How to Cook Filet Mignon

As the costliest and tenderest of all beef cuts, cooking filet mignon should be done with care. Here is a guide to preparing and serving it right.


  • Filet mignon
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cooking oil
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Skillet


Put some black pepper around the filet mignon. Put the black pepper as deep into the steak as possible so the flavor stays. Add as much salt as desired.

Take a teaspoonful of cooking oil. Put it in the skillet. When the oil starts smoking, place each filet mignon in the skillet. Give each piece some space from the other.

Cooking time is as follows. If you want it rare, cook for six minutes per side. Those cooking filet mignon medium rare should cook for 7 minutes per side.

Well done filet mignon requires 9 minutes of cooking time for each side. Lower the setting to medium-high if the meat gets too dark.

Resting and Serving

Take the skillet away from the heat. Put the filet on a cutting board and cover it with foil. Let the steaks rest for 5 to 10 minutes. This process allows the juices to flow evenly through the meat.

Take off the foil after 10 minutes. Put the steaks on dinner plates. Filet should be served right away for best results. Wine or fruit juices can accompany the dish. Side dishes can include potatoes and some vegetables.

The bacon can be added after cooking a filet mignon. Put the bacon in just before wrapping the meat with foil. This will give the steak more flavor and additional juice.

Marinating is also an option. There are several ready-made marinade sauces you can buy. Some like to add mushroom cream or onions and garlic.

Filet Mignon with Wine

For this recipe, you need the following.


  • A bottle of wine (your choice)
  • Chicken or beef broth (half an ounce can)
  • Unsalted butter (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Flour (1 tbsp)
  • Olive oil (1 tbsp)
  • Filet mignon steaks
  • Pepper
  • Shallots
  • Seasonings (a teaspoon of garlic and thyme)


Cooking filet mignon with these ingredients is straightforward. Boil the broth and wine in a container at high heat for about an hour.

Combine the butter and flour in a bowl. Add the olive oil in a skillet at medium-high.

Spray the steaks with salt and pepper. Sauté for four minutes on each side. Put the steaks on the plate. Pour the wine mix into the skillet and boil it. Add butter and stir. Boil for a couple of minutes. Add this sauce to the steaks.

Change the spices if you want. You can put some chili powder if you want it hot or perhaps some sweet sauce instead. Of course, it will all depend on the wine type you put in.

Usually, a teaspoon of the seasonings will be sufficient to flavor the steak.

Although cooking filet mignon is quick, a lot of thought goes into its preparation. But you shouldn’t feel nervous about doing it. It just takes a little bit of timing, and you’ll get the flavors right.