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It's Filet Mignon Cooking Time

Filet Mignon is a French specialty food item. Filet means ‘thick slice’ in French and mignon means ‘dainty’ or ‘small’. The filet mignon cooking time will very depending on the cut. Filet mignon is a tender boneless steak taken from the tenderloin of a cow. Since the meat is so tender, steak lovers consider filet mignon as the most favorite food item that signifies expensive taste and excellent food selection. The filet is normally cut into portions of 1 to 2 inches in thickness. If the color of the filet mignon is red, then the marbling is lesser. Pink filet mignon contains more marbling. The amount of marbling increases in proportion to the lightness of the color of filet mignon.

Filet mignon cooking time should not be too long, since it dries out quickly when cooked. It should never be cooked beyond medium rare. The most important point in cooking filet mignon is to use lot of heat, whether you roast it, grill it, pan fry it, or broil it. Fast cooking helps in keeping the flavor. Dry type of cooking is the best for filet mignon. The amount to which filet mignon is cooked is not tested by cutting it, since cutting the filet mignon allows the juices inside to escape.

Filet mignon is always tested by touching it with the fingers. If the filet mignon is soft to touch, with the finger leaving a distinct imprint, then it is cooked rare. If it is soft but no finger imprint is left, then it is medium rare. This is the best method of cooking for ideal filet mignon. If the meat is very hard, then it is too much done. This should be avoided.

To provide you an idea of the exact filet mignon cooking time, two recipes are furnished below with ingredients and cooking methods.

Grilled Filet Mignon


  • 4 or 5 filet mignon pieces
  • Black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Cooking Filet Process

After heating the grill to high heat, the filet mignons must be grilled for 3 minutes per side to cook them to medium and for 5 minutes to medium rare. Black pepper and salt can be added to suit your particular taste.

Sautéed Filet Mignon


  • 4 or 5 filet mignon pieces
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped, fresh rosemary – 2 teaspoons
  • Cooking oil – 1-2 teaspoons

Cooking Process

The filet mignons must be first seasons with ground pepper and salt. Then you should sprinkle rosemary over the filet mignons. Heat the oil in a skillet at high heat. Place the filet mignons in the skillet and fry them for 3 minutes per side for medium and 5 minutes for rare.

Since filet mignons tend to be very mild in taste, they are normally served with sauces. The type of sauce depends on the taste of the individual but majority of filet mignon lovers prefer steak sauce to dip them in. A few people however add a marinade during the cooking to increase the flavor. Further, filet mignons are usually accompanied by red, dry wines like Merlot or sweet wines such as White Zinfandel. If you prefer white wine, then Chardonnay is the best companion for filet mignons.

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