Filet Mignon with Blender Bearnaise Sauce


Perfect Pan-seared Filet Mignon with Blender Bearnaise Sauce for two is a simple recipe for a special occasion dinner and is sure to impress!

Perfect Filet Mignon with Blender Bearnaise Sauce for two is great, simple recipe for a special occasion dinner and is sure to impress!

Mr. Wishes and I like a good steak once in a while, but since it can be pricey, we save the indulgence for special occasions or date nights.  For our anniversary this year we cooked up these juicy beef tenderloin steaks – it really makes for a glorious meal and the taste was spot on!

Filet Mignon is known as the king of steaks for a reason: if it’s cooked right, it can be cut with the side of your fork. It is one of the most tender cuts of steak that you can buy and, therefore, it doesn’t require any fancy seasonings.  I have tried many different variations of seasoning and I always come back to just plain ol’ kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper!  I also prefer my steaks pan seared or grilled.  It really brings out the flavor.

It’s really easy to overcook filets, so as long as you’re careful, they will turn out perfect every time!  I always cook mine to medium-rare (Certified Angus Beef taught me well!) but you can cook it to your liking.

Beef Tenderloin, also known as Filet Mignon, with Blender Bearnaise Sauce recipe for a homemade restaurant quality dinner.

I like to mix it up with the steak sauces and try different variations.  Honestly, filets don’t NEED any sort of sauce because they do a fine job of holding their own, but once in a while it’s fun to have a special sauce to go with them.  I wanted more of a “fancy” sauce this time and made the Bearnaise sauce right in the blender.  If you have never tried this classic French sauce, you must try it!  The filet was perfect but the real show stopper was the Bearnaise because it just added that perfect touch.  It was simple and worked like a charm.  You can drizzle the Bearnaise sauce over the top of the steaks or serve it on the side for dipping.

I served this Filet Mignon with Blender Bearnaise Sauce alongside a potato hash, roasted asparagus and sourdough bread (because we are those weird Italians who just HAVE to have bread with every meal).  Enjoy!
Filet Mignon with Blender Bearnaise Sauce recipe for a fancy dinner at home.
Filet Mignon with Blender Bearnaise Sauce
Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: French
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 2
Perfect Pan-seared Filet Mignon with Blender Bearnaise Sauce for two is a simple recipe for a special occasion dinner and is sure to impress!
  • 2 tenderloin steaks/filet mignon (preferably Certified Angus Beef )
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Blender Bearnaise Sauce:
  • ½ of a bunch fresh tarragon
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • ⅛ cup champagne vinegar
  • ⅛ cup dry white wine
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ stick butter, melted
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Take the beef tenderloins and drizzle with olive oil. Season well all over with plenty of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper all over. Make sure they are at room temperature before cooking.
  2. Place a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on the stove top, add a small amount of oil to the pan. When oil shimmers, place tenderloins in pan. When juices begin to rise to the surface of the meat, about 2-3 minutes, flip steaks with tongs and sear the other side for another couple minutes and check doneness with an instant-read thermometer.
  3. Thermometer when inserted into the thickest part (from the side) of the meat should read 135 degrees F for medium-rare.
  4. Remove from pan and tent with foil while you let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting into.
  5. Make the bearnaise reduction first. In a small saucepan, combine half of the tarragon, shallots, vinegar and wine over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by half. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Blend yolks and bearnaise reduction together in a blender. With the blender running, add ⅓ of the butter in a slow steady stream. Once it emulsifies, turn the blender speed up to high and add the remaining butter. Add the remaining half bunch of fresh tarragon leaves, season with salt and pepper and give it 1 more buzz. Set aside in a warm spot to hold the sauce.

 Recipe source:  sauce from Tyler Florence, Food Network

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18 Responses to “Filet Mignon with Blender Bearnaise Sauce”

  1. August 13, 2015 at 12:24 AM #

    What a gorgeous steak! I love Filet Mignon…and love Certified Angus Beef as well. 😉 Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. Can’t wait to make it and share with my family.

  2. August 13, 2015 at 3:37 PM #

    Oh I love me a good filet and your sauce sounds perfect!

  3. August 13, 2015 at 3:48 PM #

    Filet Mignon is my CUT of choice (with a juicy ribeye second). I love that blender sauce you added too. This is such a perfect date night in dish 🙂

  4. August 13, 2015 at 5:04 PM #

    Of course my fellow CAB blogger would have perfectly prepared steak! I’ll be in your neck of the woods over Labor Day, want to make it for me 😉

    • August 14, 2015 at 7:42 PM #

      Oh we should try to get together!! CAB taught me well 🙂

  5. August 14, 2015 at 8:54 AM #

    My husband would definitely prefer his steak sans the sauce. For me however, I’d like to smother mine in it. I’m going to have to make this…and eat it with a spoon!

    • August 14, 2015 at 7:42 PM #

      I prefer without a lot of times, too! My husband always has to have a sauce 🙂

  6. August 14, 2015 at 9:50 AM #

    You are speaking my language with this post! We are huge fans of beef around here. And you just cannot beat a tender fillet with a classic bernaise. This is a pretty much perfect meal if you ask me.

  7. August 14, 2015 at 10:45 AM #

    Congrats on the anniv. Also, these steaks are mouthwatering. The sauce is gorgeous too.

  8. August 14, 2015 at 11:26 AM #

    “champagne vinegar” sounds perfect for an anniversary filet mignon!

  9. August 14, 2015 at 2:18 PM #

    I’m drooling! And I love the blender trick with your bearnaise sauce – so much easier!!

  10. August 14, 2015 at 3:50 PM #

    I love a good steak, too. A little goes a long way so definitely a good quality cut with a nice sauce is the way to go. Bernaise is such a classic and making it in a blender sounds totally do-able!

  11. August 14, 2015 at 10:18 PM #

    What a perfect steak! I love a good one too, especially at home when I know I can cook it just right. You can’t get any easier than blender bernaise too!

  12. August 15, 2015 at 11:01 AM #

    Happy anniversary!! 🙂 These steaks look like the perfect way to celebrate! That sauce sounds awesome!

  13. August 16, 2015 at 1:48 AM #

    Fabulous steak recipe, nothing better than filet mignon. I want to sink my teeth right in there.

  14. August 16, 2015 at 6:49 AM #

    We are exactly the same way, we don’t get a good cut of meat too often due to the price. But I may just need to suck it up because this filet mignon is calling my name! Looks great!

  15. August 17, 2015 at 7:01 AM #

    I always think that to make the bernaise sauce is a daunting process but just to hear the word blender on it already makes it so aproachable I will be making this for sure!

  16. August 20, 2015 at 3:15 PM #

    Yes to medium rare and steak night! My mom loves bearnaise, so I’m excited to make this with her so our next steak night is even more special!

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