A Savory Delight: Recreating Carrabba’s Filet Bryan Recipe

If you’ve ever dined at Carrabba’s, you know the heavenly delight that is Filet Bryan. This iconic dish features tender filet mignon, topped with a luscious basil lemon butter sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and creamy goat cheese. Now, I don’t know about you, but indulging in Carrabba’s on a regular basis doesn’t quite fit into my budget. So, I set out to recreate this mouthwatering masterpiece in the comfort of my own kitchen. And guess what? It’s easier than you might think!

Unveiling the Origins of Filet Bryan

Let’s start with a little backstory. The Carrabba family, after immigrating to the US from Italy in 1890, settled in Bryan, Texas. Inspired by their hometown, the Carrabbas opened their first restaurant in Texas in 1986, which eventually grew into the beloved chain we know today. Filet Bryan was named in honor of their Texan roots.

Ingredients and Equipment

Before we dive into the cooking process, let’s gather the necessary ingredients and equipment:


  • Garlic press
  • Broiler pan or cast iron skillet


  • 2 filet mignon (around 2 inches thick)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Minced onion
  • Fresh garlic
  • Butter
  • White wine
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Goat cheese

Ingredients Required to make Filet Bryan from Carrabba

Cooking Instructions

Now, let’s get to the fun part – cooking!

  1. Cook the steaks. Brush the filet mignon with a touch of olive oil, and season them with a sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper. Depending on your preference, you can either broil the steaks in the oven or cook them on the stovetop in a cast iron skillet. Personally, I find broiling to be the perfect method for achieving a rich, flavorful crust.

  2. Prepare the aromatics. While the steaks are sizzling away, let’s work on the sauce. Sauté minced onion and fresh garlic in butter until they become soft and fragrant. The aroma alone will make your taste buds tingle with anticipation.

  3. Craft the sauce. Add a generous splash of white wine and fresh lemon juice to the sautéed onions and garlic. Reduce the heat, allowing the flavors to meld together into a harmonious symphony. It’s important to keep the sauce at a gentle simmer, ensuring that it doesn’t break.

  4. Enhance the sauce. Gradually add small pieces of butter to the simmering mixture, allowing them to melt and blend seamlessly. This emulsifies the sauce, resulting in a velvety smooth texture that coats each bite of the succulent filet.

  5. Infuse flavor and depth. Introduce sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil leaves to the sauce, stirring gently until they are warmed through. Be mindful not to overcook the sauce, as overheating can cause it to separate.

  6. Assemble the Filet Bryan masterpiece. Top each filet mignon with thick slices of creamy goat cheese. Pop them back into the oven just long enough for the cheese to reach a luscious, sour cream-like consistency.

  7. Savor the moment. Spoon the tangy and aromatic lemon butter sauce, brimming with sun-dried tomatoes, over the goat cheese-adorned filets. The flavors will intertwine, creating a symphony of taste that will delight your palate.

  8. Serve with a twist. Accompany your Filet Bryan with your choice of pasta or zoodles (zucchini noodles), generously drenched in the extra lemon butter sauce. Alternatively, pair it with steamed broccoli, allowing the vibrant green florets to bathe in the delectable sauce. Don’t forget to sprinkle some freshly chopped basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan Romano cheese for that extra touch of perfection.

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Carrabba's Filet Bryan

Pro Tips for the Ultimate Filet Bryan Experience

  • Whisk or stir the lemon butter sauce frequently to prevent it from breaking. Keep the heat low and remove it from the stove as soon as it’s warmed through.
  • Even if the sauce breaks, don’t fret! It may resemble a separation of lemon juice and butter, but fear not. It still tastes exceptional and can be enjoyed despite its altered texture.
  • Feel free to experiment with other cuts of beef. While filet mignon is a personal favorite, this tantalizing sauce complements various beef dishes. Who says you can’t have Filet Bryan-inspired burgers?

The Perfect Pairings

Wondering what to serve alongside your Filet Bryan masterpiece? Here are a few delectable options:

  • Pasta or zoodles, generously coated in the lemon butter sauce
  • Steamed broccoli, bathed in the tangy goodness
  • Parmesan roasted carrots for a touch of sweet and savory
  • Crockpot mashed potatoes topped with the delectable sauce

Filet Bryan Plating

Storing the Leftovers

While this recipe typically serves two, you may find yourself with extra sauce. Fear not! The leftover sauce is a fantastic addition to noodles, zoodles, or steamed vegetables. As for the cooked steak, store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container or zippered plastic bag for up to 3-4 days. To preserve its tenderness, gently reheat it in a 250º oven for approximately 20 minutes. Avoid microwaving steak, as it can become rubbery and lose its flavor. Take the extra time to savor the mouthwatering results.

Unleash Your Inner Chef

Now that you have the coveted recipe for Copycat Carrabba’s Filet Bryan, it’s time to put your culinary prowess to the test. Gather your ingredients, channel your inner chef, and treat yourself to a homemade gourmet experience. With each bite of the tender filet, creamy goat cheese, and tangy lemon butter sauce, you’ll savor the essence of Carrabba’s right in your own dining room.

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So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive into the delicious world of Filet Bryan and indulge in a flavor-packed adventure like no other! But before you go, don’t forget to visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more delectable culinary inspiration.

Enjoy your culinary masterpiece!