Induction hobs – any good for stir frying on?
Interesting. Not having ever used an induction hob I thought they wouldn’t be so effective as gas for stir frying as the heat is only really from the bottom, whereas stir frying needs heat from all around the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Hmm yeah maybe I don’t need a wok burner.Posted 1 year agosparkyspiceSubscriber
Have a Seimens 5 ring induction hob. When on ‘Boost” power, if you don’t keep food moving around it either burns or sticks – it chucks out a lot of energy.
The beauty of induction is the control. I’ve yet to use a gas hob that you can turn down REALLY low (with such a large area of heat transfer). Great for slow cooking curries/paella etc.
Yes you have to fork out a lot of cash (and get pans that work on it), but it’s easy to wipe clean and I’ll never go back to gas.
Different pan brands transfer different amounts of heat. Cheap is not always best!Posted 1 year ago
Interesting. Not having ever used an induction hob I thought they wouldn’t be so effective as gas for stir frying as the heat is only really from the bottom, whereas stir frying needs heat from all around the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
Which is what those ‘wok shaped’ induction wok units are for – they put heat right the way up the side of the pan.
Induction is excellent for most things. Hugely powerful when needed, simmers at a very low temperature consistently. Puts far less waste heat into the room. You won’t get a true wok on one but i’d say a flat bottomed one will work well enough.Posted 1 year ago
gonefishin – Member
How often do you actually use a wok where no other pan would do?
Must admit, I do a lot of Asian cooking in a wok where the style is very “dynamic”. Simply wouldn’t work with the very static nature of induction hobs, but then I’ve learnt to cook in Asia and in professional kitchens; it’s lively! 😀Posted 1 year agoCougarSubscriber
I thought they wouldn’t be so effective as gas for stir frying as the heat is only really from the bottom, whereas stir frying needs heat from all around the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
Metal conducted heat, last I checked.
Flat bottomed grills make the wokking world go round…
*applause*Posted 1 year agochewkwMember
Induction hobs are fine for wok so long as you use flat bottom wok.
The wok needs to be “magnetic” …
My advice is to get 3 to 5-ply stainless steel wok that can be magnetised, because there some that aren’t so will not work on induction hobs.
There are many good 3 to 5 ply stainless steel wok available but they are not cheap.
John Lewis = 5-ply stainless steel wok is £85 with the lid. This one is heavy. This is the one I have and I use a cheapo aluminum lid from my carbon wok for it.
Fenwick = Zwilling 3-ply stainless steel wok £129 with nice glass lid. This one is light.
Demeyere also do stainless steel wok.
Try to get a wok without inner rivets coz that’s a pain with spatula …
There are many other brands but those two are the one I can find locally to me in the Toon.
However, you will need a period of training to make it non-stick by playing the temperature. I think adjusting temperature with induction hob is easier.
The stainless steel wok is gaining popularity amongst some housewives in the far east …
As for taste there is not much difference as far as I am concerned. i.e. if you are a good cook then you are …
Fry pan = a wok … 😆
You will have flying food all over if you do quick stir fry action with a fry plan.
I think I have 8 woks as I keep trying to get the best one because I don’t have a turbo gas burner … got a cheapo stainless steel wok just for doing steaming …Posted 1 year agoThe PinksterSubscriber
Alternatively you could always got for an electric wok.
We were bought one of them a few years ago and use it at least once a week – it’s far easier to keep clean than a gas hob & wok combo but as I’ve just fitted an induction hob in the last couple of weeks I may have to try a proper wok on that sometime.Posted 1 year agoSammyCMember
So any recommendation for a good hob? Not that bothered about anything fancy but quick and simple controls would be a must.
A friend has a halogen hob and the controls do my head in, having to select the hob and then choose the power level might not be the end of the world but bloody annoying still.Posted 1 year ago
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