How to Cook Wagyu Beef

Wagyu beef. I know, the very name of such an expensive cut of meat must have you second-guessing yourself. What if you mess it up? That’s an entire salary now down the sitting in your trash or maybe at the bottom of your dog’s bowl while you sit at the table eyeing with envy your dog chowing down on a prime cut of meat that you no longer can eat because it’s ruined. To avoid such an outcome it’s best to learn how to cook a cut of wagyu beef and the many ways to eat it so that you don’t have to share the entirety of it with your dog…or your trash can if you don’t have a dog.

Cooking Your Beef

Now that you’re asking yourself about how to cook Wagyu beef, here’s a good few tips that you need to know. If you have a skillet, you’re going to want to preheat it on high heat, why aren’t we grilling it instead and treating it like a steak? Wagyu beef is a fickle art to master, so because you don’t want to accidentally set your grill on fire or come away with leathery, overcooked meat, it’s best to cook it in a skillet first. You’re going to want to allow your beef to come to room temperature outside of a refrigerator, this can take anywhere from 30 minutes or more depending on the thickness of your beef. Next season your steaks, because Wagyu has such an intense natural flavor to it, it’s best to just keep your seasoning simple. A dash of salt and pepper go a long way.

If your beef has any fat on it, cut off some strips of it and use it to grease up the pan. If there’s no fat, alternatively, you can use butter of a bit of olive oil. Sear your wagyu beef on each side for three to four minutes in order to give it some color. Or longer depending on how you like your meat to be done. For those who love rare meats, you’re going to want to cook it for three minutes on each side. For those who like their stuff medium do it for four. When you’re done, check the internal temperature of your meat, it should clock in at 130 degrees if you’re shooting for a medium-rare quality. Then remove the beef from the skillet and allow it to rest for around five to ten minutes in order to allow the juices to absorb into the meat. Finally, cut it and then serve.

Buying and Cooking Wagyu Cuts

Now that you know how to cook Wagyu beef and it isn’t difficult to cook from other cuts of meat, despite the fear that can come with handling higher quality cuts of meat. But now that you know how to cook it, I would suggest checking out other high-end cuts of Japanese beef that would be a fun, exciting challenge to cook.