How to Cook Filet Mignon

Step 1

Take the meat out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for a few hours, you do not want to cook a cold piece of meat.

Prepare Ingredients

In a small bowl whisk together the salt and pepper.

Mix the Salt and Pepper

Step 2

Use clean hands to salt and pepper on all sides of the steak, I like to use my hand to really press the salt and pepper into the steak.

Prepare Beef

Step 3

Then add the filet mignon and sear the steak for 2 minutes per side, I set my phone next to the stovetop and press the timer on. Do not move the steak while it is searing, this is creating that nice crust.


Step 4

Once you flip the steaks you can use a spoon to baste the steak, this moistens the steak and really gets the butter flavor in!

Baste the Steak

Step 5

Then I will sear the edges of the steak for 15-20 seconds or so. At this point I like to stick my thermometer into the side middle of the steak- not from the top down, you will not get an accurate reading.


Step 6

Transfer the oven-safe skillet to the oven and let cook for 6-8 minutes for medium-rare. Depending on the size, mainly thickness, of your steak this will take more or less time. Keep in mind the steaks will rise in temperature about 5-10 degrees while resting.

Cook & Rest

Step 7

Transfer the steaks to a clean plate and cover them with foil and let the steak rest for 7-10 minutes, this is critical to continue cooking the steak but more importantly, it helps the juices redistribute.

Plate the Filet Mignon

Step 9