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How to Properly Cure a Wok

I use my wok to cook dinner a few times a week…..but my poor wok is neglected when it comes to taking care of it properly. I can tell when it needs to be re-cured because all the food starts sticking! Once the wok is cured, after each cooking session I use a non-scratch sponge to clean it…..no soap.

Here’s how I cure my wok:

(more after the jump)

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  • Curing a Wok 1 of 10
    Curing a Wok
    Here's my poor, overused wok before re-curing it.
  • Step 1 2 of 10
    Step 1
    First, I use hot water, mild dish soap and a non-scratch scrubbing sponge to remove any residue or stuck food from the wok.
  • Step 2 3 of 10
    Step 2
    I heat the wok on my hottest burner until any water droplets have evaporated and I'm sure the entire pan is searing hot.
  • Step 3 4 of 10
    Step 3
    I remove the wok from heat and carefully use a paper towel to coat the entire inside surface with oil.
  • Step 4 5 of 10
    Step 4
    I place the wok on the burner again and heat it thoroughly for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Step 5 6 of 10
    Step 5
    I remove the wok from the burner and let it cool. I use a rag or paper towel to wipe off excess oil.....you will see some black residue.
  • Step 6 7 of 10
    Step 6
    Again I use a paper towel to coat the entire inside surface with oil.
  • Step 7 8 of 10
    Step 7
    I place the wok on the burner again and heat it thoroughly for another minute or so....making sure the sides get heated too.
  • Step 8 9 of 10
    Step 8
    I remove the wok from the burner and let it cool again. I use a rag or paper towel to wipe off excess oil.....I repeat Step 6 and 7 until there is no black residue when the wok is wiped down.
  • Step 9 10 of 10
    Step 9
    The wok should now be cured and ready for cooking!

 
Here’s my favorite wok dish right now!

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