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.
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.
- Heat the grill or broiler
- Check the steak thickness
- Test the steak
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.
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.
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.