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How to Season a Wok

Step by step instructions on how to season a wok. You will learn both how to season a carbon steel wok and as well as how to season a cast iron wok.
Course none
Cuisine none
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 seasoned wok


  • Carbon Steel Wok


  • Wash it with a mild soap and water before starting.
  • Towel dry the wok thoroughly and wrap the wooden handles with foil.
  • Set the wok on a gas burner over HIGH heat (as high as it goes).
  • As it gets hotter, the carbon steel will smoke and start to turn bluish in color. Using a pot holder, carefully tilt the wok so every surface area gets time over the heat and turns a bluish color.
  • Once the whole wok is blue, turn off the heat and let the wok cool to the touch.
  • Wash again with mild soap and water and lightly dry.
  • Return to the heat, this time heating over medium-low heat until completely dry.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and swirl around CAREFULLY until the wok is coated with oil.
  • Remove from heat and use a folded paper towel to wipe off the oil and make sure a thin layer coats the whole wok.
  • Place the wok back over high heat and heat until it is smoking again. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Wash the wok lightly with just water and dry over medium heat on the stove.
  • Repeat the oiling process 1-2 more times and you will see a nice patina already beginning to form.
  • Coat the wok with a very light layer of vegetable oil to store.