Paleo-Friendly Meals: Filipino Adobo Style Bok Choy

I absolutely love Filipino food – it’s so savory and delicious. When I was young, my Lola (grandma) watched me everyday and cooked chicken adobo at least once a week. The smells coming from the kitchen were intoxicating and drew me in – cartoon style, feet floating and nose following the visible aroma. I always look forward to chicken adobo over rice on the kitchen table. These days I’m avoiding rice but the flavors of Filipino adobo are so versatile they can be added to almost anything. In this case, I’ll share with you the wonders of Filipino adobo style bok choy!
043 To start, gather your ingredients: bok choy, onion, garlic, tamari (or coconut aminos), white vinegar, olive oil, and black pepper. 046 Add olive oil to a medium pot over medium-high heat. Saute onions and garlic until soft. The goal is to flavor the oil before we put in the bok choy. The heat will extract the aroma and flavors as it softens. 048Add the chopped bok choy. 
049Pour in tamari or coconut aminos.

051Add white vinegar and black pepper. You’ll notice my white vinegar is less white and more spicy! This adds amazing flavor to the vinegar and works well as a condiment or marinade. It’s a mixture of hot peppers, garlic cloves, onions, peppercorns, and white vinegar. Put in a glass container and set aside for about a week. The longer it sits, the spicier it becomes! Back to the bok choy – sauté with the liquids for about 15 minutes. The bok choy will wilt and reduce. If you’d like the adobo to have more of a sauce, add some water and simmer over low until the water has reduced out. Serve with your protein of choice or just eat alone like a hot salad. It’s so delicious!

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Paleo-Friendly Meals: Filipino Adobo Style Bok Choy

Total Time: 20 minutes

Per Serving 303 calories

Fat 15 g

Carbs 31 g

Protein 18 g



  • 1 medium/large head of bok choy
  • 1/2 cup onion, sliced
  • 2-3 garlic closed, crushed
  • 1/2 cup tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • hot peppers (optional)
  • black pepper
  • olive oil


  1. Add olive oil to a medium pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic over medium-high heat until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add chopped bok choy, tamari, vinegar, hot peppers (optional), and pepper.
  3. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until bok choy is wilted and sauce had reduced, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. For a soupier sauce, add water and simmer over low until liquid had reduced to desired amount.
  5. Enjoy!

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