Imagine this: you promise yourself that after a long morning (craving stir-fry) and a long afternoon (still craving stir-fry), you’ll finally cave in for dinner.
The broccoli florets have been washed, the soy sauce has been measured into bowls, and the sesame seeds have been placed on the counter. Now you proceed to switch on the cooktop burner…
There is no wok.
OK, it’s hardly the end of the world (especially since the Always Pan exists), but a good wok is essential for that flaming char and heat we call chef’s kiss.
Not only are woks wonderful for stir-frying, but they can also be used to cook vast quantities of meats, fish, and veggies like a pro, thanks to the tremendous heat reactivity that only a wok can provide.
So get ready to meal prep (maybe using one of our favorite celebrity cookbooks) and get ready to add these incredible cooktop superheroes to your shopping baskets.
1. $38.90 for a Chulkurs 12.5′′ Flat Bottom Wok Pan
With its handle and lid, this Amazon’s Choice product exudes that ethnic bamboo appeal. It’s the ideal bundle, with a spatula and wok brush included, and it’s under $50.
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2. $36.95 Sur La Table Professional Nonstick Wok
Sur La Table’s wok is great since it has a deep pan, which is essential for storing all of your fresh veggies and protein without raising the price. It’s also lightweight, making it ideal for mastering the art of stir-frying.
3. $99 for a MadeIn Blue Carbon Steel Wok
MadeIn’s Blue Carbon Steel Wok has a traditional design and an ergonomic grip for simple sauteeing and soy-sauce infusion, and it’s all about the aesthetics and high-heat-powered quick movement. It’s also well-known for being quite light on the wrist.
4. Craft Wok Traditional Hand-Hammered Carbon Steel Pow Wok, $59.75 (was $65.99).
Craft Wok’s model is all steel and no frills, bringing out the big guns (or, in this case, the dictionary definition of the word “wok”). Its strong construction was hand-hammered in Guangzhou by Chinese specialists.
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5. $489.95 for Ruffoni Opus Prima Hammered Stainless Steel Wok with Warming Stand
Is there a buffet fit for the King and Queen? Perhaps not, but Ruffoni’s Opus Prima Hammered Stainless Steel Wok will make you feel like royalty, paying homage to the traditional aesthetic of banquet hall buffet tables. We really like the attached warming stand, which is ideal for entertaining.
6. $250 for the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Wok
When we learned that Le Creuset had released a new wok, our jaws nearly fell. Its Signature Enameled Cast Iron design is available in a range of colors and includes a spill-proof, non-splatter cover.
7. Our Table Carbon Steel Five-Piece Wok Set, $40
Consider Our Table’s Five-Piece Carbon Steel Wok Set, which includes the wok, a tempura rack, bamboo chopsticks, bamboo tongs, and a lid for a more economical choice. Furthermore, the riveted handle ensures a firm grip when cooking.
8. 14.25′′ Aluminum Gray Open Wok by Rachael Ray, $44.99
Rachael Ray has you covered if you’re looking for a big, open wok. This beauty can move from stovetop to table and is dishwasher safe as well as oven safe up to 400 degrees.
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9. $69.99 Willow & Everett Wok Pan
Willow & Everett’s Wok Pan is a great all-around stainless steel solution. It’s also a simple-to-use cooker that looks just as good on your stovetop for less than $100.
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10. $64.95 Bruntmor Cast Iron Enameled 14′′ Wok
Bruntmor’s striking wok, built with a full-frame cast iron that’s too good to ignore, is red like furious stir-fry flames. It’s also a great addition to modern kitchens as a quirky accent.
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Lirien Chen, a writer who is always seeking to learn and grow, both as a storyteller and as a person. I believe that writing is not just about putting words on a page, but about constantly challenging oneself and pushing the boundaries of what's possible. I strive to create work that is both original and thought-provoking, that pushes the limits of what's possible with the written word. I believe that writing has the power to change the world, and I am honored to be a part of that tradition