The 7 Best Woks of 2019 For Stir Fry Dishes


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In this article, we outline the 7 best woks for stir fry dishes. We have independently researched and tested these products, and therefore, we only recommend the best.

Our Top Picks

#1 Calphalon Aluminum Wok

This is our best overall pick. It looks at home in a contemporary kitchen setting. 

This wok is made from heavy-gauge hard-anodized aluminum. This has three layers of the nonstick coating on its surface for durability. Obviously, the nonstick coating prevents food from sticking to the surface and burning, which is always a risk when we stir-fry food.

Aluminum heats fast. It also heats evenly. Yet, the stainless steel handle stays cool. The flat bottom of this wok is a little larger than that of a traditional wok. This means that you get ample heat in the center. It works on any electric or gas stove, but as it’s made from aluminum, it doesn’t suit induction cooktops. It comes with a domed lid cover for steaming. It also works well for braising, frying, or simmering.

It’s only 10 inches in diameter, so it is a little smaller than more traditional woks. The sides are steeper than some woks, which is great for compact storage. The size makes this a great option as a starter wok, or for those who don’t have a lot of storage space.

It is oven-safe to 450 degrees. Additionally, it is dishwasher safe. It has a hole for hanging and one long handle.

#2 T-fal Nonstick Jumbo Wok

This is a large yet inexpensive 14-inch aluminum wok. Typically, woks are not expensive, but this one is particularly kind to your wallet. It is great for making large family meals. The nonstick surface makes it easy to clean and use as food won’t stick to it.

Made from aluminum, it’s lighter in weight than those made of steel. Oven safe to 350 degrees, it’s dishwasher safe which means easy cleaning for you.

As it is large, it could be challenging to fit into a dishwasher. That said because this is nonstick both on the inside and out, it is very easy to wash by hand.

Unfortunately, as it is made from aluminum, it will not suit an induction cooktop. But its flat bottom means it can be used on any electric or gas stove.

It has a helper handle and a long handle. These make it easy to move and use. The handles are silicone-covered so that they stay cool and have a comfortable grip.

#3 Calphalon Triply Stainless Steel Wok

This is a 12-inch aluminum core wok. It’s inside is made of dual layers of stainless steel. This ensures that it heats through evenly. Furthermore, this provides fast browning.

This can be used on any stove type, including induction. The outside is brushed stainless steel giving it that elegant look. Since it’s stainless both inside and out, using metal utensils is no issue.

The lid of this wok is tempered glass, so it can be used for steaming or even other cooking methods. We liked the fact that you can watch what’s cooking through the lid. The pan and cover are both oven-safe, so if you want to finish a dish in the oven (or maybe just keep it warm), you can. The wok is broiler-safe too.

#4 Town Food Service Cantonese Style Wok

This 16-inch wok is made from carbon steel so it will require special seasoning. Much like cast iron, carbon steel must be seasoned to prevent rust, and you can’t wash it in a dishwasher.

If you hand-wash this wok, it must be dried immediately, then oiled before being stored to prevent rust. A used carbon steel wok turns black and will lose its nonstick ability over time.

When you heat carbon steel, it will emit a metallic odor. Some cooks find this objectionable. The odor will become less noticeable over time as you use and season the wok.

Carbon steel is prone to rust, so woks are sold and transported with a coating that needs to be removed before first use. Also, you will need to season the wok once you have cleaned it.

You must read the specific care instructions that come with the wok to ensure you remove the coating correctly.

The cold-forged carbon steel wok with two riveted loop handles has a very round bottom. Therefore, you will need a wok ring to use it on your gas stove. It doesn’t work on other stovetops because the round bottom will not make contact with heat.

Carbon steel is the most traditional material used to make woks. However, the seasoning and care might seem a bit arduous to the more casual home cook.

Also, the large diameter means the wok itself is big, which could be an issue if you do not have a lot of storage space.

#5 Joyce Chen Pro Chef Non-Stick Wok Set

This is a 14-inch wok. It combines a premium nonstick surface with traditional carbon steel construction making it safe for use with metal utensils.

It doesn’t require the challenging care associated with an uncoated wok. But if you use silicone, nylon, or wood utensils that will help extend the nonstick surface life.

The wok has a helper handle and a long maple wood handle that look beautiful and remain cool when the wok is heated. The lid is domed shaped.

We recommend this for a first-time wok as it includes a lot of the tools needed, including a bamboo spatula, a tempura rack, six pairs of bamboo dining chopsticks, bamboo cooking chopsticks, bamboo tongs, a steaming rack, and a bamboo rice paddle.

Never wash this pan with abrasive cleaners or pads. It is not dishwasher-safe. It is also not oven-safe, due to its wooden handles.

#6 Imusa 14-inch Light Cast Iron Wok 

This is a pre-seasoned cast iron wok. It offers the benefits of cooking with cast iron with lightweight construction. It’s large, so you can cook dinner in one batch. Being much lighter than typical cast iron woks, it is easy to move, lift, and store.

It comes pre-seasoned, which means you can get cooking straight away. The surface will get more nonstick with each additional seasoning and use. This must be hand washed.

#7 Taylor & Ng Round Bottom Wok Set 

It is traditional to have a round-bottomed wok. But to use them you need a few extra accessories so that they are compatible with your cooktop.

This set comes with everything you could need. It is a classic design that makes you look like an expert with a wok.

It came with a domed lid with a wooden handle, the round-bottomed wok with a single handle, a pair of chopsticks for cooking, a wok ring, a ladle, and a spatula.

The wok itself is made from cold-rolled carbon steel, but all the other parts are either stainless steel and/or wood.

This has no coating, so you can use any type of utensil in the wok. You must season it though before use. This must be hand washed.

Conclusion

We have picked our top 7 woks. These are what we believe to be the best woks around. Our favorite is the Calphalon Hard-Anodized Aluminum Wok because it is so non-stick, heats fast and is small enough for us to handle.

But for those of you looking for something bigger, there are some other woks in our list that would suit.

We have considered materials, the price, and their ease of use to help you make the right decision. Using this guide, you are bound to find the right wok for you.

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