Cumin and Black Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon

Cumin and Black Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon
Cumin and Black Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon. mphillips007/Getty Images
  • 22 mins
  • Prep: 12 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: serves 2

This is by far one of the most flavorful ways to prepare filet mignon.  While you can use cumin powder for the recipe, toasting the cumin seeds adds a deeply delicious touch to the final product. Serve these steaks with grilled or sauteed vegetables and rice or quinoa pilaf. 

What You'll Need

  • 2 filet mignon, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches thick
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL cumin seeds (or 1 1/2 teaspoons/7.25 mL cumin powder)
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL sea salt flakes 
  • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL garlic powder

How to Make It

 Place cumin seeds and peppercorn into a small skillet over medium-high heat. Toast spices for 1-2 minutes, constantly moving spices about so that they do not burn. Once they become nice and fragrant, remove the pan from heat and place toasted spices into a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Grind spices, but make sure they have a little bit of texture. Don't grind into a fine dust. Place spices into a bowl, add olive oil, sea salt, and garlic power.

Stir to incorporate.  

Preheat grill for high heat. Rub both sides of steak with cumin mixture. Grill steaks for 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness and desired doneness. Once steaks are cooked to your liking, remove from grill and let steaks rest for a few minutes.  Serve with your favorite sides.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 322
Total Fat 23 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Unsaturated Fat 12 g
Cholesterol 88 mg
Sodium 1,218 mg
Carbohydrates 3 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 25 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)