This Air Fried Bok Choy Recipe is made with sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic powder and air fried to perfection.
A full head of bok choy is about a foot long – they’re huge! There are green parts and white parts. Bok choy will always be an awesome staple for Chinese cuisine. I ended up using baby bok choy since they are easier to fit in my air fryer, but you can use either.
If you like this, you need to try my Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower and my Cheesy Zucchini with Corn (Calabacitas con Elote y Queso)
- What is Bok Choy?
- Why you will love this Air Fried Bok Choy
- How to Air Fry Bok Choy
- What to Serve with Bok Choy
- Do I Need to Preheat My Air Fryer?
- Can I Use Parchment Paper in the Air Fryer?
- Air Fried Bok Choy Recipe Variations
- How to Store Leftover Air Fryer Bok Choy
- Air Fried Bok Choy Recipe Top tips
- Air Fried Bok Choy Recipe
What is Bok Choy?
Bok choy, also known as Chinese cabbage, is a leafy vegetable commonly used in Chinese cuisine. It belongs to the Brassica family of vegetables, which also includes cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Bok choy has a mild, sweet flavor and a crisp texture, and it can be used in a variety of dishes, such as stir-fries, soups, and salads. It is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate, as well as other important nutrients like calcium, potassium, and manganese. Bok choy is available year-round and can be found in many grocery stores and Asian markets.
Why you will love this Air Fried Bok Choy
- Easy and quick: Air frying bok choy is a quick and easy way to cook it, and it doesn't require a lot of preparation. It only takes about 5-7 minutes to cook baby bok choy in the air fryer.
- Healthy: Baby bok choy is a nutrient-dense vegetable that is low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. It's also a good source of fiber, which can help keep you feeling full and satisfied.
- Delicious: Baby bok choy has a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a tender, crunchy texture that makes it a tasty addition to any dish. The sesame dip adds a savory, nutty flavor that complements the bok choy perfectly.
- Versatile: Baby bok choy can be used in a variety of dishes, from stir-fries and salads to soups and stews. It's also a great side dish for any meal.
- Gluten-free: The recipe for baby bok choy with sesame dip is naturally gluten-free, making it a great option for people with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.
- Baby Bok Choy
- Cooking spray
- Sesame oil
- Garlic powder
- Sesame Seeds
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Red pepper flakes
See recipe card for Air Fried Bok Choy Recipe quantities.
How to Air Fry Bok Choy
Rinse the bok choy and pat dry. Cut the baby bok choy lengthwise. Spray the inside of the air fryer with non-stick cooking spray. Place the baby bok choy cut side up. Drizzle sesame oil and sprinkle garlic powder on the bok choy.
Air fry at 350°F for 5-6 minutes.
Meanwhile make the dipping sauce. Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and red pepper flakes.
Sprinkle the bok choy with sesame seeds and dip into the sauce.
If you like this recipe, feel free to try my friend Desiree's baby bok choy recipe.
What to Serve with Bok Choy
Bok choy is a versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes and can be served as a side dish or incorporated into the main course. Here are some ideas for what to serve with bok choy:
- Stir-fry: Bok choy is commonly used in stir-fry dishes, so it pairs well with other stir-fry ingredients such as chicken, beef, shrimp, or tofu. Serve with rice or noodles.
- Soup: Bok choy is also commonly used in soups, such as miso soup or noodle soup. Serve with bread or crackers.
- Grilled or roasted meats: Bok choy can be grilled or roasted alongside meats such as steak, chicken, or fish. Serve with potatoes or other roasted vegetables.
- Rice dishes: Bok choy can be added to rice dishes such as fried rice or rice pilaf. Serve with a salad or other vegetables.
Do I Need to Preheat My Air Fryer?
Yes, it's generally a good idea to preheat your air fryer before cooking bok choy or any other food. Preheating the air fryer will help ensure that the bok choy cooks evenly and gets crispy on all sides.
To preheat your air fryer, simply set the temperature to the desired cooking temperature and let it run for a few minutes until it reaches the desired temperature. The exact preheating time will vary depending on the model of air fryer you're using, so refer to the manufacturer's instructions for specific guidance.
Some air fryers have a preheat setting, which makes the process even easier. Just select the preheat function, set the desired temperature, and let the air fryer do the rest.
By preheating your air fryer, you'll ensure that your bok choy cooks evenly and gets crispy on all sides, making for a delicious and healthy side dish.
Can I Use Parchment Paper in the Air Fryer?
Yes, you can use parchment paper in the air fryer to cook bok choy or other foods. Parchment paper is a great option for preventing food from sticking to the air fryer basket, making cleanup easier and helping to preserve the life of your air fryer basket. When using parchment paper in the air fryer, it's important to make sure that it is cut to the correct size and that it is not overlapping the sides of the basket.
- Bok Choy: I used baby bok choy since it is easier to fit in the air fryer, and I find it juicier in the core.
- Sesame seeds: I love using sesame seeds for garnish, although everything but the bagel seasoning works wonders.
- Garlic powder: If you do not have garlic powder, onion powder is always a good substitute.
- Dipping Sauce: You can make any variation of the dipping sauce that you would like. If you aren't a fan of vinegar, feel free to skip it and use lime juice instead. As for the red pepper flakes, feel free to add more if you like the spice.
Air Fried Bok Choy Recipe Variations
Air frying bok choy is a versatile and easy way to cook this nutritious vegetable. Here are some variations to the basic recipe that you can try:
- Garlic and Parmesan Bok Choy: Toss the bok choy in olive oil, garlic powder, and grated Parmesan cheese before air frying for a flavorful and cheesy side dish.
- Soy Sauce and Ginger Bok Choy: Combine soy sauce, grated ginger, and a touch of honey in a bowl, then toss the bok choy in the mixture before air frying for an Asian-inspired side dish.
- Spicy Bok Choy: Add some heat to your bok choy by sprinkling it with chili flakes or cayenne pepper before air frying. You can also mix hot sauce with a little bit of honey and use it as a dipping sauce for the bok choy.
- Lemon and Herb Bok Choy: Squeeze some lemon juice over the bok choy and sprinkle it with dried herbs like oregano, basil, and thyme before air frying for a bright and flavorful side dish.
- Balsamic Glazed Bok Choy: Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the bok choy before air frying, then sprinkle it with a little bit of brown sugar. The vinegar will reduce and create a sweet and tangy glaze on the bok choy.
Air frying bok choy is a quick and easy way to cook this nutritious vegetable. Here's what you'll need to get started:
- Air fryer: You'll need an air fryer to cook the bok choy. There are many different models available on the market, so choose one that fits your needs and budget.
- Cutting board and knife: You'll need a cutting board and a sharp knife to prep the bok choy. Wash the bok choy thoroughly under running water, then trim off the ends and separate the leaves.
- Mixing bowl: You'll need a mixing bowl to toss the bok choy in oil and any seasonings you want to add.
- Tongs or spatula: You'll need tongs or a spatula to move the bok choy around in the air fryer basket and flip it over halfway through cooking.
- Serving dish: Once the bok choy is cooked, you'll need a serving dish to transfer it to.
How to Store Leftover Air Fryer Bok Choy
If you have leftover air fried bok choy, you can store it in the refrigerator to enjoy later. Here are the steps to follow:
- Let it cool: Before storing the bok choy, allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Transfer to an airtight container: Once cooled, transfer the bok choy to an airtight container. Make sure it is sealed tightly to prevent any air from entering.
- Refrigerate: Place the container of bok choy in the refrigerator and store for up to 3-4 days.
- Reheat: When you're ready to enjoy the bok choy, you can reheat it in the air fryer or in a preheated oven until it's warmed through. Alternatively, you can enjoy it cold as a topping for salads or sandwiches.
Air Fried Bok Choy Recipe Top tips
- Use fresh bok choy: Fresh bok choy will have a crisp texture and bright green color, which will make for better air frying results.
- Coat the bok choy evenly with oil: To ensure the bok choy gets crispy and golden brown, it's important to coat it evenly with oil. Use a light coating of oil, just enough to lightly coat the bok choy leaves.
- Season the bok choy: Adding seasonings to the bok choy will help enhance its flavor. Try using garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or other herbs and spices.
- Shake the air fryer basket: Shake the basket a few times during the cooking process to ensure even cooking and browning of the bok choy.
- Serve immediately: Air fried bok choy is best enjoyed immediately after cooking while it's still crispy. If you need to hold it for a bit, keep it in a warm oven until ready to serve.