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Filet Mignon Cooking Time

Understanding the Time Required to Cook the Dainty Filet Mignon

To be able to thoroughly enjoy filet mignon prepared at home, knowledge of the exact cooking time and temperature is extremely essential. Here is the information about the exact time required to prepare this fancy meal.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2018
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Filet mignon literally means a 'dainty' cut of steak from beef tenderloin. Many people confuse the tenderloin with the short loin. Tenderloin is the meat which is obtained from the loin muscle on each side of the vertebral column, and a filet mignon is a cut from this area.
Ideally, a filet mignon is 1 inch in diameter and its thickness ranges between 1 to 2 inches. However, the diameter can also vary and be about 2 to 3 inches. It is an extremely tender cut of meat, and thus preparing it does not take a very long time. It is however not very rich in flavors, and is therefore accompanied by a sauce.
The cooking time for this meat depends on the size, thickness, and how you enjoy it: rare, medium, or well done. Take a look at how long it takes to prepare filet mignon as per your preference.
Cooking Filet Mignon on the Grill
Petite Fillet Mignon
1" Thick
  • Rare: Cook a one inch thick filet mignon for 5 minutes on one side if you like it rare, and 3 minutes after turning it.
  • Medium: If you like it medium cooked, cook it for 6 minutes on one side, and for 4 minutes on other.
  • Well-Done: For a well done steak, cook it for 8 minutes on the first side, and then turn it over and cook for another 6 minutes.
1½" Thick
  • Rare: For a thicker filet mignon, rare, cook it for 6 minutes. Turn it over and allow it to cook for another 4 minutes.
  • Medium: This filet mignon will require 7 minutes of cooking on one side, and 6 minutes on the other.
  • Well-Done: For a well-done 1½" thick filet mignon, the ideal cooking time is 10 minutes and 8 minutes on the other. 
2" Thick
  • Rare: This will require 8 minutes on one side, and another 6 minutes on the other side.
  • Medium: For this steak size, cook it for 9 minutes on one side, and 7 minutes on the other.
  • Well-Done: Cook for about 12 minutes on one side. Turn it over and cook for another 9 minutes.
Cooking Filet Mignon on the Broiler
fillet mignon
1" Thick
  • Rare: Cook a one inch thick filet mignon for 6 minutes on one side if you like it rare, and 5 minutes after turning it over.
  • Medium: If you like your filet mignon medium cooked, cook it for 8 minutes and 6 minutes on the other side.
  • Well-Done: For a well done piece, cook it for 11 minutes, then turn it over and cook for another 9 minutes. 
1½" Thick
  • Rare: For a thicker piece, cook it for 7 minutes, then turn it over and allow it to cook for another 6 minutes.
  • Medium: This will require 9 minutes of cooking on one side, and 7 minutes on the other.
  • Well-Done: For a well-done 1½" thick steak, the ideal cooking time is 12 minutes on the first side, and 10 minutes after turning it over.
2" Thick
  • Rare: This will require 9 minutes of cooking time on one side, and 8 minutes on the other.
  • Medium: For this preference, cook the steak for 10 minutes on one side, and 9 minutes on the other.
  • Well-Done: Cook for about 15 minutes on one side. Turn it over and cook for another 13 minutes.
With the knowledge of the right filet mignon cooking time, you can prepare this delicious treat for yourself, just as you like it.