How to Cook Filet Mignon

A filet mignon is a boneless steak of meat or fish. It is cut from tenderloin that lies in the middle of the back of the animal. Tenderloin is a muscle that is very lean and does not contain much fat. A filet mignon comes from the tail end of tenderloin. That’s the reason why a filet mignon is so tender.

How to Cook Filet Mignon

 You will know how to cook filet mignon in different ways so that it does not lose original tenderness and flavor by reading this article. There are plenty ways to cook filet mignon, but before starting, there are some tips that will help you to cook perfect filet mignon.

First tip is to take the meat out of the refrigerator for around 20 minutes and keep it at room temperature. Secondly when the meat is searing, do not move it around the pan. Another thing to keep in mind is that its best to cook filet mignon with direct heat as slow cooking will dry it out. And lastly, keep a track of time in order to avoid over cooking or under cooking the filet mignon as it is so tender it can get over cooked easily.

So, now let’s get started. How to cook filet mignon? You can either grill it, broil it, skillet cook or bake it.

How to Grill Filet Mignon

How to Grill Filet Mignon

  • If you are using charcoal grill, put the filet on the grill rack over medium coals and grill it uncovered.
  • If you are using a gas grill, then firstly preheat the grill, keep the heat on medium, place the meat on grill rack and cover it.
  • The time to grill the filet depends on its size,
  • For a 1 inch cut, grill it for 12-15 minutes (160 degrees F)
  • For a 1-1/2 inch cut, grill it for 18-22 minutes (160 degrees F)
  • Turn the filet once between the grilling time.
  • Remove the meat from grill. Transfer it to serving platter. Cover it with foil and let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.

How to Skillet Cook Filet Mignon

  • Choose a heavy skillet depending on the amount of the filet you are about to cook.
  • Pat dry the meat.
  • Spray the nonstick cooking spray on the skillet lightly.
  • Preheat the skillet on medium- high heat then add the filet and keep it uncovered.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 to 13 minutes roughly for a 1 inch filet. You can increase the cooking time depending on the thickness of the filet. Keep turning the meat in between.
  • Transfer the meat from skillet to platter. Cover it with foil and let it stand to 5 minutes before serving. 

How to Broil Filet Mignon

  • For 1 inch to 1-1/2 inch thick cut, keep the broiler rack in such a way that the filet is 3-4 inches away from heat. For thicker cuts, keep the meat 4-5 inches away from heat.
  • Preheat the broiler and place the meat on unheated rack.
  • Keep the meat on the heat for following timings,
  • For a 1 inch cut, broil for 15 to 18 minutes (160 degrees F)
  • For a 1-1/2 inch cut, broil for 22 to 27 minutes (160 degrees)
  • Lastly transfer the broiled meat to the platter, cover it with foil and let it stand for 5 minutes.

You can add flavor to your filet mignon by serving it with different types of sauces and flavored butter. This will not only enhance the taste of your dish but will also keep the moisture in the meat. Some of flavored butters that taste great with filet mignon are herb butter, blue cheese butter and chipotle cilantro butter. These butters are easy to make and you can make them beforehand. Then just place a tablespoon of your favorite flavored butter over the filet mignon before serving.

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