Cast Iron Skillet Fillet Mignon

"The perfect fillet!"
photo by Heather N. photo by Heather N.
photo by Heather N.
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Ready In:
2 fillets




  • Generously salt, pepper filets, add garlic powder. Refrigerate until 30 minutes before cooking. Allow filets to come to room temperature, about 30 minutes, before cooking. This is an important step!
  • Place enough EVOO in cast iron skillet to sear 2 steaks. Heat oil to HIGH.
  • Place steaks in oil and sear on both sides on HIGH for 2 minutes each side.
  • Once seared, add 2T butter, minced garlic and thyme to pan.
  • Transfer skillet to oven preheated to 450 degrees. Cook, without turning for 3 minutes, or until rare/ med-rare (130 – 140 degrees).
  • Remove skillet from oven, return to stove top on medium heat. Add more butter, thyme, garlic and some red wine. Just enough time to baste.
  • Place on plate and allow to rest 5 minutes.

Questions & Replies

  1. What if you have 4 filets to cook? Can you use a large cast iron and follow the same steps or do you need to tweek it a bit?
  2. How long to cook in oven for med. well
  3. How long to cook a fillet steak to get to a medium well


  1. This is the ONLY way to cook a filet - I just had to make an adjustment as my filets were a little less than 1 inch thick. So easy and so flavorful! We will never grill a filet again!!
  2. Followed exactly and my 1" filet came out perfectly medium-rare and tasted great. No need to pull out a thermometer. I don't usually pour wine in at the final stage, but this worked :)
  3. This is a wonderful, simple recipe for delicious perfectly cooked filet mignon. Pretty much fool proof!
    • Review photo by alibobba92
  4. Perfect every time. Didn't have Bordeaux, so I used Port. Delicious!
  5. This is my go-to recipe for filet mignon. It's perfect. I heat my cast iron to 450°F, measured with an infrared thermometer. Note that it's important to choose a drinkable wine to get quality results.
    • Review photo by McGeekiest


  1. Didn't have Bordeaux, so I used Port...


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