Updated November 10, 2018 by Gabrielle Taylor

The 10 Best Carbon Steel Woks

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in November of 2018. To cook authentic-tasting Asian cuisine at home, one of the most important tools you can have in your arsenal is a wok. And if you're only going to own one, carbon steel is the way to go. It heats up quickly and evenly, and with proper seasoning and care, it develops a natural nonstick coating with repeated use. Our list includes both traditional and modern options at prices to fit any budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best carbon steel wok on Amazon.

10. Joyce Chen Nonstick

9. M.V. Trading Flat Bottom

8. Icon Lightweight

7. Typhoon Living 6-Piece

6. Sur La Table Professional

5. Timoney Hand Hammered

4. Chef's Medal Round Bottom

3. Mammafong Authentic

2. Town Food Service Peking Style

1. Craft Wok Traditional

Editor's Notes

November 06, 2018:

Before buying a carbon steel wok, it's important to know that if it's uncoated, you'll need to season it by heating and oiling it several times in order for it to form a nonstick surface. It also must be dried thoroughly after washing and oiled after each use to prevent rusting. That's why we included a few pre-seasoned and nonstick options, like the Timoney Hand Hammered and the Typhoon Living 6-Piece, for folks who are looking for something that's not quite so high-maintenance. Also note that if you choose a round-bottomed model, you'll need a wok ring to use it on an electric stove.

Gabrielle Taylor
Last updated on November 10, 2018 by Gabrielle Taylor

Originally from a tiny town in Virginia, Gabrielle moved to Los Angeles for a marketing internship at a well-known Hollywood public relations firm and was shocked to find that she loves the West Coast. She spent two years as a writer and editor for a large DIY/tutorial startup, where she wrote extensively about technology, security, lifestyle, and home improvement. A self-professed skincare nerd, she’s well-versed in numerous ingredients and methods, including both Western and Asian products. She is an avid home cook who has whiled away thousands of hours cooking and obsessively researching all things related to food and food science. Her time in the kitchen has also had the curious side effect of making her an expert at fending off attempted food thievery by her lazy boxer dog.

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