This simple recipe for two will give you the perfect Filet Mignon with Cognac Peppercorn Sauce every time! These filet mignons are seasoned with peppercorns and salt, then grilled to your personal taste and served with a creamy cognac peppercorn sauce on top. An elegant dish for steak is easy enough to make and enjoy on a date night, special occasions, and Valentine’s Day.
When choosing the “best of the best” in steaks, choose filet mignon. Filet mignon is the most tender cut of beef you can buy. It’s also one of the most expensive, but they’re worth it!
Grilling them is the best way to cook them. They always turn out super moist, juicy and very tender with every bite. Topped with a decadent cream sauce like this cognac peppercorn sauce made with shallots, peppercorns, cognac, and cream takes this dish to a whole new level!
What is Cognac Peppercorn Sauce?
This cognac peppercorn sauce is basically some heavy cream flavored with cognac and peppercorns and simmered until it thickens. It’s nothing fancy, just a simple cream sauce that makes a very elegant presentation.
How to Make Filet Mignon with Cognac Peppercorn Sauce…
1. First, season the steaks with salt and peppercorns, and set them aside to warm up to room temperature, at least 15 to 25 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, make the cognac peppercorn sauce. In a skillet, saute shallots until they soften on low heat, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cognac and additional peppercorns. Pour in the cream and simmer until the sauce thickens about 3 to 5 minutes.
3. If the cognac peppercorn sauce gets too thick, you can add in some beef stock until you reach your desired consistency. Leave in the skillet to keep warm.
4. Next, heat the grill or your cast iron skillet. Make sure your outside grill or skillet is extremely hot before you add the steaks. Then grill your filet mignons to your taste, either rare, medium or well done.
5. Top each one with some butter. Keep in mind, when grilling, the outside of the filet mignon may be charred, while the inside will be very tender and juicy.
6. Serve in individual dinner plates or in a serving platter.
7. Finally, spoon the rich cream sauce over the filet mignons and serve immediately.
Filet Mignon Au Poivre (which means peppercorns) turns out great every time!
This recipe for Filet Mignon with Cognac Peppercorn Sauce was inspired by our dear friends Christine and Cesar from New York. They prepare this dish every time we get together; it happens to be one of the best steak dishes to serve for a small soiree.
Filet Mignon with Cognac Peppercorn Sauce is definitely a keeper!
Serve these filet mignons with some roasted vegetables on the side. You can serve them with our Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, or our Baked Peas and Artichoke Hearts. You might also want to try our Roasted Baby Red and Yukon Potatoes or Roasted Asparagus.
We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
- 2 lean Filet Mignon steaks (about 1.5 -inches thick)
- 1 Tbsp. mixed peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- olive oil cooking spray
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, and extra
Cognac Peppercorn Sauce:
- 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 small shallots or one small onion-finely chopped
- 1/3 cup Cognac
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tbsp. or more beef stock (optional)
- sea salt to taste
- Scatter some salt and peppercorns onto each steak, and press down on the peppercorns so that it adheres well, and set aside at room temperature to warm up for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the cream sauce. Using a medium-size non-stick skillet, add the butter and shallots and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon until softened. Add the Cognac and one teaspoon of peppercorns to the skillet. Simmer for a minute or two until it reduces.
- Pour in heavy cream and simmer on lowest heat, stirring until it thickens about 5 minutes. BE careful NOT to bring to a boil (to prevent it from curdle).
- Turn off heat. As the cream sauce sits, it will continue to thicken. If the sauce becomes too thick, just stir in some beef stock, about 1 to 2 tablespoons to reach the desired consistency.
- Heat a large non-stick skillet or a cast-iron skillet over high heat. When the pan is hot, spray it generously with cooking spray and add the steaks, peppercorn side down.
- Cook the filet mignon steaks for about 3 to 4 minutes, depending on how rare or medium you prefer. Add the butter on top of each one and flip over the steaks to cook on the other side for the additional 3 to 4 minutes. Top with another slice of butter on top.
- Remove steaks and transfer to a warm serving platter or to individual dinner plates.
- Spoon creamy peppercorn sauce over the filet mignon steaks.
- Serve immediately.
- Serves 2