Perfect Pan Seared Filet Mignon

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Try this recipe to cook the perfect filet mignon complete with a quick mushroom pan sauce.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 filet mignons

This elegant filet mignon recipe, complete with a creamy mushroom pan sauce, is the perfect choice for any special occasion.

What Is Filet Mignon?

Filet mignon is a prized cut of beef that comes from the short loin, which is found inside the cow's rib cage. Since this muscle is not toughened by exercise, the meat itself is very tender.

How to Cook Filet Mignon

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

How to Season Filet Mignon

This filet mignon is simply seasoned with just salt and pepper to allow the meat's natural flavor to shine. Plus, you'll serve the filets with a luxurious mushroom pan sauce — so there certainly won't be a lack of flavor in this dish.

The Best Way to Cook Filet Mignon

"This [filet mignon] is the perfect meal if you're looking for something a little bit special," says culinary producer and recipe creator Nicole McLaughlin (a.k.a. NicoleMcMom). Here are a few of her best tips:

· The secret to a perfect pan-seared crust? Liberally season each side of the filet mignon with salt and pepper. Season the first side on the plate, then season the other side in the pan.
· It might be tempting to flip the steak soon after it hits the pan, but don't! Letting it sit still on the hot pan is key to getting that perfect sear.
· When you remove the steak from the oven, immediately transfer it to a plate and tent with foil so it doesn't continue cooking.

How Long to Cook Filet Mignon

Cook the filets on the stove for 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer them to an oven (preheated to 425 degrees F) where they'll continue to cook for three to eight minutes, depending on the desired doneness.

What to Serve With Filet Mignon

If you're in need of a little serving inspiration, explore our collection of 20 Best Side Dishes for Steak. Here are a few of the delicious recipes you'll find:

· Wedge Salad with Elegant Blue Cheese Dressing
· Grilled Baked Potatoes
· Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese

How to Store Filet Mignon

If you have leftover filet mignon, let it cool completely before storing. Wrap the leftovers in foil or place them in a shallow, airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days.

How to Reheat Filet Mignon

Avoid reheating filet mignon in the microwave, as microwaved steak tends to be rubbery. Instead, reheat the leftover filet in an oven preheated to 275 degrees F for 20-30 minutes or until the meat is heated through.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams

Ingredients

Steak:

  • 2 (8 ounce) filet mignon steaks

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons butter or herb butter (optional)

Mushroom Pan Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 18 (8 ounce) packages sliced baby portobello mushrooms

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • freshly cracked black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions

  1. Allow steaks to sit at room temperature 30 minutes before cooking.

  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  3. Heat oil in a large oven-proof skillet over high heat. Season one side of steaks liberally with salt and pepper in an even layer. Place filets seasoned side down into the skillet and cook, undisturbed until a rich golden brown crust has formed, about 3 minutes. Season the other side with salt and pepper and flip the steaks. Cook 2 minutes longer and then move the skillet to the preheated oven.

  4. Cook in the preheated oven 2 to 3 minutes longer for rare, about 4 minutes for medium-rare, 5 to 7 minutes for medium, about 8 minutes for medium well and 1 to 2 more minutes for well done.

  5. Remove steaks from the skillet. Add butter if desired and tent with foil. Allow steak to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

  6. Meanwhile, return skillet to the stovetop over medium-high heat and melt 2 tablespoons butter in the drippings. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until browned, about 5 minutes. Pour in wine to deglaze skillet and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits.

  7. Cook until the liquid is mostly evaporated. Stir in cream, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper and bring mixture to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Season with more salt if desired. Stir in lemon juice and serve mushroom sauce with filet mignon.

    filet mignon, mashed potatoes and asparagus on plate
    Editorial

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1624 Calories
103g Fat
108g Carbs
92g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 1624
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 103g 132%
Saturated Fat 44g 222%
Cholesterol 271mg 90%
Sodium 2285mg 99%
Total Carbohydrate 108g 39%
Dietary Fiber 31g 111%
Protein 92g
Potassium 10671mg 227%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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