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Jul 19, 2013 07:06 AM

What is a good carbon steel pan that would work for stir fry? Looking at Debuyer 'country' pan....

I think a skillet that has deep enough sides to handle stir fry is more versatile than a wok. The Debuyer country pan looks good, what do you all think for stir fry and other stuff? Looks like a good multi-purpose pan.

Here is the 'country' one:

Here is the standard fry pan that also looks like it could work well:

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  1. I think the country pan would do an excellent job, you'd just lose a little of the easy stir of the rounded base and sides of a wok. I have the standard pan, not deep enough for vigorous stirring.

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    1. I have the DeBuyer country pan and the is exactly what i use it for. I do not have a separate wok, and with this pan, i haven't had the need for a wok. It is a great pan! Just know that these pans look like hell once they are seasoned (black/brown splotches all over) but it works wonderfully!

      1. It's a wonderful pan. But if you plan to flip and toss food just by shaking the pan, note that it is quite heavy.

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        1. My only other criticism is that I find the handle so long it's rather unwieldy. I actually even find my smaller DeBuyer pan's handle annoying at times. Other than that, though, I love the pan itself.

          1. And, another thing. If you are planning to use the pan like a wok, even with a flat-bottomed carbon steel wok (of the sort available in a good Chinatown for around $20) the transition on actual woks from bottom to sides is gradual, allowing for the ability to cook on the sides at different heat levels from the bottom. On the De Buyer, on the other hand, the change from bottom to sides is very abrupt and steep, which will affect the cooking, particularly if the aim is to cook in the Chinese style.

            I have seen images of the De Buyer carbon steel wok, but it strikes me as being quite bizarre due to its almost funnel-like shape. Why would they think that funnel-shaped pans will operate like graduated metallic curves?

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            1. re: VitalForce

              I think the DeBuyer country pan will work better as a Chinese wok than the DeBuyer wok.


              The Debuyer has the worse of both worlds. It does not have the traditional round bottom to promote the fast stir frying and bao actions. It does not have the sufficient flat bottom to take advantage of a standard Western stove.