How Long to Grill Filet Mignon

Grilled filet mignon with asparagus

Filet mignon is a fine cut of meat that can make even experienced grillers nervous. Though it has a reputation of being difficult to grill, it is actually fairly simple, as long as you learn exactly what to do before you even touch that steak. It may seem counterintuitive, but with filet mignon, less is more. Filet mignon requires less seasoning, less grilling time and less flipping or poking than you may think. Here are some tips to help you know how to grill filet mignon:

  1. Decide how well done you want the filet mignon. The meat is very tender, and is best served rare to medium-rare. However, steak tastes do vary, and your filet mignon can also be cooked medium, medium-well, or well, according to your tastes.
  2. Season the filet mignon. Your filet mignon will not turn out as well as it could have if you forget to season it, or if you cook it for too long. Before you worry about how long to grill filet mignon, season it properly. Filet mignon is very flavorful, so just add some fresh ground black pepper. You don't need to over-season this cut of steak.
  3. Bring the steak to room temperature. This will ensure that your steak cooks consistently all the way through, reducing the cooking time. Be patient, and let it sit for at least 45 minutes before you try to grill the filet mignon.
  4. Heat up the grill. Fire up your grill, and set it to the highest temperature setting. When it's warm enough, you shouldn't be able to hold your hand a few inches over the grate for more than five seconds. To cook a filet mignon, use the highest heat available, and leave the grill lid open.
  5. Place the steak on the grill. Your first step is to sear in the juices. Use a pair of tongs to place the steaks on the grill. Do not touch the steaks for at least two minutes.
  6. Turn the steak. After about 2 minutes for a medium-rare steak (or a little more for medium) lift the steak up, turn it (don't flip it, yet) 90 degrees and place it back on the grill. This will create grill marks on the steak. Cook for about 3 minutes more for a medium-rare steak, or a little longer if you prefer your steak more well done.
  7. Flip once. Your steak should be on the grill for a total of about 5 minutes by this point. Now, you will flip the steak only once. Lift, flip and place it back on the grill for about 2 minutes. Then rotate it to create grill lines on this side.
  8. Check the meat. Do not cut or pierce the steak in any way. Instead, test for doneness by pushing on the steak. If the steak is rare, an indentation of your finger will be left on the surface. A medium steak should give a little when you press on it, but it will not leave an indentation. A well-done steak will feel firm.
  9. Let it rest. Remove the filet mignon from the grill, and then let it rest. If you cut it right away, the juices will run out of the steak. For a flavorful and moist filet mignon, let it rest for a couple of minutes so that the juices can redistribute within the steak.

Tired of grilling with mixed results? Filet mignon is the most tender cut of beef, and is the most expensive. Make sure that you know how long to grill filet mignon so that you don't risk ruining this delicious steak.


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