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The Filet Mignon
AKA The Tenderloin



What is a Filet Mignon Steak?

Filet mignon is a lean, tender cut of beef from the small end of the tenderloin, which is located near the spine of the cow. The tenderloin is the most well-known muscle on a cow, and is also the most tender. It's often considered the best-tasting part of a cow. A 4-ounce serving of filet mignon has about 255 calories, 29 grams of protein, and only 5 grams of fat. It’s also a good source of iron, zinc, selenium and B vitamins. The filet mignon is best cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F. Some top recipe ideas for this cut are filet mignon with roasted garlic butter, filet mignon with red wine sauce and filet mignon with mushroom sauce.

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Filet Mignon Steak Cooking Guides

Method Cook Temp Avg Time Finish Temp
Sear Med-High 10-15 mins 145°F
Grill 450°F 15-18 mins 145°F
Sous Vide 135°F 1.5-3 hrs 145°F

Note: The above guidelines are only guardrails. Stoves, pans and steak thickness vary; to achieve a perfectly cooked Filet Mignon, it's always good to have a meat thermometer handy and check internal temp regularly.

Filet Mignon FAQ

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Is filet mignon a good steak?

The filet mignon is one of the most prized cuts for its tenderness but it does not pack a fatty, juicy flavor punch like a ribeye.

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