How to Cook the Perfect Filet Mignon at Home

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Learn how to cook the perfect filet mignon at home that is juicy and tender. Follow a few simple steps and you will have a flavorful, perfectly cooked filet at home every time. 

filet mignon with red wine steak sauce

Cooking an expensive meat like filet mignon can be intimidating, but if you follow these simple steps you will get a perfect filet every single time.

Where to buy filet mignon:

I like to buy my filets at Costco.  The quality is really great and it’s the cheapest place that I have found to buy them. Look for evenly cut filets so that the filets all cook at the same time. 

filet mignon

What to season filet mignon with:

I use kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to season filet mignon.  I like to use kosher salt because the granulars are flatter and coat more surface area of the steak.  You can also use a smoked black pepper to give the meat a little bit of a smoky flavor. 

What pan to use:

A great pan to cook filet mignon is cast iron.  Cast iron is a great heat distributor and can go straight into the oven (which is an important step for cooking filet at home). If you don’t have a cast iron pan you can use any pan that can go into the oven for this recipe. 

How will I know when my filet is done to my liking:

To check your steak you will want to take the internal temperature by using an instant read thermometer. Stick the thermometer in the center of the steak (through the side) to check for doneness. Refer to the chart below. 

meat chart

How to cook it perfectly in the oven:

Step 1: Let the filets sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes.  This will help the filet to cook more evenly and to stay juicy. 

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 3: Dry the filets with a paper towel. This will help to get a nice crust on the filet instead of steaming them in their own liquid. 

Step 4: Brush with avocado oil and season with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. It is important to use a high smoke point oil for this to ensure the oil does not burn. I also recommend kosher salt because the salt granular is larger, yet flat and seasons the meat evenly. 

Step 5: Preheat your cast iron skillet over high heat until hot, but not yet smoking. 

Step 6: Add the filets (being careful not to crowd the pan) and sear on each side for 3-4 minutes or until browned. 

Step 7: Transfer the cast iron skillet straight to the oven to finish cooking the filets for 10 minutes. Take the internal temperature of the steaks by inserting an instant read thermometer in the side of the steaks until it is in the center. Refer to the temperature chart above to achieve desired doneness. 

Step 8: Remove the filets from the oven, place on a plate, lightly tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes while you make your sauce. Sauce recipe below. 

What To Serve Filet Mignon With:

Filet Mignon Recipe:

Filet Mignon At Home

Filet Mignon

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Mouthwatering, tender and perfectly cooked filet mignon made in the comfort of your own home.

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 Ounce) Filet Mignons
  • Avocado Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter

Instructions

    1. Let the filets sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes.  This will help the filet to cook more evenly and to stay juicy. 
    2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    3. Dry the filets with a paper towel. This will help to get a nice crust on the filet instead of steaming them in their own liquid.
    4. Brush with avocado oil and generously season with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. It is important to use a high smoke point oil for this to ensure the oil does not burn. I also recommend kosher salt because the salt granular is larger, yet flat and seasons the meat evenly.
    5. Preheat your cast iron skillet over high heat until hot, but not yet smoking. 
    6. Add the filets (being careful not to crowd the pan) and sear on each side for 3-4 minutes or until browned. 
    7. Place 1 tablespoon butter on top of each filet.
    8. Transfer the cast iron skillet straight to the oven to finish cooking the filets for 10 minutes. Take the internal temperature of the steaks by inserting an instant read thermometer in the side of the steaks until it is in the center. Refer to the temperature chart in the post to achieve desired doneness. 
    9. Remove the filets from the oven, place on a plate, lightly tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes while you make your sauce. Sauce recipe below. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
filet mignon with red wine steak sauce

Steak Sauce

Yield: Serves 6-8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

The perfect steak sauce! For the perfect steak read the post.

Ingredients

  • Drippings form pan that you cooked your steak in
  • 1 Shallot, Minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4-5 Sprigs of Thyme, Leaves Removed
  • 2 Cups Red Wine
  • 2 Teaspoons Whole Grain Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch Mixed with 1 Tablespoon Water or Beef Broth
  • Splash of Heavy Cream

Instructions

  1. Place the pan that you cooked your steak in on the stovetop under medium low heat.
  2. Add the shallot and butter and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the thyme leaves and red wine and scrape the bits from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the mustard and whisk to combine.
  5. Make a slurry by combining water and cornstarch. Add the slurry to the sauce and stir to combine. And turn up the heat to medium high. Bring to a simmer to thicken sauce.
  6. Add cream and stir. Serve over steaks.

Notes

You can do this same recipe with white wine as well.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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