How to Bake a Filet Mignon

Bake a Filet Mignon
Bake a Filet Mignon (Image: pinegrovemarket.com)

Filet mignon is French term meaning "dainty tenderloin." Although, the beef tenderloin by this name does exist in France, originally filet mignon referred to an expensive cut of pork. The filet mignon is a cut of beef taken from the tenderloin of a steer or heifer. The filet mignon of often called the "king of steaks" because of its tender texture. If cooked properly the filet mignon can easily be cut with a fork.

Things You'll Need

  • Filet mignon
  • Large skillet
  • 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Place the skillet on a stove burner set to medium-high. Add vegetable oil and heat it to the point that smoke appears.

Place the filet mignon into the skillet for three minutes. Turn it over and cook for another three minutes. You are searing the meat to trap the juices inside while it is cooking in the oven.

Take the skillet and place it into the preheated oven. The amount of time depends on how you want the meat cooked. Bake 4 to 6 minutes for rare, 6 to 8 minutes for medium and 8 to 10 minutes for well done steaks.

Remove the steak from the oven. Cut and serve.

Tips & Warnings

  • For added flavor you may want to soak the steak overnight in your favorite marinade.

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