How to Cook a Filet Mignon
- by Omaha Steaks
- Last updated Oct 17, 2022
Get ready to cook a perfect, tender, juicy filet mignon. We’re going to walk you through six different methods to perfectly cook your filet mignon. These tips and tricks will help you achieve top-notch steak results every time.
What is a Filet Mignon?
This elegant, fork-tender steak with mild beef flavor is cut from the heart of the tenderloin and guaranteed to impress. Omaha Steaks Filet Mignons are aged a minimum of 30 days for maximum tenderness and, when cooked to ideal medium-rare doneness, are perfectly fork tender (yes, really!). Learn more about the filet mignon and how our master butchers hand-cut it in our comprehensive Filet Mignon Butcher’s Guide.
How to Cook Filet Mignon
There are multiple approaches to cooking a filet mignon and each method brings out that perfectly mild beefy flavor in unique ways.
- On the Grill
- Sous Vide
- Sear Roast
- Air Fry
Prep Your Filet Mignon
No matter which method you choose, you’ll first have to prep and season your filet mignon. Completely defrost your steak overnight in the refrigerator or thaw faster using the quick-thaw method. Before cooking, pat steaks dry and season liberally with coarse sea salt and fresh black or your favorite Omaha Steaks Seasoning, then allow the steak to come to room temperature. Use one of our recommended cooking techniques below and check doneness with our steak cooking chart, or simply download the Omaha Steaks app with a built-in timer for steak perfection every time!
On the Grill
Grilling is a fast, dry-heat method perfect for cooking juicy steak. The grill creates a flavorful crust on the outside while the center of the filet remains tender and succulent. Not sure how long to grill a filet? Whether you choose gas or charcoal, our comprehensive cooking chart provides grilling time based on the thickness of your steak – no more guessing when to flip! It’s important to remember to preheat your grill first to allow it to heat up enough to cook your filet mignon at the optimal temperature.
Get the instruction guide: How to Grill a Filet Mignon
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Sous vide is a foolproof cooking method that helps you achieve perfect doneness every time. From edge to edge, sous vide slowly brings out the natural flavors of the steak, keeping all the juicy tenderness intact and producing a steakhouse experience. 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 is ideal for thicker steaks, like filet mignon. This method can be done indoors or outside on the grill and allows for more cooking control, so you’re less likely to overcook or dry out your steaks. 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 over direct heat on the grill for a perfect crust. Keep in mind, you will need to utilize a meat thermometer to determine the internal temperature of the steak for ideal doneness.
Get the instruction guide: How to Reverse-Sear a Filet Mignon
Sear-roast is a two-step cooking process using the stove and oven. Sear-roasting filet mignon amplifies the natural and savory flavor of the meat with a delicious, caramelized crust and juicy center. 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.
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Pan-searing is a quick and easy way to cook your filet mignon indoors that gives your steak a tender middle surrounded by a great seared crust. This high-heat cooking technique delivers mouthwatering steak and restaurant-quality results at home. When pan-searing, it’s important to carefully monitor doneness to avoid overcooking. The steak will cook faster than reverse-sear or sear roast methods, which slowly bring your filet mignon to the desired temperature. Use a cast iron skillet and butter baste with garlic and fresh herbs for a wide range of cooking versatility and incredible flavor.
Get the instruction guide: How to Pan-Sear a Filet Mignon
Cooking filet mignon in the air fryer is an incredibly simple and easy way to have mouthwatering steak in a flash. Air frying is the perfect combination of a delicious crust accomplished through pan-searing and the ease of cooking steak in the oven.
Get the instruction guide: How to Air Fry a Steak
Steak Temperature Doneness
No matter which method you choose, the easiest way to ensure your filet mignon has reached doneness perfection is to follow our steak cooking chart, which was created and tested by our expert chefs. For an even easier and more simplified cooking process, check out our Omaha Steaks mobile app with a built-in steak and cooking timer. The helpful interactive timer guides you through each cooking method, highlighting all you need to know to create mouthwatering results at home.
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 to rare to medium-rare doneness. Filet mignon has less marbling than other steak cuts, so be careful because the steak will dry out if you overcook it. To 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 the texture, flavor, and juiciness of your steak are affected by its 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 for 5-10 minutes after cooking so the juices can redistribute. This will result in an incredibly tender, juicy steak. Once rested, top with a compound butter (if desired), slice against the grain, and enjoy!
Add a 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:
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