How to Cook a Filet Mignon Steak

If you don’t have much experience in cooking steaks before, you will find dealing with filet mignon truly intimidating. It is an extremely tender cut at the small end of the tenderloin. It is known as the king of steaks and famous for the texture that melts in your mouth. So it is essential that you cook it right to get a perfectly tender steak.

Filet mignon is a French term. “Filet” means thick slice while “mignon” means dainty. This cut is found on the back rib cage of the animal and is commonly known as short loin. Since this part of the animal does not usually bear weight, the meat is especially tender because the connective tissues are not hardened by physical activity.

Using a fork, you can literally cut a prime filet mignon. When dining out, this cut of beef can be fairly expensive. But if you purchase whole tenderloin and prepare your filet mignon at home, you can enjoy this delicious steak at a much lower price. In the market, you can find filet mignon slices which are usually 2 inches in diameter and 1-2 inches thick. Oftentimes, it is served with sauce because the flavor is proportionately lessened even if the cut is very tender.

how to cook a filet mignon steak How to Cook a Filet Mignon Steak

What You’ll Need

  • 4-5 small white mushrooms or 1-2 large portabella (sliced)
  • Filet mignon (one 6oz filet per person)
  • 2 tablespoons oil (peanut oil works best)
  • Bacon strips
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How to Cook a Filet Mignon Steak

  1. Buy the meat. You can choose filet mignons which are smaller than the steaks that you would buy normally because there is very little amount of fat to be trimmed. The size of the cuts should be 2-3 inches in diameter and 1-2 inches thick. When choosing a slice, select the one with lighter color because that means it has more marbling. The steak will turn out more tender when it has more marbling.
  2. Get the filet mignon ready for cooking. Let the meat reach room temperature first. To add flavor and prevent the filet mignon from drying out, you use a layer of bacon to wrap the meat.
  3. Cook the mushrooms. Over medium high heat, heat the pan and put the butter together with the mushrooms. Sauté and stir often for about 4-5 minutes. Place the cooked mushrooms in a bowl then cook the filet mignon.

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