Akaushi Beef: Get to Know This Umami-Rich Wagyu and How to Cook It

September 21, 2021

What is Akaushi Beef

If you're a meat connoisseur, you probably know a thing or two about wagyu beef. Akaushi beef is the ultimate expression of beef, and if you're lucky enough to find it, it's something to savor. But if you're not so familiar with this variation of beef, there are a few things you should know.

What is Akaushi Beef?

Akaushi is a highly prized breed of beef with a rich flavor. These cattle are known to have consistent, tender, and beautifully marbled meat. But what makes Akaushi beef so special?

Imported into the US on custom-outfitted 737's in the early 1990's, American Akaushi Wagyu comes from the Japanese Red, a distinct and rare breed of Japanese Wagyu from the southern island of Kyushu.

American Wagyu Akaushi Beef is known for its rich, full flavor. The beef from this breed has a rich flavor and a deep, meaty taste. Akaushi perfectly blends the intensity of Prime Angus with the succulence of Wagyu. With its lush, beefy flavor and "fork-tender", melt-in-your-mouth disposition.

Where Does Akaushi Beef Come From?

The Akaushi cattle breed originated in Kumamoto, Japan and is known as one of Japan's only free-grazing beef cattle breeds. The cattle are raised on ranches and are not fed grains or grain-based products like corn or wheat. Instead, these cattle are raised in pasture, and their diet consists of grass and herbs.

Since Akaushi cattle are native to Japan, they aren't naturally found outside of the country. However, in 1994, several heifers and bulls were shipped to the United States to raise and sell on the meat market. However, the Japanese government has since banned further Akaushi cattle exports, making genuine Japanese Akaushi beef a rare commodity.

How Much Does Akaushi Beef Cost?

The price of Akaushi beef can vary depending on the quality, age and cut of beef. Make sure you're purchasing authentic Akaushi Wagyu beef from a reputable supplier. 

What Health Benefits Does Akaushi Beef Have?

Akaushi beef is an extremely healthy steak, and it's no surprise that it's a favorite among meat connoisseurs. In fact, Akaushi beef is known to be one of the healthiest, most flavorful meats available.

The meat from the Akaushi cattle is known to have an intense marbling due to its higher levels of monosaturated fatty acids and its high oleic acid content. These fatty acids are known to reduce cholesterol and increase the health benefits of the meat.

Akaushi beef also has a high concentration of conjugated linoleic acid, a compound that has been shown to help reduce cholesterol and improve overall immune system performance.

How to Cook Akaushi Beef

From roasts to steaks, ground beef, and even burgers, the possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking Akaushi beef.

Akaushi steaks are usually cooked in one of two ways:

  • Grilled: If you're planning on grilling it, try grilling it with a wood or charcoal grill. The smokey flavor from the grill will add complexity to the flavor of the meat.
  • Pan-seared: Pan searing is a great way to cook the meat quickly, and even temperature creates the perfect crust that adds a delicious flavor to the dish. We recommend adding butter, garlic and herbs to the pan for the ultimate steakhouse experience at home.

Akaushi beef is also a great ingredient for making homemade wagyu burgers. You can prepare your own Akaushi ground beef in a food processor, and mix it with your favorite burger toppings.

    Akaushi Wagyu Beef from Holy Grail Steak

    While Akaushi beef isn't the most commonly available cut of beef, it's one of the most sought-after steaks and is a favorite among steakhouse experts and fine dining enthusiasts.

    If you're looking for something exquisite, try the American Akaushi beef from Holy Grail Steak. These steaks are great for those who want a beef steak with a unique flavor and texture.

    Don't know where to begin? Try our Akaushi American Wagyu Filet Mignon today!

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