Imusa Wok Review 7 Piece Asian Gift Set with 14” Non-Stick Wok
My Imusa Wok Review
The Imusa 14” Non-Stick wok makes a great wok for quick stir frying as well as a great pan for a wide variety of cooking including deep frying and sautéing.
Ease of Use/Performance: 4/5
How much I enjoy 5/5
While stir frying using a stove top may be frowned upon I found you could get the heat high enough to make a great tasting meal but higher heat would be better. The Imusa 14” Non-Stick Wok is available as an individual purchase or as part of a set with a half-moon rack and some bamboo utensils along with the non-stick coated steel wok.
The Imusa wok has a non-stick coating over the inside and outside of the wok while the wooden handles allow you to work with the wok on the stove top. The flat bottom is about 6 inches across and allows my stoves largest burner a good surface to heat while some of the flames are licking up the sides to help heat the entire wok.
As evidenced by the heat patterns on the outside flames going up the sides make an important part of cooking with a wok because you want high heat with the most in the bottom of your wok. With the heat licking up the sides you allow the sides to continue cooking your food but at a lower temperature than the bottom where you sear and boil.
The Imusa Wok has slightly ribbed sides to help hold food when you push it up the sides while the smooth bottom makes for great searing and high heat cooking. The bottom of the non-stick wok cooks well and for stir frying you get a decent area to cook for a small family but for larger recipes you might have to cook in two batches.
The Imusa Wok worked very well for simple stir fry recipes but I think if I could get the temperature up a bit the stir fry would be more authentic and tastier. The Imusa Wok worked very well for stir frying but was actually better for a few simpler recipes like glazed carrots or glazed pineapple and for deep frying.
The bottom gets very hot and worked well to both cook and sauté vegetables for side dishes and for desserts like glazing pineapple for cakes and ice cream. The larger size of the wok makes cooking sides of vegetables easy for larger dishes even if they are not Asian or full meals.
The Imusa 7 Piece Asian Set includes a half moon wire rack that works great for resting deep fried foods that allows them to drip while they rest above the wok. The bamboo utensils make a good starter set but for deep frying a strainer scoop would also be recommended as a handy utensil for getting deep fried food out of the oil.
Deep frying with the wok works well and the larger open area allows easier access to the food and chasing things around the wok for more even cooking. The large open top does mean you may get more splatter but I found a large lid that fits well on my Imusa wok but pretty much any 14 inch lid should fit the Imusa wok well.
The Imusa 7 Piece Asian Gift Set costs about $30 and is available from Target and at Macy’s as a standalone piece of cookware for Asian and other cooking. I highly recommend the Imusa Wok as a great piece of cookware for a variety of cooking techniques and the non-stick surface cooks well and is easy to clean.