Wok Cookers Buying Guide

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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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Bayou Classic
$34.49

This Bayou Classic flat bottom wok is traditionally designed with carbon steel construction, a spun finish, and riveted handles. T...he cooking surface disperses heat quickly and evenly making it perfect for discada and stir fry. Surface: Smooth... read more

Bayou Classic
$34.49

This Bayou Classic flat bottom wok is traditionally designed with carbon steel construction, a spun finish, and riveted handles. T...he cooking surface disperses heat quickly and evenly making it perfect for discada and stir fry. Surface: Smooth... read more

Calphalon®
$100.00

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 12-in. Flat Bottom Wok. Sharing food with family and friends is how we form some of life's greates...t moments and memories! This 12-in. flat bottom wok is ideal for cooking stir-fry food, from Chinese to Thai, and has high sides so you can quickly move food around the pan without losing a morsel. The convenient side-handle lets you move from stove to serving area with ease. Featuring a hard-anodized exterior and nonstick interior, Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick combines durability and performance wit read more

Calphalon
$219.99

Traditional Asian cooking takes on modern convenience with this Calphalon Signature wok. The stainless steel interior gives you th...e heating precision you need, while sloped sides and a flat bottom let you keep your stir fry moving. 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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Ace Trading-Grill Acc 3
$47.99 $16.22

Discovery ACC, CON, NBR, SUP Assembled Width: 12 in. Brand Name: Grillmark Assembled Depth: 3-1/2 in. Material: Carbon Steel Produ...ct Type: Grill Wok Size Capacity: 12 in. read more

Ace Trading-Grill Acc 3
$47.99 $16.22

Discovery ACC, CON, NBR, SUP Assembled Width: 12 in. Brand Name: Grillmark Assembled Depth: 3-1/2 in. Material: Carbon Steel Produ...ct Type: Grill Wok Size Capacity: 12 in. read more

Sabatier
$14.99

Find Grill Cooking Tools and Cookware at Target.com! This Sabatier Wok Topper allows you to grill fish, vegetables, and other deli...cate foods on the grill. It also saves smaller foods from falling through the grill and into the fire. Made of carbon steel with a nonstick coating, the wok has a perforated body that allows for even cooking while infusing foods with smoky flavor. The compact size takes up less space on the grill and is perfect for storage. Measures 9 x 8 x 4 inches. Dishwasher safe. Color: Black. read more

Napoleon
$46.43 $24.99

11-in. non stick. Silver color. 13.8 in. L x 11 in. W x 3 in. H.

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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TT UP
$51.09

Product Description Part of the Carbon Steel Wok Series by Helen's Asian Kitchen the 14 inch Carbon Steel Wok Set is a great gift ...or beginner set. It is made for use on gas or electric burners and the pan's carbon steel body is designed for rapid, even... read more

Paderno World Cuisine
$53.84

Every kitchen and chef needs a steel wok from Paderno Wok's curved sides and rounded base provide a wide cooking surface Specialty... cookware facilitates stirring and tossing of ingredients Ideal for stir-fry dishes Made of 1/8-inch thick blue carbon... read more

UBO
$34.29

Part of the Carbon Steel Wok Series by Helen's Asian Kitchen the 14 inch Carbon Steel Wok with two-tone bamboo handle is a heavy w...eight at 1.8 mm of carbon steel. It is made for use on gas or electric burners and the pan's heavy weight carbon steel... read more

Paderno World Cuisine
$53.84

Every kitchen and chef needs a steel wok from Paderno Wok's curved sides and rounded base provide a wide cooking surface Specialty... cookware facilitates stirring and tossing of ingredients Ideal for stir-fry dishes Made of 1/8-inch thick blue carbon... 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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Aroma
$39.99 $37.39

Dimensions: 18.6L x 14.4W x 10.2H in.. Includes wok and lid. Metal and plastic construction. Nonstick interior. Rapid heat-up feat...ure. Full-range temperature control. Cool-touch base and handles. Stir-fry tofu, braise vegetables, steam bamboo, and sizzle up some crispy tempura for your next midweek Asian feast with this Aroma AEW-305 Electric Wok. This durable, nonstick-coated wok heats up quickly and retains extreme heat for flash cooking that seals in flavor. Full-range temperature control and a cool-touch base handles give you expert management, and an included high-domed lid traps in steam when you want a gentler cook. read more

Breville
$189.99

Wok out! Experience a whole new way of cooking by plugging in this stainless steel wok with heavy-duty aluminum layers that heat u...p fast and hold heat in to sear food to perfection. With 15 precision heat settings, this electric wok brings authentic Asian-style cooking into your home and opens the door to all a never-ending list of new cuisine. 1-year warranty. Model BEW600XL. read more

Presto
$99.99

From classic stir fry to cheesy broccoli rice, this Presto electric wok does it all. Heat control automatically maintains temperat...ure. Aluminum-clad base ensures fast and even heat distribution. Tempered glass lid locks in moisture. Stainless steel housing looks great on any countertop. Product Care Dishwasher safe (with removal of heat control) Manufacturer's 1-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here 9.5H x 14W x 17D 1500 watts Model no. 05900 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may differ from those offered in Kohl's stores. Size: One Size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Glass/Stainless Steel/Aluminum. read more

Aroma
$49.99

Find Cookware, Open Stock and Sets at Target.com! Stir-fry in style with this electric wok from Aroma. It’s perfect for braising, ...tempura, steaming, and more. This sleek, cast metal wok has a nonstick 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. • Large 5-quart capacity with high domed lid • Rapid heat-up with consistent heat retention • Full-range temperature control • Durable nonstick coating • Cool-touch base and handles 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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Kitchen King USA
$39.99

Make your favorite recipes much healthier, using little to no fat, with this Chinese-style nonstick wok. Perfect for making rice n...oodles, Thai curries, and stir-fry in the comfort of your own home! Two-layered, nonstick-coated interior allows for superior food release and easy cleanup. Dual-handle design provides firm grip for easy transport throughout your kitchen. read more

Kitchen King USA
$37.82 $35.93

Efficient and attractive on the stovetop, these stock pots feature riveted restaurant-style handles that stay cool to the touch, a...iding in easy transport throughout your kitchen. Crafted with performance and durability in mind. Heavy-duty, vapor-tight lid locks in moisture, flavor, and nutrients. read more

Kitchen King USA
$44.96

Make your favorite recipes much healthier, using little to no fat, with this classic nonstick wok. Perfect for stir-frying, deep-f...rying, steaming, and more. Two-layered, durable nonstick-coated interior allows for superior food release and easy cleanup. read more

TT UP
$51.09

Product Description Part of the Carbon Steel Wok Series by Helen's Asian Kitchen the 14 inch Carbon Steel Wok Set is a great gift ...or beginner set. It is made for use on gas or electric burners and the pan's carbon steel body is designed for rapid, even... 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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Brentwood
$30.05 $20.49

If you're trying to eat more healthy the Brentwood Aluminum Non-Stick Gray Wok with Lid is a handy tool to have on your side. Grea...t for stir frying steaming pan frying poaching boiling brazing searing stewing and lots of other cooking methods it has a... read more

Taylor and Ng
$38.54 $19.85

Made to keep round bottom woks stable while cooking on your stove top. One size, wok ring, reversible. Use on gas or electric cook... tops. 9.375 in. L x 1.625 in. H. read more

Pensofal
$99.99 $85.99

PNFL1018 Features Green color Aluminum material Dishwasher safe Non stick Color: Green Product Type: Wok set Non-Stick: Yes Lid In...cluded: Yes Number of Items Included: 4 Primary Material: Aluminum Helper Handle: Yes Dimensions Diameter: 11'' Overall... read more

Taylor and Ng
$70.91 $46.84

Designed with a flat bottom to accommodate electric or gas cooktops. 7-piece wok set includes a a pre-seasoned 12 in. single handl...e flat bottom wok. Wood knob dome wok cover to help retain heat while cooking. Bamboo utensils - fork, spatula, rice... read more

KitchenAid
$199.00 $159.00

Give your stir-fry and dumplings some authentic flair with the Tri-Ply 13" stainless-steel wok and lid from KitchenAid Cookware! T...his stainless-steel wok features 3 plies of stainless steel & aluminum for even heating & nonstick cooking without the weight, plus a matching lid to keep in steam and prevent oils from splattering. Whether you're stir-frying, steaming, or stewing, do it right with the traditionally-inspired, modern-convenienced Tri-Ply stainless steel wok from KitchenAid Cookware. KitchenAid Cookware Tri-Play Stainless Steel Wok with Lid (13") Features : Traditionally-inspired stainless steel wok from KitchenAid Cookware Includes lid Great for stir-fried meats & steamed vegetables Tri-Ply cookware construction: 2 plies of stainless steel with an aluminum core Stainless steel base Welded stainless-steel wok handle Oven safe up to 500 F Dishwasher safe Induction, gas, & electric cooktop compatible KitchenAid Cookware stainless steel wok dimensions: 13" in diameter Shop More KitchenAid Cookware & Appliances read more

Woll Cookware
$173.95 $159.95

Effortlessly scoop and serve chicken or tenderloin onto a dish prepared with a Woll Diamond Lite Wok. Featuring a thick, reinforce...d, durable and PFOA free nonstick coating, the Woll non-stick wok is metal utensil friendly. The Woll Diamond Lite Woks stainless steel coated bottom allows for the best heat transfer possible. Manufactured by hand in Germany and quality tested, the Woll Diamond Lite Wok is suited for the home or commercial kitchen. 8mm/0.3 thick diamond-hard non-stick coating (PFOA free) Large cooking area, 12.5 inch diameter Fixed Handle Stainless steel bottom for maximum heat transfer Abrasion resistant diamond hard-base coating for lasting life Oven safe to 480 F Dishwasher safe, easy to clean Limited lifetime warranty All Woll cookware products are hand-crafted in Germany and come with a limited-lifetime warranty. Each pan has a diamond-reinforced, non-stick cooking surface which uses state-of-the-art nano and diamond technology and is PFOA free. The result is a cooking surface which allows easy release of food without the use of oils or fats and easy cleaning with minimal effort. All Woll pans are oven-, dishwasher-, and metal-utensil-safe. Looking For Other Woll Products? Click Here read more

Cuisinart
$150.00 $79.95

Cuisinart is leading the way in nonstick branded cookware with their new GreenGourmet line. This state-of-the-art wok is a versati...le modern option featuring Cuisinart's exclusive Ceramica r nonstick and non-petroleum based technology for healthful... read more

Calphalon
$250.00 $99.99

Traditionally shaped with high, sloped sides, this cooking wok has a flat bottom for easy stir-frying on modern stovetops. Its non...stick surface evenly sears, browns, sautes and seals in juices when cooking meats, seafood and vegetables. Crafted from... read more

Cuisinart
$150.00 $79.95

Cuisinart is leading the way in nonstick branded cookware with their new GreenGourmet line. This state-of-the-art wok is a versati...le modern option featuring Cuisinart's exclusive Ceramica r nonstick and non-petroleum based technology for healthful fat-free cooking. Hard-anodized aluminum construction assures superior heat conductivity and uses less energy to achieve desired temperatures. In addition to stir-frying and steaming, wok with glass lid and convenient helper handle doubles as a chef's pan for sauteing and other uses. Riveted stay-cool handles are crafted of 70% recycled stainless steel. View all Cuisinart products Cuisinart and other Wedding Registry offers • Hard-anodized aluminum • Scratch-resistant Ceramica r nonstick coating is PTFE- and PFOA-free • Use with wood, nylon, or silicone utensils • 70% recycled stainless-steel handles • Steel-reinforced glass lid • Compatible with halogen, glass, ceramic, electric and gas stovetops • Oven-safe up to 400F • Hand wash • Not read more

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