filet mignon foolproof and delish

Dan Hammond Recipe

By Dan Hammond Hambone

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My friends say this is the best steak they have ever had...anywhere. I found a filet mignon recipe years ago that I tweaked over time...As good, if not better than some of the finest steak houses. If you use a fine cut of meat/aged, you will be amazed and while expensive, you can still buy a nice red wine and save money rather than dine out. My grill sits idle and we have never enjoyed beef filet more! You can substitute wild game (venison, moose, elk, etc...filet as well). Pssst....the secret is the rub and foolproof cooking method. Enjoy!


beef filets (use 2" thick cuts if possible!)
kosher salt
black pepper
olive oil, extra virgin

Directions Step-By-Step

spinkle pepper, paprika and a very generous amount of kosher salt onto both sides of each filet. The salt should coat each side...gently pat/rub the spices into the meat. You might be concerned about using this much salt but trust sears/locks in the juices and gives the meat the most amazing taste! Trust me!
place a generous amount of virgin olive oil in an oven-safe pan onto the stove top...heat on high until the oil crackles and spits when a droplet of water is flipped into the pan...meanwhile, warm the oven to 350
place the filets into the will sizzle and sear...and leave them for 3 minutes. At the end of 3 minutes flip them over...they should be seared, and look almost dry & brown on the cooked side
with fresh filet sides down in the pan, place the pan into the 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. I like my steak rare to med rare therefore we only use 10 to take them out if you like yours cooked more and check because you can always put them back in for the remaining 1-2 minutes if a word of caution: use 2" thick cuts if possible and you will not be dissapointed (the fine resturants use this thick a cut for a reason!)...if you should use a cut smaller in depth (ie...1") reduce your oven time in porportion....I have not tried this but a member here reported success using a 1" thick cut but only 5 minutes in the oven.
enjoy with salad, spinich, etc...and don't forget a nice, hearty red your grill gets lonely after this!
see my photos above...I have posted pics of each step and the final product...yum!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Aug 30, 2011 - Christine Fernandez shared this recipe with discussion group: Kiss the Chef
Dan Hammond Hambone
Aug 4, 2011
Right on Sandy...that is what I experienced too! For a special treat see if you can get some 2" thick filets and it will be even better! Thanks for the positive feedback!
Sandy Miller sanmil
Aug 3, 2011
I've made this twice with 1" filets as that's all I had. It was fabulous!!! Will never make filets any other way again!!!
Dan Hammond Hambone
May 10, 2011
Thanks Sherri...that is a huge compliment coming from you...I've check out your recipes and you can cook! I'm, obiviously, just the meat and wild game guy at my house...Mrs. "Hambone" is quite the cook herself but leaves me to the roasts and grilling...try this recipe Sherri and I promise you will never grill a filet again!! Trust me on this!

Sherri Williams logansw
May 10, 2011
OMG!!! u r one cooking beast! I love beef and you have done the mignon justice. All ur food looks delish...Happy Cooking! sw:)