Guide to Cooking the Perfect Fillet Steak


Every fancy dinner course will more often than not include a fillet steak. The good news is that you can do it from your own kitchen. All you need is a frying pan, a couple of ingredients, and a slice of filet mignon. The steps are very easy to follow and this article is a guide to pan frying the perfect fillet steak.

The fillet steak is commonly known as a filet mignon, which is French for “tender fillet.” The portion of meat is taken from the smaller apex of a cow’s tenderloin. It is the softest and most tender portion of the beef, hence making it the most delicious and most expensive cut.  It has little to no connective tissue and it is the least flavorful section. That’s not a bad thing because that means you can customize its flavor when you cook it. Some people wrap it in bacon or add lots of sauce.

Prepare your filet mignon

Guide to Cooking the Perfect Fillet Steak
Guide to Cooking the Perfect Fillet Steak

Get your slice of meat. Select one that is thicker than three fingers, colored dark red, with a fine line of yellow fat alongside. Rub the surfaces with some rock salt and a little coat of olive oil. Place your meat on a flat board. Gently punch and squeeze the meat. This will help make it more tender. It also helps to keep the meat together and prevent it from tearing. This will make the whole cooking process less messy.

Cook the filet mignon

Guide to Cooking the Perfect Fillet Steak
Guide to Cooking the Perfect Fillet Steak

Prepare your pan by pouring in a small amount of live oil. As an alternative, you may use rapeseed oil. Spread it evenly over the entire surface of the pan. This will prevent your pan from burning. Place your steak in the pan when the oil is already smoking.

Expect the meat to hiss as it makes contact with the oil. First cook all the meat by turning it every thirty to forty seconds. Afterwards, you may cook it to you liking. Fillet steak is best served when rare. Cook for three minutes to achieve a rare finish. Cook for four minutes for medium rare, and 5 minutes for medium cooked.

Serve your fillet steak

Guide to Cooking the Perfect Fillet Steak
Guide to Cooking the Perfect Fillet Steak

You must not immediately serve you fillet steak. You should let the meat rest after cooking. This is to let it cool down and to let the excess juices run out. Allow the meat to rest for about three minutes before serving.

Add a dash of ground pepper for flavor. As a side dish, you can serve it with light leaves and some oven roasted tomatoes.

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