3 Best Cast Iron Woks

One day I randomly came across a cast iron wok at my grandma’s house, and I remember asking her if she bought it in a yard sale because it seemed a bit rusty. Her answer shocked me. It turns out this wok has been in the family for decades, but she forgot about it after she moved to a new house and left it in a storage facility.

Amazed by this finding, I headed home and started browsing the web. I quickly came across this guide on YouTube, and thought “heck, this might work for the wok as well!”. But I had to clean it up firs,t and get rid of the rust.

However, after a few hours of scrubbing I almost gave up. The rust seemed to be deeper than I originally thought, and I remember myself thinking “this wok is completely done for. There’s nothing I can do”. But. For some reason I was curious and really wanted it to work, so I found another video and boom! Shortly after the cast iron wok was back to normal and ready to use. After a good seasoning I started using it, and it quickly became my favorite wok.

Moral of this story is: A cast iron wok can actually outlast you, because of how durable it is. It endures everything, and you can use all sorts of metal tools on it. Just make sure it’s oiled between use (also called “seasoned”), and it will perform well for generations.

So, for those of you who might be interested in getting a cast iron wok, I’ve done the research for you. Here’s a list of 3 great purchases – check them out below:

Classic American Cast Iron Wok

Editor’s choice

Lodge P14W3 Pro-Logic

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Flat bottom = works with all heat sources
  • 14-inch diameter

What we like: Lodge is a classic American, and to this date they still produce their cookware in the US. Their factory is located in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, and it’s been there since 1896. You know this is a sign of a healthy company, and this is also one of the favorite cast iron woks on the market. We like it too, because of how simple it is, and at the same time it’s actually one of the more affordable options. So if you’re unsure what to choose and just need a quick buying advice, THIS is your next cast iron wok, and with no doubt one of the best ones on the market.

All you need to know: Lodge P14W3 Pro-Logic is a cast iron wok with a diameter of 14 inches. Lodge is known for having a more coarse surface than other brands, but by some people this is considered a quality, because it makes it easier to absorb the oil and make a proper seasoning that will last a long time.

The cast iron wok comes pre-seasoned, but it’s recommended to season it at home before use.

Specifications:

  • Diameter: 14 inches
  • Lid included: No
  • Pre-seasoned: Yes

Cast Iron Wok with Wooden Lid

Klee Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Wok

  • Comes with wooden lid
  • Large handles make it easy to lift
  • Flat base

What we like: If there’s one cast iron wok we love, it’s this one. It might not be the cheapest one, but it comes with a wooden lid. What more could you wish for? Wooden lids are a rare sight these days, and it’s actually worth buying just because of that… jokes aside, this really is a great cast iron wok, and you won’t go wrong if you buy this one. 14-inch diameter gives you plenty of space to cook whatever you want, and with the lid there’s no limit of the usage for this wok.

All you need to know: The Klee Utensils cast iron wok comes with a wooden lid, and it has two handles as well. The bottom base is flat so it can be used on multiple heat sources, including induction, so you don’t have to worry whether you can use it or not.

Specifications:

  • Diameter: 14 inches
  • Lid included: Yes
  • Pre-seasoned: Yes

Cast Iron Wok and Silicone-Glass Lid

Uno Casa 12.5-Inch Wok

  • Handles are wider than other models
  • See-through lid
  • Silicone edges on the lid makes a tight seal

What we like: We like being able to watch the food as it cooks, which makes this cast iron wok a perfect choice. Here you get a regular cast iron wok but with a glass lid, so you can see the progress without opening the lid midway and risk loosing heat. It has silicon edges too, so it gives you a proper seal while cooking.

All in all, we must say this is a true favorite among cast iron woks, and definitely among the best ones out there.

All you need to know: The Una Casa cast iron wok comes with a see-through lid and large handles, so you can carry it around without worrying about scalding your hands. The bottom is also flat and a bit wider than other woks, so the heat might be distributed more evenly here.

It measures 12.5 inch in diameter, which is a bit smaller than other woks. However, this also means that it doesn’t take up as much storage space, which is a good thing.

Specifications:

  • Diameter: 12.5 inches
  • Lid included: Yes
  • Pre-seasoned: Yes
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