I asked all 4 employees but nobody could tell me. It is heavy, and it doesn't look like the same material as my cast iron pan. A magnet sticks to it.

There are no markings on it at all. I think the red handles are silicone.

It is smooth and dark grey on the outside, and the inside is almost black and you can tell it's been well used.

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  • A magnet will make you a genus; I will bet a very large amount that it is steel= magnetic. Jan 7, 2022 at 1:17

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My guess is carbon steel. It's used in a variety of cooking implements, including stuff like woks and as bread pans. A quick search suggests that carbon steel is often magnetic as you report.

If it is indeed carbon steel, it benefits from seasoning and ongoing love and care similar to cast iron (lest it rust or deteriorate). Many articles on this, such as this one from thekitchn.

It's a fun material, and looks like a nice find! I hope you like it!

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    Agree, looks like carbon steel from the pic.
    – DrRandy
    Jun 29, 2014 at 19:21
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    Looks like it could do with re-seasoning on the inside, see here: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/85/…
    – logophobe
    Jun 29, 2014 at 20:41
  • Thanks for the responses! I was hoping it was carbon steel or iron, so yay! Not bad for $5. I followed the advice that it is carbon steel and tried seasoning it. I'm pretty sure I didn't do it properly since it's just flaking black stuff now every time I heat it, but that's another story.
    – user25696
    Jul 2, 2014 at 15:22

IKEA cast iron skillet that sells for about $179. Going to look different because it’s not as heavy as a cast-iron frying pan. But it is indeed a cast-iron pot and you have to treat it the same way as far as how you clean and season etc.https ://www.ikea.com.hk/en/products/kitchen/cooking-tools/pans/identisk-art-50159733

  • I meant to say above IKEA cast iron skillet that sells for 179 or so. Look very carefully inside the cover and you might still be able to see the faint IKEA Sep 6, 2019 at 19:24

Mine was purchased a few days ago at HKD128 (discounted) at IKEA.

It's definitely not aluminum as magnets are attracted to it very strongly. It feels like steel but not sure if it's carbon steel.

It rusts very very quickly so dry it immediately after use. (mine, at 2nd use meaning, not too well seasoned yet, rusted right after an hour - I used it for steaming food... I took the food without clearing the water or drying it... came back after eating the food and it rusted.

I cleaned it, and seasoned it a few times with rice barn oil: rub with oil, heat until smoking... rub again... heat again... cool down, rub again, heat again...

Hopefully it becomes better and better as my Lodge cast iron skillets.


Looks like it's aluminum! http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/60149197/ I went thrifting again and found the same wok, but this one was a set with IKEA lid. Looks like I didn't get a steal afterall.

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    Wait, I thought you said a magnet sticks to it? Magnets don't stick to aluminum. Also, in the Ikea picture, it doesn't look like the handles are offset like yours are.
    – Marti
    Aug 24, 2014 at 2:05
  • The color in the scratched parts is wrong for aluminium
    – rumtscho
    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:05
  • A magnet does stick to mine. Hmm maybe IKEA ripped off mine then... Aug 24, 2014 at 23:11
  • The link you gave does not work, or does not work outside canada). It LOOKS like an IKEA Identisk from the handles, but the bottom design does not match - this might be an old model of that wok, or a copy. Anyway, I would throw a non-stick wok (and I assume it is) away when it has about 10% of the damage that one has! Jan 21, 2016 at 10:41

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