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How to Cook Filet Mignon

Filet mignon! To many peoples’ minds, the words themselves speak of excellence, excellent living and expensive taste. No wonder. Carefully selected and expertly cut, filet mignon is a steak lover’s dream.

Filet mignon is a boneless steak that is cut from the tenderloin of the cow, which, as its name implies, yields the tenderest meat.

The filet itself is usually cut into parts between 1 and 2 inches in thickness. Oftentimes, stores sell such parts pre-wrapped with bacon. The reason for this is that file mignon does not contain as much stout marbling as bone-in steak cuts generally do; the bacon, then, substitutes for the missing stout.

If you prefer your marbling to be natural, or you simply don’t eat pork, then look for filet mignon that is pink rather than red–the lighter the color the better, in other words. Lighter color=more marbling.

One key point to remember when cooking filet mignon, whether you broil, roast, grill or pan fry it, is to use high heat in the process. A second key point is not to cook it too long; filet mignon is particularly susceptible to drying out as it cooks.

Keeping those two key points in mind, nearly any steak recipe will work for filet mignon. Cookbooks and the Web are overflowing with imaginative things you can do with this royal cut of beef. If you’ve never cooked filet mignon, though, here are two basic recipes to get you started:

Grilled Filet Mignon


4 filets mignons


Black pepper


Heat grill. Grill filets mignons for 3 to 5 minutes per side, which will cook them to medium or medium-rare doneness. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Note: Connoisseurs will tell you that filets mignons can only be properly appreciated medium-rare or even rare. I tend to agree. But if you really can’t stand the thought of eating steak that pink, feel free to cook longer. Again, start with high heat so as to minimize the time needed to reach your preferred state of doneness.

Sauteed Filet Mignon


4 filets mignons


Freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons fresh, chopped rosemary

Cooking oil


Season the filets mignons with the salt and pepper, then sprinkle rosemary over them. Heat a small oil in a skillet over medium to high heat. Place the meat in the skillet and fry for 3 to 5 minutes per side (for medium-rare doneness).

By the way, a red wine such as cabernet sauvignon or burgundy makes a fantastic accompaniment to filet mignon.

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