How to Cook a Filet Mignon
- by Omaha Steaks
Get ready to cook the perfect, tender, juicy filet mignon. It’s not difficult to achieve restaurant-quality results at home. Whether you cook it on the grill, sear roast, reverse sear or sous vide…this guide will help you achieve the ideal steak results every time.
What is a Filet Mignon?
This elegant, fork-tender steak with mild beef flavor is created to impress. Cut from the heart of the tenderloin, this highly prized cut of beef boasts mild, beef flavors and an extremely tender texture. Omaha Steaks filet mignons are aged a minimum of 21 days for maximum tenderness. When cooked to the ideal doneness, it’s fork tender (yes, it really is!)
Learn more about the filet mignon and how our butchers cut it in our comprehensive Filet Mignon Butcher’s Guide.
Ideal Filet Mignon Doneness
For an incredibly tender filet mignon experience, our chefs recommend cooking a filet mignon rare to medium-rare. Filet mignon has less marbling than other steak cuts, so be careful – the steak will dry out if you overcook it. Measure doneness using a meat thermometer – rare is 120°F with a cool to warm red center, and medium-rare is 130°F with a warm red center and perfect steak texture.
Before cooking, season liberally with coarse sea salt and fresh black prepare or Omaha Steaks Signature Seasoning, then allow the steak to come to room temperature. Use one of our four recommended cooking techniques below and our steak cooking chart, or download the Omaha Steaks app with a built-in timer for steak perfection every time.
How to Cook a Filet Mignon
On the Grill
Not sure how long to grill a filet? Whether you choose gas or charcoal, our comprehensive cooking chart provides estimated grilling time based on the thickness of your filet mignon. No more guessing when to flip your steak!
Get the guide: How to grill a filet mignon
Sous vide is a foolproof cooking method that allows you to cook your filet mignon steak to the perfect doneness every time. Once your steak reaches your ideal temperature in the sous vide, finish with a sear in a hot skillet and baste with butter, garlic, and fresh herbs for a restaurant-quality filet mignon dinner.
Get the guide: How to Sous Vide a Filet Mignon
Reverse sear is ideal for thicker steaks, like filet mignon. Cook your steak indoors or outside on the grill with this cooking method. Start by bringing your steak up to temperature low and slow in the oven or using indirect heat on your grill. Finish by searing in a hot skillet or over direct heat on the grill for a perfect crust.
Get the guide: How to Reverse Sear a Filet Mignon
Sear roast is a two-step cooking process using the stove and oven. Start by searing the steak on the stove for a beautiful crust and finish low and slow in the oven until your steak reaches the ideal temperature.
Get the guide: How to Sear Roast a Filet Mignon
Don’t Forget to Rest!
Once you’ve cooked the perfect filet mignon, it’s tempting to dig in and start eating. Resist the urge and allow your steak to rest 5-10 minutes after cooking so the juices can redistribute. This will result in an incredibly tender, juicy steak. Once rested, serve with a compound butter (if desired), slice against the grain, and enjoy!
Compound Butter for Filet Mignon
No matter what method you use to cook your filet mignon, this mild-flavored steak is a perfect companion for rich toppings. Try our ready-to-use seasoned butter sauce or make your own with one of these recipes:
Steaks for Everyone
Shop steaks by cut, texture, flavor — whatever you prefer! We’ve got something for everyone.