Nothing is quite as delicious as a nice, juicy filet mignon for a date night dinner at home. My easy recipe for cast iron filet mignon cooks perfectly every time.

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I promise that with this recipe, even the most novice chef will be able to quickly cook an amazing steak. It only takes five minutes of hands-on preparation. Then, give it ten minutes in a pan, and you’ll have a tender, savory steak ready to eat!

Filet mignon is a definite treat. So, I always want it to be flawless!

If you’re looking for a date night dinner at home, it doesn’t get much better than this cast iron filet mignon. (Maybe some Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes for dessert too? Definitely!)

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Easy Cast Iron Filet Mignon Recipe

Over the years, I have learned that overthinking steak can be a major downfall. Steak is best when prepared simply. Not too much seasoning, not too much marinade, and definitely not too much time in the pan. Letting the real flavors of the filet mignon shine through is what makes this recipe so great.

I use sea salt and Herbes de Provence to season my steak. I cook the filet mignon in a mix of butter and olive oil. The cast iron pan is essential to cooking the steak evenly. It also helps you cook the steak to exactly the temperature you want (I’m a medium-rare kind of girl!). 

This easy, straightforward way of making filet mignon makes a steak that tastes anything but basic. I will be putting a few pieces of filet mignon in my cast iron skillet this Valentine’s Day as a special treat for my family. You should try it as well! This foolproof recipe is a wonderful special occasion meal that looks incredibly fancy but is something anyone can make.

ingredients to make cast iron filet mignon.


See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions. 

  • Filet mignon – Look for thick cuts of beef — a filet mignon should be about 8 ounces and 1 ½ to 2 inches thick. 
  • Olive oil – If you’re worried about the oil smoking, opt for one with a higher smoke point like avocado oil.
  • Sea salt – I like to use sea salt because it has larger flakes which help draw out the juices of the meat.
  • Butter
  • Herbes de Provence – Herbes de Provence is a blend of thyme, savory, marjoram, rosemary, fennel, and basil. It is a great mix of herbs that goes well with the taste of steak. It is also a very simple way to add a bunch of herbs to your steak with just one shake of a bottle. You can find Herbes de Provence in any grocery store. 


  • Replace the butter with olive oil to eliminate the dairy. 
  • Replace the Herbes de Provence with some simple kosher salt and pepper.
  • Top the cooked filet mignon with ¼ cup gorgonzola cheese crumbs for an extra salty, powerful flavor. 

How to Make Cast Iron Filet Mignon

  1. Prep the filets: Let your filets sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking. Then, pat them dry with a paper towel and sprinkle them on both sides with sea salt. 
  2. Preheat the oven and pan: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, get out a large cast iron skillet and add the olive oil to the pan. Place the cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and let it warm up for about 2 minutes. 
  3. Sear the steaks: Place the salted filet mignon in the hot skillet and sear for 2 minutes per side. Flip the steaks, and top each with a pat of butter then sprinkle with the herbes de Provence. 
  4. Move the pan to the oven: Place the cast iron pan with the pan seared filet mignon filets into the oven. Cook for 3-6 minutes, depending on how you like your steak.
  5. Serve: Remove the pan from the oven, and serve the steaks while hot. Don’t forget to drizzle the butter from the pan over the steaks on the plate. Those juices are delicious!
plate of filet mignon cooked in a cast iron skillet served on a white round plate with a side of roasted asparagus.

Recipe Tip

You can easily double this recipe, as long as you can fit multiple steaks in your skillet. Make sure the filets are at least 2 inches apart so they have space to cook evenly. You may need to keep the pan in the oven for an extra minute or two to reach the desired internal temperature. You’ll create the perfect filet mignon!

How to Store Cast Iron Filet Mignon

Filet mignon is definitely best when eaten fresh out of the oven. However, if you do have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat the cooked filet mignon, put it in a 250ºF oven for 20 minutes. This will warm the filet all the way through and not dry it out. 

You can also reheat filet mignon in the microwave. Be sure to turn your microwave to 50% heat then reheat the steak in 30-second increments, flipping it over every 30 seconds. Heating it on a lower power will help prevent the steak from getting dry or hard as it reheats. 

Serving Suggestions

Pair this cast iron filet mignon with a simple side dish. Some of my favorite options include  Instant Pot Mashed PotatoesRoasted Asparagus, or Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts. It’s also great with Cheesy Asparagus Casserole or Scalloped Potatoes.


How do I cook a 2-inch thick filet mignon?

This recipe is perfect for a 2-inch filet mignon. If your filet is this thick, sear it for 2 1/2 minutes in the skillet before flipping and placing the pan in the oven. Thirty extra seconds in the pan will help cook the thick steak perfectly.

Why is my filet mignon tough?

Filet mignon does not have much fat to help it stay juicy as it cooks. Cooking filet mignon too long at a high heat will make the protein strands in the meat tough and chewy.

It is best to cook filet mignon quickly and just to an internal temperature of 130-135 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not a cut of meat that tastes good when well done. If you like well-done steaks, opt for a fattier cut like a rib eye or NY strip steak.

Do you put olive oil on filet mignon?

I like to sear filet mignon in olive oil and then top it with butter. Cooking the steak in all butter can be overly rich, while all olive oil is a little too bland for my taste. The combination of butter and olive oil is perfect!

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A cast iron skillet with four filet mignon steaks.

Cast Iron Filet Mignon

Nothing is quite as delicious as a nice, juicy filet mignon for a date night dinner at home. My easy recipe for cast iron filet mignon cooks perfectly every time.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • Cast iron skillet
  • Tongs


  • 2 1-inch thick filet mignon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon herbs de Provence


  • Place your two filets on a small plate and let them sit at room temperature for thirty minutes. Room temperature steaks will cook more evenly.
    2 1-inch thick filet mignon
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dry the steaks with a paper towel and then sprinkle them with the sea salt.
    ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Add the olive oil to a large cast iron skillet. Heat the pan over medium high heat for about two minutes.
    3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Use a pair of tongs to carefully place the filets in the hot oil. Sear the steaks for two minutes to make a nice, golden brown crust.
  • Flip the steaks then top each with a tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle the herbs de provence over the filets.
    2 Tablespoons butter, ¼ teaspoon herbs de Provence
  • Remove the cast iron skillet from the stovetop and place it into the preheated oven. Cook the steaks for 3-6 minutes depending on your desired done-ness (see the notes below for your perfect steak temperature).
  • Serve the steaks immediately while still hot.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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