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How to Cook a Japanese A5 Wagyu at Home

Cooking Japanese A5 Wagyu at home involves simple steps: assuming a 1-inch thick wagyu, First, let the beef reach room temperature. Second, season lightly. Next, choose a cooking method such as pan searing, sous vide, or grilling. Lastly, rest the A5 Wagyu steak. Below, find detailed instructions to perfectly prepare your Wagyu, featuring high-quality cuts from Mola Pittsburgh available at

Preparation Steps

  1. Room Temperature: Remove the Wagyu from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

How to cook wagyu at home - room temperature
Make sure your quality Wagyu steak is at room temperature

  1. Simple Seasoning: Lightly season with sea salt and black pepper to enhance its natural flavors.

How to cook wagyu at home - minimal seasonings
Let the natural flavors of your wagyu shine

Cooking Methods for Japanese A5 Wagyu

Pan Searing

How to cook wagyu at home - heat your skillet
Make sure your skillet is hot to get a good char-to-tenderness ratio

  • Heat the Skillet: Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

  • Sear: Cook the Wagyu steak for 1-2 minutes per side.

  • Rest: Allow the Wagyu steak to rest before serving.

Sous Vide

  • Temperature Setup: Set your sous vide to 130°F for medium-rare.

  • Bag the Wagyu Steak: Season, then vacuum-seal your Wagyu steak.

  • Cook: Place in the water bath for 1-2 hours.

  • Sear Post-Cooking: Quickly sear in a hot skillet.


Japanese A5 Wagyu - grilling
The high temperature of the grill seals the flavors of Wagyu

  • Preheat Grill: Heat your grill to high.

  • Grill: Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.

  • Rest: Let it rest to enhance juiciness.

Resting your Wagyu steak

Japanese A5 Wagyu Steak - resting is crucial
Always remember to rest your Wagyu Steak

The cooking process is crucial, but the final, and perhaps most critical, step is resting the Wagu steak after cooking. Resting the Wagyu Steak is essential for a few reasons:

  • Redistribution of Juices: Resting allows the juices that have been driven to the center of the Wagyu steak during cooking to redistribute throughout the meat. This results in a wagyu that is more uniformly juicy and flavorful.

  • Residual Cooking: The Wagyu steak continues to cook slightly from residual heat, allowing it to reach the perfect degree of doneness without overcooking on the exterior.

For the finest results, let your 1-inch thick Wagyu steak rest for at least 5-7 minutes after cooking. This step is often overlooked, but skipping it can result in a less juicy, less enjoyable meal. Always tent the Wagyu steak loosely with foil during this time to keep it warm.

Serving and Pairing

Serve in small portions with simple sides like a salad or steamed vegetables. Pair with a robust red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, or a dark, rich tea like pu-erh.


Follow these steps to enjoy a luxurious meal of Japanese A5 Wagyu at home. For the finest cuts, visit Mola Pittsburgh on

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