Filet Mignon With Cherry-Balsamic Reduction

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

While visiting Los Angeles, I found this recipe on a card that you can pick up at the local grocers. This particular combination of meat and fruit had me intrigued so I brought it back for use at some later point. Filet mignon is pricey so this is certainly a special occasion food. Planning to serve it with roasted potatoes and maybe some nice asparagus.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped finely
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 13 cup dry red wine (shiraz or zinfandel)
  • 13 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cherry preserves
  • 1 cup frozen dark cherries, thawed
  • 4 (5 ounce) filet mignon
  • 18 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in a small heavy metal or ceramic saucepan. Add shallots and cook until they are soft and wilted, not browned (about 3 minutes). Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add the wine, preserves, vinegar and cherries. Increase the heat to bring the sauce to a light boil, stirring occasionally. Let the sauce reduce to half the original amount (about 10-12 minutes). It should get thick and syrupy.
  2. When the sauce is almost done, preheat broiler. Pat steaks dry and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the steaks. Broil to the desired level of doneness.
  3. For rare steaks: cook 2 1/2 minutes per side; for medium rare, cook 3 minutes per side; for medium, cook 3 1/2 minutes per side; for medium well, 4 minutes per side.
  4. To serve, serve steaks on a serving platter and sauce on the side. Or you can spoon sauce over each steak served on individual plates.


Most Helpful

This was fantastic! I was afraid I was going to ruin my nice steaks, but the flavor was amazing. Great restaurant quality. I will use this at dinner parties to impress my friends. I used regular tenderloins and 1/3 cup dried cherries in place of the frozen. They soaked in the sauce and tasted wonderful. I will make this over and over. Thanks for the recipe Toni.

Leetie16 September 08, 2008

Very good :) My family really enjoyed this. I would mash the cherries, like another recommended :) Very good & easy. Thank you for posting!

Frugal chef August 11, 2008

Ya This sauce is great. I have been al around the world. I ate at the Royal Automobile Club in England and this sauce beats it out. By the way i am 14 and love to cook. This receipt will make my dinner parties the topic of the town. Thanx

cdawg9331 June 18, 2006

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