Exceptional tenderness and an exquisitely mild flavor are two of the characteristics that distinguish filet mignon from other steak cuts like ribeye or top sirloin. The filet is cut from the tenderloin, which is the sub-primal that contains the Psoas Major muscle. Because it contains a low level of connective tissue, the meat is extremely tender. A lack of exercise and minimal connective tissue contribute to the filet mignon's tender texture, making it a favorite among steak enthusiasts.
The filet mignon is an elegant steak carved from the tenderloin, which only accounts for about 2-3% of the steer. You can expect your filet mignon to have a fork-tender texture and an exquisitely mild flavor.
A perfect filet mignon should:
When selecting a filet mignon, it's important to keep a few factors in mind to ensure you get the best possible experience. Choose a filet that's been:
The filet mignon is coveted by steak lovers all across the globe and for good reason: it has an exquisitely mild flavor that’s truly second to none. And a big reason for that flavor comes courtesy of the tenderness - or fork-tenderness in the case of Omaha Steaks filet mignon!
The filet mignon is so tender because of the location and minimal use of the muscle within the animal. Filet mignon is produced from the tenderloin, a long muscle along the spine. The muscle is not overly exercised, which results in a wonderfully tender texture. Additionally, because the filet has low fat marbling it’s more forgivable to cooking at higher temperatures.
Finally, because the filet is so tender and the flavor mild, it can be accentuated with a variety of sauces, spices, and toppings.
There are several reasons why filet mignon tends to be more expensive than other cuts of steak. To begin with, the tenderloin can only provide a limited number of filet mignons. This is for two reasons:
These two factors, plus filet mignon’s reputation for tenderness and association with fine dining and special occasions contribute to its high price tag.
Filet mignon steaks are best cooked rare to medium-rare. While we prefer it cooked this way, we recognize that not everyone wants a rare steak. The filet mignon can be cooked medium or well done and still retain it's tenderness. At temperatures higher than medium, we recommend adding a sauce or butter to bring more moisture to the eating experience
When you order filet mignon from Omaha Steaks you can count on it being delivered to its destination frozen, fresh and on time. All our packages are shipped in dry ice to ensure it arrives PerfectlyCold™. You can track your order by logging into your Omaha Steaks account or checking our Order Status Lookup tool.
At the peak of tenderness our Filet Mignons are vacuum sealed and frozen. This packaging process keeps your steaks fresh and flavorful for up to three months when you store them in a properly working freezer.