Bok Choy also is known as Pop Chow, Pak Choi in Jamaica is a Chinese variety of cabbage that is popular in Jamaica.

Growing up in Jamaica, my mother mostly prepared it steamed as a side dish. She also cooked it with Callaloo, saltfish, or chop suey! 

bok choy on a white marble with a white napkin

Jamaican Bok Choy Recipe

The type of bok choy that we prepared in Jamaica was the large kind that has dark green leaves with large white stalks at the bottom. You can prepare the entire vegetable, the flavor is mild and it is delicious served as a stir fry, salad, steamed, or boiled in soups.

Here in the USA, we also prepare baby bok choy with is a smaller, younger version of regular bok choy, it is harvested earlier than regular bok choy and it also has a mild flavor.

Bok choy is sold at most grocery stores all year round, it can also be found at Asian supermarkets. Choose leaves that are vibrant green and not wilted. 

Bok choy base cut and stalks removed before washing on a cutting board on a white background

Jamaican Bok Choy Ingredients

  • Bok Choy
  • Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Green Onion
  • Tomato
  • Thyme
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Carrot
  • Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • Vegan Bouillon

How To Prepare Jamaican Bok Choy Recipe?

  1. Cut the root end off your bok choy, separate each stalk from the base, and rinse each leaf under running water to remove any dirt or debris.                                 
  2. Cut bok choy into 1/4 inch slices. Prepare all the veggies. Set aside
  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Stir in garlic, green onion, bell pepper, thyme, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. 
  5. Add tomatoes, carrot, vegan bouillon, bok choy, Scotch pepper, and stir. 
  6. Bok choy will wilt and release its own liquid. Cover saucepan and reduce heat. Cook until bok choy is tender, about 10 minutes. 
  7. Serve immediately.

Other Vegan Steamed Vegetables To Prepare

  1. Vegan Southern-Style Collard Greens
  2. Braised Kale And Tomatoes
  3. Steamed Cabbage
  4. Southern Style Green Beans And Potatoes
  5. Southern-Style Mixed Greens

steamed bok choy, bread fruit, avocado slices and sauteed tofu on a white plate with a fork on a napkin on a white background

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Jamaican Bok Choy Recipe

This steamed Jamaican Bok Choy recipe is easy to prepare and flavorful. It is delicious as a side dish, chopped bok choy is cooked with onion, garlic, thyme, carrots, bell pepper, and green onion. 
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Jamaican Bok Choy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 87kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bok choy
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 stalks green onion chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper cut into slices
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • 1 medium carrot julienned
  • 1 whole Scotch Bonnet pepper or 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 vegan bouillon cube

Instructions

  • Cut the root end off your bok choy, separate each stalk from the base, and rinse each leaf under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Cut bok choy into 1/4 inch slices. Prepare all the veggies. Set aside
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion, and cook until soft, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, green onion, bell pepper, and thyme, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, carrot, vegan bouillon, bok choy, and Scotch pepper, and stir.
  • Bok choy will wilt and release its own liquid. Cover the saucepan and reduce heat. Cook until bok choy is tender, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately

Nutrition

Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 0.04mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 576mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 8993IU | Vitamin C: 115mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 2mg