Lessons > Introduction to Stir-Frying

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Lesson Overview

Stir-frying is an ancient dry-heat cooking method whereby small pieces of food are quickly cooked in a wok over extremely high heat. Stir-frying is a true art form because it forces the cook to demonstrate a number of other cooking skills in order to properly execute the stir-frying technique.

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • understand the amount of heat required for the stir-frying technique
  • list the advantages of stir-frying
  • choose a wok or cooking vessel appropriate for your heat source
  • identify the basic equipment used for stir-frying
  • season and care for a carbon steel wok in order to maintain its non-stick properties

Course Syllabus

START: Watch Lesson Platform Tour
1. Introduction to Stir-Frying 2 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Heat & Stir-Frying 5 mins
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4. The Advantages of Stir-Frying 5 mins
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5. Choosing a Wok for Stir-Frying 7 mins
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6. Other Stir-Frying Equipment 3 mins
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7. How to Season a Carbon Steel Wok 30 mins
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8. Caring for a Carbon Steel Wok 3 mins
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9. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 1 hr 12 mins Total Time

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How to Stir-Fry

9 Tasks | 14 Videos | 18 Recipes | 2 hrs 21 mins

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What People Are Saying

Default profile "I have been using both a carbon steel wok and a heavy wok for some time. I prefer to use the smaller carbon steel wok for stir fries and deep frying as it is much quicker. This lesson has galvanized me to not be afraid of using high heat on my electric cook top, in fact it is essential!" ★★★★★
Default profile "First understand knowledge about Stir Frying even I'm a Chinese Thanks" ★★★★★
Default profile "During the completion of this lesson I purchased my first "real" wok. It is great to feel confident that I have started off on the right foot. I look forward to many years of amazing stirfrys." ★★★★★
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Default profile "I learned a lot from this lesson. I like the short sections and the quiz at the end." ★★★★★
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8 Videos | 9 Tasks
Task 1: Introduction to Stir-Frying
Task 2: Complete Your Self Assessment
Task 3: Heat & Stir-Frying
Task 4: The Advantages of Stir-Frying
Task 5: Choosing a Wok for Stir-Frying
Task 6: Other Stir-Frying Equipment
Task 7: How to Season a Carbon Steel Wok
Task 8: Caring for a Carbon Steel Wok

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