filet mignon • how to cook perfectly

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By Francine Lizotte
from Surrey South, BC

Use these simple steps to achieve delicious results just like those from a steakhouse.

serves 2 servings
prep time 5 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For filet mignon • how to cook perfectly

  • 2 lg
    filet mignon steaks, room temperature
  • ground himalayan sea salt, as needed
  • freshly ground black pepper, as needed (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    canola oil or other flavorless oil
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, room temperature
  • 2 lg
    sprigs rosemary or thyme
  • 2 lg
    cloves garlic, peeled
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How To Make filet mignon • how to cook perfectly

  • 1
    Let the filets rest on the counter for 30 to 40 minutes prior to grilling before seasoning generously with salt and pepper; set aside.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 450ºF
  • 3
    Place a cast iron pan on medium- high and heat it up, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • 4
    Add oil and as soon as it starts smoking and shimmering, place the well-seasoned filets in the pan. Let them sit, UNDISTURBED, for 2 ½ to 3 minutes. If the filets don’t release from the pan, let them sit a little longer.
  • 5
    Flip them over and add butter, sprigs of rosemary or thyme and garlic cloves. Spoon the herb butter mixture over the steaks for about 1 minute or so.
  • 6
    Transfer to the preheated oven and cook for 6 ½ to 7 ½ minutes or until desired level of doneness (refer to chart)
  • 7
    When the filets are done, transfer to a cutting board and let them rest for 10 minutes before serving or slicing so the juices have time to redistribute.
  • 8
    To view this recipe on YouTube, click on this link >>>> https://youtu.be/JXnvkiE--e4
  • 9
    CHART: RARE> 5-6 minutes cook time = 120ºF and the final temperature after resting = 125ºF MEDIUM RARE> 6-7 minutes cook time = 130ºF and the final temperature after resting = 135ºF MEDIUM> 7-8 minutes cook time = 140ºF and the final temperature after resting = 145ºF MEDIUM WELL> 8-9 minutes cook time = 150ºF and the final temperature after resting = 155ºF WELL DONE> 9-10 minutes cook time = 160ºF and the final temperature after resting = 165ºF
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