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Filet Mignon Recipe (2 ways!)

This Filet Mignon Recipe can be cooked on the grill or pan seared and baked in the oven! Learn the easy chef-inspired techniques to obtain the perfect temperature, texture, and flavor.

Serve this with my steak rub recipe, mashed potatoes, roasted green beans, and my 10-minute brown gravy recipe!

A medium rare filet mignon with a slice cut into it and green beans in the background.

There are few indulgences that I love as much as deliciously seasoned and perfectly cooked Filet Mignon.

This recipe shows you how to grill filet mignon or pan sear and oven bake it for restaurant-quality results!

BONUS: Check out my steak rub recipe and see the recipe card below this post for a delicious Parmesan Crusted topping that you can add to your steak!

What Is Filet Mignon

  • Filet Mignon is a very tender cut of beef from the end of a tenderloin.

How to Cook Filet Mignon

  • Pat the steaks completely dry.
  • Massage an even layer of steak rub onto the top and bottom.
  • Let sit at room temperature for 40 minutes (if possible).
    • This allows the salt to penetrate through the surface (through osmosis) and break down the muscle fibers, which makes it more tender and flavorful. The salt will extract liquid from the meat at first, which then gets reabsorbed during the 40 minutes.
  • Otherwise, cook the steak immediately after seasoning.
    • Letting the salt sit on the meat without allowing it sufficient time to reabsorb the liquid can cause the meat to become dry.
  • Grill or Pan Sear and Oven Bake the steaks. (*See below for instructions)
  • Let it rest for 5-7 minutes after cooking to allow the juices to get absorbed by the meat instead of running onto your plate.

Steak Seasoning

  • My steak rub recipe is a great seasoning mix to make in bulk and use whenever you make steak.

Uncooked filet mignon with steak seasoning on top.

Grilling Method

**See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Preheat grill to high heat and close the lid. It will take 10-15 minutes to fully heat.
  • Place the filets on the grill and let them cook undisturbed on each side using the following time guidelines: 
    • Rare: 4 minutes
    • Medium Rare: 5 minutes
    • Medium: 6-7 minutes
    • Medium Well: 8-9 minutes
    • Well: 10 minutes

*Cooking guidelines are based on 8 ounce filets that are about 2 inches thick.

Filet Mignon on the grill with grill tongs around it.

Pan Sear/Oven Bake Method:

**See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat and sear the steaks in an oven-safe skillet for 2 minutes/side. Remove from heat.
  • Add butter, garlic, and rosemary/thyme to the skillet and let the butter melt. Spoon it over the filets.
  • Bake at 425° for 5-6 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 125° for a medium-rare steak.
  • Let rest for 5-7 minutes, it will increase up to 5° more during this time.

*Cooking guidelines are based on 8 ounce filets that are about 2 inches thick.

Steak Temperatures

  • Rare: 120-125°
  • Medium Rare: 125-130°
  • Medium: 135-140°
  • Medium Well: 145°-150°
  • Well Done: 155°-160°

*Steak that is cooked beyond 165° can become chewy and dry, so keep that in mind when cooking.

The Touch Test

There are a lot of variations that come into play when it comes to cooking steak, (grill temperatures, thickness of the cut, etc.), but you can’t go wrong by the touch test:

  • If you were to put your finger on the part of your chin that indents, (below your lip, above your chin), the feel of that resembles a medium-rare steak. 
  • Others go by the touching the soft tissue underneath the base of your thumb. This steak touch test video will guide you through that method.
  • Press your finger into the top of the steak to test how firm/cooked it is. The firmer it is, the more cooked it will be.

Let It Rest

  • Always let the steak rest for 5-7 minutes after cooking. This gives the juices time to get absorbed back into the meat. If you cut right in, the juice will run onto your plate and the meat will be dry.

Pro Tips

  • Remove the steaks from the heat when it’s 3-4 degrees shy of your desired temperature as the internal temperature will increase a few more degrees when it rests.
  • Don’t force the steak from the surface of the grill or the skillet, it will tear. The steak tends to naturally release once properly seared.
  • If grilling: Place the steak on the hottest part of your grill. This can vary but the back is a safe bet. (Ours is the back right side.)

A filet mignon with steak rub on top next to roasted green beans and a baked potato.

Storage

  • Filets are best if served immediately after cooking/resting. If you do have leftovers, they can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.

Calories in Filet Mignon

My Fitness Pal indicates that 1 (8 oz.) filet contains 408 calories.

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Filet Mignon

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This Filet Mignon Recipe can be cooked on the grill or pan seared and baked in the oven! Learn the easy chef-inspired techniques to obtain the perfect temperature, texture, and flavor.

Ingredients

  • 4 Filet Mignon Steaks, about 8 oz. each
  • 1 Tablespoon steak rub

For Pan Searing/Oven Method:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary or thyme

Optional Parmesan Crusted Topping:

  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup Provolone cheese, cut into squares
  • 6 Tablespoons Ranch salad dressing
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

Grilling Method:

  • Preheat grill to high heat and close the lid. It will take about 10 minutes to fully heat.
  • Place the filets on the grill and let them cook undisturbed on each side using the following time guidelines:
  • Rare: 4 minutes / Medium Rare: 5 minutes / Medium: 6-7 minutes / Medium Well: 8-9 minutes / Well Done: 10 minutes / **See notes about the "touch test"
  • We like to use kitchen tongs to prop the steak up on its side and cook for 1-2 additional minutes or so as well, rotating every 30 seconds or so.
  • Let the steak rest for 5-7 minutes prior to serving.

Pan Searing/Oven Method:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron or oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once heated, add the filets (do so in batches if needed, leaving space around the edges).
  • Sear on each side for 2 minutes, until a nice crust as developed. (You may also use kitchen tongs to prop the steaks on their side and sear the sides for 1 additional minute if preferred.)
  • Remove from heat. Add butter and allow it to melt. Add the smashed garlic and rosemary/thyme. Spoon the butter over the filets.
  • Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of a filet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes or until the thermometer reads 125 degrees for a medium-rare steak. The temperature will increase up to 3-4 additional degrees during resting.
  • Let the steak rest for 5-7 minutes prior to serving.

Optional Parmesan Crusted Topping:

  • Note: Undercook the steak slightly if adding the topping as the steak will cook a little more in the oven during the broiling process.
  • Combine parmesan, provolone, ranch, butter, and garlic powder. Microwave in 30-second increments until melted, stirring in between.
  • Add ½ of the Panko Breadcrumbs and stir to combine. Add remaining ½ cup if desired.
  • Spread evenly over each steak and broil at 450 until melted and slightly browned on top.

Notes

  • Cooking guidelines are based on 8 ounce filets that are about 2 inches thick.

Pro Tips
  • Remove the steaks from the heat when it's 3-4 degrees shy of your desired temperature as the internal temperature will increase a few more degrees when it rests.
  • Don't force the steak from the surface of the grill or the skillet, it will tear. The steak tends to naturally release once properly seared.
  • If grilling: Place the steak on the hottest part of your grill. This can vary but the back is a safe bet. (Ours is the back right side.)

The Touch Test
There are a lot of variations that come into play when it comes to cooking steak, (grill temperatures, thickness of the cut, etc.), but you can't go wrong by the touch test:
  • If you were to put your finger on the part of your chin that indents, (below your lip, above your chin), the feel of that resembles a medium-rare steak. 
  • Others go by the touching the soft tissue underneath the base of your thumb. This steak touch test video will guide you through that method.
  • Press your finger into the top of the steak to test how firm/cooked it is. The firmer it is, the more cooked it will be.

  • Nutritional Facts (469 calories) are based on 1 grilled filet without Parmesan Crusted Topping.
    • 636 calories/serving if oil & butter are used for pan searing/oven method.
    • 1,095 calories if all listed ingredients are used, including Parmesan crusted topping.

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 119mg, Sodium: 84mg, Potassium: 524mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 26IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 4mg

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6 comments on “Filet Mignon Recipe (2 ways!)”

  1. I made this for my anniversary and it’s honestly the best steak recipe I’ve ever tried. The rub is amazing and the steak came out absolutely perfect. I have such a hard time not over cooking steak on the grill but this recipe is absolutely foolproof and the steak was a perfect medium rare. Definitely making this again. 

  2. Hi,

    I will most likely be pan searing my steak. How long should I sear each side if I want a medium-well done steak? Do I sear each side 4min each? Also, would I then bake still for 5-6min? Thank you

    • Hey Courtney! I would still do about 2 minutes per side, maybe 3 at the most, so that you get a nice sear without burning it. Then I’d bake it 8-9 minutes for medium-well. If possible, insert a meat thermometer that you can read while it’s in the oven and bake until it’s 145° or so, then pull it out. It will increase up to 5° more while it rests. Enjoy!!

  3. No doubt about it… I just grilled the best filet ever thanks to you Stephanie! I never knew you had to choose between letting the seasoning sit to reabsorb or do it right before cooking. I let it sit for 40 minutes and I think it made a big difference.

    • I am so happy to hear that Terry!! I was so happy to finally get this post on the blog as we have been making this filet for so long and we love sharing the info! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review as well, I really appreciate it. -Stephanie

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