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How to Cook Filet Mignon in the Oven?

Filet Mignon

Filet Mignon

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.

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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.

Neil

Neil Wardlow has been writing professionally since 1989. Neil discovered he enjoyed writing when he suffered an injury during his 15-year building construction career. Neil now writes full-time, whenever he’s not occupied with entertaining family and friends, growing things, or making repairs in and around his beautiful ranch house.



  • Scoops

    Excellent recipe. I burnt my hand using the suggested thongs to flip the meat.

  • PennyV

    This is a good article. But perhaps Neil & you should use long-handled tongs instead of thongs for flipping the meat, as well as using a hot pad or mitt to keep from burning your hands.

  • jordan

    wait what? is this sarcasm?

  • Laurin

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • THF-Man

    You bet Laurin.

  • PennyV

    Hi, everyone! The hardest part about this recipe is simply remembering to plan the meal a day ahead so that there’s plenty of time to marinate the meat. If you’re like me, you get too busy to think about what’s for dinner until just before dinner time, so there’s no time to thoroughly marinate the meat.

  • Salt and garlic

    Tried with cast iron skillet and at 400 deg F. for 7 min…. was a perfect medium rare.

  • PennyV

    Thanks for the tip, Salt and Garlic! I’ll have to get my husband to try this. We have a deal- I don’t clean his cast iron cookware and he does any cooking involving using the cast iron. I don’t like having to go through all the extra steps to clean and re-season cast iron and most of my husband’s cast iron cookware is too heavy for me to move around easily. Fortunately, my husband is a great cook and doesn’t mind fixing dinner whenever I’m too busy or too tired to cook.

  • apeKing78

    Kids Love this recipe THANX

  • THF-Man

    You bet apeKing.

  • PennyV

    Apeking78, you may also enjoy this recipe for fillet mignon that was written by another THF author: http://thehousingforum.com/how-to-cook-fillet-mignon/. According to this author, the recipe can be used on a 5-lb steak, which is allegedly large enough to serve up to 10 people.