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Perfect Filet Mignon Recipe using a Cast Iron Skillet

An easy and delicious way to cook filet mignon using a cast iron skillet and finished in the oven. This recipe is great for a weeknight dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Filet Mignon, Meat Recipe, Steak
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 steaks

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 4 filet mignon steaks (6 oz)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • your favorite meat rub, to taste
  • 1 tbsp neutral cooking oil, like grape seed or vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 sprig of rosemary or thyme (optional)

Instructions

  • Remove the filet mignon from the fridge. Dry with paper towels and allow it to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Season ALL sides of the filet mignon with a GENEROUS amount of salt and pepper and your favorite meat rub. (You may use any spices you like).
  • Over high heat on the stove, add a cast iron skillet and allow it to get hot. This may take 3-5 minutes. When the pan starts to smoke, add the oil. Wait 30 seconds, or until the oil is nice and smoking.
  • Sear the filet mignon. Wait 2 to 3 minutes, or until a nice sear has formed. Then flip the steak over.
  • Add butter, garlic, and any fresh herbs you want to use to flavor the butter. When the butter has melted, tilt the pan and spoon the butter over your steak.
  • Transfer to the oven for 6-7 minutes for a medium rare steak.
  • Allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with your favorite sides. Bon appétit!

Notes

Don't be afraid to overly season the meat. Filet mignons are thick, and you don't want to under season. 
If your kitchen isn't well ventilated, make sure you open ALL the windows to avoid setting off your fire alarms.