Filet Mignon with Mushrooms Recipe

Background and History

Filet mignon, a tender and luxurious cut of beef, has been enjoyed for centuries by meat lovers around the world. Paired with mushrooms, this dish elevates the delicate flavor of the steak with the earthy richness of the fungi. While the exact origin of filet mignon is debated, its association with fine dining and special occasions has solidified its place as a beloved classic in culinary culture.


  • 4 filet mignon steaks (6-8 oz each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced (such as cremini or button mushrooms)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • ¼ cup dry red wine (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh thyme or parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Season the filet mignon steaks generously with salt and pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sear the steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned.
  • Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes for medium-rare or until desired doneness.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer the steaks to a plate to rest.
  • In the same skillet, melt butter and add sliced mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are golden brown.
  • Add minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Deglaze the skillet with beef broth and red wine (if using), scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Simmer the sauce until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve the filet mignon steaks topped with the mushroom sauce. Garnish with fresh thyme or parsley if desired.
  • Serves: 4 Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 400
  • Total Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 120mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 3g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 40g


  • For a richer sauce, you can add a splash of heavy cream or demi-glace.
  • Adjust cooking time according to the thickness of your filet mignon steaks and desired level of doneness.
  • Feel free to customize the mushroom sauce with your favorite herbs and spices.

Allergy Warning

  • This recipe contains dairy (butter) and alcohol (red wine). Omit the butter or use a dairy-free substitute if allergic to dairy, and omit the red wine if allergic to alcohol.

How does Gordon Ramsay cook filet mignon?

Gordon Ramsay often cooks filet mignon by seasoning it generously with salt and pepper, then searing it in a hot pan with olive oil and butter. He emphasizes the importance of achieving a nice crust on the steak before finishing it in the oven to reach the desired level of doneness.

What can I serve with filet mignon?

Filet mignon pairs well with a variety of side dishes such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, asparagus, green beans, creamy polenta, or a simple salad. The key is to choose sides that complement the richness and elegance of the steak.

What mushrooms go best with steak?

Mushrooms such as cremini, button mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, or wild mushrooms like shiitake or oyster mushrooms go best with steak. These mushrooms have a rich, earthy flavor that complements the beef beautifully.

Why is filet mignon so tasteless?

Filet mignon is often considered less flavorful compared to other cuts of beef like ribeye or sirloin because it has less fat marbling throughout the meat. However, it is prized for its tenderness and delicate texture rather than bold flavor.

Why is filet mignon so expensive?

Filet mignon is expensive due to its scarcity and demand. It comes from the tenderloin area of the cow, which is a relatively small and underused muscle. Additionally, the meticulous butchering process required to remove the filet mignon from the tenderloin contributes to its high cost.

Is filet mignon healthy?

Filet mignon is a lean cut of beef, which means it is lower in fat compared to other cuts. It is also a good source of protein, iron, and other essential nutrients. However, like all red meat, it should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Is filet mignon high quality?

Yes, filet mignon is considered a high-quality cut of beef due to its tenderness and mild flavor. It is often associated with fine dining and special occasions.

Is filet mignon the most expensive cut?

Filet mignon is one of the most expensive cuts of beef, but it may not always be the absolute most expensive. Other cuts such as Kobe beef or wagyu beef can surpass filet mignon in price, depending on factors like grade, origin, and rarity.

How is filet mignon best eaten?

Filet mignon is best enjoyed cooked to your preferred level of doneness, whether it’s rare, medium-rare, or well-done. It is often served simply, allowing the natural flavor and tenderness of the steak to shine. Pair it with complementary sauces or side dishes to enhance the dining experience.

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