Step 1: Cleaning the wok

  • Scrub the wok with hot, soapy water using a scouring pad.
  • Rinse off with cool water and dry the wok with a dry towel.
  • Place the wok on the hob, at a medium-high heat and allow any leftover water to evaporate.

Step 2: Choosing your oil

  • Scrub the wok with hot, soapy water using a scouring pad.
  • Rinse off with cool water and dry the wok with a dry towel.
  • Place the wok on the hob, at a medium-high heat and allow any leftover water to evaporate.
  • Choose an oil with a high smoking point. Some options are sunflower oil and peanut oil, or you can also use lard.
  • Try to avoid oils such as olive and sesame oil as these have low smoking points and too strong of a flavour.

Step 3: Seasoning the wok

  • Preheat the wok on a high heat. You can test if it is hot enough by dropping a little bit of water into the pan and if it evaporates quickly, then it is hot enough.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of your chosen oil to the pan, or if using lard, spread evenly around the inside of the wok.
  • Add ½ a cup of sliced ginger and a handful of scallions, or whichever seasonings you prefer.
  • Lower the heat on the hob and spread the ginger and scallions around the pan using a metal wok spatula for around 15-20 minutes.
  • After this, throw away the solids and wash the wok with a soft sponge and hot water, and allow to dry over a low heat.