Easy Grilled Filet Mignon

Easy grilled filet mignon recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

Prep: 7 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 19 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
307 Calories
21g Fat
1g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 307
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 1220mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 28g
Calcium 28mg 2%
*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.)

If you're new to grilling steaks or just a fan of simplicity, then grilling filet mignon is the perfect dinner option when you're looking for an elegant but simple meal. Filet mignon is a delicious, tender cut of beef that melts in your mouth, and is ideal for grilling as it develops a nice crust over high heat while the center becomes juicy and succulent.

Because filet mignon doesn't have a lot of flavor, it is often served with a sauce, such as a mushroom sauce or bearnaise, or a compound butter. You can also top the steaks with sautéed onions or mushrooms. The grilled beef pairs nicely with simple sides such as smashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.  

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons sea salt (or other coarse salt)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 4 filets mignons (about 1 3/4-inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or avocado oil)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for filet mignon

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  2. Preheat the grill to high heat.

    Heat grill

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  3. Combine the salt and black pepper in a bowl and rub onto both sides of the steaks.

    Season steaks with salt and black pepper

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  4. Oil the grill grates using a high smoke point oil, like grapeseed or avocado oil. Add some oil to a folded paper towel, and using a pair of tongs, rub the oiled towel over the grates.

    Oil grill grates

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  5. Place the steaks on the grill.

    Place steak on grill

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  6. Cook the steaks 5 to 6 minutes per side or until they almost reach the preferred doneness. (The meat will continue to cook as it rests.)

    Cook steaks

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  7. Remove from the grill and let the steaks rest for 5 minutes.

    Remove steaks from grill and let rest under foil

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  8. Plate with your favorite sides and a sauce or butter and enjoy.

    Easy grilled filet mignon with side dishes

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How to Cook a Filet Mignon Just Right

Filet mignon is an expensive cut of meat, so you want to make sure you are cooking it properly and to your liking. The best way to test for doneness is to use a meat thermometer, inserting it into the thickest part of the steak (without letting the probe touch the grill grates) as you are approaching the end of the cooking time. Remember that the meat will continue to cook as it rests, so it's best to remove it from the grill a little under the desired temperature. If you are finding that the outside is getting too dark but the inside isn't done, move the steaks to the side of the grill where the temperature is lower and cook for a few minutes more, checking the temperature every so often.