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Wok This Way For 12 Easy Weeknight Recipes

You should be using a wok more! Here are a dozen recipes to get you started.

When building your essential cookware lineup, a wok may not be the first item to come to mind—but it should. Designed with high, sloped sides and a wide surface area for cooking, a wok is ideal for holding a lot of food at once, especially when stir-frying, deep-frying, and sautéing. While best known for use with Asian cuisines, woks are incredibly versatile in the kitchen—you can use them to make any one-pot noodle or pasta dish, as well as fried rice, shrimp and chicken, and even curries!

Pro tip: Pepper's Wok & Tool Set (which comes with a spider strainer and 12" wooden tongs) is made of stainless steel, which is great in maintaining and evenly distributing heat. But it also heats up much faster than nonstick pans, so be careful not to overheat it and burn your food! And since it is not naturally nonstick, using plenty of oil is important, making sure to swirl it around the entire pan before you add vegetables or meat. Now, let's wok 'n' roll with some of our favorite recipes for making in a wok!

Pepper's Wok & Tool Set
Pepper's Wok & Tool Set

This is the ultimate set for creating clean-out-the-fridge meals. Aside from just stir-frying, the Teigen-Legend fam uses the wok and spider strainer for deep-frying and big-batch sautéing. Big enough for a pound of noodles Bundled with wooden tongs and a spider strainer Steam, serve, and store, all using a tempered glass lid

The Pepper Thai Cookbook
The Pepper Thai Cookbook

Through these 80 recipes, Pepper teaches you how to make all her hits––influenced by Thailand, California, and everywhere in between. No one loves this book more than Chrissy: “I’m SO proud of Yai and all of the hard work she put into making this book come to life. It has all of my favorite recipes that mom used to make for us growing up, like chicken satay and papaya salad, as well as modern twists on classic Thai food like pad thai Brussels sprouts and nam prik moo sloppy joes!

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