Cumin and Black Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon

Cumin and Black Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon
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Prep: 12 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
322 Calories
23g Fat
3g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 322
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 1218mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 25g
Calcium 59mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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


  • 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

Steps to Make It

  1. Place cumin seeds and peppercorn into a small skillet over medium-high heat. Toast spices for 1 to 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 powder. Stir to incorporate.  

  2. 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.