Filet Mignon with Marsala Mushroom Sauce

By Marge Perry & David Bonom

This elegant meal is disarmingly simple to prepare. Serve it to guests or make it on a busy weeknight: either way, it is wonderful accompanied with tender-crisp asparagus or broccoli, rice, and a lusty cabernet or a full-bodied zinfandel.

  • Cuisine: American

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4 (5 to 6-ounce) filet mignon steaks, about 1-inch thick

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided

10 ounces white mushrooms, sliced

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

5 garlic cloves, minced

2/3 cup dry marsala wine

1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken broth


  1. Season the steaks with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the steaks and cook until they are well browned and an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 115°F, about 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer the steaks to a plate and tent loosely with foil.
  3. Dissolve the flour in 3 tablespoons of water and set the slurry aside.
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter. When the butter melts, add the mushrooms, onion, thyme, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and continue cooking until the mushrooms start to brown, another 3-4 minutes. Pour in the marsala, bring to a boil and cook until the liquid is nearly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, bring to a boil, and cook until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour slurry and cook, stirring, until thickened, 1 minute. Return the steaks to the skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until the meat is heated through to an internal temperature is 130°F, about 3-4 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and swirl in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter until melted.