Easy Tender Juicy Air Fryer Filet Mignon Recipe

Air Fryer Filet Mignon is one of our favourite quick & easy dinners to cook for meat lovers.

Our simple Filet Mignon in Air Fryer recipe features beef tenderloin steaks seasoned with salt and pepper.

Follow our step by step recipe and you’ll have tender and juicy filet mignon ready to serve in just 20 minutes! It’s the perfect entree to serve when celebrating special occasions like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Valentine’s Day.

We suggest serving Filet Mignon cooked in an air fryer with a fresh salad and crispy potato wedges. Or go all out and serve up a special surf & turf feast with garlic butter doused shrimp or lobster.

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What Is Filet Mignon?

Filet mignon is a cut of beef taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin. The tenderloin runs along both sides of the spine, and is usually butchered as two long snake-shaped cuts of meat.

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, famous for its melt-in-your-mouth texture. It has has a milder flavour than other cuts of beef and as such is often served with a sauce like bearnaise or wrapped with bacon.

Due to the small amount of filet mignon able to be butchered from each animal it is generally the most expensive cut of meat. Although it can be quite costly when dining out, it’s much less expensive to make at home, especially if you purchase a whole tenderloin.

Juicy and tender Air Fryer Filet Mignon is the perfect idea to serve at a celebratory meat-lovers feast!

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Our easy Air Fryer Filet Mignon recipe features beef tenderloin steaks, salt and pepper.
Our easy Air Fryer Filet Mignon recipe features beef tenderloin steaks, salt and pepper.

Best Air Fryers

An air fryer is a small countertop convection oven designed to simulate deep frying without submerging the food in oil. A fan circulates hot air at high speed, producing a crisp layer via browning reactions.

In 2010, Philips introduced the Airfryer brand of convection oven at a consumer electronics fair in Berlin. It used the patented Rapid Air technology, though the term air fryer is now used generically.

Early air fryers were barrel-shaped, though more recently, many have come to resemble toaster ovens and pressure cookers, offering additional functions like toasting, baking, dehydrating and rotisserie.

A decade after their launch, Air Fryers are now one of the trendiest kitchen appliance. They are particularly popular with gourmands living in condos or apartments in big cities like Toronto as they reduce the number of appliances taking up space in your kitchen.

  • Hamilton Beach: I tested this recipe with a Hamilton Beach toaster oven-style air fryer. They are an excellent option for those looking for an affordable air fryer and I particularly like mine as it allowed me to replace my toaster, dehydrator and rotisserie. It’s also easier to spread food out and make it crispy by using a baking tray rather than a basket.
  • Instant Vortex: This popular air fryer is brought to you by the inventors of the popular Instant Pot. It’s 6 quart capacity features an easy to clean tray that air frys, roasts and bakes.
  • COSORI: This 5.8 quart air fryer is an 11-in-1 cooker featuring a nonstick basket and helpful shake reminder setting.
  • Ninja: This premium brand is the perfect option for those looking to invest in a heavy duty stainless steel air fryer. The product has been designed to look similar to an Instant Pot, with the top of the air fryer flipping backwards so you can easily lower a basket filled with food.
  • NuWave: This sleek digital air fryer features a traditional removable basket and reaches temperatures up to 390 F.
Season with salt and pepper before cooking filet mignon in air fryer.
Season with salt and pepper before cooking filet mignon in air fryer.

How To Make Air Fryer Filet Mignon

Our filet mignon recipe is so easy to make you’ll have it ready to serve in under 30 minutes!

There are two methods to making tender and juicy filet mignon in an air fryer, which depend on the style of device you are using.

  • Traditional Basket: air fryers with a removable basket are still the most common. In order to make Filet Mignon in these machines, simply lower the seasoned steaks into the basket.
  • Toaster Oven Tray: modern air fryers featuring a glass door and tray configuration make it easy to prepare Filet Mignon in an air fryer at home. Simply place the steaks in the tray basket and watch them brown and get crispy through the glass door.

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Use a thermometer to ensure your air fryer filet mignon are cooked to your liking. We suggest medium rare.
Use a thermometer to ensure your air fryer filet mignon are cooked to your liking. We suggest medium rare.

My Family Loves Cooking Filet Mignon in Air Fryer

My family loves slicing into a decadent steak dinner.

We often serve beef tenderloin on special occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. When we were kids my mother would typically serve steaks grilled on the barbecue in the summer with HP sauce, grilled corn on the cob, baked potatoes and a simple salad.

After spending months researching the Best Steakhouses in Toronto, I feasted on some of the most decadent steaks and gourmet side dishes.

This easy homemade Filet Mignon recipe is as simple as can be. You can easily elevate your steak game by serving the perfectly cooked meat with a selection of gourmet sauces like Béarnaise or Blue Cheese Sauce.

Now that I’ve upgraded my kitchen with the trendiest new gadget I love making Air Fryer Filet Mignon at home.

Cooking filet mignon in an air fryer is a modern day marvel for home cooks who love to eat a steak feast. Air Fryers cook food much quicker and help ensure Air Fried Filet Mignon are tender, juicy and delicious!

Filet Mignon in Air Fryer produces a tender and juicy steak.
Filet Mignon in Air Fryer produces a tender and juicy steak.

Filet Mignon Temperatures & Doneness

Use a kitchen thermometer to check the interior temperature of filet mignon steaks cooked in an air fryer. This allows you to confirm each steaks doneness so you can offer guests a variety, from rare to well done.

  • Extra Rare or Blue: 80 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Rare: 120 to 125 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium Rare: 130 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium: 140 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium Well: 150 to 155 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Well Done: 160 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
Enjoy a surf & turf feast by serving air fryer filet mignon with shrimp or lobster.
Enjoy a surf & turf feast by serving air fryer filet mignon with shrimp or lobster.

Air Fryer Filet Mignon Recipe Cooking Tips

  • Remove the steaks from the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Pat down the steaks with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture or blood.
  • Spray the filet’s with cooking spray or gently rub with canola oil or olive oil with your hands. This ensure the exterior of the meat gets crispy.
  • Season the exterior of the meat with kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper. If you have a favourite store bought steak seasoning feel feel to substitute.
  • Place the steaks in an air fryer basket in one flat layer. Avoid overlapping or touching to ensure each filet mignon gets brown and crispy on the outside.
  • We suggest cooking filet mignon in an air fryer until Medium Rare. Check the steaks internal temperature with a kitchen thermometer, which should read 130 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once the steak has reached your desired doneness remove the air fryer basket and turn off the air fryer. Tent the meat with tin foil and let rest for 6-7 minutes before serving whole or slicing.
We love serving filet mignon with air fryer fries or potato wedges.
We love serving filet mignon with air fryer fries or potato wedges.

What To Serve With Filet Mignon

Air Fryer Filet Mignon is the perfect dinner to serve steak lovers on for a special celebration like Father’s Day or Mother’s Day.

We particularly like to make filet mignon in an air fryer during the colder months of the year. Our barbecue is usually decommissioned in November and enjoys a Spring cleaning in May. Avoid standing in a blizzard while shivering beside a BBQ by using an air fryer in the cozy comfort of your kitchen.

We love serving Filet Mignon with a fresh salad, sweet potato fries, baked sweet potatoes, sweet potato rice, onion rings, cheesy bacon potato skins, cheesy garlic bread, mac and cheese, brussels sprouts with bacon, and Tater Tot Poutine.

If you’re looking to serve a tasty Surf & Turf themed dinner serve a tender and juicy Filet Mignon with a selection of seafood like shrimp or butter and garlic doused lobster tail.

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Filet Mignon in Air Fryer can be enjoyed on its own or with steak sauces like HP or Béarnaise.
Filet Mignon in Air Fryer can be enjoyed on its own or with steak sauces like HP or Béarnaise.

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How To Make Tender and Juicy Air Fryer Filet Mignon

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Air Fryer Filet Mignon

How to make the best air fryer filet mignon. Our easy recipe features beef tenderloin steaks cooked to perfection until tender and juicy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Filet Mignon
Servings: 2
Calories: 730kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 2 8 oz Filet Mignon Beef Tenderloin Steaks
  • 1/2 tsp Cooking Spray
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 375° F.
  • When cooking filet mignon in an air fryer, begin by spraying each side of the steak with cooking spray, then generously season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the filet mignon steaks in the air fryer basket or wire rack with sheet pan underneath to catch the drippings.
  • Place basket in the air fryer and cook the first side for 10 minutes. Flip the steaks and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the steak reaches your desired doneness.
  • Remove air fryer filet mignon, tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 730kcal | Protein: 100g | Fat: 33.1g | Saturated Fat: 12.2g | Cholesterol: 320mg | Sodium: 260mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 7mg

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