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How to Grill with a Wok

Woks were originally designed to be in direct contact with hot coals, and you can use these steps to grill with a wok yourself.


  • Step 1: Choose a wok Choose a wok that is deep and round instead of flat-bottomed, has a long handle, and is made of carbon steel. This type of wok will maintain adequate heat.
  • TIP: If you use a rounded wok, you will need a wok ring to set the wok on the grill.
  • Step 2: Prepare ingredients Prepare ingredients before cooking either as called for by a recipe or by cutting meat and vegetables into uniform pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • Step 3: Heat the wok Heat the wok on a hot grill before adding anything to it. Wait until the surface begins to let off some smoke and then dribble in enough oil to coat its surface, heating the oil for 30 seconds.
  • Step 4: Add ingredients Add ingredients in small batches. Most recipes call for stir-frying meat or poultry before vegetables.
  • Step 5: Toss the food Keep the food in constant motion by stirring with your wok spatula or toss by holding the wok handle.
  • TIP: A wok on a grill is hotter than on a stovetop, so use gloves if you need to.
  • Step 6: Listen to the sizzle Listen to the sizzling sound of food cooking in your wok. If the sound slows, slow down the stirring.
  • Step 7: Cook Continue stirring until the ingredients are cooked through. Then add seasonings and serve.
  • FACT: To save money, a New Zealand television station transmits its signal with a wok fashioned into a satellite dish.

You Will Need

  • A wok
  • A grill
  • Oil
  • Stir-fry ingredients
  • A wok spatula
  • A wok ring (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)

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