How to Clean a Carbon Steel Wok

Cooking vegetable stir-fry in a wok
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Cleaning your carbon steel wok properly after each use will help it to last longer.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Rinse the wok in hot water.
  2. Gently lift off or scrub away food particles with a nonmetallic scrubber.
  3. Rinse the wok.
  4. Dry the interior and exterior of the wok with paper towels.
  5. To finish drying, place the wok over medium to medium-high heat.
  6. Wipe the inside of the wok with a small amount of vegetable oil. This helps prevent rusting. (Note: this step may not be necessary if your wok is properly seasoned and gets a lot of use.
  1. Store until ready to use again.


  1. Never scrub a carbon steel wok with an abrasive cleanser, as this can damage the seasoned surface.
  2. Do not put the wok in the dishwasher.
  3. If rust appears or the wok is accidentally cleaned in the dishwasher, simply re-season it, being careful to remove all the rust.