Clean Filet Mignon the 123 EASY way!


Filet mignon comes from a steer. It’s the most tender part of the meat in the animal because of where it sits in the higher part of the back underneath the spine. It is lean and tender because of no muscular movement because of where the meat lays in the animal. Filet mignon has a milder flavor. Due to the limited quantity of meat available, drives up the cost of the meat.

How to prep filet mignon for cooking?

Filet mignon is a type of steak cut from the tenderloin of the cow. It is a lean and tender cut of meat that is prized for its delicate flavor and texture. To clean filet mignon, follow these steps:

  1. Start by trimming any excess fat or silver skin from the steak. Use a sharp knife to carefully remove any fat or silver skin that is on the surface of the steak. This will help to ensure that the steak cooks evenly and doesn’t have any tough or chewy bits.
  2. Next, rinse the steak under cold running water. This will help to remove any excess blood or debris that may be on the steak. Be sure to rinse the steak thoroughly, but be careful not to soak it or allow it to come into contact with any other food.
  3. Once the steak is clean, pat it dry with a paper towel or clean dishcloth. This will help to remove any excess moisture and will also help the steak sear better when it’s cooked.
  4. Finally, season the steak with salt and pepper to taste. You can also add other seasonings or marinades if desired.

Once the filet mignon is clean and seasoned, it is ready to be cooked. Filet mignon is best cooked using high-heat methods such as grilling, broiling, or pan-searing. Avoid overcooking the filet mignon steak, as it is a lean cut of meat and can become tough if cooked for too long. To get your filet mignon medium-rare you should aim for a temperature of 135° F or 57° C. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the steak is cooked to your desired level of doneness. For the MyPrepTable to cook this whole visit out Roasted Chateaubriand recipe.

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How to Clean Filet Mignon (PISMO)

Lets simply learn how to clean a Filet Mignon.
Servings 10 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes



  • 1 whole Filet Mignon Pismo is the Terminology used for the meat cut.


  • Gather, clean, wash all ingredients and let's take it to the board.
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  • Using a knife, open the cryovac package and place the filet on a towel to avoid fluids from going all over your table and discard packaging.
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  • Using your towel, pat dry and place filet on your board.
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  • Begin by peeling the skin downward to get to the outer chain of the filet. You can use your knife if needed.
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  • Once you remove outer skin place your finger between the Filet Meat and the chain, run your finger down to the bottom of the Filet Mignon.
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  • Once you have made a grove take your chef's knife and begin to cut the chain off of the actual meat.
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  • Separate the chain and set aside for later cleaning.
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  • Next using your fingers grasp the outer skin and in a downward motion remove the outer skin. It will peel right off exposing the Silver skin.
    * Silver skin is the membrane of the connective tissue that cannot be eaten.
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  • Using your pairing knife, simply slide knife under the silver skin making sure to have your blade facing upward towards the silver skin to avoid cutting out any excess meat.
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  • You will see about a 4-6 inch silver skin, you remove it using your pairing knife in strips. Taking your time and use the skin as a guide for your knife.
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  • Once you are completely done you will have a smooth membrane free filet. You can then clean off any excess fat off the sides of the meat.
    * Remember it is always good to retain some fat which will dissolve in the cooking process creating flavor.
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  • Turn meat over and begin to clean the excess fat on the bottom. They look like square boxes, remove all the way down to the tail end.
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  • This is what the outcome of the clean bottom should be. You are basically done cleaning of the filet mignon. Now lets clean the chain.
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  • Bring the chain and lets extract the meat.
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  • Using a chef's knife begin to work around the larger end of the chain. just begin to pull and cut skin off and you will begin to see the meat chunks.
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  • Feel free to separate with knife also use your knife to cut excess fat from meat.
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  • When finished you will have your Filet Mignon cleaned and ready for use and two extra pieces for another dish.
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  • The two extract pieces of meat that you can cut into pieces and use for steak fajitas, beef satays, dice it up and throw it into chili recipe or simply dice it and feed your favorite four legged friend.
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  • The total yield of meat to scrap is about 3 to 4 lbs. of waste. This is determined by the quality of meat you buy according to FDA types. No Roll, Choice or Prime.
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The Filet Mignon  is a cut of meat taken from the tenderloin part of the animal.

The tenderloin runs along both sides of the back or spine and is usually butchered as two long snake-shaped cuts of meat. The tenderloin is sometimes sold whole. Filet mignon is usually presented as a round cut taken from the thinner end of a piece of tenderloin. It is often the most tender and lean cut. Filet mignon often has a milder flavor than other cuts of meat and as such is often garnished with a sauce or wrapped with bacon. Filet mignon is usually very low in fat marbleizing  and lean in meat cuts. You can cook it as a hole called Chateaubriand or cut it in chunks and pan sear it, grilled it and that is your Filet Mignon.
Author: Nikolaos Saragias
Cost: 130
Course: How To
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Filet Mignon, Meat, Steak

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