How to Cook Filet Mignon

Looking for a full proof way of How to Cook Filet Mignon?  This is as simple and absolutley delicious as it gets.  Bursting with flavor and tender pieces of meat this is done in less than 20 minutes.

filet mignon recipe

What is Filet Mignon?

Not only is this type of steak slightly difficult to pronounce, it is equally if not more intimidating to cook, at least to me, until now.  Filet Mignon is French (know wonder I have a hard time saying it) which translated in English is “thick slice” for filet and “dainty” for mignon.

So your basically eating a dainty, thick slice of beef cut from the smaller tenderloin of the cow.  Filet Mignon has a rich marbling of fat and is simply the most tender cut of beef you can get.  When cooked right, it melts in your mouth.

Is Filet Mignon Lean?

  • Filet Mignon is a lean cut of meat, it is good to eat about 3 oz which will have less than 10 grams of fat.
  • The leanest cut of meat range from 95-97% lean.  Good choices are filet mignon, flank steak, beef tenderloin, and top sirloin.

Where does Filet Mignon come from?

  • Filet mignon comes from the tenderloin of the cow.  The entire tenderloin is a large cut and has many different uses.
  • This cut comes from the center of the tenderloin, making it a thick cut and very tender.

cooking filet mignon

How do you cook Filet Mignon?

This filet mignon recipe will allow you to perfectly cook your steak right on your stove top and then topped it off for several minutes in the oven for a succulent medium rare.

  1. Take filets out and set them on the counter for 30 minutes.  You want your steak to be at room temperature before putting them into a hot skillet to cook evenly.
  2. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Dab your filets off with a paper towel to remove any moisture and then season liberally with garlic salt and pepper.  Make sure to get all surfaces of the filet which includes the sides.
  4. Using a heavy skillet, place skillet on stove and heat over medium high heat for 3 minutes.  Then add in the canola oil and continue to heat until you see the oil begin to smoke, now your are ready to add the filets.
  5. Place filets in skillet and set your timer for 3 minutes, DO NOT MOVE until that 3 minutes is up, then flip and cook for 3 more minutes, DO NOT MOVE.  This will allow the steak to form a beautiful crust on the outside.
  6. After both sides have been cooked add in the butter and chopped herbs.  Once the butter has melted begin to mix the butter and herbs together and baste the filets for 30 seconds (or up to one minute) with the butter/herb mixture.  This will allow the flavor to really infuse into the meat.
  7. Remove the skillet from the stove and place in your preheated oven and cook for 7 minutes.  This will give you a tender, buttery, mouth watering filet mignon at medium rare.  If you want it cooked more, than add another minute for medium or two minutes for medium well.
  8. Remove the filets form the skillet and let rest 5 up to 10 minutes before serving.  This will lock in the juices and keep the filet tender and juicy before cutting into it.  Serve with extra herb butter and a side of roasted vegetables.

How to cook filet mignon

The most important part of cooking the filet’s is not to move them once you begin to cook them in the skillet.

It may seem like they are burning, but they are not.  So if you can handle it, you have got try this How to Cook Filet Mignon full proof recipe.  If you are a seafood carnosaur, you can also try Garlic Butter Lobster Tails.

Filet Mignon may be hard to say, but when cooked right it is hands down delicious to eat.

What to serve with Filet Mignon?

How to Cook Filet Mignon

Looking for a full proof way of How to Cook Filet Mignon?  This is as simple and absolutley delicious as it gets.  Bursting with flavor and tender pieces of meat this is done in less than 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 3-1lb filet mignon
  • 2 tbsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp Canola oil
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Take filets out of the refrigerator and set them on the counter for 30 minutes, preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Dab your filets off with a paper towel to remove any moisture and then season liberally with garlic salt and pepper.  Make sure to get all surfaces of the filet which includes the sides.
  3. Using a heavy skillet, place skillet on stove and heat over medium high heat for 3 minutes.  Then add in the canola oil and continue to heat until you see the oil begin to smoke.
  4. Place filets in skillet and set your timer for 3 minutes, DO NOT MOVE until that 3 minutes is up, then flip and cook for 3 more minutes, DO NOT MOVE.
  5. After both sides have been cooked add in the butter and chopped herbs.  Once the butter has melted begin to mix the butter and herbs together and baste the filets for 30 seconds ( up to one minute) with the butter/herb mixture.
  6. Remove the skillet from the stove and place in your preheated oven and cook for 7 minutes for medium rare.  Remove the filets form the skillet and let rest 5 up to 10 minutes before serving.
  • If you want to make this recipe with the roasted brussels sprouts add them into the skillet once the filets have been basted with the butter before you put them into the oven.  Baste the brussels sprouts with the herb butter and place the skillet into the oven.
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9 comments on “How to Cook Filet Mignon”

  1. Your recipe is fraught with misspellings and word usage. Where did you get your education (or lack thereof)?

  2. Regardless of “misspelled words” the steak is Absolutely delicious!!

  3. Looks delish, I going to try. Oh, and I could understand every word.

    • Wanda!!

      I hope you try it and like it! And THANK YOU, I am happy you could understand every word! 🙂 🙂

  4. Made this tonight!   It was amazing, also used Flank Steak and it was very tender and delicious 

  5. So am I to understand once you flip it the bottom is being seared for more than 3 minutes because of the basting?

    • You cook each side for 3 minutes, you don’t filet in the pan until you are ready to flip and sear it on the other side.

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