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The most perfect, simply seasoned Filet Mignon cooked two different ways – pan seared and finished in the oven, or grilled! This filet has the perfect char on the outside with a juicy, tender, and buttery center. So easy and flavorful!

Slicked filet mignon on a plate next to a fork and knife

An Easy Filet Mignon Recipe

Filet mignon is my ultimate treat meal. Give it to me for my birthday, Valentine’s Day (or any date night, really). But, I’m a smidge embarrassed to admit that for years I was a little intimidated to try it at home. I mean, they’re expensive – and what if I had a major fail?

Well, all I can say is YOLO.

I missed out on years of being able to enjoy my fav at home. Filet mignon is so easy to make! And, just as yummy at home. I’ve tried a few different preparations and today I’m sharing my two favorites for the perfect charred exterior with a juicy and buttery inside. 🍴 

What Does Filet Mignon Mean?

The name filet mignon is French and means cute or dainty (mignon) thick, boneless slice (filet). Filet mignon is the most prized cut of meat because it is lean, tender, and buttery. You can also find it called tenderloin steaks, beef loin, or chateaubriand.

Raw steak on a grill ready to be cooked

Recipe Ingredients

A cut of filet is so flavorful and tender, you do not want to use excessive amounts of ingredients that will mask the flavor.

This is all you’ll need:

  • filet mignon steaks, about 6 ounces-each
  • olive oil
  • coarse salt or sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

What is the Best Way to Cook Filet Mignon?

I’m sure everyone has a favorite way to prepare and enjoy filet mignon. I bounce between these two and can’t choose a favorite.

How to Grill Filet Mignon

  1. Prep: Preheat your grill to HIGH heat.
    Oil your grill grates with avocado oil, vegetable oil, or any other high smoke point oil. Don’t use olive oil.
  2. Rest: Let your steaks rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Rub and season: Rub the steaks with olive oil.
    Combine the salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl.
    Rub the steaks all over with the salt and pepper mixture.
  4. Grill: Place the prepared steaks on the preheated grill.
    Cook the steaks for 5 minutes per side, or until internal temperature registers at 125˚F for medium-rare, or 130˚F for medium. Use an Instant Read Thermometer.
  5. Rest: Remove the steaks from the grill and let them rest 5 minutes before serving.

How to Cook Filet Mignon in the Oven

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
  2. Rest: Let your steaks rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Rub and season: Rub the steaks with olive oil.
    Combine the salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl.
    Rub the steaks all over with the salt and pepper mixture.
  4. Heat: Set a cast iron skillet over high heat and wait for the pan to get hot.
  5. Sear: When the skillet is hot, add the steaks to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes. Flip the steaks over and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Bake: Transfer skillet to the oven and cook for 4 more minutes, or until the internal temperature registers at 125˚F for medium-rare, or 130˚F for medium.
  7. Rest and serve: Remove the skillet from the oven and let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
    Serve.

Closeup photo of sliced filet mignon

Tips for Perfect Filet Mignon

Like I said, filet mignon is my favorite steak – EVER! I’ve really spent quite some time perfecting my technique, so be sure to follow these tips for the most perfect filet mignon.

  • Before you do anything – let your steaks rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. You want them to be at room temperature before you start cooking.
  • Whether you grill or bake your steaks, make sure you rub them down with olive oil, salt and pepper. Massage it into the steak for the best flavor.
  • If you are pan searing your steaks, it’s best to use a well seasoned cast iron skillet for the best flavor.
  • You can opt to purchase a beef tenderloin and slice your filets yourself or purchase pre-cut filets from your butcher. Whichever route you decide to go, make sure you choose quality beef.

Serving Suggestions

There is nothing better than a perfectly cooked filet mignon served with potatoes and a green veggie. I love mashed potatoes or wedges on the side but a baked potato or twice baked potato would be great, too. Asparagus, green beans, or Roasted Brussels Sprouts are the perfect green veggie to complete this meal.

If you want to top your steak with a sauce, I recommend blue cheese and a maple bacon jam, herbed butter, or bordelaise.

For a really decadent meal, serve your filet as the turf portion of a surf and turf. For the “surf” go with lobster, crab cakes, shrimp, or scallops. Yum! 😋 

Sliced filet mignon on a plate next to a fork.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Before storing your leftovers, allow them to come to room temperature. Cover them in sauce so that they don’t dry out and then place them in an airtight container. You can store your leftover filet in the fridge for 4 days.
  • To reheat them, you want to be sure that they don’t dry out or become overcooked. To do this, you’ll need to heat them low and slow. Place your leftover filets in a baking dish in a 200F oven until they are warmed through.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between filet mignon and beef tenderloin?

  • Beef tenderloin is the lean and tender cut of meat. It comes from the oblong muscle found on the rear portion of the cow near the spine. Beef tenderloin is usually cooked whole and then sliced.
  • Filet mignon are cuts from the beef tenderloin that are cooked on their own.

Can I freeze leftovers?

  • Yes! You sure can freeze your leftovers. Before you do, you want to allow your filets to come to room temperature. Cover them in sauce or dripping while they cool so that they stay moist. Then place them in a freezer safe airtight container. They can stay in your freezer for 2 to 3 months.

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Filet Mignon

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WW Freestyle: 7
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Perfect Filet Mignon cooked two different ways - pan seared and finished in the oven, or grilled!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 486

Ingredients

  • 2 (about 6-ounces each) filet mignon steaks
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions 

Oven Method

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Let steaks rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Rub steaks with olive oil.
  • Combine salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl.
  • Rub steaks all over with the salt and pepper mixture.
  • Set a cast iron skillet over high heat and wait for the pan to get hot.
  • When the skillet is hot, add the steaks to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes; flip over and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Transfer skillet to the oven and cook for 4 more minutes, or until internal temperature registers at 125˚F for medium-rare, or 130˚F for medium.
  • Remove from oven and let steaks rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Serve.

To Grill

  • Preheat grill to HIGH heat.
  • Oil your grill grates with avocado oil, vegetable oil, or any other high smoke point oil. Don’t use olive oil.
  • Place the prepared steaks on the preheated grill. (NOTE: Remember to let the steaks sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking - also, season the steaks with salt and pepper.)
  • Cook the steaks for 5 minutes per side, or until internal temperature registers at 125˚F for medium-rare, or 130˚F for medium.
  • Remove from Grill and let rest 5 minutes before cutting.

Notes

NET CARBS: 0 g
Nutrition Facts
Filet Mignon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 486 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 1246mg52%
Potassium 517mg15%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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22 Responses
  1. Francois

    Diethood is literally one of the best weight loss community out there. I read it every day, and I am grateful I found it, helped me not only to lose weight but also maintain by body in great shape and keep me energized throughout the day! Hope this will help some others!

  2. Jeannette Stebbins

    Shouldn’t really rate since I haven’t tried it. But both ways I have tried on my own and it’s the way to go! One question, when you take the steaks out of the oven to rest, do you take them out of the skillet? Seems as though they’d keep cooking otherwise.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      Yes, do take them out of the skillet, otherwise, as you said, they’ll continue to cook. We don’t want that. 😊

  3. Jen

    I have always struggled with knowing how to properly prepare steak. Thank you so much for such an easy to follow guide.

  4. Natalie

    My mouth is watering! We love grilling a good piece of meat & you better believe we will be heating the grill for this!

  5. Laura Reese

    This recipe is so simple but created a delicious steak. I never knew you should let the meat come to room temperature before grilling?!

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