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How To Cook Filet Mignon Perfectly Every Time

Perfect Filet Mignon cooked two different ways pan seared and from Cooking a delicious filet mignon is an art form. Many...

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Perfect Filet Mignon cooked two different ways pan seared and from

Cooking a delicious filet mignon is an art form. Many people struggle to get the perfect steak, but with a little practice, anyone can master the craft of cooking a perfect filet mignon. Here are some tips and tricks from the master chefs at Lily Morgan’s kitchen on how to cook filet mignon perfectly every time.

Choose the Best Cut of Filet Mignon

The first step to cooking a perfect filet mignon is to pick the best cut. The best filet mignon is USDA Prime or Choice grade, which is the highest quality cut of meat. You want to look for a steak that is tender, with a rich marbling of fat throughout. This will help ensure that your steak is juicy and flavorful.

If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, you can go for a USDA Select grade, which is still a good quality cut. Look for a steak that is bright in color and has a nice amount of marbling. Avoid steaks with dark spots, as they may be older and will not be as tender.

Preparing the Filet Mignon

Once you have selected the perfect cut of filet mignon, it’s time to prepare it. Start by taking it out of the package and patting it dry with a paper towel. This will help the steak retain its moisture when cooking.

Next, season the steak generously with salt and pepper. You can also add other spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika. Make sure to season both sides of the steak evenly. You want to make sure the steak is well-seasoned, as this will add to its flavor.

Cooking the Filet Mignon

The next step is to cook the steak. The most popular way to cook a filet mignon is to pan-fry it. Heat a skillet over high heat and add a tablespoon of oil. Place the steak in the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. If you prefer your steak to be more well-done, cook for an additional minute or two on each side.

Once the steak is cooked to your liking, remove it from the skillet and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. This will allow the steak to reabsorb its juices and give it a juicy, tender texture.

Serving Your Perfect Filet Mignon

When the steak has rested, it’s time to serve your perfect filet mignon. Slice the steak into thin slices and serve it with your favorite sides. If you want a restaurant-quality steak, you can top it with a pat of butter or a drizzle of olive oil for extra flavor.

Your perfect filet mignon is now ready to be enjoyed. Bon appétit!

A Table of Cooking Time for different level of doneness of Filet Mignon

Filet Mignon Doneness Cooking Time (minutes)
Rare 3-4
Medium-Rare 4-5
Medium 5-6
Medium-Well 6-7
Well Done 7-8


Cooking a perfect filet mignon is not as hard as you may think. With a little practice, you can master the art of cooking a juicy, flavorful steak. Just remember to choose the best cut of filet mignon, season the steak generously, and cook it to your desired doneness. And don’t forget to let the steak rest before slicing and serving for the juiciest, most delicious steak ever.

So let’s put on our aprons, grab a skillet, and cook up some perfection with filet mignon. As the song from the classic musical goes, “Let’s Cook Tonight!”

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