Investing in new cookware is always exciting – wildly if you are fanning out to new cookware that you have never tried before. The modern wok is a prime example of cookware that everyone should have, simply because it can be as helpful and multifaceted as the Dutch oven.
Yes, you read that right. The unassuming wok, which is best known for Chinese stir-frying, can be used for various cooking methods, not just frying. So, the question now would be – which woks in the market truly deserve your time and money? We have whittled it down to three woks today – see if any of these beauties catch your eye.
The MICHELANGELO 5-quart nonstick wok is undoubtedly an excellent pick for beginners who have never worked with a wok before because it looks great and has the more familiar flat bottom that any home cook will indeed feel at home with.
While this wok doesn’t follow the classic round-bottomed form factor of the traditional wok, it will work just as well because of its high walls and because it has a higher capacity than your regular frying pan.
Because of the wok’s higher heat retention and thicker walls, the wok can be used for braising, making soups, and so on. It can function as a Dutch oven, and you can even put it in the oven as long as the one you are using is oven-safe.
You can use the MICHELANGELO 5-quart nonstick as a stockpot, steamer, rice cooker, meat roasting pan, and as a deep skillet, too. You can also deep-fry and sauté quickly with this modern wok. This wok comes with a super-durable glass lid and a multi-layer interior that includes super durable titanium and ceramic.
The manufacturer has added several nonstick layers to the wok that will resist common beating and scratching. The wok will be used for stir-frying, which means you will be stirring and moving your utensils a lot on the surface of this wok.
We love the TECHEF CeraTerra nonstick wok’s clean look, which would be right at home with any modern kitchen. This modern wok is free of PFOA and PTFE and is lined with a quality ceramic interior for better heat distribution and fast-food release.
TECHEF woks are made in Korea, so if you want something made from outside the PRC, this would be it.
Many US brands are outsourced to China, and while nothing is wrong with that, if you have had some bad experience with China-made pans and woks before, you can just as well work with a new TECHEF pan.
This is a heavy-duty yet elegant Korean wok made with durable and heavy-gauge aluminum.
There’s an excellent reason why some cookware is made of heavy-gauge aluminum. Heavy-gauge aluminum is lighter, and therefore easier to manipulate while cooking.
Since you will be handling a wok, this wok will go easy on your wrist while you are cooking, so you will have enough energy to stir-fry your recipes. Since woks are used primarily for high-heat cooking, rest back and relax because there is no lead and no cadmium in the metal, making it even safer for high-temperature stir-frying slow-cooking if the need arises.
This is a riveted wok, by the way, which means the metal handle will stay excellent no matter how hot the cooking goes. Riveted pans are also more durable because rivets rarely give way. You can be assured that the handle can take all the punishment if you are cooking large batches of fried rice or anything else with large quantities of ingredients.
This heavy-gauge aluminum wok is oven-safe, and you can cook your food in the oven up to 450°F/232.22°C. The accompanying glass lid is also oven-safe, and you can leave it on when you braise any food in the range.
Suppose you’re looking for a worthy alternative for your 12” skillet or griddle. Why not go with a 12” wok? Made by Koch System CS, the CSK nonstick wok pan is free from PFOA and has APEO and a stone-derived cooking surface that is perfect for all forms of cooking techniques, from deep-frying to braising.
This is another excellent example of a flat-bottomed wok appropriate for many home cooks who used flat-bottomed pans and skillets. What’s unique about CSK works is they are designed in Germany, and they have a special, stone-derived ceramic coating that makes it easier for home cooks to make their meals with perfect heat distribution.
The ideal heat range for CSK pans is low to medium, but you go up as much as you need since this is a proper wok, and woks are meant to be used for high-temperature cooking.
The nonstick ceramic coating doesn’t just encourage fast food release – it’s essential to save money because you will need less butter and other fats while cooking. If you have always wanted to cook with less fat, then the wok is (surprisingly) the best type of cookware for you.
This is a genuinely energy-saving frying pan because it is made of high-quality, forged aluminum alloy. Like heavy-gauge aluminum, forged aluminum also heats up quickly and evenly distributes heat throughout the vessel, making cooking a breeze.
The heat conduction level of this wok is at par with the best frying pans and skillets, and the 12-inch body has precise temperature control that you are going to love. CSK pans are also anti-warping, and the 3-mm aluminum body is excellent for all cooking needs. It also has a patented Thermo Spot technology that allows the pan to heat more quickly than other frying pans, making cooking more convenient and faster.