Only the chef knows how the Wagyu steak will be prepared for Mr. Obama and his guests at the White House cocktail party he’s giving, but here is one good tried and true recipe.





‘Wagyu’ is Japanese for ‘Japanese cow’ and refers to a black-haired breed that is known for having beautifully marbled flesh. It is very fashionable right now and referred to as the ultimate indulgence for beef lovers.

Wagyu beef is among the most expensive beef brands available, so unless you”re not not caught up in this economic crunch I would suggest not serving it very often. Wagyu steak was $53.00 a pound 5 years ago! The price for a good cut of wagyu starts at $120 for 5 ounces now.

Seriously, you could take a nice vacation for what a small dinner party would cost!

The recipe below is for 4 adults.

Obama Wagyu Steak Recipe


  • You will need a hot, flat grill
  • Wok
  • 4 pre-warmed ceramic platters
  • 4 Wagyu steaks (rib-eye, porterhouse … your choice) 8 oz. size
  • Your choice of exotic mushrooms, shitake, oyster, enoki … in the amount you prefer
  • 3-4 spring onions (I prefer Vidalia or red), sliced
  • Butter (amount varies according to taste)
  • About 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped fine
  • SEA salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme


The steaks need to be brought to room temperature prior to cooking! Season well with spices.

Preheat grill to medium.

Add small amount of butter and liberally sprinkle SEA salt on flat grill.

Sear steak on each side (add extra salt as you flip them over … sear for about 20 seconds).

Remove from grill for 3-5 minutes, return and loosely cover, cook to your preference (rare, medium, well).

While steaks are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in your wok and add mushrooms, spring onions and garlic. Stir occasionally until the mushrooms start to soften (about one minute). Add the herbs, lime juice and the remaining olive oil and season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. If there are any juices left from the steaks, add these to the mushrooms.

Put steaks on pre-warmed platters, cover with mushrooms and enjoy!

Note: You may also add oregano to the spices, however some think it overpowers the beef flavor … which you won’t want to miss!