The Perfect Way to Cook Tenderloin Steak Every Time

If you’re a fan of tender and juicy steak, then you’ve come to the right place! In this article, I’ll show you how to cook a tenderloin steak that turns out perfect every single time. Tenderloin steak, also known as Filet Mignon, is the most tender and flavorful cut of beef. With the right cooking techniques, you can achieve that restaurant-quality steak in the comfort of your own kitchen.

The Best Method for Cooking Tenderloin Steak

To ensure that your tenderloin steak is tender and juicy, we’ll be using a two-step cooking process. First, we’ll sear the steak in a cast-iron skillet to create a flavorful crust. Then, we’ll finish it off in the oven for a few minutes to cook the center to a perfect medium-rare, yielding a steak that’s pink, juicy, and delicious.

Cooked and sliced beef tenderloin steaks

The Difference Between Tenderloin and Filet Mignon

Before we delve into the cooking process, let’s clarify the difference between tenderloin and filet mignon. Both cuts come from the same part of the cow, the loin. Tenderloin refers to the whole beef tenderloin, whereas filet mignon is a cut from the tenderloin roast, usually from the tapered end. Filet mignon steaks are known for their tenderness, leanness, and lack of marbling.

Why is Beef Tenderloin Expensive?

Beef tenderloin is considered a premium cut of meat due to its tenderness and limited quantity on a cow. As a result, it tends to be higher in price compared to other cuts. However, you can save money by purchasing a whole tenderloin roast and cutting your own steaks at home.

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Equipment and Ingredients You’ll Need

To cook tenderloin steak to perfection, you’ll need the following equipment and ingredients:

  • Heavy skillet (preferably cast iron)
  • Tongs for flipping the steaks
  • Temperature probe or instant-read thermometer
  • Tenderloin steaks
  • Butter (salted or unsalted)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Herb butter (you can use our Garlic Herb Butter recipe or make your own with butter, garlic, and thyme)

A skillet cooked beef tenderloin steak with butter and herbs on top

Cooking the Tenderloin Steak

Now let’s get to the cooking process. Follow these steps to cook a perfect tenderloin steak:

Step 1: Start by patting the steaks dry and seasoning them generously with salt and pepper. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat and add butter and olive oil.

Step 3: Add the steaks to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side, spooning the melted butter over the steaks as they cook.

Step 4: Flip the steaks and cook for an additional 2 minutes, again spooning the butter over them.

Step 5: Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake the steaks for 6-10 minutes, depending on your desired level of doneness. Refer to the temperature chart below for guidance.

Step 6: Once cooked, remove the steaks from the oven and let them rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more flavorful and tender steak.

Tenderloin Steak Doneness Temperature Chart:

  • Rare: 120-125°F (about 4 minutes in the oven)
  • Medium Rare: 130-135°F (about 5-6 minutes in the oven)
  • Medium: 140-145°F (about 6-7 minutes in the oven)
  • Medium Well: 150-155°F (about 8-9 minutes in the oven)
  • Well Done: 160°F (about 10 minutes in the oven)
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Beef tenderloin steak with butter

Serving Suggestions

To complete your gourmet steak dinner, consider pairing your tenderloin steaks with the following side dishes:

  • Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Green Beans
  • Slow Cooker Creamy Corn
  • Smashed Potatoes
  • Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls
  • Maple Glazed Carrots
  • Steakhouse Shrimp Salad
  • Parmesan Orzo

With this foolproof method, you’ll be able to cook tenderloin steak to perfection every time. Impress your friends and family with this restaurant-quality dish, and enjoy the flavorful and tender results. Visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more cooking tips, recipes, and guides to elevate your culinary skills. Happy cooking!