Pak choi, also known as bok choy or Chinese cabbage, is a versatile vegetable that deserves a place on anyone’s menu. It belongs to the group known as cruciferous vegetables, so it provides essential insoluble fibre as well as plenty of vitamins.

It is in season throughout the summer and early autumn. Keep it in the fridge where it should last three or four days.

This easy fish recipe takes only a few minutes and should serve two. Serve with rice as listed, or with noodles. For minimum washing up use stir-fry noodles which can go in the same pan.


2 bundles pak choi, chopped

2 fillets white fish (glaze rinsed off, defrosted if frozen) – chopped into chunks

Small piece fresh ginger, grated

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Bunch spring onions

Four anchovies in olive oil, chopped

4 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)

Rice to serve

Garnish: half a cucumber, peeled and sliced

Handful of peanuts, crushed

1 tbsp cooking oil


  1. Boil the kettle and then start the rice cooking with the boiling water and a pinch of salt.
  2. Mix the soy sauce and fish sauce in a bowl (fish sauce smells a bit odd before cooking, don’t worry!)
  3. Prepare the cucumber and peanuts for the garnish
  4. Heat the oil and begin by stir-frying the garlic and ginger for a minute, then add the spring onions for a further minute.
  5. Now throw in the pak choi – ideally the white parts first, followed by the leaves. Stir fry until softened.
  6. Add the mixed sauces.
  7. Now add the fish and cook until just firm – white fish will toughen if overdone so leave this until last. Stir in the anchovies (they disappear if left to cook for too long).
  8. Drain the rice and serve with the fish and vegetable mixture. Thai-style garnish goes on the side.


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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.


Charlie M.
17 July 2017

Charlie M.

I go through a lot of anchovies - I buy them in olive oil and drain that into the wok for the stirfrying. The recipe is right to remind to add them at the last minute, otherwise they vanish. Very strange!

Helen P.
15 July 2017

Helen P.

I have never heard of anchovies in a stir fry before. This sounds interesting and I will have to give it a go!

Michael A.
13 July 2017

Michael A.

I was just thinking about using fish in a stir fry the other day but wasn't sure how it would go. This recipe sounds great, will try it.

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