Seasoning a Wok | How to Season a Wok | Oven method

The very first step in wok care is how to season a new wok. Not having proper seasoning of a wok can make even the best woks merely good woks or even bad woks! Even if you don't have a gas stove yourself for wok cooking, in order to season your wok for the first time, we recommend the stovetop salt seasoning method for seasoning a new wok. We think it is the best way how to season a wok - and we have tried seasoning a wok using many techniques. If you have access to a gas stove of a friend, bring your new wok over and use the salt method for seasoning a wok.

The instructions here are for seasoning new steel or iron woks or re-seasoning steel or iron woks that have rusted or been disused for a long time. You can also clean and re-season a wok at any time, if it needs it. If you have a non-stick or electric wok, then DO NOT use these methods!

Seasoning a Wok using the Oven Method | Preparing the Wok for Oven Seasoning

A new wok can have often have oils coating it to keep it from rusting during shipment and storage for sale, so the first step in seasoning a wok when it is new is to remove the oil (which likely is not a cooking oil and is not good for you to eat!). So, as a first step for seasoning a wok which is…

Seasoning a Wok using the Oven Method | Seasoning in the Oven

Now it is time for the real wok seasoning to start. Put the wok in the oven (it does not need to be preheated) and then bake in the oven at a high temperature (450° F) for approximately 20 minutes. The oil will cook into the wok and cook off during this time, and you will need to repeat the cycle…

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