Jillian Hamill, a culinary savant with a deep passion for grilling and barbecuing, holds an esteemed degree from the Culinary Institute of America. Prior to her decision to divulge her unique grilling methods to the world, she honed her skills in multiple Michelin-starred establishments. Jillian's expertise, now available through Grill Matey, embodies the perfect blend of professional training and practical experience.
Grilling filet mignon to perfection
Ah, filet mignon, the king of steaks! Grilling this tender cut of beef is a true art form, and I'm here to guide you through the process step by step. By the end of this guide, you'll be able to impress your friends and family with perfectly grilled filet mignon every time.
1. Start with quality filet mignon: The first step to grilling the perfect filet mignon is to start with high-quality meat. Look for well-marbled steaks with a bright red color. The marbling adds flavor and juiciness to the meat.
2. Preheat your grill: Preheating your grill is essential for achieving a nice sear on the outside of the steak while keeping the inside tender and juicy. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, around 400-450°F (204-232°C).
3. Season the steaks: Keep the seasoning simple to let the natural flavors of the filet mignon shine through. Generously season both sides of the steaks with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. You can also add a sprinkle of garlic powder or your favorite steak seasoning for extra flavor.
4. Oil the grates: Before placing the steaks on the grill, oil the grates to prevent sticking. Use a pair of tongs and a folded paper towel soaked in vegetable oil to lightly oil the grates.
5. Sear the steaks: Place the filet mignon steaks on the preheated grill and let them sear for about 2-3 minutes per side. This will create a beautiful crust on the outside of the steak. Avoid flipping the steaks too often, as this can prevent a good sear from forming.
6. Move to indirect heat: Once the steaks are seared on both sides, move them to a cooler part of the grill or reduce the heat to medium-low. This will allow the steaks to cook more gently and evenly without charring the outside.
7. Use a meat thermometer: To ensure your filet mignon is cooked to your desired level of doneness, use a meat thermometer. For medium-rare, cook the steaks until they reach an internal temperature of 135°F (57°C). Keep in mind that the temperature will rise a few degrees as the steaks rest.
8. Let it rest: After grilling, remove the filet mignon 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.
9. Serve and enjoy: Finally, it's time to dig in! Serve your perfectly grilled filet mignon with your favorite sides and enjoy the juicy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
Remember, practice makes perfect. Don't be discouraged if your first attempt isn't exactly how you envisioned it. With time and experience, you'll become a master at grilling filet mignon. For more grilling tips and recipes, be sure to check out Grill Matey, your ultimate guide to perfect grilling. Happy grilling!