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How to Broil Filet Mignon Steak in Electric Oven to Medium Rare

on January 29, 2016
If you are someone who enjoys a great meal (and who doesn’t love a great meal?), then you know that a dinner that includes filet mignon as a main course is always delightful. Many of you have had the experience of being disappointed with filet mignon due to it becoming dry and losing its flavor during the cooking process. However, with the proper steps, you can enjoy a beautifully prepared, tender, succulent filet mignon that you broil to medium rare using your electric oven. Paired with cubed baked sweet potatoes seasoned with sea salt and rosemary, cauliflower, asparagus, and served with a cabernet sauvignon or merlot, broiled filet mignon will definitely satisfy your appetite and taste buds.  

Interesting Facts About Filet Mignon

  As you are aware, filet mignon is a French word. Translated, it means cute filet. Filet references thick and boneless and mignon means dainty. The filet mignon comes from the small tenderloin area. The tenderloin area of an animal is that area which has not been made tough by exercise. Filet mignon is often served cooked rarer than other cuts meat. If you like your meat more fully cooked, you would request that it be butterflied, which means that it will be cut down the center to allow for it to be exposed more to heat. Though this delicious cut of meat is enjoyed by people all over the world every day, National Filet Mignon Day is August 13.    

Nutritional Value of Filet Mignon

  Beef is a wonderful source of protein. Protein is responsible for keeping your cells, organs, and tissues healthy, as well as supporting healthy hair, skin, and nails. It also plays a vital role in managing your hormonal functionality and immunity. It is recommended that your protein intake should be 75 to 150 mg per day, based on a 2,000 per day diet. An 8 ounce serving of filet mignon contains 45 mg of protein.   Iron is very important to your health. It is responsible for transporting oxygen throughout your body and is integral for cellular growth. One of the key symptoms that you may have if you are deficient in iron is weakness and fatigue. The recommended daily amount of iron is 8 mg per day. An 8 ounce serving of filet mignon contains a little over 3 mg of iron.   Vitamin B12 is another very important nutrient that is found in filet mignon. Vitamin B12 supports neurological function and aids in red blood cell formation. A B12 deficiency can result in a myriad of health-related issues including balance problems, constipation, loss of appetite, depression, and dementia. The daily recommendation for vitamin B12 is 2.4 mg. An 8 ounce serving of filet mignon contains 2.5 mg.    

How To Broil Filet Mignon in Your Electric Oven To Medium Rare

  To prepare your filet mignon, you will need an 8 ounce thick cut of meat, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper.  

The items and utensils required are as follows:

  • Oven grilling rack
  • Pan to collect drippings
  • Meat temperature gauge
  • Paper towels
  • Meat tongs
  • Tinfoil
  To really give your filet mignon that perfect combination of beautiful brown crispiness on the outside, while being succulent and tender on the inside using your home electric oven, requires only a few steps.   To keep your steak from becoming dry and flavorless, you are going to broil it directly from the refrigerator. This technique works beautifully because it allows the outside of the steak to brown while keeping the inside portion from becoming dry and flavorless. The fact that you are preparing a thick piece of meat is extremely beneficial.  

Step One: Heating

  Preheat your broiler. Cover your drip pan with foil and place it on the lowest oven rack. Turn the broiler setting to “on” and open the door. The door will remain opened during the duration since you are using high intensity heat. This high intensity heat is coming off the heating elements proper rather than hot air.  

Step Two: Seasoning Your Filet Mignon

  Take your steak from the refrigerator and pat it dry using paper towels. Patting the surface dry will help the surface of the steak to brown faster. Next, season one side of the steak with the kosher salt. This seasoned side will be broiled first. Once you flip your steak over, you will season that side. Seasoning both sides of the steak will result in salt flakes dropping down from the bottom portion and into your dripping pan. You can later determine for yourself as to how much salt you would like to use for seasoning your steak. To start, you may want to place some salt between your thumb, index, and middle finger and sprinkle that amount onto the steak. You may find this amount to be adequate for you, or you may find that you need a little more or a little less, depending on your individual taste. Of note, please do not put the pepper onto your steak at this time. Pepper burns at high temperatures and will leave your filet with a charred taste. The pepper will be added after the steak has finished cooking to give it a flavorful aroma.  

Step Three: Broiling Filet Mignon

  After you have seasoned the filet and your broiler is hot enough, place it on the grilling rack and put it in the oven as close to the heating element as you can possibly get it. Remember, you are doing it this way because you want to get the surface to brown as quickly as possible without cooking it inside the broiler. You are going to use the oven to finish the cooking process later. Using this technique, you will have the same results as when you eat filet mignon in a fine restaurant. At this point, you are probably wondering “How long does the meat need to broil?” The answer is to broil it until it is brown on the surface. Depending on your broiler, it make take several minutes, with the average being around 7 minutes. Again, this completely depends on your broiler.  

Step Four: Turn, Season, and Check

  Once the first side of the filet mignon has browned, pull out the grill rack and turn the meat to the other side using the meat tongs. Season this side with the kosher salt the same way you did in Step Two. You may want to use a plate or your dripping pan as to avoid getting salt on your floor. At this time, you will need to use your meat probe to check the inside temperature of the meat. To better ensure a medium rare level, 130 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended. If the temperature is off by a couple of degrees, it is still completely acceptable. You are now ready to brown side two. Of note, it will probably take less time for the second side to brown since the meat is already warmed.  

Step Five: Finishing Your Filet Mignon

  Once you have determined that the steak has browned to your satisfaction, it is time to check the inside temperature with the meat probe. At this point, you will probably be presented with a couple of scenarios. The first is that you may find that the inside temperature has reached 130 degrees Fahrenheit before browning is complete. The second scenario is that you may find that the inside temperature is low to be considered medium rare, though the outside is brown. At this point, you can decide for yourself if this is how you would prefer to serve your steak. If it is palatable to you, you may certainly go ahead and enjoy your rare filet mignon.   On the other hand, you may want to have a steak that is medium rare. In order to do this, remove the grill rack with your steak on it and switch your oven to a regular cooking temperature, around 275 degrees Fahrenheit with the fan on, or 300 degrees Fahrenheit with the fan off. Once the oven has reached the appropriate temperature, place the grill rack with the steak on it back into the oven, somewhere in the middle. You are now finishing the filet mignon. The gentle heat will allow your steak to heat on the inside without drying it out and leaving it flavorless, and the outside will not burn. Use your meat probe to determine the inside temperature of the filet.    

Step Six: Resting, Cutting, and Savoring Your Filet Mignon

  Now that the broiling has been completed, remove the steak from the oven and place it onto either a plate or a cutting board. You are now at the point where you will add the freshly ground pepper for favor and aroma. After the freshly ground black pepper has been added, allow the filet to rest by covering it with tin foil for approximately 3 to 5 minutes. This step ensures that the juices in the meat will stabilize, preventing them from running out when you are ready to cut into it.   Once the appropriate amount of time has passed, your steak is ready to be served. When you slice the filet, be sure to cut it across the fibers. Doing this will keep your slices tender and succulent and easy to chew.   There are many delicious side dishes to choose from to compliment your filet mignon. If you are looking for something simple but delicious, you may opt for the selection mentioned at the beginning of this article. Oven-cooked sweet potatoes, steamed cauliflower and asparagus are great sides for this delicious cut of meat. This is a wonderful meal to enjoy for a quiet meal on your own, and is a great idea to serve for your family. This meal is rich with iron, zinc, and vitamins from the meat itself, and the vegetables contain many beneficial nutrients.   If you are preparing filet mignon for you and a date, you may consider serving it with a simple salad of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes cut into halves, and black olives drizzled with a simple oil and vinegar dressing along with wild rice or steamed new potatoes seasoned with sea salt, black pepper, and oregano. Red wine is the perfect to serve along with this meal. To finish off your date night meal, you may want to have a simple chocolate mousse or a piece of chocolate cake.   Serving filet mignon that you cooked in your electric oven is a sure way to impress guests at your next dinner party. Grilled bell peppers, red peppers, corn on the cob, carrots, along with baked potatoes is a guaranteed way to impress your guests with your cooking skills. The crispness of the grilled vegetables along with the soft, warm fluffiness of the baked potato will be the perfect pairings for your filet. Just be prepared for the many compliments on how delicious your meal tastes.   If you would like to add another layer of flavor to your filet mignon, there are a number of butter, cream, and wine sauces that can be added to top off the steak. Some choose to add sauce to filet mignon to bring out the flavor that was lost during the cooking process. However, using the technique outlined above will render this step unnecessary, allowing you to enjoy the true, tender flavor of this cut of meat.  

How To Choose The Perfect Filet Mignon

  There are three key factors when making your filet mignon selection. For safety purposes, make sure the meat is USDA approved. The second thing to look for is color. A deep red color means more flavor. The third thing to look for is thickness. If you are looking to purchase your steak pre-cut, make sure to buy 6-inch portions. A 6-inch thick cut of meat is ideal for preparation at home in an electric oven. If you do not see any filet mignon available at your grocery store or local market, just ask the butcher. He or she will be able to help you make your selection.   That’s it! You now are armed with all that you need in your arsenal for preparing a savory filet mignon in your electric oven. It really is not difficult to do, and the beauty of it all is that it allows you to prepare it exactly to your specific taste. Knowing how to select the proper cut of meat and which steps you need to take in order ensure that your steak is that perfect combination of brown on the surface and tender and flavorful on the inside is key. Once you have tried out the recipe for yourself, you will be serving this tender, delicious selection of meat to your friends and family for many years to come.
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