Perfect Filet Mignon

Recipe: Filet Mignon


Filet Mignon (Tenderloin Steak)
Filet Mignon is French for “tender fillet” and is arguably the most tender cut of beef. Presented here is the most simple way of preparing the Filet Mignon steak.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: beef, filet mignon, quick and easy
Servings: 2 people
Author: Moody's Foodie
  • 2 Moody’s premium Filet Mignon steaks 6 to 8 oz each
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 1 T butter*
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper coarse Kosher salt is best**
  1. Allow steaks to come to room temperature (about 1 hour).

  2. Coat the steaks with 1 T of the canola oil.

  3. Apply your favorite steak rub or simply salt and pepper to taste.

  4. In an ovenproof skillet (just in case you want to finish the filets in the oven after searing), heat the oil and 1 T butter over medium-high heat and then add the steaks. Cook for about 5 to 6 minutes per side depending on desired doneness (125°F to 135°F is perfect for medium-rare to medium).

  5. Transfer finished filets to a platter. Add ½ T of butter to each filet, tent with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes. This is where the herbed butter can make a huge difference in your meal.

Recipe Notes

Wine pairing: A nice Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc is perfect with this entrée.

*See some of my herb butter recipes under “Rubs, Sauces and Marinades.”
**If you have a favorite steak rub use it in lieu of the simple salt and pepper.