If you’ve heard about Wagyu beef, you’re probably eager to try some! Heavily marbled with monounsaturated fat, it’s not only melt-in-your-mouth delicious, but it’s healthy, too. In fact, it’s rumored to be the best beef available. However, since it comes with a price tag to match the description, you also want to make sure you don’t ruin it. How can you properly cook Wagyu beef? Here are a few tips you’ll want to remember.
- Choose the right cut. There are many different cuts of Wagyu steak, and while you can’t go wrong with any of them, you’ll want to choose the one that’s right for you. A filet has a glorious mouth feel but may be a little tricky for a beginner; it should never be cooked above medium rare. A sirloin might be more forgiving, as it’s versatile enough to be cooked several ways. A ribeye is also a great choice for someone new to Wagyu beef.
- Begin at the right temperature. Chill your steaks thoroughly and then temper them, bringing them to room temperature before cooking. If your steaks are frozen, thaw them in the refrigerator and then take them out about 30-60 minutes before cooking them. Chilling them will render the fat properly and bringing them to room temperature helps them to cook evenly.
- Go for cast iron. There are many different ways to cook Wagyu beef, including grilling, sous vide, or braising, but as a beginner, a cast iron skillet is a great way to go. Heat your cast iron skillet on high heat, and grease it lightly before adding your meat, preferably with some of the fat you’ve trimmed from your Wagyu beef.
- Use the right accompaniment. Wagyu beef is perfect with just a little bit of salt and pepper, but if you must use seasonings or a marinate, use a light touch. A little bit of truffle oil or olive oil will enhance the flavor, or a light marinade of vinegar, wine, and lemon.
- Mind the timing. This may be the most important of all the tips for cooking Wagyu beef. Compared to the beef you’re probably used to cooking, Wagyu beef cooks about thirty percent more quickly. You must take care not to cook off all the fat, or your meat will be disappointingly bland. Traditional Japanese methods involve slicing Wagyu thinly and cooking it for a few seconds: in cast iron, go for no more than 3-4 minutes on each side.
For quality American Wagyu Beef, you can trust Triple T Ranch. Located in south Alabama, our small, family-owned-and-operated ranch is a place where practicing proven husbandry techniques ensures the health and prosperity of the herd. Our cattle are well cared-for and registered through the American Wagyu association. We’re committed to raising quality cattle and dedicated to others who also want to experience this amazing breed. Contact us through our website or call (251)333-2800 for more information.