Perfect Filet Mignon for Two

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How to cook perfect filet Mignon with this easy, foolproof recipe to make at home, great for date night!

Perfect Filet Mignon
Perfect Filet Mignon for Two

If you want to know how to cook a filet mignon you have come to the right place! Filet mignon is the most tender cut of beef you can buy, and doesn’t require fancy seasonings – coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper is all you need for a delicious steak that’s pan seared then finished in the oven and cooked to perfection! I like mine medium rare, but you can cook it to your taste. It’s perfect with sauteed or roasted vegetables on the side, such as a Baked Potato, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut, Roasted Brussels Sprouts Gratin, or pictured above I made a quick sauteed garlic broccolini.

How To Make the Perfect Filet Mignon:

  • It’s practically foolproof if you have a meat thermometer, but you can also use the finger test just in case you don’t.
  • This starts on the stove in a hot pan and finishes in the oven, so you’ll need a heavy oven-safe skillet or cast iron skillet to make this.
  • Preheat your oven before starting because it takes just a few minutes in the oven to finish.
  • You’ll want to bring the meat up to room temperature, so let it sit on the counter at least 30 minutes before you’re ready to cook.

Internal temp be for cooking filet Mignon steak

Use a meat probe to test your steaks and take them out five degrees before your desired doneness, as the meat temp will increase as it rests.

  • Rare: 125°F
  • Medium-Rare: 135°F
  • Medium: 145°F
  • Medium Well: 155°F
  • Well: 160°F

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Perfect Filet Mignon for Two

246 Cals 36 Protein Carbs 11 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Want to know how to cook filet mignon? Use this easy foolproof recipe for Perfect Filet Mignon, great for date night!


  • 2 beef tenderloin filet mignon steaks, trimmed of fat, 6 oz
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper


  • Let the steaks rest on the counter to come up to room temperature at least 30 minutes before ready to cook
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Spray the steak lightly all over with olive oil, then season both side generously with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • When the oven is ready, heat the a heavy skillet or cast iron skillet over high heat until the pan is very hot.
  • When hot, add the steaks and cook, without moving for 2 1/2 minutes. Turn over and cook an additional 2 to 2-1/2 minutes.
  • Sear the sides of the steaks for about 1 minute so it's browned all over.
  • Place the steaks in the oven for about 4 to 5 minutes, then check them with the meat thermometer inserted into the side of the steak.
  • Remove when the steaks read 125° F for Medium Rare, or 130° F for medium.
  • Let them rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven).



What should the internal temp be for cooking filet mignon steak?
Use a meat probe to test your steaks and take them out five degrees before your desired doneness, as the meat temp will increase as it rests.
  • Rare: 125°F
  • Medium-Rare: 135°F
  • Medium: 145°F
  • Medium Well: 155°F
  • Well: 160°F


Serving: 1steak, Calories: 246kcal, Protein: 36g, Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 101mg, Sodium: 75mg
WW Points Plus: 6
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  1. This was excellent! And so easy! 

  2. I made this tonight and it was amazing! My steak is always overdone and this did the trick (5 minutes for medium in the oven). While the steak rested I used the pan to sauté sliced portobello mushrooms with garlic as a topper, no butter or oil needed. Husband said better than the $50 steak at the nicest restaurant in town!

  3. Has anyone used the method to make six filets? How much longer would I cook?

  4. Have this bookmarked in my phone… PERFECT Tenderloin EVERY TIME! Thank you!!

  5. Absolutely perfect…!  The only way to prepare a delicious medium rare filet. I’ve tried other directions and this one is the best. Thank You 

  6. These are perfect, They were our Christmas 2021 dinner. Great

  7. Will be trying it today. Thank you I thought it would be difficult to cook. Again thanks it looks delicious.

  8. I’ve struggled so much cooking steak correctly, so when I found this recipe I wasn’t sure how I’d do. THIS WAS PERFECT!!! I used my meat thermometer, took the steaks out to rest at 130°, and they came up to 138° after 10 minutes, tented under foil. Our filets were so delicious – great medium and easy to cut. Look no further – TRY THIS!!

  9. I used this recipe and our filets would absolutely melt in your mouth. It was quick and easy to follow. Thank you so very much. 

  10. I followed the recipe and the steak turned out perfectly!

  11. I always melt salted butter and pour it over the steaks while they are reaching room temp, then I salt and pepper them. I add olive oil to the pan for cooking, then I slow finish cooking in the oven at 350 degrees for thick steaks, once done cooking while resting I add butter on top to let it melt in. It is perfect, adding this to the recipe here makes it perfect and melt in your mouth. So tender you don’t even need teeth and extremely juicy.