Electric woks are a great alternative to traditional cooking methods, giving you a way to expand your existing cooking options in the kitchen. They are also a savvy solution if you want to serve up an Asian-inspired feast at the dining table, giving you the option to offer your fellow diners a buffet-style, help-yourself way of serving.
Modern electric woks have such clever tech, they rival the cooking experience you'd have with an old-fashioned wok and a gas stove. We're taking a look at the very best options available now.
Large capacity wok that is simple and affordable
This is a great budget model with a large, family-friendly capacity and very simple, easy-to-use controls. This has a seven-quart capacity and a classic, high domed lid. The base is safe to touch even during operation, and the wok offers cool-touch handles to protect your fingers.
Suitable for stir-frying, sauteing, or simmering, this wok's temperature controls work on a simple low-to-high basis. It has a rapid heat-up of just three minutes and maintains good heat retention. The actual pan has a smooth, non-stick coating to stop food from sticking during cooking and to make the wipe-clean clean-up process easier.
Powerful kitchen tool that replicates a real wok
This high-end option from Breville has some clever technology to provide you with results comparable to cooking with a traditional wok on a gas stove. This is because of the wok's stainless steel base, 1,500 watts of power, and its special butterfly-shaped heating element that evenly distributes the heat up the walls of the pan.
With a six-quart capacity and a 14-inch diameter, it's capable of producing family meals. The dishwasher-safe glass lid lets you see how your cooking is going and the removable temperature probe can be stored inside the wok when not in use. Breville's non-stick electric wok can heat up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit in 15 precision heat increments.
A smart choice with clever digital controls
The NuWave Mosaic uses induction technology generating heat directly to the wok itself with a series of magnetic coils for a safer, more efficient way of wok cooking. This is a really clever cooktop with three different wattage settings. It has a digital temperature control with the ability to cook as low as 100 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 575 degrees with 5-degree temperature increments.
You can use the digital LED-enhanced control panel to program up to 10 temperatures and times and there's a useful preheat function that runs for 20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The four-quart capacity pan itself is tailor-made for the base and is made from quick-to-heat carbon steel. It comes complete with a premium, dishwasher-safe, tempered glass lid.
From kitchen to table in no time
VonShef's electric wok is another option suited to larger households as it has a 7.4-quart capacity, a 14-inch diameter, and a decent 8.7inch depth, meaning you can cook up larger quants of food. The wok's interior has an advanced, non-stick coating which means you can use less cooking oil, and that clean-up is easier.
As far as controls go, this is another simple to use option. There are four heat settings; warm at 176 degrees Fahrenheit, low at 302 degrees, medium at 374 degrees, and high at 446 degrees, all controlled via a rotary dial. As both the aluminium pan and the tempered glass lid have heat-resistant silicone handles, and the power cord is easily detachable, you can easily take this wok from kitchen to table to serve directly from the pan.
Powerful stainless steel with rotary temperature control
This electric wok has a clean, simple design with easy-to-master controls. With a durable, 17-inch wide stainless steel body and a powerful 1500-watt heating element, this boasts an aluminium-clad base for fast and even high-temperature searing and cooking. The heat controls are operated via a rotary dial with temperatures (in Fahrenheit) on the dial.
In great news for people who hate the clean-up, both the stainless steel wok and the tempered glass cover can go through the dishwasher — once you've removed the heating element. This wok comes complete with a long-handled wooden spatula with wide-angled edge that is specially designed to conform to the shape of the wok.
A compact option that is simple to use
This cute cooking pot has multi-functionality with the ability to stir-fry, boil, steam, and stew It is a great choice for students or for use in campervans. Lightweight and compact, this wok has a 10-inch diameter and a 3.6-liter capacity along with a 304 stainless steel, Teflon-coated non-stick inner pot.
The heating element has two simple settings, low, cooking with 500 watts of power, and high, using the full 1,000 watt heating element. On the safety side of things, both the lid and the pot have easy-to-grip, heat-resistant handles and there is an automatic shut off function.
Any of these strong options offer a clean, simple, and safe way to create amazing Asian cuisine in your own home. Our overall top choice, the Aroma Housewares AEW-305 Electric Wok is an affordable version with simple controls and a family-sized capacity.
If size matters to you, the electric wok with the largest capacity is the VonShef Electric Wok with Lid. This gives you a 7.4-quart, or seven-liter quantity to play around with, which is enough to cook for a small crowd. This wok also has a "Warm" setting, so if you are entertaining, you can keep food warm after you've served it.
The most technically-advanced option comes from NuWave. Its Mosaic Precision Induction Cooktop with Carbon Steel Wok uses magnetic coil induction tech to send heat up into the included carbon steel wok, and even offers the function to program up to 10 temperatures and times for super-simple cooking.