you like the vegetables. Once cooked, remove them from the pot and place into a colander. I always like to spray cold water on the vegetables to stop the cooking process.

Once you do that, place onto a serving plate. Drizzle some soy sauce on top, along with the spicy red pepper chili oil. Grab the chopped scallions and cilantro, place on top and around the bok choy.

Cooking Tips

I go to Asian markets or specialty stores to get the baby bok choy. The smaller size makes it easier to steam. Closely monitor it while steaming as you do not want to over steam the veggie. It is a quick process, usually taking about 5-6 minutes. This is if you are using the baby bok choy.


This steamed Bok Choy recipe is healthy, light and spicy! Serve this dish hot or cold as a side dish. I prefer to serve it immediately, as a hot side dish. It can be served for lunch or dinner.  

Pair it Up!

You can pair this particular recipe with a grilled fish, chicken or even grilled steak using Asian-inspired flavors. You can keep it as a vegetarian dish by serving it on top of rice. 

Recipe Courtesy Of: Mealplan4me (Original recipe)

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