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filet essentials: pan-seared beef filet

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

A quick sear in a hot, skillet is all you need for an elegant repast. To me this dish is all about flavor, and it's all about presentation. I love to serve this recipe with some garlic mash potatoes, a nice sauce, some matchstick carrots on top, and if you you're being decadent, maybe a knob of herb butter. So, you ready… Let's get into the kitchen.

yield 1 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For filet essentials: pan-seared beef filet

  • 1 md
    filet, about 1.5 inches (3.8cm).
  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • black pepper, rough grind, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp
  • herb butter, for topping
  • matchstick carrots
  • garlic mash potatoes

How To Make filet essentials: pan-seared beef filet

  • 1
  • 2
    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  • 3
    Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 425f (220c).
  • 4
    Sprinkle the filet with salt and pepper.
  • 5
    Add the oil and butter to an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 6
    When the butter melts, and the foaming subsides, add the filet.
  • 7
    Sear about two minutes per side.
  • 8
    Place the skillet into the preheated oven, for 5 minutes.
  • 9
    Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for five minutes.
  • 10
  • 11
    Serve with some garlic mash potatoes, and maybe a veggie. Enjoy.
  • 12
    Chef’s Note: When I’m doing filets, I avoid putting cheese or other ingredients into my mash potatoes; just some baked garlic, salt, pepper and milk. I don’t want the side dishes to overpower the taste of that wonderful filet.
  • 13
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.