What To Serve With Wagyu Beef? [Desserts & More]

Wagyu beef is one of the most delicious foods served in Japan. Not only that, but it’s one of the most expensive and finest varieties of beef you can possibly buy.

It’s one of the best quality beef in the world due to the marbling and tender texture with a unique buttery flavor.

Additionally, it’s surprisingly high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids when compared to traditional beef.

Some of the best side dishes for Wagyu beef are red wine, mashed or baked potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, and a simple salad. An after-dinner treat that’s a favorite of mine is a tart or piece of single-layer cheesecake. They’re both decadent and a great way to end the perfect meal. 

As for Wagyu burgers, I love to pair them with sweet potato fries and asparagus, although you can pair burgers with just about anything, especially a salad. I like to add a little bit of jalapeno Zhoug sauce on top of my burger along with sauteed mushrooms. 

I love Wagyu steak and burger. It’s unbelievably tender and savory. I use a couple of baking methods to make different types of Wagyu.

The most common way to make Wagyu beef is to season it lightly with salt and pepper and sear it in a cast-iron pan for about 3-4 minutes per side based on how you want it cooked.

It’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside with a decadent buttery taste that tickles my taste buds. 

Wagyu beef has gained popularity in recent years. Not only in Japan, but all across the globe.

Since it’s so new to some countries, it leaves people questioning what type of side dishes can be served with Wagyu beef. 

Side Dishes for Wagyu Beef & Steak

It’s no fun to serve Wagyu burgers or steak without a side dish. Here are some of our favorite side dishes to serve with all types of Wagyu beef entrees. 

1.Salad

A side salad is one of the easiest side dishes to serve with Wagyu beef. You can serve the salad on the side or put the beef on top of the salad.

The greens do a great job of adding a pop of color to the meal and pair wonderfully with the beef when the steak is cooked rare. 

Since there’s already so much flavor in the beef, it’s best to keep things simple with just a side salad.

I don’t like to serve the salad with a lot of extras, just some shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil over it. Instead of a whole salad. 

2.Sautéed Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are a nice side dish for Wagyu beef. It’s not too overpowering and not too bland.

I like to season my Brussel sprouts with a little bit of garlic, butter, salt, and pepper. Realistically, any neutral vegetable will work with Wagyu beef. 

If you want to get a little crazy, you can bake the Brussell sprouts. I toss them in garlic and olive oil, sprinkle some parmesan cheese on them, and throw them in the oven. They come out crispy and full of flavor.

This is ideal for those who aren’t a fan of bland veggies. Also, it doesn’t overpower the beef. It adds a mix of wonderful flavors with each bite. 

3.Baked Potatoes

This is ideal for those who are looking for more of a heavy dish to serve with their Wagyu steak or burgers.

Baked potatoes contrast the beef perfectly and offer a delectable combination of tender steak and crunchy potato skin with fluffy potato insides.

The combination of the two provides your mouth with subtle flavoring and leaves your belly feeling full. 

The potato adds a slightly earthy flavor that wonderfully complements the butteriness of the steak.

Juicy wagyu beef with baked potatoes
Juicy wagyu beef with baked potatoes.

You can choose to eat your potatoes with or without the butter since the steak already has a buttery richness to it.

I like to put some cheddar cheese on my potatoes and top them with artichokes. 

4.Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of my go-to side dishes. Since mushrooms have kind of a strange flavor to some, I like to sauté them in garlic butter. It harmonizes well with the Wagyu.

The mushrooms can have kind of a chewy texture to them, but the delicious umami flavor that mushrooms are known for makes up for that. 

I like to put the mushrooms on top of my steak or burger rather than on the side. It’s a burst of flavor that makes me eat way too much. 

5.Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board is a unique way to make your Wagyu steak stand out. This is due to the fact that it will add a variety of different flavors that all pair great with one another.

When serving your charcuterie board, slice whatever is on it in thin slices. Then serve it along with an assortment of cheese, light salad veggies, and dressings or dips. I like to put goat cheese and blue cheese on my charcuterie board. 

Charcuterie board with cheese and meat
Charcuterie board with cheese and meat.

6.Asparagus

A light veggie that I like to serve with my Wagyu steak is asparagus. It adds a nice crunch to the meal that pairs well with the tender beef. Not only that, but it has a distinct bitter taste that contrasts with the buttery flavor of the steak.

I like to season my asparagus with salt, pepper, butter, and olive oil before I cook it so it’s not so bland. 

7.Mashed Potatoes

I don’t care who you are, potatoes in any form are great with any type of steak. I love mashed potatoes.

They’re the most common side dish to serve with Wagyu beef. I like to add a little bit of butter to mine with some salt and pepper.

It’s not as heavy as baked potatoes, so it won’t sink in your stomach and make you feel as full as quickly as baked potato might. 

8.Green Beans

I love to sauté my green beans with butter and shallots. It certainly provides a colorful addition to any dinner.

You can toss your green beans in a mixture of butter, shallots, sugar, and vinegar. Heat it over medium heat until they reach the desired tenderness.

It’s really easy to prepare and it can elevate your dinner to a gourmet level. 

Wagyu beef roast prime rib
Wagyu beef roast prime rib with veggies.

9.Red Cabbage

It’s not your average coleslaw. Red cabbage and fennel slaw add a little twist to your basic slaw. It’s refreshing, acidic, and a chilly dish.

It adds a pop of color to your Wagyu steak dish by combining colorful carrots, cabbage, fennel, shallots, and mayonnaise. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and pairs perfectly with Wagyu. 

10.Cinnamon Honey Mashed Carrots

Rather than making a standard side dish with your Wagyu, make it unique by serving it with cinnamon honey mashed carrots.

It combines honey, black pepper, salt, butter, and lemon juice with carrots. It’s also gluten-free! To make it, simply steam the carrots, mash them, and mix them with the other ingredients. 

11.Bread

What’s more simple than bread? This completes my Wagyu dinner most of the time along with another small side dish.

I’ve used dinner rolls, French baguette, Italian bread with garlic butter, and garlic bread. You really can’t go wrong with garlic bread, can you?

12.Sweet Potato Fries

Not only are they nutritious, but they’re delicious to boot. They’re low in fat and have a high vitamin content that makes them a healthy alternative to a heavy side dish. They can be served with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Wagyu steak with Potato

It provides your Wagyu steak or burger with a whole lot of flavor. I like to sprinkle some dried cumin and paprika on my fries for a little bit of a kick. 

13.Arugula Salad

If you don’t like plain salad, opt for the arugula salad. It requires olive oil, lemon juice, honey, plain salt and pepper, and arugula.

You can also add parmesan cheese, walnuts, lemon zest, and even blueberries. It’s a colorful way to enhance your Wagyu beef dinner. 

14.Rice Pilaf

A favorite side dish of mine is rice pilaf. It’s a simple dish that can add a subtle flavor to your Wagyu steak. I like to sauté it in garlic, but not too much garlic. It adds a nice flavor without overpowering the steak. 

Wines & Desserts To Serve With Wagyu Beef

1.Red Wine

Red wine is the best wine to serve with Wagyu steak. It complements the steak’s rich flavor. However, it can’t be a cheap $10 wine. It has to be a good-quality wine to really enhance the flavor of the steak.

Wagyu beef served with red wine.
Wagyu beef dinner served with red wine.

The wine should be rich and juicy. I like to serve my steak with a Beringer, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Syrah. All of these wines are silky smooth with just a touch of sweetness. 

2.Tarts & Pies

You can’t go wrong with tarts and pies when it comes to Wagyu steak dinner. The base of these is generally made using pastry with a variety of fillings.

The fillings could be fruit, nuts, chocolate, custard, cheese, or creams. You can also either bake or chill the tarts and pies.

The main difference between the two is that tarts are smaller and pies are larger. I love to serve a nice fruit tart with my Wagyu steak because it’s not too filling. 

3.Fruit Salad

If you would prefer a healthier dessert, consider fruit salad. I like to use honeydew, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, and pineapple in mine. I then top it with either yogurt, honey, or whipped cream, sometimes all three. 

4.Cheesecake

Cheesecake is a rich dessert that I occasionally serve with steak dinners. You can eat it plain or you can top the cheesecake with fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries.

I love a single-layer cheesecake as opposed to a double layer. It’s not as rich and it doesn’t sink to the bottom of my stomach as quickly. 

5.Chocolate Cake

What’s more simple than a chocolate cake? It’s a popular choice amongst a lot of people who serve a dessert after a steak dinner.

I like to add hot fudge and vanilla cream to mine. It’s quick to make and lasts quite a while. 

6.Ice Cream Sundae

Ice cream sundaes are easy to make and aren’t too filling. Two scoops and some toppings is all it takes to make a delicious dessert.

You can choose from just about any topping you want. I like to use hot fudge, walnuts, cherries, whipped cream, and caramel. 

7.Ethiopian Coffee

A non-alcoholic drink that I like to serve with my Wagyu steak is Ethiopian coffee. It’s a popular choice and provides some pretty amazing fruity flavors such as blueberries. You can even serve it as an americano or espresso. Either way, it’s delicious. 

What Sauces To Serve With Wagyu Beef

1.Yakiniku Sauce

Yakiniku sauce is a great choice for Wagyu steak. It’s made with soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and sesame seeds. You can add some sesame oil and garlic for more of a bold taste. 

2.Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki sauce is used in a variety of meals. It’s a tasty sauce that adds a kick of flavor. It’s made with brown sugar, mirin, sake, and soy sauce.

You can also buy it pre-made in a bottle. It’s perfect for pouring over your steak or even dipping it in. It can be overpowering, so don’t use a lot if you plan to pour it over top. 

3.Chili Crisp

If you want to add a bit of a kick to your steak, dip it in some chili crisp sauce. It’s made with various chili peppers, soybean oil, garlic, onions, spices, soybeans, and peanuts. It has a combination of nutty and spicy flavoring. 

4.Jalapeno Zhoug 

Jalapeno Zhoug dipping sauce adds a wonderful spicy cilantro kick to just about any meal, especially Waygu steak.

It’s made with jalapenos, cilantro, garlic cloves, cumin, and salt. It’s absolutely fantastic for a dipping sauce. 

What’s The Best Way To Eat Wagyu Beef?

The best way to eat Wagyu beef is either rare or medium and cut into thin pieces. The fat content makes the steak incredibly rich.

 Wagyu beef with Vegetable

You will want to pair it with neutral veggies such as sautéed mushrooms and baked potatoes. However, a nice rice pilaf side or light salad makes for excellent choices. 

Final Thoughts

I love Wagyu beef and how delicious it is. Even though it can be quite expensive, it’s a great dinner to serve to guests or eat alone.

I love to pair mine with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon and mashed potatoes with a side salad. The combination isn’t too heavy and it’s almost like being served in a restaurant.

Regardless of your pairing choices, Wagyu beef is a savory, mouthwatering piece of meat that is delicious even on its own.

It’s ideal for special occasions and can make a date night or group gathering even more magical.

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