This beautiful Sesame Grilled Baby Bok Choy is a more dainty member of the cabbage family that when cooked has a subtly sweet flavor and is best served simply. Lightly grilling these small, delicate bundles brings out a world of flavor and adds color and crunch to the meal.
Pump Up Your Side Dish Game with Some Baby Bok Choy
Side Dishes for our meals are sometimes kind of an afterthought. They take a backseat to our protein that we think of as the center of the plate, but they are really important to having a complete meal experience and a healthy diet. Opening canned vegetables or microwaving a bag of green beans is functional for getting a vegetable on the plate, but it isn’t the most appealing option. Exciting vegetable side dishes are more likely to get eaten, and they don’t have to take long to prepare. This Baby Bok Choy recipe is a very easy dish to prepare and will definitely elevate your vegetable side dish game.
How do you Clean Baby Bok Choy?
Like it’s close cousin cabbage, this green can be prepared in many ways. The main thing to remember is that it needs to be cleaned properly. Unlike a head of cabbage, the Baby Bok Choy has an open leaf structure that can hold dirt. This means you need to do more than wash the outside. A quick soak in a bowl of cold water will clean the leaves any dirt stuck in between the leaves will come away and sink to the bottom of the bowl.
How Do I Cook Baby Bok Choy
When I grill Baby Bok Choy, I remove any leaves on the outside that have been damaged and cut the bundles in half long ways and leave the stem or butt in tact. This will expose the tender inner leaves and keep the bundle from falling apart.
I usually cook this on my griddle pan, but any sturdy pan will work. Heat the pan on medium/high heat, and drizzle the smallest drizzle of olive oil over the pan. Lay the prepared bundles inside down onto the hot griddle and let cook for three minutes. Then turn the bundles over. You should have nicely browned inner leaves and see softening of the larger leaves. Cook for three more minutes. Just before the Bok Choy bundles are finished sprinkle with salt and pepper. Finally, drizzle sesame oil and sprinkle sesame seeds for extra flavor.
Serve Sesame Grilled Baby Bok Choy alongside your favorite Asian Main Course. Try this Perfectly Grilled Teriyaki Steak for your next Delicious meal.
“An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” – H. L. Mencken
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Sesame Grilled Baby Bok Choy
- Griddle Pan or Grill
- 4 Bundles Baby Bok Choy
- 1 Tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp Sesame Oil
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/4 Tsp Pepper
- 1 Tsp Sesame Seeds
- Wash Baby Bok Choy by filling a large bowl with ice water and setting the bundles in the water for 10 minutes. This lets all of the dirt come out from in between the leaves. Remove any damaged leaves from the out side, then cut bundles in half long ways exposing the tender leaves inside.
- Heat the grill or griddle pan on medium/high heat. When the griddle pan is hot drizzle 1 Tsp (a very small drizzle) over the pan. then place the Baby Bok Choy on the pan insides down.
- Cook for 3 minutes then turn Baby Bok Choy over. Cook for 3 minutes more. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Once the Baby Bok Choy are almost finished cooking on the second side, drizzle on sesame oil and finish by sprinkling sesame seeds over the top. Remove from the pan and serve.