The Best Carbon Steel Wok

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Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Flat Bottom Wok, Carbon Steel with Lid and Stir Fry Spatula, Recipes Included, 14-inch, 4 Piece Set recommended by Skillet Director
Joyce Chen 22-0060, Pro Chef Flat Bottom Wok Uncoated Carbon Steel, 14-inch recommended by Skillet Director
Craft Wok Traditional Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok with Wooden and Steel Helper Handle (14 Inch, Round Bottom) / 731W88 recommended by Skillet Director
14 Inches Carbon Steel Wok with Helper Handle (Flat Bottom), 14 Gauge Thickness, USA Made recommended by Skillet Director
Big 16 Inch Heavy Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok with Wooden and Steel Helper Handle (Round Bottom) / 731W138 by Craft Wok recommended by Skillet Director
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Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Carbon Steel Wok
Joyce Chen 22-0060 Carbon Steel Wok
Craft Wok Traditional Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok
14 Inches Carbon Steel Wok with Helper Handle
Big 16 Inch Heavy Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok
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Helen's Asian Kitchen
Joyce Chen
Craft Wok
M.V. Trading
Craft Wok
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from $9.92
$38.99
$49.75
from $42.99
$59.95
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Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Flat Bottom Wok, Carbon Steel with Lid and Stir Fry Spatula, Recipes Included, 14-inch, 4 Piece Set recommended by Skillet Director
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Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Carbon Steel Wok
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Helen's Asian Kitchen
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from $9.92
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Joyce Chen 22-0060, Pro Chef Flat Bottom Wok Uncoated Carbon Steel, 14-inch recommended by Skillet Director
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Joyce Chen 22-0060 Carbon Steel Wok
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Joyce Chen
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$38.99
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Craft Wok Traditional Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok with Wooden and Steel Helper Handle (14 Inch, Round Bottom) / 731W88 recommended by Skillet Director
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Craft Wok Traditional Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok
Brand
Craft Wok
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$49.75
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14 Inches Carbon Steel Wok with Helper Handle (Flat Bottom), 14 Gauge Thickness, USA Made recommended by Skillet Director
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14 Inches Carbon Steel Wok with Helper Handle
Brand
M.V. Trading
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from $42.99
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Big 16 Inch Heavy Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok with Wooden and Steel Helper Handle (Round Bottom) / 731W138 by Craft Wok recommended by Skillet Director
Title
Big 16 Inch Heavy Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok
Brand
Craft Wok
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$59.95
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How to Buy and Season a Wok?

How to Season a Carbon Steel Wok?

Carbon Steel Wok Buyers’ Guide

What is a wok?

A wok is a cooking vessel with a round bottom, which originated in China. The most distinguishable feature of the wok is its shape, which gives the wok a gentle flare to the edge so it is easier to push food up onto the sides of the cooking vessel. A wok with a round bottom enables a spatula or ladle to collect all the food from the bottom of the wok and throw it around easily; this is very hard to do with a pan that has a flat bottom. With a traditional pit stove or gas hob, the bottom of a round wok gets hotter than a flat pan and is better for stir-frying. Woks can be used for a whole bunch of different cooking techniques from China, such as steam pan frying, stewing, stir-frying and more.

How to season a carbon steel wok?

With proper care and maintenance, a carbon steel wok can last forever. When you have taken the wok out of the packaging, wash it with hot water, some liquid dish detergent and a stainless steel sponge or pad. If you see it fit, scrub the outside of the wok with a sponge and an abrasive cleanser, but never use abrasive on the interior of the wok. Rinse the wok and dry completely, then place it on high heat. While moving your wok, turn it and tilt it up to the rim and back. Keep doing this until the metal turns into a blue-yellow hue and remove from the stove. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add approximately 1 ½ teaspoon of oil onto the surface of the wok. You can use paper towels to rub the oil over the wok surface. Heat your wok on medium heat for around 10 minutes and wipe off the oil. There should be black residue on this towel, and you should repeat this process until there is no black residue (around 3 times), and then it is ready to use.

How to clean a wok?

It is important to clean your wok thoroughly to guarantee a long life. Start by rinsing the wok in hot water and gently scrubbing off any leftovers with a nonmetallic scrubber. If there is any stubborn food stuck on the wok, then soak it in hot water for a few minutes to loosen the food. Rinse your wok until there are no particles left on it and dry it thoroughly with paper towels. To finish drying the wok, place it on the stovetop and turn the heat to medium or medium-high. Wipe the interior of the wok with some vegetable oil to prevent rusting. You can skip this step if your wok is seasoned and frequently used. Then let it fully dry and store it until the next use.

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Author: Mark Miller

I have graduated The Culinary Institute of America in 2013 and became a chef assistant in one of New York city restaurants. As a talented young cook I began to move up the career ladder – just a few years later I'm worked as a chef in the most prestigious restaurants. Early in my career, I attended many workshops and seminars in Europe and the United States. The training took place at Michelin 3*-4* restaurants and cooking schools.