Bok Choy Kimchi

If you make just one of my recipes, let it be this one! This bok choy quick kimchi is crunchy, spicy, tangy, and slightly sweet. It also requires NO cooking or fermentation

This is not a traditional Korean dish- it’s something my mom came up with many years ago and it is one of my FAVORITE recipes she has ever taught me. It still uses traditional ingredients and tastes authentically Korean. 

It also isn’t really a kimchi but more like a muchim or geotjeori. Muchim means mixed with seasonings, and geotjeori is a kimchi that is lightly salted and eaten fresh without fermentation. 

Is it safe to eat raw bok choy?

I get the question a lot. Have you ever tried raw bok choy? I actually prefer it raw after I learned this recipe.

Raw bok choy is pleasantly crunchy, juicy, and sweet when eaten uncooked. In my opinion, it tastes much more delicious this way.

It is perfectly safe to eat bok choy uncooked- it tastes better and you actually lose a tiny but of its nutrients when its cooked. 

The only cause for concern would be eating large amounts of raw bok choy DAILY.  It releases an enzyme called myrosinase, which can negatively affect thyroid function. Eating raw bok choy in moderate amounts is perfectly safe. 


  • Bok choy- Shanghai bok choy works best for this but you can use baby bok choy too.

  • Spinach- optional

  • Gochugaru- Korean red pepper flakes

  • Sugar- granulated white sugar 

  • Sesame oil- I only use Kadoya 100% pure sesame oil

  • Fish sauce- Three Crabs fish sauce or soy sauce or vegan fish sauce to make it vegan

  • Plum vinegar- you can find this at any Korean market. If you don’t live near one, you can use rice or white vinegar instead. 

  • Roasted sesame seeds- make sure your sesame seeds are not raw, and grind them into a powder using a mortar and pestle. 

  • Garlic- if you’re the type of person to add more garlic than a recipe calls for, don’t do that here. The garlic is raw so it is strong and it will give you major garlic breath if you add more!

Helpful Tips:

  • For the best results, try to find the FRESHEST bulbs of Shanghai bok choy. In my personal experience, I’ve found that the American supermarkets have the best bok choy selection. For some reason, the ones that I find at Hmart or other Asian supermarkets just aren’t as crunchy.

  • Don’t skip the crushed sesame seeds. You want some finely ground up sesame seeds in there- trust me it really elevates the dish. Sometimes you can buy it like that, but I just use my mortar and pestle to grind it down some.

  • If you can’t find Shanghai bok choy, you can use baby bok choy. These are a little darker green at the top with crinkly leaves.

How long will it keep in the fridge?

I do not recommend keeping this in the fridge for longer than a one or two days, because it has sesame oil in it which will make it wilt and change the flavor.  

Like I mentioned before, this isn’t really a kimchi so it will not keep over time. It’s best to make and serve right away. 

This can be eaten alone like a salad, but it is best eaten as a side dish. It’s particularly good with anything that is braised or marinated in soy sauce, like galbi jjim or or bulgogi!

More kimchi recipes

If you like this bok choy kimchi, you might like some of these other kimchi recipes:

Bok Choy Kimchi

5 from 66 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cuisine Korean


  • 3 bulbs Shanghai bok choy or baby bok choy
  • 2 oz spinach optional
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp gochugaru (Korean pepper flakes)
  • 2 tbsp plum vinegar or rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar add more if you like it sweeter
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp fish sauce or soy sauce or vegan fish sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves minced


  • Using a mortar and pestle, grind the roasted sesame seeds until at least half of it is in powder form.
  • Cut off the stems from the bok choy and separate the leaves.
  • Rinse the box choy and spinach, then shake off excess water.
  • Add to a mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients and mix gently so the spinach doesn't bruise
  • Serve right away or make it a couple hours ahead and store in the refrigerator.


This is NOT like a regular kimchi so it won't keep in the fridge for too long. I recommend finishing it within 2 days, but it is best when served right away. 
Keyword Banchan, Bok Choy, Kimchi, Korean, Spinach

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This Post Has 70 Comments

  1. Stefanie

    5 stars
    Quick, easy, and SO delicious!! Do not pass this recipe by. Just made it for the first time at work for a special dinner we were having and they all raved about it. So much so, it’s on the menu now with a sous vide octopus dish. I was just eating it straight by itself like an animal lol.

    1. Stella

      Hi Stefanie! Thats awesome, I am so honored to have a recipe of mine on a restaurant menu! Sounds so delicious paired with sous vide octopus 😛

  2. Tatyana

    5 stars
    I am a SUCKER for anything bok choy, so when I saw this recipe on your Instagram I HAD to try it. It was absolutely A-mazing! Tasty, spicy & crispy. Delicious! 😋

  3. Robyn Lee

    5 stars
    This was one of the first recipes of Stella’s that I made and I’ve never gone back!! I love easy to follow the recipe is but also SO tasty. This bokchoy kimchi has quickly become a staple in our house. Trust me when I say, try it. Thank me later 😉

  4. Brenda

    5 stars
    Such a delicious and easy recipe!! Made it several times throughout the warmer months for a refreshing side dish to our meals!

  5. Ali.abundance

    5 stars
    I am always looking for great Bok Choy recipes and this one did not disappoint!
    So good. I will make this again and again!

  6. matchadarma

    No doubt this has been my most visited recipe from you! It’s so simple and delicious (extra garlic of course 🤪)

  7. @alohafoodielove

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh! This is it!!! I had a similar salad with spinach leaves at a Korean restaurant and loved it. I knew this looked similar. Went out and bought all the ingredients and made it last night. So impressed! So glad I found your recipe and its so simple too. Love simple, delicious recipes! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with us. I was a little short on bok choy so I added some lightly cooked asparagus to it. Wow so good! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  8. Souprany Saythavy

    5 stars
    This is my husbands and mines all time favorite! I believe I like this kimchi almost better than any fermented kimchi I’ve tried and this is so quick and easy to whip up! We love adding a handful of spinach to it as well like in your ig video and it’s the best way to get in our veggies if we feel like we’ve been slacking! There is never any leftovers whenever I make this. Definitely need to make a double batch from now on. Even my 3 year old daughter has tried it and doesn’t mind it! So glad I tried this! Thank you,

  9. DH

    5 stars
    This recipe is sooo good! It’s got great flavor and texture AND it’s fast and easy to whip up . I love that it also gives me additional options for how to use up the massive bags of bok choy I buy 🙂

  10. Juliet

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes that I make. I make this all the time for families and coworkers and it’s always a hit! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  11. Kimikaxande

    5 stars
    I loveeee bok choy!!! And this recipe is sooo good!!!! 😀 I have tried it different ways sauteed, with different proteins, and this recipe eating the bok choy raw was just so fricken crunchy and I throw a little spicyness in and it takes it to the next level!!!! Enjoy!!!!! 🙂

  12. Yeon Jenny Pino

    5 stars
    the best tasty refreshing bokchoy EVER!! Thank you, Stella for all the yummy delicious recipes!!

  13. Sarah Hwang

    5 stars
    I love this delicious and easy bok choy recipe! The one made w yu choy is also great!

  14. Jessica

    5 stars
    The one recipe I keep coming back to and at this point probably have made it more than any other banchan. So quick and so good

  15. Kristine J.

    5 stars
    This is my favourite recipe for bok choy and has definitely become a staple in my weekly meals at home. It’s so easy and quick to put together! 🙂

  16. Ye Sin

    5 stars
    This is an awesome recipe! It’s so deliciously tangy and slightly sweet with a HUGE crunch! My Mexican girlfriend and her mother loves it when i make this, and trust me you’ll make it more than once!

  17. Sophia P

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I’m also Korean and have never heard of it but it’s such a good non-traditional dish. I’ve made it for multiple family members and they have asked for the recipe and some have even already made it themselves. Definitely give it a try!

  18. Inae S

    5 stars
    I love fresh kimchi that isn’t fermented and this is such a nice delicious side dish to use for kbbq nights at the house! The flavor and the freshness both from the sauce and the bok choy really elevates the meal. Can’t wait to make this again!

  19. Sharon

    5 stars
    I use this recipe all the time! Great and easy alternative to cooked bok choy!

  20. Skypekim

    5 stars
    I loved this recipe so much I’ve made it and shared your recipe to all my family and friends! Many were surprised that you could use bok choy for kimchi~ This is more of my go to than cabbage kimchi now 🤩

  21. Nhan

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes that I share with everyone!

  22. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Of all your recipes I’ve tried, this is by far my favorite ! It’s so simple yet delicious and packed with flavor! The easiest way for me to chow down my veggies! Cannot wait to test out more of your recipes.

  23. Iris

    5 stars
    Actually made this and didn’t realize how much I like it! With very simple and fresh ingredients, I realized simplicity is always the best. This will be definitely one of my go to recipes!

  24. Cherise -

    5 stars
    This is my go to recipe for anytime I want a “snack” or to wow some friends with something new. It’s so easy, delish and truly exceptional. Highly recommend!

  25. Jxlunax

    5 stars
    my favorite ” go to” recipe! super easy and delicious! great on it’s own and works a a side dish for any bbq! so refreshing!

  26. Sarah

    5 stars
    This was the first recipe of yours I ever tried. It was so simple to make but so delicious! Thank you for sharing and posting.

  27. Quyen

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes of all time! I actually saved it on IG in its own “Boy Choy recipe needs its own folder” for easy access — I love it that much.

    For the little amount of work it takes, the payoff is outrageous. The acidic, slightly sweet, nutty, and savory flavors are perfectly balanced. It’s crisp and refreshing. Thanks for the care you put until recipe development and for sharing family favs like this one!

  28. Amy X

    5 stars
    This is my favorite recipe I’ve tried from you so far! It is so easy and so delicious. I made some for my Korean friend who is a very harsh critic with tons of culinary background and education and he also loved it which isn’t very easy to do.

    Now I always have the ingredients to make this recipe and whenever I am unsure what to have with my meals, I make this no matter what I’m serving with it. It can go with anything whether it’s Korean food, Chinese, even American! I literally just eat it with white rice.

  29. Esther

    5 stars
    This has become one of my go-to favorite recipes! It’s simple yet so good! My husband loves it too!

  30. Liv

    5 stars
    I had bok choy for the first time last year and feel in love with it. I didn’t know I could make kimchi with it and when you shared this recipe I knew I had to try bok choy a different way than my usual sauté.. Love this recipe!

  31. Esther

    5 stars
    Made this a few times and my family loves it!!!

  32. Lizette

    5 stars
    This is my new favorite side/snack. I always make extra, thanks for sharing this recipe!

  33. Anonymous

    5 stars
    LOVE this recipe so much!! 😋 so light and fresh. I’ll snack on it by itself. delicious! thank you so much for sharing ❤

  34. Anonymous

    5 stars
    First made this March 2023 for a family party and it was everyone’s favorite. Have made it several times since, it’s delicious!

  35. Jennifer

    5 stars
    This dish is such a tasty and well balanced recipe with sweet, tangy, spicy, and savory aspects to it! Even my Korean mother-in-law approves and always requests that I make this when she visits. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  36. Angel

    5 stars
    Love this! I make this weekly!

  37. inspiredpanda

    5 stars
    This recipe has become a staple for me amd I never get tired of it. Love how quick and easy it is. I adjust the spice level when I share with others, but still so delicious!

  38. iamlisaaa

    5 stars
    No matter how much I try, I’ll never be able to replicate the taste of my mom’s kimchi. But this recipe allows me to make kimchi and with one of my favorite vegetable. I never knew you could make kimchi with bok choy – so crunchy and refreshing!

  39. Kristen Sonna

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. I have made it for myself and for my family, my Korean mother LOVED it! Tastes so fresh, perfectly seasoned and one of my favorite easy recipes

  40. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! I use it with other veggies as well. It’s fresh, spicy, and tangy!

  41. Jenny T

    5 stars
    This is my go to kimchi recipe when I want to increase my veggie intake. It’s so refreshing and the flavor is has an amazing balance of sweet, tangy, and spice. I’ve at least made this 6 times already, it’s so simple!

  42. Shelley

    5 stars
    This has to be my fave bok choy recipe ever! It’s so easy to make, and the taste is phenomenal!!

  43. Ciekim

    5 stars
    Delicious and fresh! We love this bok choy kimchi recipe! My husband doesn’t usually like bok choy, but now he’ll eat it because of this recipe.

  44. Pbenedicto013

    5 stars
    This is the best thing to ever happen to bok choy!
    Made this for the first time last year and had to bring it to work to share just how good it is!! EVERYONE loved it so much that they asked me for the recipe and shared your website with them. It’s become a staple in all of our meal rotations and we even share photos in the group chat each time we make it to make each other crave for it 🤣 I wish i could share a screenshot here.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe with the world!!

  45. Tiffany Liu

    5 stars
    One of the first recipes I tried! So simple but so good 🥰🥰

  46. IG: @ashleyysvo

    5 stars
    One of my fav side dishes of all time. I have made this countless of times although sometimes with whatever vegetables I have on hand (like daikon radish). It’s the perfect balance of flavors, and it pairs especially well with a rich dish like galbi jjim (also recommend Stella’s recipe and I left a review for it previously)! 10/10.

  47. Alejandra

    5 stars
    This recipe is so nice and refreshing! I am trying to incorporate more raw veggies and this is just perfect! I bought a big bag of gochugaru just to continue to make this. 10/10

  48. Linh Ho

    5 stars
    Didn’t know I can eat bokchoy raw until I saw this recipe on your IG. I think I eat this side dish every 2 weeks because it’s that good! So easy to make too! Thank you for such an easy fast recipe! Will definitely continue to try other recipes!

  49. Stacy Y (IG: stacyishhh)

    5 stars
    I never knew you can make kimchi with bok choy. So when you posted this recipe, I just had to try it! It’s fresh and crunchy and perfect to eat following fatty meats to cleanse the palate. My fiancé love this too and always ask me to make it and it’s so easy as well!

  50. s.balausiak.rmt

    5 stars
    I’ve been making this recipe since you posted it and it’s me and my boyfriends staple! We always double this recipe so we can have the extra sauce for rice later.

  51. Lien

    5 stars
    Your recipes are my go to and there are alike that I like. But the bok choy kimchi hands down are my favorite because it is so addicting delicious good. I find it so much more better the next day when it is all soak in them goodness. really appreciate all the time spend on posting it.

    Always a fan

  52. Danny tran

    5 stars
    this was the first recipe I tried and it was crazy good for being so simple. Thanks for sharing

  53. IG: @ashleyysvo

    5 stars
    One of my fav side dishes of all time. I have made this countless of times although sometimes with whatever vegetables I have on hand (like daikon radish). It’s the perfect balance of flavors, and it pairs especially well with a rich dish like galbi jjim (also recommend Stella’s recipe)! 10/10.

  54. estarparklee

    5 stars
    I’ve made this a couple times already because it’s so easy AND delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us!!

  55. estarparklee

    5 stars
    I’ve made this a couple times already because it’s so easy AND delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us!

  56. Brandee

    5 stars
    This has become a regular in my house—I make this at least once a week. I bring it to potlucks too. SO easy to make and ALWAYS a huge hit! Love love love this recipe so much.

  57. Nga Nguyen

    5 stars
    Love this recipe because it’s easy and simple to make and so tasty. Sometimes I eat it as snacks by itself lol.

  58. Lea

    5 stars
    I made this twice now.. with bok choy and then with cucumber. It’s so good both ways! Thank you!

  59. Anne

    5 stars
    Me and my mom made this and it is soooo good!!!! We love the crunchy texture!! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yeon Jenny Pino

      5 stars
      best bokchoy kimchee!! I thought my mom’s was good but Stella’s is much better.. (don’t tell my mom, tho) lol..
      it’s so refreshing and my go to banchan.. Thank you Stella!! keep up with the great recipes, etc..

  60. Richard

    5 stars
    Love it. Do you think it would be okay to mix the sauce up and refrigerate it for later use? The wife wants to be able to just sauce the baby bok choy, when she comes home for lunch.

    1. stellanspice

      Hi Richard! Yes, this would be totally fine. I wouldn’t make ahead for longer than a week though. Daily is absolutely fine 🙂

  61. Ashlea

    5 stars
    I’ve made this 5 times in the past 2 weeks, it’s that good.
    I unfortunately couldn’t find plum vinegar anywhere, so ended up using Korean apple vinegar instead.
    I just been eating it with rice and boiled eggs covered in the same sauce. It really hits the spot.
    It packs spice, it’s sweet and addictive.

    1. stellanspice

      Hi Ashlea, apple vinegar sounds like it would still be delicious! I’ll have to try that as well. I’m so glad you love it!

  62. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Not totally what I expected but still delicious! Spicier than I expected (I love spicy food). Have you tried chayote kimchi? Delicious

  63. Eliza

    5 stars
    Girllllllllll, you put me on! Shoutout to your momma for this! My mom always made homemade kimchi growing up so this is a recipe I had to send her. We both love it, made it with spinach, bok choy and radish. Could easily eat this by the gallon!

  64. Ming

    5 stars
    I made this today and wow it was great! I wanna make it again but with plum vinegar (I used rice) and see how the tastes differs! Thank you~~ Your recipes never fail!!

  65. Anonymous

    5 stars
    WWWOOOOWWW! This is the best “kimchi” hands down. It is crunchy and nutty and spicy and sweet, and it’s so easy to make. Thank you for a home run recipe

  66. Monica

    5 stars
    Sooooo good! I made a double batch and the family ate it before I could serve it. I need to make another double batch.

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