If you’ve had Wagyu, you know that it’s special. In fact, serving roast Wagyu beef is sure to impress your guests, as long as it’s properly cooked. Wagyu beef is beautifully marbled meat that comes from a species of cattle native to Japan. American Wagyu are descended from these Japanese cows, making it a little easier to experience the special flavor of Wagyu. At its best, Wagyu is savory and delicious, with a luxuriant mouth feel. It’s easy to overcook Wagyu, though, so it’s important to know a few tricks for keeping it tender and juicy.
- Season Wagyu ahead of time. It doesn’t take much seasoning to bring out the flavor of Wagyu beef, but it’s best to allow it time to really soak into the meet. Apply a simple rub, slather your Wagyu with butter, then put it back into the refrigerator to wait until it’s time to prepare it.
- Don’t skimp on the seasoning. An under-seasoned roast is not the best it could be. Use salt when you’re seasoning your Wagyu, spreading it thoroughly over the meat.
- For larger cuts of Wagyu, cook them the day before. Reverse searing by cooking it a hot pan will give your roast a beautiful brown exterior with a delicious crisp to it. Once you’ve seared it, let it rest in the refrigerator for another day before you finish cooking it in the oven.
- Don’t overcrowd your meat. The pan in which you cook your roast should have plenty of space, and the roast should sit on a wire rack within the pan. While it’s cooking, be careful not to turn it more than once or twice.
- Rest your roast. Especially if the roast is large, it will need at least 20 to 30 minutes to rest before you slice and serve it. If you’ve reverse seared it, plan to allow an additional 20 minutes of resting time, wrapped in foil so the surface stays fresh. This lets the juices redistribute through the meat and they won’t be lost on your platter or cutting board.
- Save the drippings. Don’t throw away the savory pan drippings, which contain juices and fat from your Wagyu, as well as leftover seasoning. They’re perfect for making homemade gravy, and it’s easy to do just by simmering the drippings with a cup of red wine and a little bit of beef stock.
Whether it’s your first time cooking Wagyu or you’re an old pro, when you’re looking for American Wagyu beef, the customer care team at Triple T Ranch would love to help! 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 healthy, happy, well cared-for, and registered through the American Wagyu Association. Browse our website to shop Wagyu beef and order online, or contact us for more information, or call (251)333-2800 to talk to our friendly, helpful customer care team.