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How long do you cook filet steaks to get them well done?

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Also known as the filet mignon, filet steak should be cooked about 8 minutes on the grill and 16 minutes under a broiler to cook it well done. Steaks that are thicker than 1/2-inch thick will take longer to cook.

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Everyone has a different definition of the perfect filet mignon. However, many people prefer their filet well-done. To get this level of doneness, let the steak cook for longer and make sure to use a high heat.

  1. Heat the grill or broiler
  2. Before putting the steak on, heat up the grill or broiler to high heat. Meanwhile, rub a light layer of oil onto the steak and season it with salt and ground black pepper. Some also like to marinate the steak before cooking it.

  3. Check the steak thickness
  4. Make a quick estimate of how thick the steak is before putting it on to cook. Thickness affects how long it takes to cook. For instance, a 1/2-inch steak will take about 8 minutes on the grill, while a 1-inch steak will take about 14 minutes. Look the thickness up on a cooking chart to find the exact length of time.

  5. Test the steak
  6. Press a finger against the steak when it seems done. A well-done steak should feel firm and juicy, but without a lot of give. For a comparison of how it should feel, cooks should press their thumbs against their pinky fingers. Touch the top part of the first knuckle on the thumb. This is how a well-done steak should feel. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into the steak.

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