Cooking wagyu beef

Cooking Wagyu


When cooking Wagyu as a steak, it’s important to know that the fat that is marbled through the beef has a lower melting point that normal beef fat. It tastes best if you cook it on a really high heat, just not for too long. This allows the tasty marbling to melt through the meat and gives it a unique flavour and texture.


For best results, fry on a hot plate or in a frying pan. Cook on a high heat for 4½ minutes before turning once and cooking for a further 4 minutes to achieve a medium rare burger. If you prefer your burger rare, reduce the after-turning cooking time to 3 – 3½ minutes. For a medium burger cook for 5 minutes before turning then cook for a further 4½ minutes. Rest under foil for half the cooking time before serving.

If using a meat thermometer, The Food Standards Agency advice is that burgers should be cooked through to 70°C at the core. Lower core temperatures are a personal preference and are not an instruction.

Roasting Joints

  1. For best results prior to cooking bring the meat to room temperature.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6/400°F.
  3. Remove all packaging and place the joint onto a baking tray and place the baking tray onto the middle shelf
  4. For rare beef, cook for 20 minutes per 500g plus 20 minutes. Core thermometer reading should be 52 – 54.5°C/125 – 130°F at the end of the cooking time.
  5. For medium beef, cook for 22 minutes per 500g plus 22 minutes. Core thermometer reading should be 60 – 65.5°C/140 – 150°F at the end of the cooking time.
  6. For well-done beef (in our experience, Wagyu eats best when cooked rare or medium rare), cook for 30 minutes per 500g plus 30 minutes. Core thermometer reading should be 71- – 74°C/160 – 165°F at the end of the cooking time.
  7. Check product is piping hot before serving. Do not re-heat. For tenderness and succulence, allow the joint to rest in a warm place for 20 minutes. This will let the meat relax and juices settle to enhance the eating quality.
  8. Carve thin slices of meat across the grain.


For a selection of delicious Yorkshire Wagyu recipes visit the recipe section of the website.

These instructions are a guide only as appliances will vary.