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When you hear the word wok, visions of veggie-rich stir fry might immediately start dancing in your head, but this piece of cookware is actually one of the most versatile pans you can have in your kitchen. In addition to stir-frying, the deep center and high rounded sides make woks ideal for steaming, poaching, searing, stewing, boiling, deep-frying, and even roasting nuts and making homemade popcorn.
A really good wok can replace a lot of your other cookware, but what makes for a good wok? To help, we've rounded up the best styles your kitchen needs.
Here, the best woks for your kitchen.
The Made In Carbon Steel Wok may not have any fancy bells and whistles, but it’s expertly designed and artisanally crafted to be the best wok pan you’ll ever use—and the last one you’ll ever need. Made with French Blue carbon steel, which is what chefs use to get the perfect sear, this 12.5-inch wok can handle high heat, quick movements, and regular heavy-duty use.
And with its flattened bottom and rounded edges, it’s an ideal fit for any type of stovetop. It’s also oven-safe up to a blistering 1200°F—not that your humble kitchen oven goes that high.
Le Creuset has been dominating cookware since 1925 when it first entered the scene in France. With its cast-iron base and durable enamel finish, this 13-inch wok stays true to the Le Creuset name by delivering top-notch heat distribution and retention, as well as an easy-to-clean nonstick interior cooking surface that’s ideal for high-heat cooking and stir-frying. It has a flat base, ergonomic handles, and a tempered glass lid that locks in moisture for easy steaming.
Lodge, a US-based company that’s been forging cast iron since 1896, is well-known for its innovative cookware. While there are plenty of cast iron woks out there, this one—made of a heavyweight cast iron that evenly transfers and retains heat—is a top pick for stir-frying, searing, and any other high-heat cooking. It has a flat bottom that works with any stovetop surface and a long handle and helper handle that make lifting its heavier weight easy.
Unlike other more high-maintenance cast iron options out there, this wok arrives pre-seasoned so you don’t have to do any additional preparation before you start cooking.
The Always Pan isn’t technically a wok, but it can do the work of one while simultaneously replacing your fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucepan, and spoon rest.
Made of an exclusive non-stick and non-toxic ceramic coating and sturdy aluminum body, the 10-inch pan can handle any kitchen job you throw at it, from stir-frying to searing to steaming. It comes with a modular lid that’s designed to trap and release steam, a nesting steamer basket, and a beechwood spatula with a built-in spoon rest that’s perfect for stir-frying. And with five gorgeous color choices to pick from—spice, lavender, steam, char, and sage—it looks good on your stove, too.
With its rounded bottom, hand-hammered carbon construction, and wooden handle, the Craft Wok is the most traditional wok option on this list. Made by professionals in Guangzhou, China, this 14-inch, 15-gauge carbon steel wok was expertly designed to handle large quantities of food and high-heat cooking.
Although it’s a little heavy, the durable carbon is able to disperse heat without any hotspots, so you end up with an evenly cooked meal every time. Keep in mind, though, that because of the rounded bottom it cannot be used on flat electric or induction stovetops.
Copper is ideal for heating up quickly and dispersing heat evenly, and All-Clad's Copper Core collection is a great place to score some fantastic pieces. Made with a copper center core, deep sloping slides, and a long riveted stick handle, this 14-inch wok is ideal for stir-frying larger quantities of food and tossing ingredients without them spilling over the edges.
Because of its flat-bottom design, it can be used on any type of stove. It’s also freezer-safe, broiler-safe, and oven-safe up to 800°F. And like all of All-Clad’s cookware, it’s made in the USA.
Calphalon is one of the leaders in nonstick cookware, so it’s no surprise they got it right, yet again, with their Premier Flat-Bottom Wok. The 13-inch wok has an aluminum body and a hard-anodized exterior that promotes quick cooking, even heat distribution without any hot spots, and effortless release of stuck-on food without any scrubbing required.
What’s even more impressive is that the three-layer nonstick interior is durable enough to stand up against wear and tear, even when you use metal utensils. As for the handle, it’s made of stainless steel and is double-riveted so it stays cool to the touch, even when cooking over high heat.
Anolon cookware is known for its high quality, and the Advanced Home series is the best of the best. Part of that collection, this wok is made of hard anodized aluminum with a stainless steel lid, and it stands out for its ultra long-lasting nonstick surface and fast cook time. You can buy it individually or with a wooden spoon, plus you get to choose from four neutral colors for a piece that'll fit in seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen.
Like the Craft Wok, the NutriChef Cast Iron Wok has a classic rounded edge design, but with the addition of a flattened bottom that makes it a fit for any type of stove, including induction and glass-ceramic. The largest on this list, the 17-inch wok comes pre-seasoned (to prevent rusting during storage) and coated with a non-stick surface that ensures food comes off quickly and easily without the need for oil or cooking spray.
It also includes a stain-resistant, easy-to-clean wooden lid that helps distribute and retain heat for faster, and more even, cooking.
The Breville Hot Wok Pro setup features a 15-inch nonstick wok pan and an 1800 watt heating element that has 15 different settings, going all the way up to 425°F. The pan is designed to retain and evenly distribute heat, while the heating element gives you precise control over cooking temperature. It also comes with a specially-designed vented lid that allows you to control the amount of moisture in your dish or lightly steam vegetables before adding your remaining ingredients.