The 8 Best Woks for Stir-Frying, Steaming, Braising, and More

published Jun 18, 2024
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Ramen stir-fry noodles with shrimp in wok pan on gray concrete background
Credit: Natalia Lisovskaya

Sure, there’s a specialized tool for every cooking task these days, but woks hold a certain prestige in the kitchen. Perhaps it’s their deep connection to Chinese cuisine, or maybe it’s their reputation for quick and easy cooking. Whatever the reason, woks deserve a place in your cookware collection. We’ve rounded up the best ones to recommend for the job. 

What Is a Wok? 

A wok is a deep-rounded pan of Chinese origin primarily used for stir-frying. They’re traditionally made of carbon steel but can also be made of cast iron or stainless steel. Woks are great for stir-frying, deep-frying, steaming, and soup-making. They heat up quickly, are durable, and can be used to cook a number of meals. 

Do you have a wok that you love? We want to hear all about it! Let us know in the comments below. 

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was $144.99

This wok features a super tough, pretreated body that resists scratches. Like other GreenPan cookware, it's dishwasher-safe, but handwashing is a breeze if you go that route. Plus, the black and gold design looks sharp!

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was $149.99

Thanks to its carbon steel construction, this Zwilling wok tackles high-heat cooking with ease. This makes it perfect for dishes like stir-fried beef or crispy chicken cutlets. The glass lid lets you monitor your food while it cooks, and it looks great with its wood and silver accents.

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was $214.99

This 12-inch wok is crafted from durable, PFOA-free ceramic nonstick, which lets you cook with minimal oil. Plus, its nonstick surface makes cleanup a breeze, so you can say goodbye to scrubbing greasy messes.

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For stir-fry lovers, the Misen Carbon Steel Wok stands out. Made from carbon steel, it heats up quickly and evenly and comes pre-seasoned to save you time. Unlike some woks, this one is compatible with all heat sources, making it super versatile.

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This 14-inch wok heats up fast and cooks evenly for delicious meals. The nonstick coating lets you use less oil for healthy meals and makes cleanup a breeze. While not ideal for those who like traditional woks, it's perfect for home cooks who prioritize convenience and healthy cooking.

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Hexclad’s 12-inch wok modernizes the traditional wok. It prioritizes convenience and ease of use with its nonstick surface and dishwasher-safe design while still delivering good heat distribution for stir-frying. Unlike cast-iron woks, it does not need to be seasoned.

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Pearl River Mart

Whip up delicious stir-fries without the fuss with this Pearl River Stainless Steel Wok! Made from smooth, easy-clean stainless steel, this wok is likely dishwasher safe and a breeze to keep sparkling. Its flat bottom will sit nice and snug on electric or glass stovetops, making it perfect for your kitchen.

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Made In

Made In's carbon steel cookware is a favorite of ours at The Ktchn, and this wok is no different. It's a popular item that's sold out several times. This wok isn't just for stir-frying! It braises, steams, deep-fries, and more, making it a great addition to any kitchen.