How to Cook Filet Mignon: A Complete Guide

The Perfect Cooked Steak Every Time

Hello Challenger! Today, we will be discussing one of the most delectable cuts of meat, the filet mignon. This tender and lean piece of meat is loved by many for its rich, succulent flavor that melts in your mouth. Cooking filet mignon can seem intimidating, but with the right tips and tricks, you can create a restaurant-quality steak in the comfort of your own home. In this article, we will take you through everything you need to know about how to cook filet mignon to perfection.So, grab your apron, prepare your cookware, and let’s get cooking!


Before we dive into the art of cooking filet mignon, it is essential to know what this cut of meat is and where it comes from. Filet mignon is one of the most sought-after cuts of beef and is taken from the tenderloin of the cow. This cut is known for its tenderness, low-fat content, and mild flavor. It is typically served in high-end restaurants, making it a luxurious and delicious meal option for a special occasion or a romantic dinner at home.

The desire to cook filet mignon is rampant among many home cooks, but without proper understanding, the end result can be a chewy and overcooked steak that does not do this marvelous cut justice. To unlock the secrets of cooking the perfect filet mignon, read on to our comprehensive guide on how to cook a filet mignon steak to perfection.

What You Need To Cook Filet Mignon: The Necessities

Cooking filet mignon adequately requires essential tools and ingredients, making it critical for you to have all the necessary equipment before beginning. Here are the items that you will need to cook filet mignon:

A thick cut filet mignon steak Clarified butter or any high-quality oil with a high smoke point
Maldon sea salt or any high-quality salt Crushed black pepper
Fresh thyme, rosemary or the herbs of your choice Clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
Cast iron skillet or any high-quality frying pan Tongs or a spatula
Meat thermometer Aluminum foil
Cutting board and sharp knife
Glaze or sauce (optional)

How To Cook Filet Mignon: Step By Step Guide

Now that we have all the necessary tools and ingredients let’s dive into the cooking process. Follow these steps to cook a perfect filet mignon:

1. Preparation

Before cooking, bring the filet mignon to room temperature. Sprinkle kosher salt and black pepper over the steak and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rub crushed garlic and fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary over the steak.

2. Preheat The Skillet

Heat the skillet on high heat, and once it is heated, add clarified butter or any high-quality oil with a high smoke point. The skillet should be hot enough to sear the steak evenly.

3. Sear The Steak

Sear the filet mignon steak for 2 minutes on one side, using tongs or a spatula to flip it to the other side, searing for another 2 minutes.

4. Cook The Filet Mignon

Add the clove of garlic and any fresh herbs that you used earlier, and put the skillet in the oven at 400°F. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium-rare or 145°F for medium using a meat thermometer.

5. Rest and Serve

Once the steak is cooked, let it rest for 5 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute. Cut it into slices against the grain and serve with your glaze, sauce, or the sides of your choice.

FAQs about Filet Mignon

Q: What is the difference between a filet mignon and a tenderloin?

A: Filet mignon, the most tender part of the beef tenderloin, is a type of steak cut from the thickest part of this muscle. A tenderloin is the whole boneless cut of meat that is widely used in dishes such as beef Wellington or Chateaubriand.

Q: What is the ideal thickness of filet mignon?

A: The perfect thickness of a filet mignon is between 1½ to 2 inches. This thickness is sturdy enough to develop a beautiful crust when seared on a high heat temperature while still achieving the ideal temperature inside.

Q: How can I tell if my filet mignon is cooked well?

A: The best way to ensure that your filet mignon is cooked correctly is to use a meat thermometer. For medium-rare, cook until the internal temperature is 135°F. For medium, let it cook until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. If you do not have a meat thermometer, the meat should feel springy to touch when it is cooked to medium-rare, and firm when cooked through entirely for medium.

Q: Can I season the steak after cooking?

A: No. Seasoning the meat after cooking can draw out the moisture, making it dry and unappetizing. It is best to season the steak before cooking it.

Q: What type of pan is best for cooking filet mignon?

A: A cast-iron skillet or any high-quality frying pan is the best type of pan for cooking a filet mignon. It allows even heat distribution and retains heat which is essential in cooking the steak to perfection.

Q: Can I freeze filet mignon?

A: Yes, you can. To freeze filet mignon, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer. The meat should be okay for up to six months if stored correctly.

Q: How do I know if my skillet is hot enough?

A: Place a small drop of water onto the skillet. If the water sizzles and evaporates immediately, the skillet is hot enough.

Q: Is filet mignon keto-friendly?

A: Yes, filet mignon is an excellent keto-friendly meal option. It is high in healthy fats and proteins, making it a preferred meal option for those who follow a low-carb or keto diet.

Q: What are the best side dishes to serve with filet mignon?

A: There are numerous side dishes to serve with filet mignon, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, quinoa salad, sauteed mushrooms, or any vegetable that you prefer. Remember, a simple but delicious side dish is always a good option.

Q: Can I use olive oil to cook filet mignon?

A: No. Olive oil has a low smoke point, which makes it unsuitable for cooking filet mignon, as the high heat can cause the oil to burn and add an unpleasant taste to the steak. It is best to use clarified butter or any high-quality oil with a high smoke point.

Q: Can I store leftover cooked filet mignon?

A: Yes, you can store leftover cooked filet mignon. Wrap the meat tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Q: Can I grill filet mignon?

A: Yes, you can. Follow the same preparation steps described in the guide, then grill the steak on a medium heat for around 6-8 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches medium-rare or medium.

Q: How do I clean a cast-iron skillet?

A: Clean the skillet by wiping it with a clean towel or paper towel until there is no food residue left, apply a coat of vegetable-based oil or wax. Do not use soap or let it soak in water.

Q: Can I cook filet mignon in the oven?

A: Yes, you can. Prepare the steak the same way as mentioned in the guide, then cook it in the oven at 400°F for about eight-ten minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches your desired level of doneness.


Cooking a perfect filet mignon can seem intimidating, but with these tips and tricks, it can become a simple home-cooking staple. Remember to select a high-quality cut and have all the essential tools that you need before starting the cooking process. Searing the meat and cooking it to the right temperature are essential steps to ensure you achieve the perfect filet mignon every time. Don’t forget to let it rest before serving, and enjoy the most delicious steak dinner you have ever had.

Thank you for reading our comprehensive guide on How to Cook Filet Mignon, we hope that you found this article insightful and helpful. Remember to follow the steps carefully to achieve that perfect steak every time!


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