Japanese A5 wagyu beef is super expensive. Obviously, the price will fluctuate some, but the average price right now is around $250 per pound.
That’s about $15 per ounce!
The average steak is about 225 grams or 7.9 ounces; putting the average A5 wagyu steak price at a whopping $118 unprepared.
Then the restaurant will add their charges on top of that.
So why so expensive?
Craftsmanship & Pride + Attention to Detail
The Japanese rancher takes exceptional care in hopes their cattle will become the legendary A5 rank.
And even after all of that exceptional care, only a tiny percentage of the cattle will truly reach the coveted A5 grade.
I recommend A4 wagyu.
I know A5 is the best-of-the-best… but guess what.
There’s a darn good chance you won’t notice the difference–and you can find A4 wagyu for less than half the price of A5!
Here’s an insider hack to save a ton!
Go to a small-ish local supermarket at about 7:00-8:00 PM (for some reason the large chain supermarkets don’t discount as often or sell out quickly). In the meat section find the A4 wagyu beef area, you’ll recognize it from the incredible marbling.
Look for packs the market has discounted. You’ll often find 40-50% discounts around this time. That ¥2,500 A4 wagyu steak is suddenly only ¥1,250 — $12!
Why is a5 Wagyu so expensive? These animals have extreme tie-dyed-like marbling, or intramuscular fat cells, which makes their meat rich, juicy, tender, and thus more expensive and in-demand. “Wagyu fat melts at a lower temperature than other stakes, resulting in a rich, buttery flavor,” Rooker says. —ReadersDigest
How much does Wagyu beef cost? Wagyu beef from Japan is the most prized beef in the world. High-grade wagyu can cost up to $200 per pound. The rarest steak in the world, olive wagyu, can cost anywhere from $120 to over $300 for a steak. Wagyu calves can be 40 times the price of US cattle. —BusinessInsider