The Stir-Fry Guru Takes on… The Best, Easiest, Fastest Way to Season A New Wok
Try this genius method for getting your new wok up and running.
Sometimes, getting started is the hardest part! If you're ready to stir-fry, new wok in hand, wondering where to begin, here's everything you need to know.
The first step to stir-fry excellence is to season your wok. (By season we mean prepare it for cooking and begin to create the dark-colored, naturally non-stick patina that allows you to cook in your wok using very little oil.) A wok becomes well-seasoned over time from frequent use, but you must start the process with an initial seasoning.
This seasoning method using flaxseed oil is one that Tane Chan (owner of San Francisco's famed The Wok Shop) and I developed, and it ensures your new wok an excellent start in its cooking life. (If your wok has plastic handles, you cannot use this method. Give this one a try instead.)