This Pan-Seared Filet Mignon is the best way to make a good steak. Cooking Filet Mignon steaks in a cast iron pan is not only an easy recipe to follow, but you can add so much more flavor for the ultimate steak dinner.
The perfect steak has a crusty exterior with a soft and juicy inside. To enhance the flavor, you can top the steak with melted garlic butter and herbs.
My husband and I love cooking steak. We have always grilled our steaks. That was until we watched Gordon Ramsey cook a Filet in a cast iron pan with melted butter, garlic, and fresh herbs.
That steak looked fabulous so we both decided that we would start making our steaks this way. Turns out, they are the most tender steaks I have ever made. It makes the perfect meal for two red meat-lovers!
What Cut of Steak is the Filet From?
Filet mignon is a cut of steak taken from the smaller end of the beef tenderloin, or psoas major of a cow. In French, it mostly refers to cuts of pork tenderloin.
The tenderloin runs along both sides of the spine and is usually butchered as two long snake-shaped cuts of meat. The tenderloin is sometimes sold whole.
How to Make Pan-Seared Filet Mignon Recipe
For this recipe you will need the following ingredients —
- Filet Mignon
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- Butter(You can use unsalted butter or salted –it's up to you)
- Garlic cloves
- Fresh thyme and rosemary
Pat the steaks with a paper towel to dry them off. Season both sides of the steaks with kosher salt and black pepper. Let the steaks rest until they come to room temperature. Don't ever put a cold steak into a hot pan. You will have tough meat if you do. For a tender steak, room temperature is best. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to a cast iron pan. Heat the cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until it is smoking.
Now, place the steaks in the pan and allow them to cook for about 2-3 minutes on one side to get the perfect sear on each side. The cooking time of the steaks will determine how thick and big the filet cut is.
Add in a stick of butter, 2 cloves of garlic, and a bunch of fresh herbs. Use a spoon to baste the steaks.
Flip the steaks over and continue to let them cook over medium heat. Keep basting them with the butter sauce for a couple of more minutes. The butter will help cook the sides of the steak.
Finishing the Steaks
Now, place the pan in the oven for 6-7 minutes to finish cooking. Since they are cooked in an oven-safe skillet, you can also place them in a 400-degree preheated hot oven to finish cooking if you need the stove space. The cooking times will vary depending on the cut and size of the steak.
For best results, once the steaks come out, remove them from the pan, place them on a cutting board, and let steak rest. Use a meat thermometer to check the temps on the steak. I take mine out at about 125-130. My husband likes his medium well, so I take his steak out around 135-140.
For me, this is the best way to make steak. The meat is so tender and juicy. Top it with my homemade herbed butter. It makes a great dinner for a special occasion like date night or even Valentine's Day.
If you have any steak left over, store the meat in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator.
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- 2 Filet Mignon Steaks (about 8 to 10 ounces)
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- Kosher Salt
- 1 stick of butter
- Fresh thyme and Rosemary
- Allow the steaks to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Pat the steaks dry with paper towels and season with salt and black pepper.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Heat the olive oil in the cast iron pan until it begins to smoke. Pan-fry the steaks for 2-3 minutes or until that side is golden brown.
- Flip the steaks and add the butter, garlic cloves, and herbs to the pan.
- Continue to cook the steaks and baste them with the melted butter. For the last couple of minutes throw the steaks in the oven.
- Once the steaks have reached the optimal internal temperature, remove them from the oven and allow it to rest.
- Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 813Total Fat: 81gSaturated Fat: 38gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 567mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 23g