How To Grill Wagyu Steak

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How to grill wagyu steak? The grilling process of wagyu beef is slightly different from cooking a regular beef steak. Because it has an abundance of marbling, you’ll need to start cooking on low heat for a more extended time. When the steak is 20 degrees Fahrenheit below the desired temperature, it should only be seared over high heat.

Wagyu steaks are incredibly tender and juicy. It has a lot of marbling; therefore, it’s best if consumed in small amounts. It’s also quite tricky to cook because of the fat content. You should keep an eye on it if you do not want to burn your expensive a5 Wagyu.

In this article, I’ll show you how to cook wagyu steak on a grill step-by-step. At the end of the article, you’ll find a steak temperature chart and some frequently asked questions about this fantastic piece of meat.

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Grilling Wagyu Steak: Step-By-Step

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List of ingredients:

  • Wagyu steak;
  • Kosher salt;
  • Freshly ground pepper;
  • Light olive oil.

Here’s the equipment you’ll need:

Step 1: Bring Wagyu Steak To Room Temperature

Bring steak to room temperature before cooking it on a grill. It’s essential to leave the steak out before cooking because it will cook evenly throughout.

Step 2: Setup The Grill

Prepare grill for two-zone cooking. The direct heat side of the grill is used for searing, while the indirect side of the grill is used for cooking slowly. Since wagyu steak has a lot of marbling, it must be cooked slowly; otherwise, it would burn. Fat dripping from the meat cause flare-ups. Wagyu steak would burn if cooked over direct heat for a more extended period. Make sure to clean the grill slats before cooking and rub them with cooking oil.

Step 3: Pat Steak Dry

Pat steak dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Step 4: Season The Steak

Season wagyu steak with a generous amount of kosher salt and pepper to add flavor to the meat. Seasoning is optional; however, since wagyu beef has an intense flavor, it’s better not to overdo it with seasoning.

Step 5: Grill Wagyu Steak

Place wagyu steak on an indirect heat side of the grill and cook until the internal temperature is 20 degrees Fahrenheit below the desired doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check the steak’s temperature. Flip the steak every 3-4 minutes to ensure even cooking. It’s best not to cook steak past medium. Most steak lovers and chefs prefer to cook Wagyu beef to medium-rare (135° F). Depending on the steak’s size, it should take 6-8 minutes for a one-inch-thick steak to reach medium-rare. Move steak onto a direct heat area of the grill and sear for about a minute on each side until a caramelized crust forms.

Step 6: Rest Wagyu steak

Rest wagyu steak for at least 5-10 minutes, depending on its size. Resting is essential since it allows the steak juices to redistribute throughout its interior, making it more juicy and tender.

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Wagyu Steak Temperature Chart

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Here’s a temperature chart for wagyu beef:

  • Rare steak: 125° F;
  • Medium rare steak: 135° F;
  • Medium steak: 145° F;
  • Medium-well steak: 150° F;
  • Well done, steak: 160° F.

Monitor steak’s temperature using a meat thermometer or finger test method. However, since the finger test method requires more skill for a beginner home cook, using a meat thermometer is more accurate.


How much Wagyu do I need?

Since Wagyu is abundant with marbling, it can be overwhelming when consumed in large amounts. Therefore it’s best when consumed in small quantities 100 grams to 150 grams is more than enough for a single person.

How do you grill a Wagyu ribeye?

You grill wagyu ribeye as you would grill any other wagyu. First, start on low heat slowly and finish by searing on a scorching pan or grill. Cooking Wagyu on low heat will bring steak to the desired temperature, while searing will form a caramelized crust on the steak’s exterior.

How to Defrost Wagyu?

Defrost steak by putting it on a plate and in the fridge. The following morning steak should be ready for cooking. Alternatively, submerge wagyu steak under cold water and leave it until thawed. Depending on the steak’s size, it should take around 30 minutes to an hour.

How long do you cook Wagyu steak on the grill?

It takes between 5 and 15 minutes to cook wagyu steak on the grill. However, time may vary depending on the steak’s size and the desired level of doneness.

Renaldas Kaveckas
Renaldas Kaveckas
Renaldas Kaveckas is an accomplished chef with over a decade of experience in the culinary world, having worked in esteemed, high-end restaurants across Europe. With a talent for combining traditional techniques and innovative flair, Renaldas has refined his signature style under the mentorship of respected European chefs. Recently, Renaldas has expanded his impact beyond the kitchen by sharing his expertise through his online platform. Dedicated to inspiring culinary professionals and food enthusiasts, he offers expert advice, innovative recipes, and insightful commentary on the latest gastronomic trends.
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