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How to Cook the Perfect Filet Mignon

Updated on December 1, 2009

Filet Mignon

How to cook a perfect filet mignon? Oh, that is a tricky question and one that needs an answer to be followed exactly. The filet mignon is quite possibly the most perfect cut of steak. It is a beautiful piece of beef that is to always be served at a temperature of no less than medium rare. It also has to be cooked quickly and accurately to ensure steak success.

Filet Mignon With Caramelized Peppers And Onions


  • 2 4 oz. filet mignon steaks
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 small white onion
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil


The steaks must be thoroughly washed prior to use. They also might need to be trimmed of fat or beaten with a meat mallet if you desire another. The filet mignon is a perfect piece of meat, if you like it rare, medium or done is a matter of taste. Never cook or roast filet mignon too long.

Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Add the steaks and cover the bowl. Refrigerate overnight and turn the steaks once to ensure that both sides get equally saturated with the marinade.

  • Before removing the steaks, you can start caramelizing the onions and peppers in a skillet with the oil. You may not need ¼ cup, but just in case have it on hand. You will need to coat the bottom of your skillet.
  • Heat on medium high till you see ripples and then add the peppers and onions.
  • Cook until caramelized and the oil begins to disappear.
  • Remove from fire, drain if necessary, and set aside.
  • Cook the steaks in the same skillet over high heat for just a short time.
  • Medium rare is best,as said this is open to personal taste.
  • Toss steaks with the peppers and onion and serve immediately.

Some Special Tips:

Now that you know how to cook the perfect filet mignon, lets recap the keypoints.

  • Always cook on a high heat whether grilling or pan frying.
  • Medium rare is the best for a filet mignon because any other temperature will cause the meat to dry up and be tough.
  • Always let your meat rest, perhaps 5 minutes before completion pull them from the grill or pan.
  • They will taste perfect and the flavors will marry accordingly.


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