The Best Side Dishes for Filet Mignon and Beef Tenderloin
Here are 13 easy side dish recipes that pair perfectly with a filet mignon or beef tenderloin.
Are filet mignon and beef tenderloin the same?
Filet mignon is a part of a beef tenderloin. However, not all beef tenderloin is a filet mignon. A filet mignon is cut from the tenderloin, and it is more tender and not as tough as other cuts of meat.
How do you cook a filet mignon?
There are multiple ways you can cook a filet mignon. You can cook it on the grill, the stovetop and in the oven. One of the easiest and best ways to cook a filet is by first searing it on the stovetop and finishing it in the oven. In this blog post, I share how to cook filet mignon in the oven or on the stovetop or grill. I also share how to prepare a bacon-wrapped filet mignon.
How do you know when a filet mignon is done?
There are standard temperatures for each degree of doneness when cooking a steak.
- Rare 125°F – Center is bright red; pinkish towards the outside.
- Medium-Rare 135°F – Center is very pink; slightly brown towards the outside.
- Medium 145°F – Center is light pink; outer portion is brown.
- Medium-Well 155°F – Center is slightly pink; outer portion is brown.
- Well 165°F – Uniformly brown throughout.
The best way to test the temperature of a steak is with an internal meat thermometer. Simply insert the tip into the thickest portion of steak for the most accurate reading.
How do you cook beef tenderloin?
I love to sear my beef tenderloin before cooking, as it gives the meat a more pleasant taste and texture. When it comes to actually cooking the beef tenderloin, I have several favorite methods. Here are three of the best beef tenderloin recipes I’ve ever tasted. The “Company’s Coming Roast Beef Tenderloin” recipe is my personal favorite because it’s hands down the best I’ve ever eaten.
Here are 13 delicious sides to go with filet mignon and beef tenderloin:
- Oven-roasted brussels sprouts
- Stir-fry asparagus
- Oven-roasted asparagus
- Baby bleu salad
- Gourmet Gruyere cheese grits – This is my personal favorite out of all these sides!
- Twice-baked potatoes
- Roasted petite carrots and teriyaki haricot vert green beans
- Stuffed sweet potato skins
- Smashed potatoes
- Shaved brussels sprouts salad with pears, pears and gorgonzola
- Roasted green beans and mushrooms
- Southern-style Instant Pot collard greens (or turnip greens)
- Baby kale salad with honey balsamic vinaigrette
What desserts go well with filet mignon or beef tenderloin?
To finish off such a delicious meal, you need something sweet that is just as fabulous. You can never beat a chocolate Bundt cake, a moist red velvet cake or a skillet apple crisp a la mode.
If you give any of these recipes a try, let me know in the comments what you and your family enjoyed! I’d love to know what your favorites were. I hope that these recipes and tips are helpful to you! Be blessed and stay savvy.