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Pak Choi (Bok Choy) with Garlic & Chilli

March 4, 2018 (Last Updated: November 3, 2019)

Last Updated on November 3, 2019 by Slow The Cook Down

This is a super quick and easy pak choi (bok choy) recipe that packs a punch!  This leafy vegetable has a unique flavour, a little bit nutty, a little bit sweet and it’s extremely versatile.  Time to give it a go if you’ve never tried it before! On the table in less than 10 minutes!

Pak choi before cooking, laid on marble surface with garlic cloves and chilli flakes

Is Pak Choi the same as Bok Choy?

So, for a while I though that pak choi and bok choy were two totally different vegetables.  Anyone else?! Well….surprise!  They are the same thing!  In the UK and Australia people tend to call it pak choi and in North America, it is known as bok choy.  It’s also known as Chinese cabbage or petsay.  That’s all the education you are going to get from me, but check out this article if you want to learn more about this awesome vegetable!

Is Pak Choi Good For You?

The good news, is that this leafy green is not only tasty, but it’s super good for you! It’s low in calories and packed full of vitamins and minerals. In this recipe, I have used butter to cook it, as it adds a saltiness and brings out the natural nutty flavours, but if you want to, you can just cook it in oil.  But hey, it’s so good for you, a little butter isn’t going to hurt!!

Cooked pak choi on a blue background

How to Cook Pak Choi with Garlic and Chilli

This recipe for pak choi (bok choy) takes no time to prepare, so it’s perfect for a quick and easy side dish. Like with most vegetables, you don’t want to over cook these bad boys, the green leaves should be wilted, but you still want a bite in the white stalk.  Just cook it until it starts to colour and brown.  I used baby pak choi (bok choy) in this recipe, but you can easily use the standard variety.  I like my food with a bit of a kick, but if you don’t do spicy well, use a teaspoon rather than a tablespoon of chilli flakes.


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Top down shot of cooked pak choi halves with chili and garlic

Pak Choi (bok choi) with Garlic & Chilli

This is a super quick and easy pak choi (bok choy) recipe that packs a punch! 
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Course: Side Dish, vegetarian
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 281kcal


  • 6 baby pak choi (bok choy) Or use two standard sized
  • 1.75 ounces salted butter (50g)
  • 1 tbsp veg oil
  • 1 tbsp chilli flakes or 1tsp if you like it less spicy
  • 2 Cloves garlic finely chopped


  • Wash the pak choi and slice in half, lengthways
  • Put alarge frying pan on a high heat, add the butter and  oil.  When butter has melted add in the chilli flakes and garlic.
  • Once butter is foaming, add the pak choi, flat side down in the pan.  After about 4 mins, once you have some good colour, turn the halves over and cook for a couple more minutes.  Don't overcook, you want the stalks to have a bite to them.
  • Serve immediately


Nutritional values are based on one of two servings.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 789mg | Potassium: 2195mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 39335IU | Vitamin C: 378.9mg | Calcium: 907mg | Iron: 7.4mg
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  • Reply
    May 23, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy and easy!

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    Adrian Hall
    April 3, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    This sounds great. Definitely going to be trying it, thank you.

    • Reply
      Slow The Cook Down
      April 3, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks Adrian, it’s such a quick and tasty way to cook pak choi! Do let me know what you think once you’ve tried it! 🙂

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    October 27, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Looks good but your calories are way off.

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      Slow The Cook Down
      October 27, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Holly, thanks for stopping by! I use an online converter for the calorie count, and always say that these are an approximation. Personally, I am not a fan of putting calories on every recipe, I am not a nutritionist, but it is something we must do for Google. Thanks for pointing this out, I will go back and recalculate 🙂

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    July 18, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    5 stars
    I LOVE Bok Choy! And the simple flavors of garlic and chile are perfect for it!

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    March 5, 2018 at 10:59 am

    This looks SO delicious! The texture on the pak choi is incredible.

    • Reply
      Slow The Cook Down
      March 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂 It’s such an easy and delicious way to cook them!

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