Master the Perfect Filet Mignon at Home!

Are you craving a restaurant-quality steak dinner but don’t want to go out? Look no further – we’ve got you covered! With a little patience and the right ingredients, you can learn how to cook filet mignon like a pro. Follow our step-by-step guide and prepare to impress yourself and your guests!

Ingredients – The Key to Success

Filet mignon is a special meal that deserves the best ingredients. To ensure a truly remarkable dish, start by selecting high-quality filet mignon. Head to your local meat counter or butcher for the freshest cuts. In Southern California, Stater Brothers is a reliable choice, but if you have a nearby butcher, even better!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Good Quality Filet Mignon: Aim for a 6-8oz piece that is about 1 ½-2 inches thick. Try to buy two similar-sized steaks for even cooking.
  • Salt: Opt for Kosher Salt or Sea Salt for a better flavor experience. Be generous with the seasoning, as it’s the key to a delicious filet mignon.
  • Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper is preferable for the best flavor.
  • Oil: Use a high-smoke point oil like Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or Olive Oil (avoid extra virgin olive oil).
  • Salted Butter: Incorporate both oil and butter for cooking. Add the butter at the last minute as it has a lower smoke point.

For side dishes, consider serving the filet mignon with a jacket potato or roasted fingerling potatoes and carrots. Let your taste buds guide you!

To cook the steaks, you’ll need an oven-safe skillet. Cast iron or stainless steel works best for achieving a perfect sear. If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, you can transfer the steaks to a baking pan to finish cooking in the oven.

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Let’s Get Cooking!

To ensure the best results, take your steaks out of the fridge about an hour before cooking. Room temperature steaks sear much better than ice-cold ones.

When you’re ready to begin, preheat your oven to 400°F/204°C. Start by patting the steaks dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.

In a small bowl, whisk together the salt and pepper. Use your clean hands to apply the seasoning to all sides of the steak. Gently press the salt and pepper into the meat for maximum flavor absorption.

Next, heat your cast-iron or stainless steel skillet over high heat. Once hot, add the oil (don’t forget to turn on your vent or open your windows!). After heating for 5 minutes, add the butter to the pan.

Sear the filet mignon for 2 minutes on each side, without moving the steaks while they sear. This creates a delicious crust on the outside. You can use a spoon to baste the steak while flipping, which adds moisture and enhances the buttery flavor.

To ensure even cooking, sear the edges of the steak for about 15-20 seconds. Use tongs to hold the steak upright for this step. Insert a thermometer into the side middle of the steak to monitor its progress accurately.

Once the steak is perfectly seared, transfer the skillet (or transfer the steaks to a baking pan if using a non-oven safe skillet) to the preheated oven. Cook for 6-8 minutes for medium-rare, adjusting the time based on the thickness of your steak. Keep in mind that the steaks will continue to cook while resting, so aim for an internal temperature of around 118°F-120°F.

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After cooking, transfer the steaks to a clean plate and cover them with foil. Let them rest for 7-10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute and enhance the tenderness.

Finally, serve the filet mignon with your favorite sides and enjoy! For an extra touch, consider adding a piece of herb butter on top (Kerry Gold offers a great option if you prefer not to make your own).

Reheating Leftovers

Let’s be honest – filet mignon is best enjoyed fresh. However, if you have leftovers, you can reheat them. Place the steak in a frying pan with a bit of water, cover it with a lid, and cook for a couple of minutes. Remember, it won’t be as amazing as the first time, but it’s still a tasty option!

FAQs and More Recipes

  • Can you double the recipe? Absolutely! Just make sure not to overcrowd the pan. Sear the steaks in batches if needed, then transfer them to a sheet pan to finish cooking in the oven.

  • Looking for more dinner recipe ideas? Check out our recommendations:

    • Chicken Pot Pie
    • Rosa Lasagna
    • Chicken Pesto Mac & Cheese
    • Beef Stew

We hope this step-by-step guide has given you the confidence to cook the perfect filet mignon at home. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out. Happy cooking!

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