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.
Aroma Housewares AEW-305 Electric Wok (opens in new tab)
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.
VonShef Electric Wok with Lid (opens in new tab)
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 aluminum 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 the kitchen to the table to serve directly from the pan.
Presto 5900 Stainless-Steel Electric Wok (opens in new tab)
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 aluminum-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 a wide-angled edge that is specially designed to conform to the shape of the wok.
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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab). 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.