How to Cook Wagyu Beef – The Best Beef In the World

You just spend a lot of cash buying the most expensive steak in the world, and now you are wondering how to cook the Wagyu beef at home. You are not alone; steak enthusiasts often feel incomplete without trying to cook this immaculate piece of beef at home once in their lives.

Learning to cook steak can be overwhelming because you can end up with a bad steak if you select the wrong cut and type of beef or if you leave the meat too long on the grill. Get any of these wrong, and you will need a steak sauce to cover for the failings. But with Wagyu steak, you need not worry about any of this, it is pretty easy to cook and a forgiving one at that.

Before we explore the various cooking methods, let’s briefly discuss what Wagyu beef is, and what makes it unique.

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What is Wagyu Beef?

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Wagyu is any of the four breeds of cattle in Japan. The four breeds are Japanese shorthorn, Japanese polled, Japanese black, and Japanese brown.

Japanese black presents about 90% of all fattened cattle in Japan, while the Japanese brown, also known as Japanese red is a leaner breed, commonly known for its light and a mild taste.

The Japanese shorthorn is also a lean breed, it is rich in glutamic and inosinic acid, while the Japanese polled is known for its meaty taste and gamier texture.

The most common breed used for Wagyu beef is the Japanese black cattle.

Why is Wagyu Beef Expensive?

Wagyu beef is expensive because of the time and effort it requires to produce such kind of beef. It is different from other beef types because of the top-notch management system it undergoes, which includes housing, feeding, medication, etc. carried out by the Wagyu breeders. They create special feed rations from wheat bran, soybean, barley, corn, rice straw, forage, grasses, and sometimes sake or beer.

It is often said that the breeders even massage their cattle in order to relieve muscle tension that arises as a result of cramped spaces.

The breeding methods and the management system from the breeders result in a high marbling beef. Wagyu fat melts quickly in lower temperatures compared to fat from other cattle. It produces a rich and buttery flavor unique only to the Wagyu beef.

In the United States, the Aberdeen Angus cattle are bred with the Japanese Wagyu cattle. The crossbred is named the American Style Kobe Beef. It is the most expensive and the best variety of Wagyu beef.

What to Know Before Cooking a Wagyu Beef

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If you have ever cooked meat on a grill, you probably know how to make steak. Wagyu steaks are no different.

In many meat cuts, you need to create a marinade. Cuts like top round steak, flank steak, and skirt steak, will require marinating for a few hours to a day. This is done to break up the fibers in the meat, making the cuts tender and soft.

However, for Wagyu steak, you do not need to marinate. You don’t need to overly season it. If you love grilled steaks, you can do that with Wagyu steaks, but it’s overkill.

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In today’s cooking lesson, you only need a carbon-steel or cast-iron pan, a little butter, some basic seasoning, a small space on a stove and a warm oven.

Seasoning Before Cooking

You need freshly ground black pepper for this recipe, which will protect the meat flavor, and prevent it from being masked by other flavors. You can also personalize the steak by adding small amounts of spices when seasoning the steaks.

For instance, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of garlic or onion powder. A pinch of paprika or cumin would work as well.

Avoid herbs, both dried and fresh, because they will end up as burnt bits after the cooking process is over.

1. Pan-seared Wagyu Delmonico Recipe

Ingredients needed for this recipe

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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 pieces of steak - 10-12 ounce Wagyu Delmonico, 3/4-inch-thick (bone-in ribeye)

2. Directions

  • Get the steak out of the refrigerator for about two hours before cooking, allow it to thaw, and attain the room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pat the steak dry with a paper towel.
  • Season the two sides of the steak liberally with black pepper and salt, or a personalized recipe mentioned earlier.
  • Set your well-seasoned carbon-steel or cast-iron steel pan on the stove. Adjust the stove on medium-high heat.
  • Add a little quantity of vegetable oil and coat the pan with it. Heat the pan until the oil begins to shimmer.
  • Add your steaks one at a time. Sear one side for five minutes without touching it.
  • Turn the steak over using tongs.
  • Place the pan into the oven. Cook steak for about 10 minutes for medium (150°f), 8-10 minutes for medium-rare (135°f), and 6-7 minutes for rare (125°f).
  • After cooking, remove the steaks from the oven. Add butter, and turn the steak over to allow the steak to fully absorb the butter.
  • Remove the steak from the pan. Allow them to rest for six minutes before serving.

How to Cook Wagyu Beef in the Oven

The Wagyu Delmonico steak recipe is the most recommended method for cooking Wagyu beef. But if you like oven-roasted Wagyu steak, the cooking process below will come in handy.

This method is also advisable if you have Wagyu steaks that are too thick to cook while pan searing.

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Pan-sear the steak on both sides until it forms a golden crust.
  • Place the steak and the pan in the oven.
  • Cook in the oven for 4 minutes or until it reaches your desired level of doneness.
  • Remove the steak from the oven. Allow it to rest before serving.

How to Grill Wagyu Steak

Charcoal grilling is the best method to cook this type of steak. But if you like to try out new things, follow the steps below.

Directions

  • Place the steak on a heated grill. Aim for a 45° angle, and do not allow the fire to flare through the grates. Grill for about 2-3 minutes, or until you can see some nice grill marks on the side. Repeat on the other side.
  • After grilling both sides at a 45° angle, rotate the steak at a 90° angle. This will produce the famous diamond mark presentation. On the 90° angle, cook each side for about 2-3 minutes.
    If at this point you notice smoke or fire coming off the steak, it is charring. Do not let this happen for long. It is advisable to turn the steak frequently than not enough.
  • After attaining the nice grill marks, move the steak to a cooler spot on the grill. The cooking will continue, so ensure you turn it every 2-3 minutes for both sides to cook evenly.

Final Thoughts

If you are a grill enthusiast, knowing how to cook Wagyu beef properly is a must. With the directions above, you will realize the cooking process is not very different from cooking other common steaks, and you will never have to manage a bad steak again.

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