Filet Mignon is one of the most delicious pieces of meat and it can be cooked in different ways. However, cooking Filet Mignon in the oven for a delicious summer evening dinner is easy is you follow these simple tips.
Once you have chosen your filet, a fresh cut is always best, compared to a frozen one, but frozen will also work well. Thaw it before marinating. You should marinate your filet the day before and leave it covered in the refrigerator. This will help absorb all the spices and flavor into the meat.
For a simple marinade, use some salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil to taste. If you want, you can add a bit of vinegar to the mixture and blend. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rub it in your fillet, covering the entire meat area. Whatever mixture you have left, soak the filet in it and put it in the refrigerator the next day.
The next day, awake your filet by rubbing some of the left over mixture on where it has been sitting overnight. Preheat the oven to 375-Fahrenheit degrees. Prepare a pan by heating olive oil or butter (if that is your preference) on the stove. Once the pan is hot, watch so you do not overheat the oil or butter, as you do not want the taste to change. It is best if you use an iron skillet, but a regular fry pan will work well as well. When you see a bit of smoke, it is time to place the filet in the skillet. Sear its juices for three minutes on one side and three on the other side. Do not make holes in the meat and do not turn over using a fork, as any holes will let the juices of the meat escape, and that is something that you do not want. Use a spatula or thongs to flip the meat.
Once this is done, you can place the pan in the oven and start cooking the filet a bit more. If you are using a pan that is for using in the oven, you will save a step here, as you will not have to change cooking containers. If not, put the filet in a proper pan or container that can be used in the oven. If doing this step, rub a bit of oil or butter on it before placing the filet on it.
Depending on how well cooked you like your piece of meat, is the time that you will leave it cooking in the oven. If you like your filet rare, then cook for four or five minutes. If you want a medium cooked filet mignon, cook for six to eight minutes. For a well-done filet mignon bake for nine to ten minutes. This should be enough, but since ovens vary, check at the end of the recommended cooking time and adjust as necessary.
This is a simple and easy way to prepare a delicious filet mignon and does not require a lot of effort on your part, only a bit of monitoring to get the doneness exactly as you like. You certainly will enjoy one of the most appetizing and delicious dinners to have in a balmy summer evening, with company or by yourself. Do not forget to set the mood with some candlelight, music, and your favorite wine for a relaxing evening.