Baby Bok Choy with Sherry and Prosciutto

I admit, I am not the greatest fan of bok choy, perhaps as result of too many poorly done stir-fries during college. That said, my father made this recipe from Fine Cooking the other day and it was so good I made a trip to the store just to get more baby bok choy and had him make it again. Perhaps it’s the addition of sherry and prosciutto? Likely. Do you like bok choy? If so, what’s your favorite recipe?

Baby Bok Choy with Sherry and Prosciutto Recipe



  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 6 heads baby bok choy, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, more as needed
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce for gluten-free version of recipe)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon of cold water
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of thinly sliced prosciutto cut into 1/4-inch strips, or finely chopped


1 Put the oil and garlic into a large, heavy-based sauté pan with a lid. Heat on medium high heat and cook, stirring frequently until the garlic begins to sizzle, about 1 minute.

2 Add the bok choy halves. Use tongs to turn the pieces in the oil. Season with salt. When the bok choy leaves begin to wilt, add the sherry, turning the pieces again. Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, and sugar. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and simmer until the bok choy tops are wilted and the stalks are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the bok choy to a plate, leaving the cooking fluid in the pan.

3 Whisk the corn starch slurry into the cooking fluid. Simmer until liquid has thickened, about 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and add the bok choy back to the pan. Add the prosciutto and toss quickly to coat the bok choy with the broth and mix with the prosciutto. Season to taste with salt. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Recipe adapted from the excellent Fine Cooking magazine.

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  • Rasa Malaysia

    My favorite baby bok choy recipe is Chinese stir-fry. Just some chopped garlic, add in some shrimp or scallop, oyster sauce, stir-fry with wok-hei, voila, you have the perfect baby bok choy dish. The key is to cook it just right so it’s green and crunchy. I will have to share my recipe soon. :)

  • Kate

    Growing up Asian, baby bok choy was a staple in our family’s diet, and I’ve always loved it. It was always lightly stir-fried with a few slivers of ginger, and salt added to taste. The bok choy was always crunchy and the light seasonings didn’t mask the taste of the vegetable.

  • Husband

    I love bok choy. We do a good deal of Asian cuisine in our home. With that said, my very favorite is gia lan (AKA Chinese broccoli). There is something about both of them to me. They are the simplest to prepare. A little sesame oil, a little wok action, drizzle on some soy sauce and done. You have perfect veg side without little effort.

  • Rebecca

    I agree with the two entries above, bok choy is excellent stir fried fast over a ripping hot wok until it is only tender crisp, accent on the crisp. My absolute favorite way to eat it, in fact almost the only way I eat it, is with the stems stir fried with some mushrooms with a little good quality soy sauce and fresh ginger, then just before eating I wilt the leaves in and add some toasted sesame oil and some cashews.

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