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How to Cook Wagyu Beef

Wagyu Beef

What is Wagyu Beef?

Wagyu Beef

Wagyu beef is a highly regarded and highly sought after type of meat in the culinary world. But what exactly is it? Well, Wagyu literally translates from Japanese to English as “Japanese cow”, a fitting name as that is exactly what Wagyu is. Proper Wagyu beef comes from a specific breed of Japanese cow. What makes this breed of cow special is that it is genetically predisposed to developing fat inside it’s muscle tissue. So, the Wagyu cattle are fed a high fat diet. This creates a cut of meat that is a rich and luscious cut of beef that will practically dissolve in your mouth, provided of course that it is , if it is proper Wagyu beef and is actually from Japan,

There is some American Wagyu beef on the market but it is often from angus cattle cross breed with Wagyu cattle and therefore is not proper Wagyu. It will, because of the cross breeding, often not have all the same properties that makes true Wagyu beef so highly regarded.

Let’s say you managed to get your hands on one of these cuts of meet, what do you do with it? Well, one option is to cook it on the grill.

How to Cook Wagyu Beef on Grill:

Wagyu Beef

With such a rare piece of meat in your possession as Wagyu beef, you certainly don’t want to make any mistakes and want to cook it correctly the first time.

* The first step you will want to take is to get your cut of meat to room temperature. This will mean getting the cut of Wagyu out of the fridge anywhere from twenty minutes to one hour before you will begin to cook it. This is done to help it cook evenly.
* Then you will want to start preheating your grill to five hundred degrees Fahrenheit.
* While the grill is heating up, you will want to add some oil to the surface of the grill. Also, grab a paper towel and start using it to wipe away and excess moisture on your wagyu steaks.
* Once the meat is good and dry, it is time to put some salt and pepper on the meat, but not too much as you don’t want to overpower the natural and delicious flavor of the Wagyu.
* Once the meat is seasoned to your personal taste, and the grill has finished heating up, it is finally time to place the meat onto the grill. Once the meat is in place close the cover.
* Next, while keeping the cover closed, you’ll want to cook your Wagyu for about three to five minutes before then going ahead and opening the cover to flip the meat over and cook it for another three to five minutes, again with the cover closed.
* What you do next depends on how you like your meat. If you prefer your meat to be cooked rare, then now is the time to take the Waygu off of the grill as it keep cooking even after being taken off the grill. If you prefer your meat to be medium-rare then you will want to cook it for another three minutes or another six minutes if you prefer your meat medium-well. You also could stick a meat thermometer into the Wagyu to check the internal temperature of the meat, to help ensure you don’t accidently overcook it. These at the temperatures you should be looking for: Rare – 125F, Medium-rare – 135F, Medium – 145F, Medium-well – 150F, and Well Done – 160F
* Once the meat is cooked to your liking, remove the Wagyu from the grill and place it on plate or a different secondary surface for five minutes before you serve.

But that cooking method works for big cuts of Wagyu, like steaks. What if you has a cut of meat that was thinner?

How to Cook Thin Sliced Wagyu Beef:

Wagyu Beef

Some cuts of meat are too small to cook on a grill. So, when you have a cut of wagyu beef that’s too small for the grill, what is the best way to prepare it?

* The first step you will want to take is to get your cut of meat to room temperature. This will mean getting the cut of Wagyu out of the fridge anywhere from twenty minutes to one hour before you will begin to cook it. This is done to help it cook evenly.
* You will want to grab a paper towel and start using it to wipe away and excess moisture on your Wagyu.
* Once the meat is good and dry, it is time to put some salt and pepper on the meat, but not too much as you don’t want to overpower the natural and delicious flavor of the meat.
* Once you have seasoned your Wagyu to your liking, you will want to take your preferred frying pan, ideally you would use a stainless steel skillet or a cast iron pan for Wagyu, and put it on the stove, setting it at medium heat, allowing it to get nice and hot.
* Once the pan is hot enough, you will want to use some butter or olive oil to grease the pan.
* Place the Wagyu on the hot skillet or pan and cook the meat for around a minute and half. Then flip the Wagyu over. Use a meat thermometer and continue to cook until the internal temperature reaches around 130 to 135 degrees for medium rare.
* Once it has finished cooking to your liking, take the Wagyu off of the heat and allow it to sit for about five minutes before serving.

There you have it, two methods of preparing the highly sought after Wagyu beef. The exact specifics of how to cook the Wagyu may change depending on the exact type of cut of meat you have or your own personal tastes in how you like your meat, but the core concepts of what to do will be the same. Enjoy your Wagyu!

 

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