Alana Volkman is a culinary stylist and photographer with a special passion for the art of grilling. Her knack for bringing out the aesthetic appeal of grilled dishes is unparalleled. Alana delights in the challenge of capturing the vibrant allure of grilled cuisine in her photography and eagerly shares her grilling journey and advice.
Grilling filet mignon is a true art form that can elevate your backyard barbecue to a gourmet experience. As a food stylist and grilling enthusiast, I'm excited to share my top tips for achieving the perfect grilled filet mignon. So, let's fire up the grill and get started!
1. Choose the right cut: When it comes to filet mignon, quality matters. Look for well-marbled, USDA Prime or Choice cuts for the best flavor and tenderness. The thickness of the steak should be around 1.5 to 2 inches to ensure even cooking.
2. Preheat the grill: Preheating is essential for a successful grilling session. Preheat your grill to high heat, around 450°F to 500°F, for a perfect sear and to lock in the juices.
3. Season generously: Filet mignon has a delicate flavor, so it's important to season it well. Create a simple seasoning blend using kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and any additional herbs or spices you prefer. Rub the seasoning onto both sides of the steak, allowing it to penetrate the meat for at least 30 minutes before grilling.
4. Oil the grates: To prevent the filet mignon from sticking to the grill grates, lightly oil them before cooking. Use a high smoke point oil like canola or vegetable oil and a pair of long-handled tongs to oil the grates. This will also help achieve those beautiful grill marks.
5. Sear it to perfection: Searing is the key to creating a flavorful crust on the outside of the filet mignon. Place the steaks on the preheated grill and let them sear for about 2-3 minutes per side, without moving them. This will give you those gorgeous grill marks and a delicious caramelized crust.
6. Indirect heat for even cooking: After searing, move the filet mignon to a cooler part of the grill or reduce the heat to medium. This allows for more gentle cooking and helps achieve the desired doneness. Use a meat thermometer to ensure you cook the steaks to your preferred level of doneness. For medium-rare, aim for an internal temperature of 135°F to 140°F.
7. Rest and savor: Once the filet mignon reaches your desired doneness, remove it from the grill and let it rest for about 5 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful steak. Resist the temptation to cut into it right away!
Now that you have these tips in your grilling arsenal, you're ready to impress your family and friends with perfectly grilled filet mignon. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get it just right. Enjoy the process and savor the delicious results. Happy grilling!