Bok Choy Dim Sum recipe with crunchy baby bok choy in a garlicky Paleo dim sum sauce. Every bite is burst with flavor, just like the dim sum you get at your favorite Chinese restaurants. This simple Paleo side dish is easy to make and you’ll find yourself wanting for more bite after bite.

Photo shows halved baby bok choy blanched and drizzled with Chinese ginger garlic dim sum sauce over a white blue plate.

What is Bok Choy?

Bok Choy in Mandarin is 青菜 [qīng cài]. Some people also call it 白菜 [bái cà] in Mandarin. It’s a vague and very general term and simply means blue-green colored vegetables. Bok Choy is a Cantonese pronunciation. Since the term – Bok Choy – could mean a wide variety of Chinese vegetables, a more specific name for the type of bok choy that we are referring to in the West should be Shanghai Bok Choy 上海青菜 [Shànghǎi qīng cài]. See more variety of bok choy with my Chinese leafy greens guide.

Photo shows ingredients needed to make this dish - diced and chopped over a chopping board.

Regular Bok Choy vs. Shanghai Bok Choy

Regular bok choy in Mandarin is 奶白菜 [Nǎi báicài] and it literally means milky color vegetable. Regular bok choy has white stalks and dark green leaves with a crinkled texture like the picture below. In my opinion, regular bok choy has a slightly stronger peppery taste than Shanghai bok choy. The stalks are less crunchy than Shanghai bok choy after cooked.

This is a photo shows regular bok choy that's different from Shanghai bok choy.

Shanghai bok choy is the most common type that we see in the Western markets. The stalks are in gorgeous green color and the shapes look like soup spoons once you halve them in half. We use Shanghai bok choy for today’s dim sum bok choy recipe.

Photo shows drizzling the dim sum ginger garlic sauce over the blanched vegetable.

How to prepare Bok Choy

You can stir-fry Bok Choy or quickly blanch them and season with sauce to make Bok Choy Dim Sum. You can also add Bok Choy to Noodle soup. The best way to clean Bok Choy is to halve or quarter them first then rinse under clean room temperature water. Read my comprehensive guide on how to cut bok choy and prepare it based on the sizes of your pak choi.

Baby Bok Choy should be no longer than 6-inch lengthwise. For larger size Bok Choy it’s best to dice them into 2-3 inch sections before washing.

A side photo shows bok choy blanched and pile up in a plate with sauce over.

Bok Choy Recipes

Today’s Bok Choy Dim Sum is a perfect way to enjoy Bok Choy in a whole new way. It’s a wonderful side dish that goes well with many savory main dishes. You can also use the same sauce for Yu choy with garlic sauce recipe.

You can also add them to noodle soup for example my Whole30 tantanmen ramen for winter months or my Paleo Japanese cold ramen for summer.

For stir-fry, try my Chinese broccoli stir-fry with garlic sauce recipe and simply swap the Chinese Broccoli for Bok Choy and you’ll have a lovely plate of garlicky delicious bok choy stir-fry in no time.

Photo shows baby bok choy after blanched with dim sum sauce on top of a white and blue plate.

This Bok Choy Dim Sum recipe is a wonderful side dish for the whole family to enjoy. It’s Paleo, Whole30, Keto, and Vegan. If you’ve been looking for a new way to enjoy bok choy, give this lovely vegetable dim sum a try. You are going to love it!

Bok Choy Dim Sum recipe with crunchy baby bok choy in a garlicky Paleo dim sum sauce.
5 from 14 votes

Bok Choy Dim Sum

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: ChihYu Smith
Bok Choy Dim Sum with crunchy baby bok choy in a garlicky Paleo dim sum sauce. Every bite is burst with flavor, just like the dim sum you get at you favorite Chinese restaurants.
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  • 1 lb baby Bok Choy, , about 6-inch lengthwise or smaller (see notes)
  • 2.5 tbsp avocado or olive oil



  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Halve or quarter baby bok choy and rinse under cold water until clean. Prepare garlic and scallions in one bowl. Combine coconut aminos and sesame oil, if using, in a second bowl. Set them aside ready to use.
  • Bok choy: Hot water blanch bok choy for about 1 to 1.5 minutes. The vegetables should still be very crunchy. Plunge them in cold water to stop cooking. Set them aside to drain then place on a serving plate.
  • Dim Sum Sauce: In a well-heated skillet, add 2.5 tbsp oil. Saute garlic and scallions with 1/4-1/2 tsp salt until fragrant, about 1 minute. While the oil is still hot, pour the fragrant oil with garlic/scallions into the bowl with coconut aminos and sesame oil. Stir the bowl to combine the sauce. 
  • Serve: Spoon the sauce over bok choy 1 tbsp a time until your desired flavor intensity level. Serve in room temperature or chilled.


For best results, select bok choy around 6-inch in length or smaller.
For larger size Bok Choy, chop them to 2-3 inch sections before blanching.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 75kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Fat: 6g, Sodium: 261mg, Potassium: 8mg, Vitamin A: 3365IU, Vitamin C: 34.7mg, Calcium: 87mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian-inspired Paleo, Chinese
Keyword: Bok Choy, Bok Choy Dim Sum, Paleo Dim Sum, Whole30 Dim Sum
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What to serve with Bok Choy Dim Sum? Check out my Paleo Orange ChickenPaleo Shumai, Chinese pepper steak, Paleo broccoli fired rice, Chicken stir-fry with zucchini, Chinese jumbo shrimp and ketchup stir-fry, seafood dim sum, and Chicken broccoli!

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