Common Cuts of Beef
Also known as: Tenderloin steak.
What it is: Filet mignon (French for “dainty fillet”) is taken from the tenderloin—a long strip of the steer’s most supple meat. (Not sure where that is? See the Beef Cuts diagram.) A 1,000-plus-pound steer yields only about 7 to 15 pounds of this mild cut, which is why it’s fairly expensive.
Price*: $17 a pound.
For 4 people, buy: Four 1¼-inch-thick steaks (6 to 8 ounces each).
Best way to prep: Season with salt and pepper or use a rub.
Recommended Cooking Times (for Medium-Rare)
Grill: 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Sear: 4 to 5 minutes per side.
(For more details on these methods, see How to Cook Steak.)
*Prices are based on averages of figures obtained from retailers around the country; local prices may vary.