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Wagyu Beef - Cooking Hacks!

  • 11 Jul 2016
  • Story first appreared in firstlightfoods.co.nz
Wagyu Beef - Cooking Hacks!

WAGYU COOKING TIPS

 

DON’T COOK COLD

An hour before cooking, remove your Wagyu from the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature. This allows the meat to cook more evenly and faster.

DON'T BE AFRAID OF SALT

Once at room temperature, season your Wagyu with salt and pepper. If you’re having steak, season both sides.

SALT, HEAT AND WAGYU FAT EQUALS CRISPY AND DELICIOUS

Searing the surfaces of roasts and thicker steaks (over 2.5 cm/1 inch in thick) will help them to retain moisture during cooking and results in a nice browned colour. Sear your Wagyu in a pre-heated pan for 1.5-2 minutes on each surface, before moving to a moderate heat to finish cooking. If you’re cooking steak, this means turning down the heat. If you’re roasting, this means put the Wagyu in the oven.

INVEST IN A THERMOMETER

When roasting, a temperature of 120°C/250°F will cook the Wagyu evenly without drying. Always use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. Relying on cooking times will lead to varying results!

REST IT

Remove your Wagyu just before it is fully cooked (ie when it is within 2°C/5°F of its desired cooked temperature, and wrap it in foil. Let it rest in a warm place for 5 minutes (for steaks) or 15-20 minutes (for roasts). During this time, the temperature rises by several degrees, thus finishing off the cooking process.  Resting the meat also allows the juices to redistribute evenly, ensuring a tender, juicy eating experience.

 

WAGYU COOKING TIME

 

1. WAGYU BEEF STEAKS

STRIP LOIN STEAK   

RARE

MEDIUM-RARE

MEDIUM

MEDIUM-WELL

WELL DONE

1.5 cm Steak

2 minutes

2-3 minutes

3-4 minutes

4-5 minutes

5-6 minutes

2cm Steak

2-3 minutes

3-4 minutes

4-5 minutes

5-6 minutes

6-7 minutes

Temperature

52-54.5°C

54-60°C

60-65.5°C

65.5-71°C

71-76.5°C

125-130°F

130-140°F

140-150°F

150-160°F

160-170°F

2.5 cm Steak

3-4 minutes

4-5 minutes

6-7 minutes

7-8 minutes

8-9 minutes

4 cm Steak

5-6 minutes

6-7 minutes

8-9 minutes

10-11 minutes

11-12 minutes

Temperature 

52-54.5°C

54-60°C

60-65.5°C

65.5-71°C

71-76.5°C

125-130°F

130-140°F

140-150°F

150-160°F

160-170°F

  

2. WAGYU BEEF ROASTS

  DONENESS            

DESCRIPTION

MEAT THERMOMETER READING

Rare

Red with cold, soft center

52-54.5°C/125-130°F

Medium-Rare

Red with warm, somewhat firm center

57-60°C/135-140°F

Medium

Pink and firm throughout

60-65.5°C/140-150°F

Medium-well

Pink line in center, quite firm

65.5-68°C/150-155°F

Well-done

Gray-brown throughout and completely firm

71-74°C/160-165°F

 

STORY CREDIT : http://www.firstlightfoods.co.nz/wagyu-cooking-hints-and-tips 

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