Quality That Lasts: The Top 5 Cast Iron Woks

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Hands up if you’re a member of the “serial cheap non-stick skillet-buying club” — but you’re sick of it and ready to invest in a quality wok that will easily outlive you. (Unless you drop it, of course! Ouch!) Cast iron cookware is healthier, more durable, and easier to work with than just about any other option, and you can never go wrong with a good wok.

Join us for a look at some of the best cast iron works you’ll find on the market today. We’ll give you a tour of your options and recommend the best wok for your budget, stove, and needs.

Why Invest in a Cast Iron Wok?

Skip this part if you already know you need a wok and you’re actively shopping around for one. If, on the other hand, you love shiny kitchen gadgets, but you don’t see why you need a cast iron wok, join us for a quick breakdown of the benefits!

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  • Woks are good for more than stir-fries. These traditional East Asian pans, which have been around since at least 3000 BC (yes, really!), also rock when it comes to searing, making stews, roasting, steaming (with a bamboo steam basket), boiling (only if your wok is big enough and comes with a lid), and even smoking. If you thought woks were one-trick ponies, turn that impression on its head — because they’re the most versatile pans around!
  • Cast iron is super heavy and pretty pricey, stopping many people from even considering this traditional option. However, it’s also healthier, because there are no questionable chemicals and the iron that gets into your food also helps prevent anemia. It’s low-maintenance, easy to clean, naturally non-stick, and supremely durable. What’s more, cast iron doesn’t whine if you turn the heat up to the max!

Combine the benefits of woks with those of cast-iron cookware, and a clear picture emerges — “cast iron wok” should top your kitchen wish list!

What to Look for in a Cast Iron Wok

One size doesn’t fit all in the wok world, so let’s take a quick look at the types of cast iron woks you’ll come across on Amazon:

  • Traditional cast iron woks are heavy, thick, and reminiscent of the cookware archaeologists might dig up around East Asian discovery sites. They need to be seasoned with oil to develop a natural non-stick coating over time and can be a little tricky to clean.
  • Enameled cast iron woks have an enamel coating that allows you to skip seasoning your wok. These modernized woks don’t achieve quite the same temperatures, but they’re versatile and easy to care for.

Beyond these two types, shoppers should also be mindful of the fact that traditional woks are round-bottomed. They require a wok ring to use and are primarily suitable for gas stoves. Round-bottomed woks are not suitable for induction or other electric stoves. Flat bottomed woks, meanwhile, are often compatible with induction and electric stoves, while also being save for the oven. (Check products carefully before buying a cast iron wok!)

Some woks ship with handy accessories like lids, spatulas, and wire racks. Look for those features if you need them!

1. Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Wok: Best Overall Pick

Le Creuset Cobalt Blue Enameled Cast-Iron wokThis stunning cobalt blue Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 14-1/4-Inch Wok with Glass Lid was made by Le Creuset — and that’s really all that needs to be said about it. If you know the name, you either know you’re good to go, or you’re screaming while running in the opposite direction. Like every other Le Creuset pan, this one is the opposite of budget-friendly. On the other hand, your grandchildren will probably fight over who gets it when you pass away after enjoying this top-quality wok for many decades.

Key Features

  • This beautiful enameled wok has a diameter of 14.45 inches, making it suitable for people cooking larger meals.
  • The wok’s secure integral loop handles mean there’s zero chance of the handles loosening or breaking off at any point. We love to see that in a wok! (They do get hot, so watch out!)
  • Unlike many Asian wok manufacturers, Le Creuset offers a snugly fitting glass lid that allows users to check how their meal is coming along whenever they want!
  • Since Le Creuset made this wok, you’ll have a lifetime warranty (although dropping it onto your kitchen floor and crying as you watch it shatter into a thousand pieces is not covered, sadly).
  • This wok is oven safe and suitable for all types of stove, including induction stoves. It has a flat bottom due to the “inbuilt wok ring” but retains the traditional round design.

Who Is It For?

This cast iron wok is great for anyone who really loves cooking and has a nice chunk of disposable income or doesn’t mind splurging on the Ferrari of pans. Don’t waste your money if you only use a wok rarely.

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2. Victoria Cast Iron Wok with Loop Handles: Best Flat-Bottomed Cast Iron Wok

Victoria Cast Iron Wok with Loop HandlesIf Le Creuset is a little too much for you or you prefer a more traditional look, this Victoria Cast Iron Wok with Loop Handles is a top-quality, affordable choice! Made in Colombia from a single piece (including the two loop handles), this Victoria wok shines in its simplicity. It comes pre-seasoned (with Kosher flaxseed oil) and has a round design with a flattened bottom that makes it suitable for induction hobs.

Key Features

  • This sturdy wok measures 14 inches in diameter.
  • It doesn’t ship with accessories like a lid or wire rack.
  • It’s suitable for all types of stoves, as well as campfire cooking.

Who Is It For?

Anyone not specifically looking for a cast iron wok with a lid or wire rack will love this wok! The quality is excellent, but the price is also right.

3. Joyce Chen Cast Iron Stir Fry Pan with Maple Handle: Best Budget Cast Iron Wok

Joyce CHEN professional cast iron stir fry pan with maple handleThis smaller (11.5 inch) Joyce Chen Cast Iron Stir Fry Pan with Maple Handle combines the benefits of cast iron cookware with the ease of use of the stainless steel kitchenware you’re probably used it. We’ll be honest — we prefer heavy-duty cast iron woks, but we know not everyone agrees. This wok is a good choice if you’re on a budget or scared of heavy cast iron pans.

Key Features

  • This pan’s broad, flat bottom means it’s more of a skillet than a wok, but it still features the rounded wide rim you’ll find in traditional woks.
  • A thinner 2.5 mm design means this frying pan is a lot lighter than the other options on this list.
  • This wok has a wooden handle that saves you from donning gloves to handle it, but watch out — the component may eventually come loose.
  • It’s compatible with induction stoves.

Who Is It For?

This wok is for people who don’t like cooking with cast iron but still want to enjoy the benefits, including reaching high temperatures. It’s a solid option for those on tight budgets and people who want an affordable “backup” wok to stir-fry multiple dishes at once.

4. Lodge Mini Wok Cast Iron: Best Mini Wok

9 inch cast iron wok - lodge manufacturingThis Lodge Manufacturing Company L9MW Mini Wok Cast Iron is so cute! Beautifully manufactured from thick cast iron with integral handles and an integral “wok ring,” it’s only 9 inches in diameter! We’d highly recommend this little guy to anyone with a small living space and an equally small appetite.

Key Features

  • Lodge means quality you can rely on, and you can really see that here! It’s sturdy, heavy-duty manufacturing scaled down.
  • This wok comes pre-seasoned, but bells and whistles like lids, spatulas, and wire racks aren’t included.
  • It’s compatible with induction and gas cooking, but you can also use this wok while camping.

Who Is It For?

The Lodge mini wok is suitable for singles, people who make stir-fries as side dishes, or people who want to take quality cookware on their camping trips. We love this one, and we doubt you’ll have much trouble finding a use for it, no matter who you are.

5. Wangyuanji Cast Iron Chinese Wok: Best Traditional Wok

WANGYUANJI Cast Iron Chinese WokThe Wangyuanji Cast Iron Chinese Wok, which measures 13.4 inches across, is the most traditional pick on our list. Manufactured in China by a Chinese company, we figured we had to include at least one of its kind.

We like the fact that this wok has a slightly flattened bottom, making it suitable for electric stoves, but it is primarily designed for gas stoves. This wok ships with a beautiful wooden lid. In addition to a wooden stick handle, there is a wooden loop handle to help you handle the weight more easily. Traditional utensils, like spatulas and cleaning whisks, are available from the same company.

Key Features

  • The wooden handles ensure you don’t have to wear oven mitts to comfortably pick up the wok.
  • If you get this wok, you’ll need to season it before your first use — but the product does include instructions on doing that!

Who Is It For?

The Wangyuanji cast iron wok is great if you’re looking for a traditional East Asian cooking experience.

A Final Word

We hope you enjoyed this virtual tour — which shows off some of the best cast iron woks of all types. Our final recommendation? Go with Le Creuset if you can afford it and know you’ll use your new wok. If not, the Lodge mini wok is absolutely great for smaller dishes.