Two filet mignons in cast iron skillet.

Perfect Filet Mignon

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 433 kcal
Author Gary White


  • 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. When searing the final side, add butter, thyme, rosemary, and garlic to pan. Baste steaks constantly for the last 2-3 minutes.

  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.