Are you trying American Wagyu Beef for the first time? It pays to learn a few tips for cooking it. Sure, you could throw it on the grill and treat it like any other piece of beef, but why would you? When you’ve made an investment in such a perfect piece of meat, you want to treat it like something very special. Fortunately, it’s not hard to learn how to cook Wagyu steak.
- First, make sure you choose the right cut for your recipe. You can choose a standard cut like Wagyu ribeye steak or a filet, but if you want to be adventurous and choose flank steak, English roast, flat iron, or chuck steak, you won’t be disappointed. Lile Japanese Wagyu steak, American Wagyu is so beautifully marbled and flavorful that you really can’t go wrong.
- Store your beef correctly. If you’ve ordered your Wagyu online, it will arrive completely or partially frozen and vacuumed sealed into its packaging. Put it in the freezer right away so that it doesn’t become freezer burned.
- Thaw it completely. Thawing your beef from frozen in the refrigerator will typically take six hours per pound. Once your beef is thawed, pull it out of the fridge half an hour before you want to cook it so that you can allow it to reach room temperature. Getting your Wagyu to room temperature before you cook it helps it to cook evenly from the center to the edge.
- Don’t over-season Wagyu beef. Don’t overwhelm its delicious buttery flavor by overloading it with sauces, seasonings, or marinades. In fact, it’s best to just season Wagyu beef with a little bit of salt and pepper.
- Grilling Wagyu steak is not the only way to cook it. Many people choose to cook it in the oven, first searing it on each side in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, lightly greased with butter, olive oil, or fat trimmed from the beef itself. If you do choose to grill, here are some pointers on how to grill Wagyu steak correctly.
- Season it several hours in advance.
- Grill it over medium heat, removing from direct heat after two to three minutes on each side.
- Once it reaches the desired temperature, let it rest for five to ten minutes.
- Err on the side of rare. Wagyu beef is best when it’s not too done. Ideally, you’ll want to cook it to 130 degrees F for medium rare perfection.
Cooking Wagyu beef is not hard, once you know what you’re doing and where to get the best cuts. 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. Call (251)333-2800 or contact us through our website or for more information.