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Old 02-17-2014, 05:30 PM   #1
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Stir Fry - oil catches fire

Hi all,

I have a nicely seasoned carbon steel wok and I've been trying to do stir fry's with some decent success. But I've never got that sizzle, you know the really nice TZZZ!!! when I put the meat in the wok - I've been cooking on medium high because I've been afraid to set the house on fire.

I was looking at these videos today on youtube for stir fry technique:




Between these two videos and what I've read one of the key aspects of stir fry is to get the wok HOT HOT HOT! I noticed in the video the two chefs had plenty of time after adding in the oil. So I did a little experiment today.

I heated my wok on high until it stopped smoking. I added oil to see how much time I had.

In the time the two chefs had to add oil, swirl it, let it smoke, and add the meat, peanut oil caught on fire for me. I tried a second brand of peanut oil. It smoked fully in less than a second and I removed it from heat. I tried sunflower oil, and even though I removed it from heat about a second after adding it, it caught fire. The best I had was plain ol' vegetable oil. It acted much more like the grapeseed oil in the videos... had a little time before smoking and I removed from heat after about five seconds. Based on the amount of smoke I had, I'm guess I was 1 or 2 seconds away from setting it on fire.

I seriously doubt my kitchen range is hotter than those guys' stoves. Should I stick to grape seed oil, or just cook on medium high? I gotta feel that there are people out there with hotter stoves that used peanut oil.

Hoping for some good advice

Cheers!

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:39 PM   #2
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Incidentally, after all that, my wok is even better seasoned!! ;)
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:54 PM   #3
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Oh dear. I don't think your oil should be catching fire. Maybe stick with the grapeseed oil? I'm surprised, peanut oil usually has a high flashpoint. You must have a really good stove! Kick it down a notch.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:16 PM   #4
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Put the wok on high heat and it will start smoking shortly. When it starts to smoke, add a couple of tablespoons of oil in the pan and wait a minute or so until it starts to smoke then add your meat and start stir-frying. If you don't splash the oil around too much, you shouldn't have a problem.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:34 PM   #5
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Is this a gas or electric stove?

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Old 02-17-2014, 07:55 PM   #6
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If you have a Wolf or Molteni range (or one as good/expensive as that) a wok will get hot enough. Those professional chefs never use a Sears/Kenmore range.
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It's a whirlpool - electric
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:44 PM   #8
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Put the wok on high heat and it will start smoking shortly. When it starts to smoke, add a couple of tablespoons of oil in the pan and wait a minute or so until it starts to smoke then add your meat and start stir-frying. If you don't splash the oil around too much, you shouldn't have a problem.
That is what I do.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:26 AM   #9
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You could go with safflower oil as well. High smoke point, no flavor and cheaper than grapeseed (at least around here).

Once an oil starts to smoke it starts to break down into things that are "bad" for you. You should run right under that line. Watch the oil, when it starts to look like it is flowing in the pan it is about to smoke.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:35 AM   #10
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It's a whirlpool - electric
I have an electric stove also. But if you watch cooking shows/professional chefs you'll never see them using an electric range. A Wolf range, just to use one example of what brand professionals use, will bring the heat high up around the sides of the wok. An electric range can't do that.

About how YOU can do high heat cooking with a wok with an electric range---- beats me. I just can't do it. I use peanut oil because that's a common oil for oriental cooking.

It's frustrating, I know.
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