How to Get Rid of Rust on a Carbon Steel Wok

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A wok is a healthy way to cook a delicious Chinese stir-fry with little to no oil. There are several types of woks available in stores. One of the best woks you can purchase is made from carbon steel. Carbon steel conducts heat better and is less expensive than stainless steel. The downside is that carbon steel rusts very easily, but rust can easily be removed with salt and vegetable oil.


Easily remove rust from your wok with salt and vegetable oil.

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Things You'll Need

  • Mild Dishwashing Detergent

  • Sponge

  • Soft Cloth

  • Towel

  • Salt

  • Vegetable Oil

  • Carbon Steel Wok

Step 1

Pour equal amounts of salt and vegetable oil into the center of the wok.

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Step 2

Rub the mixture into the rust vigorously with a soft towel.

Step 3

Repeat the process until all of the rust is removed.

Step 4

Wash the pan with detergent and rinse well. Dry thoroughly.


Season the wok once the rust is removed to prevent further occurrences.


If the rust is deep and has eaten away at the carbon steel the pan should be replaced.


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