Perfect Filet Mignon: How to Make a Happy Wife

Perfect Filet Mignon:

How to Make a Happy Wife

It’s true what they say: happy wife, happy life. I am so blessed with both! And one thing that keeps my wife smiling is an occasional perfect filet mignon for dinner. When we first got married, almost four years ago, she was a well-done kinda girl. But I’m happy to report that she has seen the light! She now knows the beauty and perfection of medium rare. I feel so accomplished.

 

A Cheaper Way to Date Night

Man, I really love going out to eat. But since we started having kids, our date nights look a lot different. By the time we pay for a babysitter, order two meals and a couple drinks, we’re looking at $200 easily. Well, it’s a good thing I like to cook! And that I’m pretty decent at it. It also helps that our kids are usually in bed by 7pm every night. That’s plenty of time to enjoy a great filet, mushroom risotto, and a bottle of Pinot Noir.

 

Two filet mignons in cast iron skillet.

 

The Process

Two uncooked filets on white cutting board, seasoned with salt and pepper.

Remove filets from refrigerator at least 20 minutes before cooking. Once near room temperature, season well on all sides with salt and pepper.

 

Cast iron skillet on stovetop.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Once it begins to smoke a little, add oil. Then swirl around pan for about 15 seconds.

 

Two filets in cast iron skillet, seared on both sides.

Add filets to screaming hot pan and sear on all sides (top, bottom, and all around sides), 2-3 minutes each side.

 

Two filet mignons in cast iron skillet with garlic, thyme, and rosemary.

When searing the final side, add butter, thyme, rosemary, and garlic to pan.

 

Basting filets with butter in cast iron skillet.

Baste steaks constantly for the last 2-3 minutes.

 

Filets in cast iron skillet in oven.

Transfer skillet to oven. Cook times – rare: 5 minutes; medium rare: 6 minutes; medium: 7 minutes; anything else: just don’t. Halfway through cook time, turn steak for even cooking.

 

Two filets resting on plate.

Remove skillet from oven and transfer filet to plate to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

 

 

And this is the AMAZING result…

Two filet mignons on wood cutting board, sliced to show medium rare temperature.

 

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Two filet mignons in cast iron skillet.

Perfect Filet Mignon

The perfect method for filet mignon. Nail it every time!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 433kcal
Author: Gary White

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. center cut filet mignon 8 oz. each
  • 2 Tbsp. grape seed oil
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • course kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Remove filets from refrigerator at least 20 minutes before cooking. Once near room temperature, season well on all sides with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Heat skillet over high heat. Once it begins to smoke a little, add oil. Then swirl around pan for about 15 seconds.
  • Add filets to screaming hot pan and sear on all sides (top, bottom, and all around sides), 2-3 minutes each side. When searing the final side, add butter, thyme, rosemary, and garlic to pan. Baste steaks constantly for the last 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer skillet to oven. Cook times - rare: 5 minutes; medium rare: 6 minutes; medium: 7 minutes; anything else: just don't. Halfway through cook time, turn steak for even cooking.
  • Remove skillet from oven and transfer filet to plate to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 433kcal | Protein: 20g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 353mg | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 2.8mg

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Matthew
    November 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    5 stars
    What happens if your wife is Vegan? Does that mean I get double portions? Suggestions?

  • Reply
    vivster
    September 11, 2018 at 9:26 am

    5 stars
    This was awesome

  • Reply
    Lancerlady
    February 16, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you! I the wife made this for my husband and it was awesome!

    • Reply
      Gary
      February 17, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      Happy to help!

  • Reply
    Samantha
    May 23, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    5 stars
    Love it!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    July 26, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    5 stars
    Def the best steak I’ve ever made. Thanks, Gary!

  • Reply
    Tony Hollifield
    September 19, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    5 stars
    Just made this in a 200 year old family cast iron. I only tweaked the recipe for fats.
    I rubbed the filets with truffle oil after completely drying the surface of the meat.
    Then seasoned the outside of the meat on all sides. Coarse Salt, Pepper, and granulated garlic.
    I used duck fat in the place of the oil.
    I also used fresh rosemary from my garden.
    This is the absolute best filet I have ever made or eaten.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!!

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