Top 6 Incredible Bok Choy Substitute

by Komal Narwani last updated -

People mostly look for bok choy substitutes due to its high price and unavailability. So, here is a list of nutritious and pocket-friendly bok choy substitutes that are easily available.

Bok Choy Substitute

The best bok choy substitutes include napa cabbage, swiss chard, yu choy, spinach, cabbage, celery, collard greens, beet greens, tatsoi, asparagus, and radicchio. [1] [2]

Napa Cabbage

This is the best bok choy substitute provided you do not boil it. Stir-frying napa cabbage will help you retain its crispiness like bok choy.

Swiss Chard

The color of Swiss chard is easily detectable but other than that it is quite similar to bok choy in terms of nutrition. Make sure you do not cook the leaves and stems together.

Close-up image of two bok choy florets on a wooden cutting board

Bok choy can be eaten raw but imagine boiled green leaves topped with butter and seasoning for your pasta. Would taste amazing! Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Yu Choy

Yu choy (choy sum) can be used as an alternative to bok choy. When substituting bok choy with yu choy do remember to add a few drops of lemon to kill its mild bitter taste. Additionally, it also acts as a taste enhancer.


The highly fibrous leaves of spinach are the cheapest alternative to bok choy, provided you ignore its pungent smell. It also differs from bok choy in terms of crispiness. Therefore, as a bok choy alternative, add spinach along with sturdier vegetable like broccoli.


Cabbage is a perfect substitute for bok choy as it is low in calories, high in nutritional value, and is budget-friendly. Combine cooked and shredded cabbage to give the food the crispiness of bok choy.


Although not the best substitute of bok choy, some people do use a handful of celery leaves. Protection Status
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An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Komal is a quirky writer. She loves to add a touch of creativity to everything she does. She has a diverse background in teaching biology, working as an analyst, and freelancing as a content writer. There are only two ways she can express herself, first is words and second is dance.

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