Wagyu Beef is one of the most exclusive and coveted meats in the world. Wagyu beef has a high level of marbling and a buttery, sweet taste. There are four native breeds of Wagyu cattle, but Japanese Black is the most popular and sought-after Wagyu breed.
The history of Wagyu in America started in 1976 when four Wagyu bulls were brought from Japan. Today, Wagyu has become increasingly popular and more assessable. Currently, there are numerous Wagyu ranches established in Texas, Idaho, Oregon, Iowa, and New Mexico.
If you ever get your hands on this luxurious steak, you will want to prepare it like a pro. To get the best experience of tasting Wagyu, prepare the beef flawlessly. Luckily, I have just the secret to preparing the perfect Wagyu steak.
Quality Over Quantity
Authentic Wagyu Beef is high in price because of its rich flavor and high fat. Serving small amounts of this luxurious meat (1-2 ounces) in thin slices will allow you and your guests to enjoy every bite without feeling stuffed. You can buy Wagyu beef in half-inch-thick slices, contrary to the one-and-a-half-inch thick American steaks you’d buy.
Temper Your Steak
Bring your steak to room temperature before cooking your Wagyu to ensure that your steak cooks evenly. If a part of your steak is still cold when you cook it, it will become overcooked in one spot and undercooked in another. If your Wagyu is frozen, thaw your meat overnight in your refrigerator and bring it to room temperature an hour before cooking.
Tip: thicker steaks take longer to temper, so thaw accordingly.
Use a Cast Iron Instead of Grill
Cooking your Wagyu steak in a cast-iron pan is the best option. Cast iron skillets retain heat well and will ensure you cook your meat evenly. Since you’re slicing your steak thin, you would only need to sear your meat for it to fully cook. When you sear one side, flip it over and sear the opposite side. Once both sides are brown, remove the meat from the heat to avoid overcooking or burning it.
Season Your Wagyu Lightly
Since Wagyu is so rich in flavor by itself, you want to lightly sprinkle sea salt and pepper. Be sure to not overwhelm the flavor Wagyu presents on its own with sauces, marinades, or seasonings.
When it comes to fine dining, Wagyu beef is one of the most luxurious and fulfilling experiences. Luckily, you can experience well-cooked Wagyu steak without dining at a fancy restaurant. Master the art of cooking Wagyu at home by using my secret to preparing the perfect wagyu steak.
What To Serve With Wagyu Steaks
Wagyu is a superstar so keep your other side dishes simple. Start with a kale caesar or peach and tomato caprese salad and add a baked potato and a simple vegetable like crispy broccoli or smoky roasted carrots topped with herb butter.