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Filet de Bœuf / Fillet Steak

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When buying fillet steak, thicker pieces are less likely to overcook, so aim for a steak that’s almost as tall as it is wide. It’s IMPORTANT that the steak at room temperature before you cook it. So remove the fillet steak from the fridge at least 30 minutes and no more than 2 hours before cooking. Heat the pan until it's SMOKING HOT if you are after a charred smoky crust. (My smoke detector actually went off when I was preparing the steak. The sound of the alarm is worse than nails on a chalkboard and very frightening that my cats went be prepared.)
I prefer my steak prepared with nothing other than a sprinkling of salt and a generous twist of pepper. The add of smashed garlic and thyme to the hot fat (avocado oil and butter) while the steak is cooking help add extra flavour to the steak without overpowering it. But feel free to use your favourite marinade.

  • 225 g - 250 g Fillet steak
  • Pink or regular sea salt
  • Freshly milled pepper
  • Avocado oil
  • 1 Large garlic clove, smashed
  • 2-3 Fresh sprigs of thyme
  • 50 g Butter
  1. Pat the steak dry with kitchen paper and leave to come up to room temperature for an hour or so, covered with a clean kitchen towel.
  2. Sprinkle the black salt all over both sides of the steak and rub in, followed by a grind of pepper. Drizzle each steak with a little of avocado oil and rub in on both sides. Work the seasoning into the steak using your fingertips.
  3. Meanwhile place a griddle pan or heavy-based frying pan over a high heat and add enough avocado oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When smoking hot, add the steak into the pan using tongs and leave the beef to caramelise without moving it for 2 minutes, until it has a wonderful dark golden crust. Turn the steak over and repeat.
  4. Add the smashed garlic and sprigs of thyme to the pan, followed by generous knobs of butter. Allow to melt and bubble, all the while basting the butter over the steak, for 1 minute on each side for a perfect blue-rare finish or until done to your liking.
  5. Remove the steak from the heat and rest on a plate for 8-10 minutes, covered loosely in foil. Serve with roasted potatoes and salad greens if you like. | © 2020 | | © 2020 | | © 2020 |


speedy70 8/12/20 08:37

Molto invitante, lo adoro cotto al sangue!!

Natalia 8/12/20 10:28

Wonderful idea, looks so perfect!

The Exclusive Beauty Diary 8/12/20 11:36

That steak look so delicious and presentation is amazing.

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Tom 8/12/20 14:02

...a bit too rare for me. Keep a cooking.

Julie 8/12/20 14:28

perfect cooked steak,looks super delicious !!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 8/12/20 15:07

wow that is gourmet gorgeous! This would definitely make me not want to be vegan anymore!

Kitchen Riffs 8/12/20 15:35

I often prepare my steak exactly the same way. Although I do like a wine reduction sauce. :-) Good post -- thanks.

Sherry's Pickings 9/12/20 01:41

hi angie
this looks sooooo tasty. i have never cooked a steak in my life (ex-vego) but this makes me hungry. i do eat it about once a year at a local pub:) have a safe and happy festive season.

Nancy Chan 9/12/20 09:16

I am not used to meat that looks so red. I have a friend who will love this.

Victoria 9/12/20 12:50

Thank you very much for the recipe )

Suja Manoj 9/12/20 14:18

It looks gorgeous and delicious, thanks for sharing this recipe.

Tanza Erlambang 9/12/20 15:01

meat invites me to have a perfect dinner....yummy.

foodtravelandwine 9/12/20 15:48

It must be delicious!....I hope the cats are doing well after the alarm went on...I can imagine the situation!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

claire 9/12/20 21:21

Great images! I have never tried avocado oil :-)

Nammi 10/12/20 12:50

Oh my I want a piece of that steak!

Eva Taylor 10/12/20 13:20

What an amazing looking steak, love how you’ve cooked it rare.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida 10/12/20 18:58

This looks mouth wateringly delicious!!

Pam 10/12/20 22:32

That is my kind of filet, Angie! Yum, yum!!!!! Just a little salt and pepper and very rare, gorgeous! Might have to try the avocado oil next time. Delicious meat, thanks!

Aarthi | Prepbowls 11/12/20 04:59

Presentation looks gourmet! love the seasonings and avocado oil is totally new to me. Your tips are helpful to prepare the steak, thanks for sharing this!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 12/12/20 17:10

My husband will be right over! You cooked this fillet perfectly for him! I prefer just salting and a bit of pepper, too. So yummy.

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 12/12/20 19:10

We love a great steak and yours is making my mouth water like a fool, Angie! Love the butter, it's such a great little secret for taking filets to a new level of deliciousness!

Torviewtoronto 13/12/20 21:00

lovely pictures rosemary and garlic goes well

Katerina | Once a Foodie 14/12/20 11:58

What a perfectly cooked steak, Angie - absolutely mouthwatering!

Lauren - 16/12/20 00:15

beautifully cooked filet! I'm hungry just looking at it!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 19/12/20 16:57

What a beautiful steak and cooked to perfection! I'm usually a medium rare person but my husband likes it just like yours :) I use avocado oil often and am lucky to be able to buy it in large containers at Costco here. I especially like using it with high heat cooking such as this.


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