Woks are a great kitchen utensil, and essential for those times when you would like your vegetables to be well cooked, but at the same time to taste crunchy and fresh. Most woks are sturdy and long lasting as well – it’s certainly not the kind of kitchen accessory you will have to replace every couple of months. But in order to get the most out of your wok, it’s important that you know how clean it well. These tips will explain to you what to do in order to clean a wok, what not to do, and how to get rid of rust.
How to Clean a Seasoned Wok
Cleaning a wok is simple; the most important thing to remember is to never use soap, detergent, or any other harsh cleaning product on your wok – while they might do an excellent job cleaning your pots and pans, a wok is a bit different, as soapy cleaners can easily damage the seasoned surface.
This also means that cleaning a wok in the dishwasher is unwise – while it can be tempting to save time and effort by using an appliance, you don’t want to take that risk if you value your wok.
So, how do you clean a wok? In order to clean a seasoned carbon steel wok, all you will need is access to hot water and a sponge. First, soak the wok in hot water, for however long it takes to loosen the food scraps stuck to the wok.
Then, use a sponge to wash the wok from the inside – if your sponge has a soft and a rough side, use the rough side to make sure you get rid of all the dirt. Afterwards, rinse the wok under hot water, and let it air-dry.
Watch this video for a step-by-step guide to keeping your wok clean: