Filet Mignon au Poivre

My favorite fancy steak dish is Filet Mignon au Poivre (Filet Mignon with pepper). This is a simple version of the steak au poivre you’ve had in restaurants.
Filet Mignon au Poivre


  1. 4 filets mignon, 8-10 oz. each
  2. 1 Tbs. butter
  3. 2 tsp. chopped French shallots
  4. 1/4 cup brandy
  5. 1 Tbs. black peppercorns, cracked
  6. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  7. 2 tsp. demi-glace (optional)


  • Trim the filets if necessary, removing all but the central true filet part, as well as the tough “silverskin.” Salt and pepper lightly.
  • Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and turn the pan to distribute and melt it quickly. Put the steaks into the skillet. Scatter the chopped shallots around the steaks.