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How To Clean A Wok: A Beginners Guide

It’s your most prized possession in the kitchen and something you undoubtedly spent a lot of time and money investing in. Although woks can be versatile and easy to cook with, knowing how to clean them correctly might be another issue.

People usually assume that learning how to clean carbon steel wok is a lot of hard work, but really it’s as simple as rinsing, scrubbing, and drying off. There’s no need to fret if you’ve never taken care of one of these pieces of cookware before, and we’ve got the simple guide to show you how. All you’ll need is some hot water and a sponge, no detergent necessary.

Soak The Wok

Start by filling up 
your wok with hot water, and this is best done immediately after you’ve finished cooking with it. The hot water will work to loosen up any food bits and debris which will make the cleaning process easier.
Yourcookingplacesoaking wok
Wash It Out

Choose a sponge that’s not going to scratch the surface but is also tough enough to really get through the grime and oil that’s been built up. The best type of sponge is a double-sided one with a softer and harsher surface on either side.
Work in a circular motion with the sponge around the entire inside of the wok. If there’s still food left, flip the sponge over to give it a deeper clean.

Rinse It Out

Get the hot water running again and let your wok rinse out thoroughly for a few minutes. The hot water will wash all of the leftover food away and take away any remaining residue or oil from the surface.

Dry It Off

When you’re washing a carbon steel wok, the best way to dry it is exactly the way you cook with it. Turn the stove onto a medium-high heat and place the wok back on top, wetness and all. Allow it to warm off and dry up the water until there are no more visible droplets to be found. Let it cool off before storing away.

Gentleness Is Key

One of the best things about owning a carbon steel wok is that over time they only get better and make your food taste even more flavorsome. They will pick up oils and spices that only enhance your cooking further but you need to know how to take care of them.
Yourcookingplacecleaning wok
Cleaning a wok doesn’t need to be a challenge and the less you do the better, so keep this in mind when you’re in the kitchen.

As we spend so much time choosing the perfect wok, it makes sense to put some thought into the cleaning process. These aren’t just items you can throw in the dishwasher if you want them to last, so spend a few minutes getting it right.