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Bok Choy Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce and Garlic Oil

Bok choy stir fry with oyster sauce and garlic oil is a perennial Chinese restaurant favorite menu. You can use my simple to follow recipe with any kind of Chinese greens to recreate this iconic Chinese dish at home.
Bok Choy Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce and Garlic Oil
Bok Choy Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce and Garlic Oil

Walk into any Chinese restaurant in the world and it is almost guaranteed the menu will include a simple vegetables stir fry dish with oyster sauce (and garlic oil).

This iconic dish looks and sounds very simple, and should be very easy to recreate at home, but can be deceptively tricky to replicate. This is the recipe that makes me finally able to reliably recreate this in my own kitchen. ♥

Baby bok choy, and other Chinese greens

Although this particular recipe calls for baby bok choy, you can use other vegetables too. Some of my favorite include yu choi, gai lan, chai sim, napa cabbage, and broccolini.

You can even use vegetables that rarely appear in a Chinese menu, such as broccoli, green beans, iceberg lettuce, asparagus, celery, and even mushrooms.

Bok Choy Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce and Garlic Oil
Bok Choy Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce and Garlic Oil

The trick lies in blanching

As weird as it sounds, the key to this bok choy stir fry dish is not in stir frying, but in blanching. And by blanching, I mean learn how to boil your vegetables properly.

The most straightforward method would be to bring a pot of water to a boil and salt it. Add vegetables and cook until either crisp-tender or tender (your preference, I prefer mine to be crispy still). Drain.

You can do two things after draining. Either just plate them and drizzle with sauce straightaway. Or, you can shock the vegetables by dropping them in ice or cold water, drain again, then drizzle with the sauce.

Bok Choy Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce and Garlic Oil
Bok Choy Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce and Garlic Oil

Bok Choy Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce and Garlic Oil

5.0 from 28 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 300 gram baby bok choy (or any greens)
  • salt
  • Oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce (or mushroom sauce for vegetarian option)
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dash ground pepper
  • Garlic oil
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced


  • Bok choy
    1. Wash and drain the bok choy to remove grit and dirt. Drain and set aside.
    2. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Salt generously, and add the bok choy. Once the water boils again and the bok choy turns a brighter shade of green. Start testing to see if it is crispy and tender to your liking. Once you like the texture (please, please don't let them boil for more than 3 minutes or you will end up with wimpy limpy bok choy), drain and place on a serving plate. Set aside. (Or you can shock in ice water first, then drain again and place on a serving plate).
  • Oyster sauce
    1. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add oyster sauce, water, sugar, and ground white pepper. Stir until the sauce bubbles. Turn off heat and pour the sauce on the bok choy.
  • Garlic oil
    1. Give the frying pan a quick clean. Heat the oil and stir fry the garlic until fragrant and garlic turns golden brown. Turn off heat and pour the garlic oil onto the bok choy. Serve immediately.
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  • Dedy@Dentist Chef Dedy@Dentist Chef says:

    I think i'm gonna make the separated garlic oil later on... it's fancy chinese restaurant style...

  • JC JC says:

    This was a delicious side dish, and it's another one of your recipes that I'll be making again!

  • irish sarmiento irish sarmiento says:

    i want to see another dish

  • john john says:

    Thanks! very easy to prepare :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome John :)

  • Henry Sim Henry Sim says:

    Really love your blog, really simple and straight forward. Great photography too. A life saver!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thank you for the kind words Henry :)

  • Irma Irma says:

    Thank atas resep sist. Praktis dan bergizi tinggi. Foto-fotonya pun menarik sehingga menambah selera makan. Mau cobain di rumah buat keluarga lah sambil lihat lihat resep lainnya di blog ini.

  • Jordan Gagne Jordan Gagne says:

    it's look like so delicious....:D

  • Malindo Malindo says:

    best recipes for my dinner menu's tomorow with my girlfriend :) I will try to cooking it,, thanks anita for your recipes... I like it so much,, cause I'm a vegetarian :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thank you Malindo, and I hope you have a great time with your girlfriend tomorrow :)

  • brian brian says:


  • iis iis says:

    this is the best article , i like it,saya seorang vegetarian sist saya suka artikel ini

  • heruter heruter says:

    This was a delicious! and it’s another one of your recipes that I’ll be making, thank your information anita

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome Heruter :)

  • candra candra says:

    wow, it's make me so hungry, your are genius, thanks yes...

  • misz misz says:

    I have tried it It's so yummmm.. Thank you

  • BumbuBalado.com BumbuBalado.com says:

    Thank for your recipe... so yummy... i want share it....

  • Mae Mae says:

    Hi, I just found out about your blog when I was looking for Namasu salad from Namiko Chen in Google. Your cooking blog is fantastic and truly a gem.. I am indonesian and I love Chinese and Japanese food. Totally will follow your blog and pinterest! So glad to see Indonesian food recipes here as well

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Mae, I hope you will have fun trying out the recipes :)

  • Resep Makanan Indonesia Resep Makanan Indonesia says:

    wow, it’s make me so hungry, your are genius, thanks yes…

  • Dania Dania says:

    Good recipes for my dinner menu’s tomorow with my girlfriend I will try to cooking it,, thanks anita for your recipes… I like it so much,, keep sharing.

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome Dania :)

  • ainul latifah @coretanresep ainul latifah @coretanresep says:

    Finally i found good one recipes of bok choy, Simple and easy to follow.. Thanks, I will share it...

  • Resep Umi Resep Umi says:

    Good recipes for my dinner menu’s tomorow with my girlfriend I will try to cooking it,, thanks anita for your recipes… I like it so much,, keep sharing.

  • Naomi Naomi says:

    A nutritious recipe, I'll try it on the weekend when all my family gets together. Thank you anita.

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome Naomi :) I am sure it will be a super fun weekend with the family gathering.

  • rachman rachman says:

    cocok buat cuaca dingin kali nih ya :D

  • Dapoer Artyn Dapoer Artyn says:

    I finally found this recipe..thanks

  • mengecilkan mengecilkan says:

    thnk you.. i love healty food ... i hope you will make food from vegetable and bread hehe... thnk you

  • Ben Myhre Ben Myhre says:

    This looks spectacular. Usually, when I buy Bok Choy, it goes into the dish and not the star. This recipe makes that Bok Choy Stir Fry look like the tasty star!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Haha, totally relatable. In my case, that's usually spinach. Bok choy fares better in my home and gets to be a star. :D

  • Julia Julia says:

    Mmm...this bok choy stir fry looks amazing! Love the vibrant green color!

    • Anita Anita says:

      When I have the patience to shock the bok choy, I always get that vibrant green color. When I am hungry and need a meal in a hurry, some of the times the color can be slightly compromised, but never the taste though. :D

  • Andrea Metlika Andrea Metlika says:

    I love Bok Choy and this recipe looks and sounds delicious!

  • Jacqueline Debono Jacqueline Debono says:

    This stir fry looks so good. I'm not sure I can find bok choy here in Italy but I think Swiss chard would work!

    • Anita Anita says:

      I haven't tried using Swiss chard before, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. :)

  • Monica Monica says:

    What a great way to prepare bok choy! I haven't actually cooked with bok choy all that much, but this makes it look and taste so appealing. :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Monica, I don't always use bok choy for this recipe, especially when I am out of bok choy and haven't gotten the time to visit an Asian market. Several easier options include broccoli, iceberg lettuce, and green beans. :)

  • resep masakan resep masakan says:

    Just looking at the picture of the dish I was immediately interested in tasting it.

  • Michael Malarski Michael Malarski says:

    I love Bok Choi. Found this recipe and have made it five time in the last couple of weeks. A perfect match. Thanks.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Wow! You must really love bok choy indeed. Glad you love my recipe, Michael. :)

  • veena Azmanov veena Azmanov says:

    This sounds healthy, flavorful and a quick and easy recipe too. I love the greens.

  • Sara Welch Sara Welch says:

    This was a delicious side dish and actually got my kids to eat their veggies! Winning dish, indeed!

  • Sophie Goel Sophie Goel says:

    Thank you for such an easy-to-follow recipe. I feel very confident trying this now. Looks beautiful and delicious!

  • Dannii Dannii says:

    I love bok choy and this looks like a delicious way to cook it.

  • Danielle Wolter Danielle Wolter says:

    I am definitely making these in the new year because the whole recipe looks stunning. Can't wait to have it on my table!

  • Milky Milky says:

    It seems silly to have a recipe for this, but it's a game-changer!

    I am no stranger to attempting to recreate this dim sum veggie at home, and it's easy enough to just saute everything and eat it. The thing is, blanching it also really helps get rid of any grit that the rinsing might have missed- which is great if you buy from farmer's market or organic. (Even supermarket greens can retain a lot)

    The second benefit is that the garlic oil will flavor the rest of your food- and by this I mean it will get on your rice and you'll wonder "How come this rice tastes so amazing??" Not one grain will be left behind.

    Definitely worth trying this technique with other vegetables.


    Made it with asparagus. Very delicious. My father thought I bought it from restaurant ^0^ Thank you for the great recipe ^0^

  • TrampolineDiva TrampolineDiva says:

    Oh MY, it looks great! Can't wait to cook em this Sunday!

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