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How to Make Bok Choy in Instant Pot

Here’s how to make bok choy in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi pressure cooker, it’s easy! Comes out tender with tons of great Asian flavors.

How to Make Bok Choy

Wondering how to make bok choy quickly and just as good as the restaurants do? We’ve got the answer here! Made as an easy Instant Pot recipe this time, but any pressure cooker will work. Best way to make it.

This is kinda’ an overlooked vegetable, don’t you think?? We have it at our favorite Asian place all the time but rarely see it on the menu elsewhere.

SO when I had a craving for this and our teriyaki chicken the other night I thought I’d figure out how to replicate that dish we love.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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New to this veggie? Oh you’ll love it. The trick is the sauce you use really, and getting it nice and tender. That is subjective though. Some prefer it very soft, I like a little bite to it. I include both methods below though.

How do you prepare bok choy?

You’ll want to cut off the very bottom, thickest portion that is white at the bottom first. You can keep the rest in tact or slice into 1″ sections to get more tender if you desire. Then cook bok choy as desired.

What part of the bok choy do you eat?

You can eat all of this Chinese white cabbage if you want. It is safe to consume raw or cooked. Most discard the very end and eat the dark green leaves + thinner white stalk portions.

Is bok choy good for you?

For sure. This leafy green is rich in Vitamin A, C, K and fiber as well. A shorter cook time will maintain more nutrients which we will show you how to do here.

Here it is after being rinsed and the very bottom area trimmed off. Now you just need to add whatever type of liquid in your pot so you can essentially steam bok choy in Instant Pot.

Bok Choy

Ninja Foodi Bok Choy

That is right, it doesn’t matter whether you want to make this as a Ninja Foodi recipe or other brand of pressure cooker. Any brand or model will work just the same.

  1. Bunch of fresh bok choy
  2. Broth of water
  3. Soy sauce
  4. Garlic minced
  5. Rice wine vinegar
  6. You could add a bit of chili flakes for heat

That is all I used to make this easy side dish. Of course you could add a bit of Sriracha if you wanted some heat too.

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If you do not have this high pressure pot you could use the same ingredients plus oil in a large skillet. Add baby bok choy with your sauce and maybe fresh ginger diced. Cook stirring intermittently until tender.

Timing will depend on how soft you want it but either way is super quick and easy. It is fabulous next to or in a stir fry or fried rice.

The smaller the bok choy cut the faster it will tenderize. Serve as is right out of the pot or pan and sprinkle a few sesame seeds or sesame oil on top and enjoy.

instant pot bok choy

Bok Choy Recipe

Here are basic step by step directions. I have a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post too though that you can keep on hand. It has nutritional information in it as well if you use the exact ingredients listed.

Time needed: 2 minutes.

How to Make Bok Choy

  1. Prepare

    Cut thick ends off bok choy if you have a large bunch.
    Add ingredients other than bok choy into pressure cooker if you are using that method.

    If using a saucepan on the stovetop set to medium heat.

    Separate pieces and lay vegetable pieces into the pot. The bottom pieces will be more tender so put smaller pieces on top. Inside a pan you can rotate them, in an Instant Pot you won’t

  2. Cook

    Close lid and steam valve and set to 1 minute on high pressure. If you like it really tender, set to 2 minutes.

    On the stovetop put a lid on tight to trap the steam and let it cook for 3-5 minutes rotating top and bottom pieces once. Remove when as tender as desired.

    Do a quick release on Ninja Foodi pressure cooker. Remove and put into a bowl. Pour sauce on top and serve immediately.

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What can I do with too much bok choy?

This has never been an issue ourselves but if we decided to grow it in our vegetable garden it might be. There are TONS of things to serve this with but you can cut it into smaller pieces and add it into other dishes.

Similar to cabbage recipes it adds a bit of texture to rice or casserole dishes for sure. You could use this and follow our Instant Pot fried cabbage recipe but it would use this leafy green instead!

Can fresh bok choy be frozen?

I personally do not like freezing vegetables, unless it’s corn on the cob really. It really does alter the texture of it once it is defrosted and you use it in a recipe. Personally I’d rather just take a trip to the store and get fresh.

What should I serve with bok choy?

chicken breast

We eat a lot of chicken! From air fryer frozen chicken breast sliced and thrown next to brown rice, to our chicken quinoa casserole it’s just so easy.

Our Instant Pot Asian chicken or copycat Panda Express black pepper chicken is another favorite dish too.

All you need for the one you see above is a bit of olive oil spray, or vegetable oil works too. A trip in your hot air machine, sprinkle with green onions and seasonings. It goes from rock hard frozen to perfectly tender in minutes.

  • My oven has been crying lately for sure. I hardly ever use anything other than these 2 devices to cook anymore.

I hope this helps you understand how to cook bok choy so you too can enjoy it at home. Like I said, the IP is my preferred method but a pan is just as good if that is all you have for sure. Good for you and delish!!

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How to Make Bok Choy

How to make bok choy in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi pressure cooker is easy. Comes out tender with tons of great Asian flavors.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Keyword bok choy, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings 4
Calories 37kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut thick ends off bok choy if you have a large bunch.
  • Add ingredients other than bok choy into pressure cooker.
  • Separate pieces and lay vegetable pieces into the pot. The bottom pieces will be more tender so put smaller pieces on top.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to 1 minute on high pressure. If you like it really tender, set to 2 minutes.
  • Do a quick release. Remove and put into a bowl. Pour sauce on top and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
How to Make Bok Choy
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 37 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 947mg41%
Potassium 560mg16%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 9383IU188%
Vitamin C 95mg115%
Calcium 223mg22%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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