Happy National Filet Mignon Day!!!
Hands down, this is my favorite feedyard guy’s choice cut of beef.
Filet Mignon, often referred to as a filet on restaurant menus, comes from a very small portion of the tenderloin making it more expensive than other steaks. This cut of beef has a very small amount of connective tissue creating a tender, lean steak.
When it comes to cooking, a filet can be grilled, broiled of cooked in a skillet. Due to the leanness of the cut, it can easily become dried out and tough if overcooked. While we all have a certain preference for the doneness of our steaks, we recommend to cook a filet to medium-rare to medium. The internet is full of recipes and cooking options for a filet, but here are few suggestions for cooking your own delicious filet right at home.
No matter the cooking method you choose — season the room temperature filet to your liking.
For skillet cooking a filet, heat up a cast iron or stainless steel skillet. Place the filet in the skillet with olive oil or melted butter over medium heat for about cook 10 to 13 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. These time are approximate for a 1″ cut.
Broiling your filet is another popular indoor method for a delicious filet. Rub each filet with olive oil before seasoning. Place the entire pan in the oven about 4-6 inches below the broiler. Cook approx. 5 minutes per side for medium-rare doneness. **The amount of time will depend on your preferred doneness and the thickness of your filet.
You can also grill your filet on a gas or charcoal grill. Once your grill has reached about 450 degrees, grill the filets about 10-12 minutes, flipping once during the grilling. Take your steaks off the grill and allow them to rest for about 5 minutes before serving. **Again, the amount of cooking time will depend on the thickness of the filet.
Please remember these cooking times are recommendations that can vary due to oven and grill temperatures, thickness of filet and other factors. We recommend you finding a recipe that will give you more specific cooking instructions.