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How Long To Grill Filet Mignon

Updated on February 26, 2010

Filet Mignon is treated to be one of the most delicate pieces of meat in the world of cookery. It can be pan-fried, broiled, roasted, and so on. But among these, the grilled Filet Mignon is the most common. However, grilling Filet Mignon requires a careful cook so here’s a step-by-step guide on how long you should grill Filet Mignon.
What you need:
4-6 ounces of 1-½ inch thick Filet Mignon
Olive oil
Ground black pepper
Salt to taste
Grill Brush
Meat Thermometer
What you do:
1.    Season your Filet Mignon. For you to enjoy the high-quality tenderloin of the cattle, season the meat with freshly ground black pepper or for added flavor, you can use some steak rub instead. Then just let it sit at room temperature for at least 45 minutes.
2.    Set your grill on fire. Since we will be using direct heat, you can fire up your grill while your meat sits. Apply olive oil onto the grill grates using the grill brush. Set it on the highest temperature possible and it should be ready when your hand can’t keep still 2-inches above the grates for about 5 seconds. But you need not try this, just observe.
3.    Leave the steak on the grill for 3-5 minutes. Use tongs in handling your steak and place it on the hottest part of the grill. Do not do anything with the meat and let it sear for 2-5 minutes.
Turn the steak over and let it sear for another 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to prick or puncture the meat or else, its juices will run out leaving your steak dry and less flavorful.
4.    Test for doneness. Use your meat thermometer and check the internal temperature of the steak. The temperatures (in Fahrenheit) are: 130 -140 degrees for rare; 140-150 degrees for medium rare; 150-160 degrees for medium. Or do the “finger test”. Press on the steak gently with one fingertip. If it leaves an indention, steak is rare; if the steak slowly springs back, it’s medium rare; but if it springs back quickly, it is medium—well.
5.    Let it rest for 30 minutes. When it reaches the preferred doneness, remove the steak from the heat, foil it and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. The juices will be absorbed back into the steak during this time. After letting it sit for 30 minutes, you can now season it with salt to taste.
Just a reminder, it only takes 6-10 minutes to actually grill the Filet Mignon. Try to keep your filet mignon from burning with flames for more than 30 seconds. This could burn your steak quickly. So you may prepare some water to splash on the grill in case this happens.


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