“Miyazakigyu,” the highest quality designation from the Miyazaki Prefecture, is the ultimate luxury in beef. Every five years, The Japanese Wagyu Olympics ranks the most prized cows on Earth. Miyazakigyu is a consecutive two-time Champion (2007, 2012) and a three-time consecutive winner (2007, 2012, & 2017) of the Prime Minister award—the category for best flavor.
These Miyazaki A5 Wagyu ribeye are even more rare, with a BMS 12 rating. To receive a Beef Marbling Standard (BMS) rating of 12, the beef must present at least 56.3% Intramuscular Fat (IMF), making it a marbling masterpiece. .
Miyazaki is one of four prefectures on Kyushu, a subtropical island near the southern tip of Japan. Wagyu from Miyazaki is famous for its cherry-red coloring and density of marbling.
Raised for 30 months by ranchers with a special zeal for husbandry, Kyushu steers feed on wheat, rice, corn, and barley. This wholesome diet promotes “shimofuri,” the highest quality of fat marbling. The end result is a steak with such complexity, richness, and depth of flavor, even the most jaded Wagyu aficionados will pause with reverence.
Pro tip: Japanese beef connoisseurs begin their assessment with three benchmark flavor components and expand from there:
Defrosting your Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Ribeye in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours is the ideal method. If you’re short on time, an ice-water bath is the next best option. Thawing in warm or hot water will result in a costly bag of liquified fat.
We recommend searing your A5 Wagyu Ribeye in a cast iron or stainless steel pan. A5 grade fat has a melting point of approx. 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Consequently, it’s a good idea to keep your steak in the fridge or ice bath until just before you cook it.
Those of you who have experience cooking A5 wagyu will feel comfortable searing your steak whole and slicing it before serving. If you’re still learning, try cutting ¾ to 1-inch wide strips and preparing them one at a time until you get a feel for your setup. A typical portion is one to two ounces per person—about the same as a serving of pork belly, pâté, or foie gras.
Weight: 14 ounces
Cut: Strip, ¾-inch thick
Region: Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan
Lineage: Japanese Black
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