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Sautéed Bok Choy with Gochujang

Sauteed bok choy with gochujang-spiced mushrooms is a flavor-packed side dish. Sesame, soy and gochujang coat the bok choy and mushrooms, making this dish addicting. The sauce is also amazing on roast chicken.

sauteed bok choy

Vegetable sides don’t have to bland and this sauteed bok choy is anything but boring. This bok choy is low carb, low fat, and only has about 90 calories per serving.

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Sauteed bok choy with brown beech mushrooms

These are HonShimeji Mushrooms, also known as Brown Beech. They are so pretty and delicate. I tossed them in a gochujang sauce and piled them on top of the sauteed bok choy, letting the sauce run down over the green vegetables, flavoring everything in its path.

Gochujang is a red pepper paste found in the Asian section of the grocery store. It is spicy, but not fiery hot. If you live near an Asian market, this is the best place to find all of the ingredients for this dish. If not, I’ll give you some good substitutions in the notes at the end.

Sauteed Bok Choy with Gochujang Mushrooms

How to clean bok choy

The first thing you need to know about bok choy is this: it needs to be cleaned really well. There are lots of places for the sandy dirt to hide. That makes for a very unpleasant bite if not properly washed. It takes a few minutes, but it’s worth your effort. I made a video for you to show you exactly how to clean it and why it is important. Make sure you look for the corner of the sink!

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sauteed bok choy with gochujang spiced mushrooms

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Sauteed Bok Choy with Gochujang

Cheryl Bennett
4.64 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4
Calories 92 kcal


  • 1 pound bok choy cleaned
  • 1 bunch hon shimeji brown beech mushrooms, cleaned of any dirt and separated
  • 1 tbsp canola or other neutral oil


  • 3 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced


  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.
  • Bring two cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add bok choy and cover. Stir occasionally, until the bok choy is slightly softened, the leaves will be wilted. Cook about 3 minutes, then drain.
  • Heat a large skillet (or a wok if you have one) over medium high heat. Add canola, then mushrooms, tossing so they don't burn. Cook about 4 minutes, then add sauce and remove from pan. Add bok choy and cook for 3 - 4 minutes, tossing frequently.
  • Remove from heat, top with mushrooms and serve.


If you can't find bok choy, you can substitute with cabbage, swiss chard or even kale. You need a vegetable that will hold up to stir-frying.
If the mushrooms are hard to find, use regular cremini mushrooms or button mushrooms. If you can get portobellos, those would be a good substitute too. If you're lucky and see shiitakes, grab them.


Calories: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gSodium: 160mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
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