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Wok Cookers Buying Guide

The wok pan's original Chinese design calls for a curved interior. Whether you choose a flat or rounded base, a wok's deep, sloped sides help keep bite-size pieces of food in the pan while stir-frying. Toss together a healthy, flavorful stir-fry meal in this pan, and your family will think you (ahem) wok on water.

Types of Wok Cookers

Types of Wok Cookers

Woks come in various sizes and material types. Choose your pan based on the type of stove you plan to cook on. Traditional Asian woks have a rounded base for cooking over an open flame, forcing food to center of the heat source. Gas stoves can handle a round-base wok, but many Americans use a flat-bottom wok for either electric or gas stoves. For the best cooking performance, carbon steel is the most recommended wok material.

Flat Base

A flat-bottom wok works best on an electric stove, as the base sits flat against the burner. If you use a round-bottom wok on an electric stove top, the heat may reflect back onto the heating element and cause damage. Flat-base woks also work well on gas stoves.

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Use your Calphalon Contemporary 12-in. Nonstick Flat Bottom Wok to make a quick shrimp and vegetable stir fry or a hearty soup for... a healthy weekday meal. The vegetables you have on hand can make a great meal in this wok. The deep design needs less oil than a saute pan and accommodates more ingredients. Made of thick, hard-anodized aluminum, the Calphalon wok heats uniformly across the bottom and up the sides so foods don't burn. Chicken and beef brown evenly and vegetables don't have to sit in the oil to cook. The 12-inch contemporary nonstick wok is protected with a multi-layer nonstick coating that will last for years when you use wood, plastic or nylon utensils and gently clean it. The brushed stainless steel handle stays cool, and the helper handle makes tossing ingredients and transporting the wok easy. Cool the Calphalon wok before washing. Then loosen stubborn food residue with a soft bristle brush or nonabrasive cleaning pad. Better yet, just run the Calphalon flat bottom wok through the dishwasher.Features:Heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum for consistent heatingDurable multi-layer nonstick coatingLong, stay-cool stainless steel handle and helper handle for easy liftingWeighs a sturdy 4.45 pounds and is 4.25 inches deepFor use on gas, glass ceramic, halogen and electric cooktopsDishwasher safe read more

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For Asian inspired one-pan dishes, reach for the Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Flat Bottom Wok. Designed by Calphalon to provide... the shape benefits of a standard wok with the versatility of an everyday pan, the Flat read more

Town Food Service
$18.50
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Flat Bottomed Cantonese Wok. 14" diameter, 3.25" deep. Hand hammered with two riveted loop handles. Cold forged steel. Ideal for u...se on induction and electric ranges. read more

Round Base

A more traditional design for a wok, a round-bottom pan works best on a gas stove top. It needs to be stabilized with a metal ring support.

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MetroKitchen.com

This Swiss Diamond nonstick 11 inch round bottom wok is designed to give you a full cooking surface but with a flat base so this s...tir fry pan will work on most any cooktop. This non stick wok heats quickly and consistently. Every ingredient in your recipe will evenly cook. With this Swiss Diamond pan, you'll enjoy making a variety of quick stir frys. Plus you'll love the super easy clean up, thanks to its non stick surface and dishwasher compatibility. read more

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$269.95 $390.00
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This Le Creuset 14.25-in. Wok is one of the few woks on the market which follows the original Chinese design of a curved cooking i...nterior. Combined with a hard-wearing black satin enamel finish, this product is extremely durable. The specially designed flat exterior base makes it ideal and efficient on all heat sources. Made of enameled coated cast iron and features a see through glass cover. read more

Le Creuset Cast Iron

This Le Creuset 14.25-in. Wok is one of the few woks on the market which follows the original Chinese design of a curved cooking i...nterior. Combined with a hard-wearing black satin enamel finish, this product is extremely durable. The specially designed flat exterior base makes it ideal and efficient on all heat sources. Made of enameled coated cast iron and features a see through glass cover. read more

Le Creuset Cast Iron
$269.95 $390.00
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This Le Creuset 14.25-in. Wok is one of the few woks on the market which follows the original Chinese design of a curved cooking i...nterior. Combined with a hard-wearing black satin enamel finish, this product is extremely durable. The specially designed flat exterior base makes it ideal and efficient on all heat sources. Made of enameled coated cast iron and features a see through glass cover. read more

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Materials

Stainless steel, cooper, and aluminum all work for woks, but carbon steel is the preferred material among Asian cooks. Carbon steel conducts heat evenly, is lightweight enough to easily toss foods, and works well for stir-frying foods.

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Target
$21.99
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Find cookware, open stock and sets at Target.com! Add a new element to your cooking essentials with this keilen carbon steel wok f...or excellent, even cooking performance. Made of phenolic material, its handles stay cool. This 14" wok has curved sides and a grip handle that help with tossing and mixing. Hand wash recommended. read more

Kitchen Universe

Another winner from Office for Product Design. Firm chose to go with carbon steel to form this unpretentious, highly functional wo...k designVessel made of carbon steel, heats quickly and evenly and highly responsive to burner input which is make it ideal for way woks are made: Fast cooking and sauté of food using high heatNo artificial coating. Needs to be seasoned to create a natural non-stick coating prior first usage. Instructions how to season are includedNatural magnolia wood are beautifully crafted together in harmony. Suitable for gas, electric and induction cooktopsUse and care manual includedDimensions: Design: Office for Product Design, Hong KongAwards: Gold Design Award, 2012, IF Product Design Award 2011, Design for Asia Award; Golden Pin Design Award read more

Sports Authority

The Eastman Outdoors carbon steel 22-in wok puts a modern variation on an ancient cooking tool. Made to exacting specifications, t...his traditional carbon steel wok is designed for use with the Eastman Outdoors "Big Kahuna" burner (not included). Size: One Size. Color: One Color. Features 22 in Carbon steel Must season before use read more

Epoca

Hong Kong Chopstick House Wok is made of carbon steel with a nonstick interior coating that is ideal for your cooking needs. It ha...s a soft touch riveted handle making it easier to hold. Nonstick is PFOA free so that it is better for the environment. Wok has a flat bottom for better balance and is suitable for all heat sources, including induction. read more

Electric

An electric wok has the same flat-bottom pan design, but it has a control to adjusts the heat distributed through an electric coil. This style comes with a lid and has heat-resistant handles.

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Target
$62.99
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Find woks at Target.com! The presto electric wok features a stainless steel finish and an aluminum clad base for even heat distrib...ution during cooking. The stay-cool handles allow for easy, safe handling while the glass lid reduces cooking time and traps in flavor. The wok and lid are completely immersible and dishwasher safe with the heat control removed. Comes with a long-handled, wooden spatula. read more

Aroma
$64.99
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Stir-fry in style with the Aroma 5-qt. Electric Wok; perfect for braising, tempura, steaming, and more. This sleek, cast metal wok... has a non-stick coating, heats up quickly and retains heat, for professional results every time. Includes everything you need to make all your favorite modern and traditional foods, and the large glass dome lid with adjustable steam vent allows for maximum control. The entire unit easily detaches from the base and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup and even easier storage. Includes long cooking chopsticks, steam rack and tempura rack. read more

Presto
$69.99
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The quick and easy way to prepare sizzling stir-fry meals. Healthy stir-fry cooking sears ingredients in just a small amount of oi...l to preserve nutrients as well as fresh colors, flavors, and textures. 120 volts, 60 Hz only. It should not be used with an adapter. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Buying a wok will be a fun experience if you know what you're looking for in terms of style, size, and material. Decide whether you want a more traditional wok with two short handles, or a Western-influenced wok with a single long handled. For an element of Asian authenticity, buy a wok with a bamboo handle. Allow time to “season” the wok before using.

Size

A 10-inch wok is a great size for preparing a stir-fry recipe to serve four or five people, while a 12- to 14-inch pan offers room for bigger stir-fry recipes and other cooking techniques such as deep-frying or braising.

Interior

Because of the increased interest in low-fat cooking, some wok manufacturers offer wok interiors with a nonstick coating. Nonstick coating does not work well with carbon steel, but it is a good option for aluminum or stainless-steel woks.

Lid

Although a lid is not used when making classic stir-fry, some woks include a lid. A lid is handy if you plan to use a wok as a pan for braising.

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MetroKitchen.com

Measures 14 inches in diameter x 3.75 inches deep Holds 6.3 quarts Weighs 10.34 pounds Cooking surface is hard and durable due to ...patented, diamond reinforced cookware technology Guaranteed not to warp Suitable for most cooking surfaces, including induction. Oven safe to 500 F Dishwasher safe, hand washing recommended No PFOA used to make this non-stick cookware Lifetime warranty from Swiss Diamond against material and manufacturing defects with normal use and proper care. Scratches or other damage from metal utensils is not covered by the lifetime warranty. Swiss Diamond recommends using nylon, silicon, or wooden utensils. Metal utensils are not recommended. However, with proper use they will not scratch the nonstick surface. Made in Switzerland. read more

cutleryandmore.com
$229.95 $329.00
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Staub cast iron cookware retains heat and distributes it evenly, making food more consistent in texture and taste. In addition to ...having these technical merits, it's attractive appearance make it possible for the dish to go straight from the stove to the table. During manufacturing, a sand mold is made for each cast iron piece and then it's destroyed-making each piece unique unto itself. Perfect for use on all heat sources, including induction. read more

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$229.95 $300.00
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Swiss Diamond cookware features a revolutionary nonstick HD coating with diamond crystals, that is virtually indestructible and wi...ll not crack, blister, or peel. This new & improved nonstick coating stands out for its extended durability, improved corrosion resistance, easy clean-up and superior browning & searing capabilities. Nothing conducts heat more efficiently or quickly than diamonds, ensuring the best possible heat transfer without hot spots. The cast aluminum construction distributes the heat evenly across the bottom and up the sides, so a consistent temperature surrounds the food and helps prevent burning. Other features include a perfectly flat extra-thick base that will never warp, compatible to use on new ceramic, gas, or electric cooktops. The stay-cool handles are comfortable & balanced for easy lifting and oven safe up to 500°. It is recommended to use silicone, wood, or nylon utensils. Hand wash. Made in Switzerland read more

cutleryandmore.com
$234.95 $300.00
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Swiss Diamond cookware features a revolutionary nonstick HD coating with diamond crystals, that is virtually indestructible and wi...ll not crack, blister, or peel. This new & improved nonstick coating stands out for its extended durability, improved corrosion resistance, easy clean-up and superior browning & searing capabilities. Nothing conducts heat more efficiently or quickly than diamonds, ensuring the best possible heat transfer without hot spots. The cast aluminum construction distributes the heat evenly across the bottom and up the sides, so a consistent temperature surrounds the food and helps prevent burning. Other features include a perfectly flat extra-thick base that will never warp, compatible to use on gas, electric and induction cooktops. The stay-cool handles are comfortable & balanced for easy lifting and oven safe up to 500°. It is recommended to use silicone, wood, or nylon utensils. Hand wash. Made in Switzerland read more

Handles

Woks have either one long handle or two short side handles. This decision is a matter of personal preference, but one long handle is easier to manage and lift. Some handles are made of a heat-resistant material, making them easier to hold.

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Seasoning

It's important to season a wok before using it the first time. Use a light coating of cooking oil, and follow the instructions that come with your wok, as each type has specific seasoning directions.

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Crate & Barrel
$99.95 $250.00
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Professional performance with a revolutionary Sear finish that is textured to evenly brown and seal in juices of meats, seafood an...d vegetables. Stylishly curved in tri-ply, hard-anodized aluminum that heats quickly and evenly without hot spots. For use on gas, electric and ceramic cooktops, and oven-safe to 500 degrees. Unlike most nonstick cookware, Unison is completely dishwasher-safe. Calphalon® and other Wedding Registry offers -Drawn anodized aluminum -Stainless steel handles -Glass and stainless steel lid -Sear nonstick interior -Use only plastic, coated, wood or nylon utensils -Oven-safe to 500 degrees (not broiler-safe) -Dishwasher-safe -Made in USA and China read more

Calphalon Contemporary ? Unison ? Sear 13" Nonstick Wok with Lid
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Acclaim 12 Stir Fry Pan features heavy-gauge hard anodized construction for outstanding performance, silicone & stainless steel ha...ndles are oven safe to 400 degrees., For the Home,Cookware & Bakeware,Cookware read more

Circulon Acclaim 12 Stir Fry Pan
Target
$15.99 $19.99
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Find grill cooking tools and cookware at Target.com! Perfectly cook vegetables and seafood on your grill with this non-stick grill... wok from charcoal companion. With its small-grid design, it keeps even the most delicate items from falling through to the coals or flame. Great for feeding a crowd, this grill wok has a 12 to 14 cup capacity. It is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. read more

Non-Stick Square Wok - Large
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Circulon Genesis Stainless Steel Nonstick 12.25 Stir Fry Pan provides even, quick heating and is suitable for all stovetops. This ...long-lasting nonstick cookware resists scratching, staining and chipping, & offers exceptional food release. Oven safe to 500 degrees., For the Home,Cookware & Bakeware,Cookware read more

Circulon Genesis 12.25 Nonstick Stir Fry Pan
Chefs Resource
$79.95 $135.00
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A attractive wok in the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless line. The performance of the aluminum core will work well with the high-h...eat cooking typical with woks. Calphalon Contemporary Stainless cookware brings the sleek and clean look of read more

Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Wok
CHEFS Catalog
$269.95 $390.00
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Woks & Stir Fry Pans - Add a variety of international cuisines to your favorites collection. This reliably quick-cooking wok helps... seal in flavors and nutrients for healthier meals prepared in just minutes. Stir fry chicken and vegetables, braise pork tenderloins, boil jumbo shrimp or deep-fry bananas. This smooth enameled cast iron wok may soon become your go-to pan in the kitchen. Includes a wide sampling of scrumptious recipes. The mainstay of French chefs for nearly a century, Le Creuset cookware features bold and bright colors in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any culinary need. Each enameled cast iron piece is skillfully finished by hand. Imported. 4 3/4-quart. 12 lbs. 17? dia. x 6 1/2?H including handles and lid.Product Features Molded of cast iron with an expertly enameled glossy porcelain coating Versatile for stovetop, oven and broiler Highest quality porcelain enamel coating is impermeable to odors and stains Foods will not react with the enameled finish Easy-clean enamel s - Care and Use Instructions Select low to medium heat for best results. Select the size of your heat source so that it is as close as possible to the base size of your pan. This will prevent energy loss and overheating of the handle. Gently pre-heat utensil on low setting for 2 - 3 minutes then add oil or liquid to the pan. Use only wooden, plastic, or heat resistant nylon tools, to avoid scratching the enamel. Use a potholder or oven glove to lift metal handled pan from the stovetop or oven. Stand hot pan on a Le Creuset trivet, board or cloth, not directly on unprotected counter tops. When using pan on ceramic or halogen stovetops, always lift pan (do not slide) to move. If a pan is banged against a hard surface or is dropped, it may chip or break. Wok without lid is safe for oven or broiler use up to 400 F. To maintain the beauty of your pan's finish, hand-washing is recommended in warm sudsy water with a nylon brush or pad. Cool pan before read more

Le Creuset Wok with Glass Lid - Flame - Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron
CHEFS Catalog
$199.95 $275.00
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Woks & Stir Fry Pans - Whether you're a seasoned home chef or just beginning in your culinary skills, simple weekday stir fry meal...s to cavatelli with lobster a la creme serve up incredibly easy in the Scanpan Classic 15? Wok. The patented ceramic-titanium nonstick cooking surface is completely PFOA- and PFOS-free and uses little or no added fats for healthy appetizers and entrees including egg rolls, pork and tofu lettuce wraps and zesty green beans. Both eco-conscious and high performing, the Scanpan nonstick 15? wok is made in Denmark of squeeze-cast 100% recycled aluminum with an extra-thick base that heats evenly with no hot spots. The heavy, flat base steadies the nonstick stir fry pan on the cooktop as you're boiling pork shank, simmering paella, tossing salads or deep-frying sopaipillas. The 15? nonstick wok is remarkably durable and will not warp, peel, blister or crack.The Scanpan nonstick 15? wok is fast-heating, saving up to 50% in energy use. The Scanpan nonstick stir fry - Specifications Made in Denmark Material: 100% recycled aluminum body; ceramic-titanium Green Tek PFOA- and PFOS-free nonstick surface; Bakelite handles; wire rack; wooden chopsticks Model: 38301200 Size: 15? Dia. (20? with handles) x 4 3/4?H Base: 6 1/2? Dia. Wire Rack: 13?W (15? with hooks) x 7?L Chopsticks: 14?L Weight: 4 lb. 12 oz. Use and Care Before using the Scanpan nonstick 15? wok for the first time, hand wash in warm soapy water. The cookware is dishwasher-safe, but hand washing is recommended. After each use, wash the nonstick stir fry pan with warm soapy water. It is easiest to clean the cookware while it is still warm. The product should be completely clean before storing. The 15? nonstick wok is oven-safe to 500 F and engineered for all cooktops, except induction. Use the cookware with all types of utensils, but nonmetal utensils are recommended to better protect the cook read more

Scanpan Classic Wok, 15 inch - 15? - Scanpan Classic
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$59.95 $80.00
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Woks & Stir Fry Pans - Even-heating aluminum paired with premium nonstick porcelain-enamel make the Tramontina Gourmet Ceramica_01... Deluxe 11? Wok a gourmet favorite in any kitchen. Forged in Italy of heavy-gauge aluminum for lasting durability and exceptional heat distribution, the nonstick wok features a metallic black porcelain-enamel exterior that resists chips and cracks and maintains a beautiful finish. The ultra-smooth ceramic interior uses little or no added butter or oil, so everything from your braised garlic shrimp to pork lo mein and chicken paella effortlessly release right from the 11? wok to serving dish. The ceramic cookware's cream-colored cooking surface is free of PFOA, PTFE, lead and cadmium.Heating evenly and thoroughly, the aluminum construction lets you cook at a lower temperature, ensuring easier preparation of summer vegetable stir fry and wine reductions. With impressive style, the Tramontina Ceramica_01 Deluxe wok offers a polished, cast stainless-steel handle with soft- - Specifications Made in Italy Material: deluxe heavy-gauge aluminum, metallic black porcelain-enamel, ceramic, stainless-steel, silicone handle inserts Model: 80110/022DS Size: 11? Dia. (20?L with handle) x 3?H (4 1/2? with handle) Base: 6? Dia. Weight: 2 lb. 6 oz. Use and Care Before using your Tramontina Ceramica_01 Deluxe wok for the first time, hand wash with warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly. Then season by lightly rubbing cooking oil onto the cooking surface and heating the nonstick wok over medium heat for two to three minutes. When cool, hand wash in warm, soapy water and rinse. The 11? wok is dishwasher-safe; however, Tramontina recommends hand washing and drying to optimize the life and performance of the interior and exterior finishes. Interior Cleaning: The new cooking surface on your ceramic cookware ensures easy cleanup with just soap and water. Should burnt grease or food residue collect on the surface, it usual read more

Tramontina Gourmet 11-inch Wok 80110/022DS, Ceramic_01 Deluxe - 11? - Tramontina Gourmet Ceramica
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