Have you tried Wagyu beef yet? Delicious, with a tender, melt-in-your-mouth consistency, and a rich, buttery flavor, it’s perfect for impressing dinner guests or just enjoying an indulgent dinner. When you want to choose a Wagyu steak with superior marbling that makes it a prized cut, ribeye is a great choice. But how do you choose the right Wagyu ribeye steak? And once you’ve picked it, how should you prepare it?
First, what makes Wagyu so special? A special type of beef that comes from Wagyu cattle, it is often considered to be the best in the world. It starts with genetics, and in order to be called Wagyu, the beef has to come from cows descended from Japanese Wagyu cows. Husbandry comes into play, as this type of cattle is raised in a very special way, in which they are brushed, allowed plenty of room, fed a special diet, and essentially raised in a stress-free environment. It’s no wonder that the meat from these cows is the most tender, flavorful, and scrumptious steak around.
When choosing a Wagyu ribeye steak, look at the marbling. The streaks of fat running through the meat give Wagyu its buttery soft mouth feel, and the more marbling you see, the better the steak will be. You want a steak with a good amount of fat, and with a deep, red color, with no browning. Good marbling, fat content, and color are the three biggest factors in a good Wagyu ribeye steak.
Once you have found the perfect Wagyu ribeye and taken it home, how will you prepare it? There are a few different methods you can use to cook Wagyu ribeye steak, but whatever you do, do not overcook it. A Wagyu steak should never be cooked above medium, and medium rare is a good option for keeping it juicy and flavorful. One of the best ways to prepare Wagyu ribeye steak is to sear it in a pan, then finish cooking it in the oven.
Wagyu does not need much seasoning, but if you prefer to season it, just a bit of salt and pepper will do. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and either add some oil, or simply grease it with a bit of fat you have trimmed away from the Wagyu itself. Once the pan is hot, put the steak in the pan and cook it until it is evenly browned, about three to five minutes on either side. When the steak has been seared, transfer the pan to a preheated oven and cook for five to seven more minutes, until it reaches the desired temperature.
When you’re shopping for top-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 as well as the production of high-quality Wagyu beef. Our cattle are well cared-for and registered through the American Wagyu Association. Call (251)333-2800 or contact us through our website for more information.