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This is only filet mignon recipe you’ll ever need! It makes the best filet you’ll ever eat: tender, moist, and oh so juicy. Topped with a super flavorful garlic herb compound butter, this recipe produces an epic meal, thanks to a reverse sear starting in the oven with a quick finish in a cast-iron skillet on the stove. This recipe is the last word on how to cook a filet mignon!

Close up of medium rare plated filet mignon topped with garlic herb butter

What Makes This Recipe So Good?

  • The filet mignon is insanely tender and juicy without being the least bit stringy.
  • It’s so buttery it nearly melts in your mouth.
  • The reverse sear mimics the sous vide method of cooking. In other words, the entire steak is cooked through evenly before a quick, very hot sear. No other approach to cooking filet mignon yields quite a tender or even steak.
  • The garlic herb butter is out of this world! With garlic, parsley, shallots, and lemon juice, this garlic butter is perfect on filet mignon. It makes enough to slather on everything from chicken breast to eggs to a loaf of French bread.

What’s the Best Way to Cook Filet Mignon?

This way! So here’s the deal:

We cook this filet mignon in the oven on low heat to start, and then we sear it on the oven in a cast-iron skillet. By doing this, we cook the entire thing through without overcooking the edges, so they never become grey or stringy. The sear in a cast-iron skillet gives you a beautiful crust and rich, buttery flavor. It’s seriously to-die-for.

Dry Brining

This recipe for the best filet mignon of your life starts with a simple but super powerful process of dry brining. All this means is liberally salting both sides of your steaks and letting them sit for at least 30 minutes. This process creates a more flavorful and tender piece of meat than you could imagine, and I do not want you to skip it.

Additionally, this process allows the steak to come up to room temperature which is important in order to cook perfectly. So again, don’t skip it! It makes all the difference.

Side view of plated filet mignon topped with garlic herb butter

How Do I Cook Filet Mignon in the Oven?

Here’s what I like to do and how this best-ever filet mignon recipe recommends you cook your steak in the oven: liberally salt and pepper the filet on both sides and let sit about 30 minutes to an hour on a wire rack over a baking sheet.

Then, place your steak in the oven at 250º Fahrenheit until the internal temperature reaches 120º (for medium-rare steak). This will take about 25-30 minutes.

How Do I Cook Filet Mignon in a Cast-Iron Skillet?

After you’ve cooked your filet mignon to an internal temperature of 120º Fahrenheit, remove the steak from the oven and let sit while you preheat your cast-iron skillet over high heat for those 5 minutes. Then, very carefully place the filet in the cast iron skillet and cook for 45 seconds. Flip and place pats of your garlic herb butter on top and cook 45 seconds. Then, you’ll flip your steak a couple of times, allowing the browning milk solids in the butter to provide a really rich shade of brown to the surface of your steak, about another 20-30 seconds. Press the sides of the filet mignon briefly against the sides of the cast iron skillet, just until they are no longer red or pink, then remove.

Extreme Close up of filet mignon topped with butter in a cast iron skillet

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 53 votes

Best Ever Filet Mignon with Garlic Herb Compound Butter (Reverse Sear)

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Stand 30 minutes
Total 1 hour 10 minutes
The best filet mignon you’ll ever eat: tender, moist, and oh so juicy. Topped with a super flavorful garlic herb compound butter, this recipe produces an epic meal.
4 servings


  • wire cooling rack
  • baking sheet
  • Food processor (for garlic-herb butter)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Meat thermometer
  • cast-iron skillet


For the Filet Mignon

For the Garlic Butter

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • 1-1 ½ teaspoon garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shallot roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Liberally season both sides of each steak with plenty of salt, as well as fresh cracked black pepper to taste. Place on a wire rack over a baking sheet and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, preferably a couple hours. If letting stand for more than one hour, keep in refrigerator, then let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before cooking.
    Raw filet mignon on a wire cooling rack
  • While steaks stand, make garlic-herb compound butter. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Spoon onto a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a log shape. Chill until firm.
  • Preheat the oven to 250º F. Transfer baking sheet to oven. If using oven-safe meat thermometer with probe, insert now. Cook in oven until internal temperature reaches the desired degree based on the time chart in the recipe notes.
  • Remove steaks from oven. Preheat a cast-iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes while steaks rest. Pat steaks completely dry in order to get the best crust.
  • Carefully place steaks in hot skillet and cook 45 seconds; flip and place a pat of garlic herb compound butter (about 1 tablespoon per steak) on top of the filet. Cook another 45 seconds, then flip once or twice as needed until steaks are a richer brown color, about 20-40 seconds total. Press the sides of the filet up against the sides of the cast iron skillet briefly until no longer red or pink.
    4 filet mignon topped with a compound butter in a cast iron skillet
  • Remove steaks from skillet and serve with more garlic herb compound butter.


To cook your filet mignon steaks to a different temperature, follow this chart:
  • Rare: Target temperature: 120°-125°F. Remove from oven when internal temperature reaches 110º F.
  • Medium Rare: Target temperature: 130°-135°F. Remove from oven when internal temperature reaches 120º F.
  • Medium: Target temperature: 140°-145°F. Remove from oven when internal temperature reaches 130º F.
  • Medium Well: Target temperature: 150°-155°F. Remove from oven when internal temperature reaches 140º F. 
  • Well Done: Target temperature: 160°-175°F. Remove from oven when internal temperature reaches 160º F. Can I convince you to cook your steak a bit less, though? Please?

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 677calProtein: 31gFat: 60gSaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 180mgSodium: 380mgPotassium: 570mgTotal Carbs: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gNet Carbs: 1gVitamin A: 1026IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 4mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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    1. How far in advance are we talking, Nancy? The steaks need to sous vide for at least 30 minutes – if you’re planning to let them go for longer than 60 minutes, make sure to sous vide them in the fridge, not at room temperature. You can sous vide them for several hours, though. After that, they need to rest at room temp for 30 minutes and then immediately go into the oven, then be immediately seared and served. For food safety purposes, you don’t want to let too much time lapse between the sous vide and the oven.

  1. Been making this one on family request for years now. Don’t skip any steps. Best filet recipe on the internet.5 stars

  2. This was delicious!!! Adding the butter in the last few moments of cooking in the black iron skillet was the game changer!!!5 stars

    1. Isn’t it?! So simple and yet SO effective! Thanks so much for your review, Carmen, we really appreciate it!

  3. Without a doubt, the BEST fillet I have ever made. Easy, clear instructions and my husband doesn’t see the point in going to a steakhouse ever again!5 stars

  4. So I want to make this recipe along with lobster tails (which I bake at 500* for 15-20 mins) my question is would I be able to cook the steak in the oven then take it out and let it sit until the lobster tails were done cooking and then put the steak into the cast iron Pan… so everything would be done at the same time?

    1. That should work! You may want to cover the steak with foil so it doesn’t get too cold or dry out. We haven’t tested this method, so we can’t say for sure whether it would work or not, but let us know how it turns out if you try it!5 stars

  5. Reverse sear filet mignon How long shall I cook steak in oven for medium cooked to get to 130degrees temp? At 250 degrees. Do I put rack on lower oven rack? Kcooking now but don’t have temperature thermometer

    1. You’ll want to cook it until the internal temperature reaches 130º F. The target temperature for medium is 140°-145°F. Time varies based on your oven, so it’s best to check periodically.5 stars

    1. The wire rack is to help the steak cook evenly and allow air flow. You could line the baking sheet with foil to protect it from the steak, but just make sure to check the internal temperature per the chart in the recipe card to determine how done it is before searing it in the pan.5 stars

    1. We haven’t tried it, but theoretically it should work! Just may be hard to ensure a good, even sear since the cut is so large. Let us know how it turns out if you make this!5 stars

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