Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon Recipe

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Bacon-wrapped filet mignon is a fancy date-night-worthy meal with weeknight simplicity and ease. From prep to clean up, it’s about 25 minutes of work! Who would have thought something so classy could be this easy?

Bacon-wrapped filet mignon sliced in half in a cast iron skillet with a pink center.

This filet mignon recipe is tried and true and one of the easiest methods to yield a perfect steak every time. Make this recipe surf and turf with bacon-wrapped scallops!

Why This Recipe Works

  • The secret to cooking the perfect steak lies in combining pan searing with an oven finish. This gives your filet a caramelized exterior with a juicy tender inside.
  • An oven is much better at providing indirect heat while pan-searing in a cast iron skillet gives you a beautifully caramelized exterior.

Ingredients

  • 10-12 ounce tenderloin beef filets (roughly 1.5- 2 inches thick): look for steaks that are about 2 inches thick and appear plump and deep red in color. Avoid steaks with signs of browning or slimy texture.
  • Salt and pepper: for seasoning and optional dry brining
  • Vegetable or canola oil: these oils are best for searing because they have a higher smoke point than butter or olive oil.
  • Bacon: look for regular-cut bacon in terms of thickness. Thick-cut bacon may take too long to cook.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities below.

How To Cook Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon

Step 1.

Soften the butter in a microwave-safe bowl until malleable, 10-15 seconds. Stir in herbs and garlic until fully mixed. Spoon the butter onto tin foil doing your best to reshape it to resemble a stick of butter. Place in refrigerator for about 10 minutes and remove 5 minutes before adding to the filet.

Garlic and herb compound butter mixed in a small bowl.

Step 2.

Preheat the oven to 415°F. Remove the steak and bacon from the fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking, this is to bring the steak to room temperature and ensure your cooking times are more accurate. Season all sides liberally with salt and pepper. This can be done while your steak comes to room temp.

An uncooked filet mignon steak seasoned with salt and pepper.

Step 3.

Securely wrap each filet with a slice of room-temperature bacon, securing where the two ends meet with a toothpick. If the steak is larger and or longer rather than circular, compress the steak inward to shorten the circumference. This will help the bacon wrap all the way around.

An uncooked filet mignon steak seasoned with salt and pepper and wrapped in bacon.

Step 4.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to an oven-safe cast iron skillet and turn the heat up high, allowing the skillet to become very hot. Twirl the pan to distribute oil as it heats. Once the oil starts to smoke, place the filets face down and sear undisturbed for 2 minutes. Flip the filets and sear for an additional 2 minutes. This will give your filets a nice seared edge. Sear the circumference of the steak by rolling it in the pan for 5-10 seconds a side. This will help to cook the bacon more.

A golden seared side of a filet mignon steak in a cast iron skillet.

Step 5.

Transfer your skillet directly to the oven. [WARNING] skillet may be hot, handle it with oven mitts. For rare, bake for 4 minutes. Medium rare, 5-6 minutes. Medium, 6-7 minutes. Medium well, 8-9 minutes. Remember, depending on the size of the steak, the more or less time it will take. This recipe is ideal for an 8-10 ounce portion, roughly 1.5-2 inches thick.

Step 6.

Remove filets from the skillet and set them on a plate, lightly cover with foil, and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. This is important to bring your steak to its final serving temperature.

Step 7.

Top with a slice of garlic and herb butter and serve. Don’t forget to remove toothpicks before consuming.

Finished bacon-wrapped filet mignon in a skillet topped with herb butter.

Temperature For Steak

The timing/temperature chart below corresponds to the pan sear/oven method in this recipe. It’s a great guide assuming you choose a steak of similar size and thickness as listed in the recipe. I recommend a digital thermometer to verify your desired level of doneness.

DonenessTemperature RangeOven Duration
Very Rare/rare120°F to 125°F 4 minutes
Medium rare125°F to 130°F5-6 minutes
Medium135°F to 140°F6-7 minutes
Medium well145°F to 150°F8-9 minutes
Well done160°F and above10+ minutes

SMOKE WARNING: Cooking steaks at high temps in a skillet tends to get smokey. Open a kitchen window and turn on your kitchen’s overhead vent fan before you start to help with ventilation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the bacon not crispy?

The bacon will not be crisp due to excess moisture. It helps to cook the edges of the steak so the bacon can sear before adding it to the oven. You can alternatively try reverse searing. This will increase the oven duration for the bacon!

Do I need a cast iron skillet?

Cast iron is really versatile and can be used for so many different recipes on my site. Here is the one I have. Any oven-safe pan should do the trick, however, as a disclaimer, I based the cook times and results on cast iron.

What if I don’t have an oven-safe pan?

If you don’t have an oven-safe pan, you can sear your filets on the stovetop and then transfer them to a baking sheet lined with a wire rack. This method works really well at keeping your steaks elevated from the direct heat while in the oven. Just note, this will likely add additional baking time.

What if I’m cooking more than 4 filets?

If cooking more than 4 steaks on a standard skillet, you may need to adjust the cooking times. I wouldn’t attempt to cook more than 6 filets at a time in a single skillet because the heat loss is going to be too significant.

What to Serve With Filet Mignon

Below are a few of my tried and true side dishes to accompany the perfect steak.

More Filet Mignon Recipes

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4.56 from 9 votes

Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon Recipe

Servings: 2
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Pan-seared filet mignon wrapped in bacon and topped with herb butter.

Ingredients 

  • 2 10- ounce thick tenderloin beef filets, roughly 1.5- 2 inches thick
  • 2 slices regular-cut pork bacon, uncooked
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable or canola oil, can use 2 tbsp butter but it has a lower smoke point

Garlic & Herb Butter

  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
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Instructions 

For the herb butter

  • Soften the butter in a microwave-safe bowl until malleable, 10-15 seconds. Stir in herbs and garlic until fully mixed. Spoon the butter onto tin foil doing your best to reshape it to resemble a stick of butter. Place in refrigerator for about 10 minutes and remove 5 minutes before adding to the filet.

For the filets

  • Preheat the oven to 415°F. Remove the steak and bacon from the fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking, this is to bring the steak to room temperature and ensure your cooking times are more accurate. Season all sides liberally with salt and pepper. This can be done while your steak comes to room temp.
  • Securely wrap each filet with a slice of room temp bacon, securing where the two ends meet with a toothpick. If the steak is larger and or longer rather than circular, compress the steak inward to shorten the circumference. This will help the bacon wrap all the way around.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to an oven-safe cast iron skillet and turn the heat up high, allowing the skillet to become very hot. Twirl the pan to distribute oil as it heats. Once the oil starts to smoke, place the filets face down and sear undisturbed for 2 minutes. Flip the filets and sear for an additional 2 minutes. Sear the circumference of the steak by rolling it in the pan for 5-10 seconds a side. This will help to cook the bacon more.
  • Transfer your skillet directly to the oven. [WARNING] skillet may be hot, handle it with oven mitts. For rare, bake for 4 minutes. Medium rare, 5-6 minutes. Medium, 6-7 minutes. Medium well, 8-9 minutes. Remember, depending on the size of the steak, the more or less time it will take. This recipe is ideal for an 8-10 ounce portion, roughly 1.5-2 inches thick.
  • Remove filets from the skillet and set them on a plate, lightly cover with foil, and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. This is important to bring your steak to its final serving temperature.
  • Top with a slice of garlic and herb butter and serve. Don’t forget to remove toothpicks before consuming.

Notes

Cooking steaks at high temps in a skillet tends to get smokey. Open a kitchen window and turn on your kitchen’s overhead vent fan before you start to help with ventilation.
If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet or pan, sear the steaks first and then transfer them to a baking sheet lined with a wire rack. This method works really well at keeping your steaks elevated from the direct heat source but will also add additional cooking time to your oven duration. Plan on 2-3 additional minutes.
Temperatures for steak
Rare: 120°F to 125°F
Medium rare: 125°F to 130°F
Medium: 135°F to 140°F
Medium well: 145°F to 150°F
Well done: 160°F and above

Nutrition

Serving: 1steakCalories: 671kcalCarbohydrates: 12.4gProtein: 29.1gFat: 61.8gSaturated Fat: 24.6gCholesterol: 175mgSodium: 516mgFiber: 2.7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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12 Comments

  1. I put my iron skillet in my Traeger grill. It gets up to around 425 degrees on high. I can sear the steaks on both sides and finish it off on the grill with the lid closed without filling my house with smoke.

    Great recipe. Thanks Shawn.

  2. 5 stars
    Your recipe delicious and simple!! One question though, why does my bacon not get cooked as well? Stays rubbery…any suggestions?

    1. Try searing the bacon a little before wrapping the filet. This may make it a bit more crispy. Sounds like that’s what you’re looking for.

  3. You can also pre heat your skillet in a 400 degree oven and then put on a medium high stovetop and begin your butter sear
    Turn after one and a half to two minutes per side and then finish in the oven, about six minutes depending on thickness
    this comes out rare/medium rare for one and three quarters to two inch filets
    just make sure that you only handle your skillet with mitts

  4. I currently have electric. Hoping to change that, but I’ve prepared on both. Maybe scorching hot is an exaggeration, however you want a very hot skillet when you place the filets on the stove. You need to get a good sear on either side in the two minute window. I’d omit the oil if you’re nervous about smoke, however the searing butter is what makes this recipe. Turn the vent fan on and be prepared for a little smoke. You can turn down the heat if it’s too much, but make sure you maintain a good sizzle.

  5. 5 stars
    Thos waa excellent. I already knew i wanted to make bacon wrapped filets. And i wouldve completed mine on the stove if I hadn’t come across your technique. Finishing them in the oven was just perfect. We topped ours with bleu cheese!! Thank you

  6. Hello, I’ve just recently stumbled on your blog and in an effort to try all your delicious recipes I ran out and bought a cast-iron skillet. So far I’ve made the filet and the chicken pesto Panini sandwiches . Both were amazingly delicious. These recipes are so easy-to-follow and come out tasting like I’ve spent hours working on them! I think Cast iron skillets have come along way and the cleanup is much easier than the older skillets, I purchased mine at bed bath and beyond for $20. So far so good . Tomorrow night I am very much looking forward to trying the chicken Parmesan .

    1. Thanks Jennifer! This is music to my ears. Thanks for your kind words. So glad you love your cast iron skillet – they are the best kitchen tools out there.