Baby Bok Choy with Cashews

Sometimes the simplest things are the most enjoyable. My mother whipped up this quick and easy baby bok choy dish the other night. It was so good I made her make it again the next day so I could watch with pad and pen in hand. This is hard on mom actually, as she never makes anything the same way twice, and she never measures (obviously not a baker). I make her weigh things. “How much bok choy is that mom?” She looks at me as if I’ve just asked her how many miles there are to the moon. I get the kitchen scale down from the cabinet. Why cashews? Because that’s what we had on hand. Almonds would work too. If you want you could jazz it up a bit with a little freshly grated ginger and a shake of chili pepper flakes.

Baby Bok Choy with Cashews Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 4.


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped green onions, including green ends
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound baby bok choy, rinsed, larger leaves separated from base, base trimmed but still present, holding the smaller leaves together
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped, roasted, salted cashews


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1 Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Add onions, then garlic, then bok choy. Sprinkle with sesame oil and salt. Cover, and let the baby bok choy cook down for approximately 3 minutes. (Like spinach, when cooked, the bok choy will wilt a bit.)

2 Remove cover. Lower heat to low. Stir and let cook for a minute or two longer, until the bok choy is just cooked.

3 Gently mix in cashews.

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  • Jeanette

    Here is another very easy and tasty way to serve bok choy, I usually use the baby variety as well.

    Open a can of good quality chicken broth and put in a wide but low saucepan, sort of like 1/3 of a Dutch oven. Add 2 or 3 slices of fresh ginger and 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, adjust quantities for how much of a ginger or garlic person you are. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove garlic and ginger.

    Prepare 6 to 8 baby bok choy. Trim off base ends, wash, cut in half the long way and shake off excess water. Now put your prepared bok choy cut side down in the broth in the saucepan. Bring to a boil, turn down heat, and cook around 2 minutes, just until the leaves wilt. Remove the bok choy.

    Turn heat to high and now reduce the remaining broth to a glaze. Add the reserved bok choy and quickly toss and then serve. Cashews or almonds can be added if desired.

  • Harmony

    Anything that uses hot pepper, garlic, and sesame oil makes me instantly think “Korean!” I bet that would make an excellent side dish. Sounds really good!

  • jennbec

    Glad you posted this simple recipe…I struggle still with baby bok choy. I want to leave it whole since it’s small and cute, but I can never quite figure out what to do with it whole. I’ll definitely try this out now that we have baby bok choy back in season at the farm. Thanks, Elise (and your mom)!

  • Jerry

    Absolutely fabulous. Simplicity is at the heart of most great dishes in my opinion, and this one tops the cake. I’ll be trying this soon.

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