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How to Make a Happy Wife: Perfect Filet Mignon

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How to Make a Happy Wife:

Perfect Filet Mignon

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 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.

The Tools

I only use two tools to cook filet mignon: a Cast Iron Skillet and a pair of tongs. I mean, you will need to baste the steak as it cooks. So you could use a spoon to do that, but I just use the rosemary and thyme like a basting brush. And technically you don’t need to use a cast iron skillet, but no other pan on Earth will give you a sear as great. So just go ahead and get one already!

How to Make a Happy Wife: Filet Mignon | The Foodie Eats

The Reward!

How to Make a Happy Wife: Filet Mignon | The Foodie Eats

How to Make a Happy Wife: Filet Mignon | The Foodie Eats

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The Method

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Perfect Filet Mignon

The perfect method for filet mignon. Nail it every time!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 433 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats


  • 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


  1. Remove filets from refrigerator at least 20 minutes before cooking. Once near room temperature, season well on all sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Heat skillet over high heat. Once it begins to smoke a little, add oil. Then swirl around pan for about 15 seconds.
  4. Add filets to screaming hot pan and sear on all sides (top, bottom, and all around sides), 2-3 minutes each side. After the first turn, add butter, thyme, rosemary, and garlic to pan. Baste steaks constantly during the searing process.
  5. 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.
  6. Remove skillet from oven and transfer filet to plate to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Filet Mignon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 433 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 58%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Potassium 353mg 10%
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 4.4%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 15.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    November 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

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

  • Reply
    September 11, 2018 at 9:26 am

    This was awesome

  • Reply
    February 16, 2019 at 9:20 pm

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

    • Reply
      February 17, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      Happy to help!

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