How to Cook Bok Choy for Paleo Diet

How to Cook Bok Choy for Paleo Diet

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Remove damaged or yellowed leaves before preparing bok choy.

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The Paleo Diet, or Caveman Diet, encourages followers to consume the foods that ancient hunters and gatherers would have eaten, including poultry, seafood, meat, fresh produce, nuts, seeds and eggs. According to Paleo Diet proponents, eating cultivated or processed foods such as grains or any type of flour, potatoes, legumes, dairy products and sugar leads to weight gain and health problems. Vegetables like bok choy are heavily emphasized on the Paleo Diet. Also known as Chinese white cabbage, bok choy takes well to stir-frying.


Wash the bok choy under cool, running water. Remove and discard any outer leaves that are broken or yellowing. Pat the bok choy dry with paper towels or a kitchen dish cloth.


Use a sharp knife to cut off the end of the bok choy, approximately an inch from the root. Separate the leaves and trim off any hardened portions at the base of each stem.


Cut each of the leaves into 1-inch pieces. Place the chopped bok choy into a strainer or colander and rinse lightly. Shake off any excess water and blot with paper towels or a dry dish cloth.


Heat tallow, coconut oil or clarified butter in a large skillet or wok. Plan on about 3 tablespoons of fat for every 1 1/2 pounds of bok choy you will be stir-frying.


Add the chopped bok choy to the skillet when the oil is hot. Cook, stirring frequently with a spatula or wooden spoon, until the bok choy stems are tender but still retain some crispness.


Remove the bok choy to a serving platter and season it with unrefined sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Things Needed

  • Bok choy
  • Paper towels or kitchen dish cloths
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large strainer or colander
  • Tallow, coconut oil or clarified butter
  • Tablespoon
  • Large skillet or wok
  • Spatula or wooden spoon
  • Serving platter
  • Unrefined sea salt
  • Pepper


  • Avoid using vegetable oils like peanut, corn, safflower, soybean or sunflower oil when stir-frying bok choy. These oils -- as well as all refined oils -- are not recommended on the Paleo Diet.
  • For additional flavor, briefly cook chopped onions and minced garlic or ginger in the heated fat before adding the bok choy to the skillet or wok.
  • If you'd like a more substantial meal, stir-fry thin slices of meat, chicken or seafood such as shrimp before cooking the bok choy. After the meat is just cooked through, remove it and stir-fry the bok choy, adding the meat back into the skillet when the vegetables are done.


  • Talk to your doctor before beginning the Paleo Diet or any other weight-management program that requires a significant change in your normal eating habits.


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