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Filet Mignon

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2 (6-8 ounce) Filet mignon steaks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons Olive oil or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
2-3 cloves, minced (optional) Garlic
(such as thyme or rosemary) for added flavor (optional) Fresh herbs

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Filet Mignon

  • 30 mins
  • Easy



  1. Preparation:
    • Take the filet mignon steaks out of the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. This allows them to cook more evenly.
    • Pat the steaks dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture.
    • Season the steaks generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides. You can also add minced garlic and fresh herbs for extra flavor if desired.
  2. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Sear the Steaks:
    • Heat a heavy skillet (preferably cast iron) over high heat until it’s very hot.
    • Add the olive oil to the skillet and swirl it around to coat the bottom.
    • Carefully place the seasoned filet mignon steaks in the hot skillet. Sear them for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they develop a nice crust. If you like your steak rare, you can sear it for less time; for medium-rare, a little longer.
  4. Add Butter and Flavorings:
    • Once the steaks are seared on both sides, add the butter to the skillet.
    • Optionally, you can add garlic cloves and fresh herbs to the skillet at this point to infuse the butter with flavor.
    • Baste the steaks with the melted butter and herbs for about a minute, continuing to cook them in the skillet.
  5. Transfer to the Oven:
    • Transfer the skillet with the filet mignon steaks to the preheated oven.
    • Roast the steaks in the oven for about 5-7 minutes for medium-rare, or longer if you prefer your steak more well-done. You can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature (125°F or 52°C for medium-rare).
  6. Rest and Serve:
    • Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer the steaks to a plate.
    • Allow the steaks to rest for a few minutes, tented with foil, to let the juices redistribute.
    • Serve your filet mignon steaks with your choice of side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, asparagus, or a green salad.

Enjoy your perfectly cooked filet mignon! Adjust the cooking times to your desired level of doneness, and remember that the internal temperature will continue to rise a bit as the steaks rest.

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