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Pan Seared Filet Mignon with Roasted Garlic Aioli Recipe 

Enjoy this romantic meal for 2 for Valentine's Day or any other date night at home!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time40 mins
Resting time10 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef recipes, entree recipes, filet mignon
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 generously sized beef tenderloin steaks cut 1 1/2" - 2" thick
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Roasted Garlic Aioli

  • 3 large heads garlic roasted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme chopped

Instructions

Pan Seared Filet Mignon

  • Remove the steaks from the refrigetor about an hour before cooking. Season liberally with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
    how to season filet mignon
  • Preheat the oven to 425º F.
     
  • Add the butter and olive oil to a cast iron skillet and heat over medium-high heat until it's screaming hot and beginning to smoke a little. Add the room temperature, seasoned steaks to the skillet and sear untouched for about 4 minutes (until a nice crust has formed). Flip and repeat. Once the 2nd side has the perfect crust, transfer the pan seared filets to the preheated oven and roast for about 6 - 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak and the desired temperature. The steaks will continue to cook once removed from the oven so you want to take them out when the thermometer reaches about 5 degrees below your desired temperature. (See notes for temperature guide)
  • Remove from the oven, transfer to a plate, tent in foil and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before serving or cutting.
  • Drizzle with Roasted Garlic Aioli and garnish with Rosemary or Thyme, if desired.

Roasted Garlic Aioli

  • Note: This can be made up to 3 days beforehand and kept in the refrigerator.
    Preheat the oven to 425º F.
  • Rub the outside of the heads of garlic to remove the majority of the white paper-like skin. Cut the tops off of the heads of garlic and drizzle with olive oil and season liberally with kosher salt.
    How to roast garlic
  • Roast for 30 minutes or until the tops of the cloves are golden brown and they feel soft. Allow to cool until they can be handled.
    Roasted Garlic for Garlic Aioli
  • Add mayonnaise, lemon juice, rosemary and thyme to a small blender or small food processor. Squeeze the roasted garlic to remove soft insides of the garlic cloves and add to mixture. Blend. Drizzle over steak (and asparagus and potatoes if you're so inclined!)
    What to serve with filet mignon

Notes

Steak Temperature Chart
(Remove once grilling thermometer reaches about 5 degrees below your desired temperature)
Medium Rare: 145º F
Medium: 160º F
Well Done: 170º F