It says Made in Japan. It's heavy and matte black. Can't post the pic due to size limitations.

  • 2
    Can't post the pic due to size limitations. There are plenty of online services where you can shrink the image.
    – user34961
    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:15
  • 1
    Without knowing whether the wok is non-stick or not, this question is essentially un-answerable. Ther are comments implying this under the answers, which haven't been address in two days. VTC.
    – Chris H
    Feb 19, 2018 at 13:08

3 Answers 3


Yes, you can restore it.

Clean the whole wok. Wash with soap and dry it. Apply a small coat of oil and put it on high. Let it burn (ventilate the kitchen).

Repeat the process of applying a small coat of oil and putting it on high another two or three times.


Edit: As noted by @GdD, this method cannot be applied to non-stick woks.

  • 1
    You're assuming this isn't a non-stick wok, that's bad advice for one of those.
    – GdD
    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:17
  • Right you are, @GdD! Non-stick woks are garbage. Feb 17, 2018 at 11:18
  • They are, but if the OP has one then they shouldn't do what you say.
    – GdD
    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:19
  • Non-sticks shouldn't rust in the first place....
    – noumenal
    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:24
  • 3
    The method is called seasoning, as in "seasoning the pan". There are several tutorials online, including recommendations on what kind of oil to use.
    – noumenal
    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:25

Given the cost of most asian wok, it would be more cost effective to purchase a new one than restoring a damaged wok. Assuming it's not-non-stick or not-coated, you can season the wok as if it's a carbon steel or cast iron pan. Scrub off the rust in hot water until water is clear; then best with non processed oil like animal fat or lard frying with onion and perhaps some salt under high heat until the wok turns dark.

  • 1
    High heat should not be used with non-stick coatings.
    – Cindy
    Feb 19, 2018 at 7:49
  • Certainly not when empty, and with intent to season the vessel. Feb 19, 2018 at 11:42
  • @Cindy My fault on the typo. I meat not-non-stick. But I have never heard of seasoning a non-stick pan either if there were ever such thing as seasoning non-stick to be mistaken...
    – KMC
    Feb 19, 2018 at 13:41
  • Thanks for editing! You can 'season' non-stick cookware but it is a very different procedure and does not use high heat as you would with bare metal.
    – Cindy
    Feb 19, 2018 at 14:01

Use Crisco to season your wok. Also, a little rust can be rinsed away and the wok will eventually season itself if you avoid metal scrubbers and clean it with a bamboo wok brush and remember to dry it and just keep using it over time.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.