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Merlot Filet Mignon

Although this is a simple recipe, the filet is rich and elegant enough for a special occasion. Add a salad and rolls, and dinner is done! —Jauneen Hosking, Waterford, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 beef tenderloin steaks (8 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup merlot
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • In a small skillet, cook steaks in 1 tablespoon butter and the olive oil over medium heat until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°), 4-6 minutes on each side. Remove and keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup. Add the cream, salt and remaining butter; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and butter is melted, 1-2 minutes. Serve with steaks.
Nutrition Facts
1 steak with 2 tablespoons sauce: 690 calories, 43g fat (20g saturated fat), 165mg cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 49g protein.

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  • Loiscooks
    Feb 14, 2016

    I didn't have Merlot, so I had to use a red blend. I also also added sauteed mushrooms to the sauce. These steaks were delicious. Good recipe!

  • Veronak
    Nov 8, 2013

    I gave this recipe a four because I made a few adjustments. I used weber Chicago steak seasoning and when the temperature got to about 120 degrees I wrapped very well in aluminum foil placed in the oven at 190 degrees for about 20 minutes. The steak was delicious and tender. The sauce I thought could use a bit more seasoning.

  • akseascout
    Feb 4, 2013

    We substituted a cabernet for the Merlot. Loved the sauce...was good with the orzo we had with it as well. Will definitely make this one again.

  • mommyofmyboys
    Apr 10, 2012


  • aug2295
    Jan 22, 2012

    This was definitely easy to prepare and did deliver an awesome meal. The sauce was pretty good but didn't add that much to the steak.

  • Merlotmania
    Dec 23, 2011

    This is simply awesome!!

  • ragsfood
    Jul 26, 2011

    Nothing to write home about. Sauce too oily and separates from the wine.