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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 28 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.

How to Cook a Filet Mignon

There are multiple ways to cook a filet mignon. Each one brings out that perfect beef flavor in a different way:

  • On the Grill
  • Sous Vide
  • Reverse Sear
  • Sear Roast
  • Pan Sear

Prep Your Filet Mignon

Before cooking, season liberally with coarse sea salt and fresh black prepare or Omaha Steaks 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.

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 instruction guide: How to grill a filet mignon

FILET MIGNON GRILLING CHART
Thickness 1/2″ 3/4″ 1″ 1 1/4″ 1 1/2″ 1 3/4″ 2″ 2 1/14″
Rare
120°- 130°F
First Side 2 4 5 5 6 7 8 8
After Turning 2 2 3 4 4 5 6 7-8
Medium Rare
130°-140°F
First Side 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
After Turning 2 3 4-5 5-6 5-6 6-7 7-8 8-9
Medium
140°-150°F
First Side 4 5 6 7 7 8 9 11
After Turning 2 3 4-5 5-6 6-7 7-8 7-8 9-10
Well Done
160°-170°F
First Side 5 7 8 9 10 11 13 14
After Turning 3 5 6-7 7-8 8-9 9-10 11-12 12-13

Sous Vide

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 instruction guide: How to Sous Vide a Filet Mignon

Reverse Sear

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 instruction guide: How to Reverse Sear a Filet Mignon

Sear Roast

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 instruction guide: How to Sear Roast a Filet Mignon

Pan Sear

Pan searing is an easy way to cook your filet mignon indoors that will give your steak a a juicy middle surrounded by a great crust. This high-heat steak cooking technique delivers restaurant quality results at home.

Get the instruction guide: How to Pan Sear a Steak

Filet Mignon Finishing Touches

After your filet mignon is done cooking, regardless of which method you used, don’t forget these important finishing touches to help maximize the taste.

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.

Make Sure Your Steak is Done the Way You Like It

Our comprehensive steak doneness guide will help you understand the way texture, flavor and juiciness of your steak are affected by it’s doneness level, so you can make sure you cook your filet mignon just the way you like it.

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!

Add a Compound Butter for Filet Mignon

How to Cook a 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:

Serve your perfectly cooked filet mignon with a steakhouse side dish, decadent dessert, and red wine for an elegant and delicious steakhouse dinner at home.

How to Cook a Filet Mignon

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