Filet mignon is an exceptionally tender cut of meat and therefore requires very little cooking time. Pan-searing is a great way to prepare this cut because it sears the outside, trapping all of the juice and flavor inside. Unlike grilling, pan-searing also leaves you with a pan full of brown bits, called fond, that can be used to make a flavorful sauce. Learning how to cook filet mignon in a pan is not difficult if a few steps are followed.
Things You'll Need
- 1 filet mignon steak
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp. butter
- Frying pan or skillet
- Tongs or spatula
- Aluminum foil
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Bring your steak to room temperature and season with salt and pepper.
Add butter to your pan and heat over medium-high until melted.
Add the steak and lower the heat to medium.
Cook the steak on one side for three to five minutes -- closer to three minutes for rare and closer to five minutes for medium.
Flip the steak using tongs or spatula. Cook for three to five more minutes.
Remove the steak from pan and place on a plate. Loosely tent with foil to keep the steak warm.
Let the steak rest for five to 10 minutes.
Slice, plate and serve.