Bok choy, basil and beef



10 min


4 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 10 minutes


  • 500 g beef stir-fry strips or beef sirloin
  • 6 to 8 baby bok choy , or 1 large bok choy
  • 6 green onions
  • 6 garlic cloves , or 1 tbsp bottled chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce , or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup dry white or red wine
  • 1 tbsp honey , or brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oils


  • If using beef sirloin, slice into thin strips and set aside. Wash bok choy, separating leaves slightly to remove grit. If using regular bok choy, cut out and discard thick core. Slice leaves and stalks crosswise into 1-inch (2.5-cm) strips. They should measure about 8 cups (2 L) loosely packed. If using baby bok choy, keep leaves whole if they are very small. Or slice leaves crosswise into 1-inch (2.5-cm) strips and slice stalks into halves or quarters.
  • Thinly slice green onions diagonally. If using fresh garlic, finely mince. In a small bowl, stir teriyaki with cornstarch until dissolved. Then stir in garlic, wine, honey and basil. Set aside.
  • To cook, heat oil in a large, non-stick frying pan or wok set over medium-high heat. Add beef and stir-fry until lightly browned, from 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in bok choy and continue to cook just until wilted, from 1 to 2 minutes. Stir teriyaki mixture, then pour into pan. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring often, until sauce has thickened, from 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in green onions. Serve immediately. Great over wide rice noodles or steamed rice with hot chili-garlic sauce for dipping.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 282,
  • Protein
  • 30.1 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.4 g,
  • Fat
  • 9.6 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2.7 g,
  • Sodium
  • 1503 mg.

The mild taste of bok choy lends a light touch to this aromatic beef stir-fry. Try it with a side of spicy dipping sauce, such as chili-garlic sauce, for a fiery edge.

Make ahead

Prepare meat and bok choy. Refrigerate separately in sealed plastic bags. Prepare and cover sauce. They will keep well up to 1 day.


This recipe also works well with chicken, turkey or pork strips. Try adding dried poultry seasoning or thyme and sage along with basil.