Fillet steak – pronounced Fill-ette – is cut from a cow carcass’ tenderloin muscle, located towards the back of the rib cage. Because this muscle does not bear any weight of the cow, it’s not exercised and unlike almost all other steaks, it’s connective tissues are not toughened. Ultimately, this delivers the very softest, most tender cut of beef one can find! Despite being so tender, the fillet steak is almost always a very lean cut of meat with little intermuscular fat (marbling) — giving it a finer, more subtle taste than other steak cuts. This also means the fillet steak suits itself nicely with every and any setting, side or sauce!Buy Sustainable Fillet Steak
The word Fillet derives from the french term “filet” — which translates literally to “thick slice”. As this suggests, fillet steaks are traditionally cut into relatively thicker slices as, unlike other steaks, their surface area is by nature limited by the small diameter of the round tenderloin. Each cow carcass typically delivers about 2 Kg of fillet steak which, alongside its unique tenderness and texture, makes it the most expensive steak!
Though this might not always be immediately available, it’s very important to ensure that the fillet steak you select has come from a cow that has been grass fed. Grass fed fillet steaks are healthier to eat (grass fed beef has higher % of vital vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids) and is much, much richer in taste!
Fillet steaks from a grass-fed cow are hallmarked by their dark red color, paired with an ‘orangey’ (rather than traditionally, pale white) fat coloration. This orangey color stems from the vitamin A filled natural grass the cow has eaten throughout it’s life. To learn more about the benfits of grass fed beef, check out our definitive guide on Grass fed beef!Buy Grass fed Fillet steak
Some say that dry-ageing fillet steaks delivers the best taste and tenderness while others swear by Wet-ageing. We’re not going to dive into the intricate differences (there are many) here, but our strong recommendation is to find beef that you try to source fillet steaks that have been both dry and wet aged for a total of 21 days! Having experimented endlessly, we’ve found that this delivers the best balanced taste and flavor! Click here to read more about what the experts say on dry and wet ageing.Buy 21 day WET & DRY AGED Fillet Steak
Eat This Much have an awesome overview of the nutritional facts of the standard beef fillet that we recommend strongly to get a good understanding of fillet steaks in this regard. Have a look at an excerpt below:
|Fillet Steak nutritional facts|
|Serving size of 85g|
|Per Serving||% Daily Value|
|TOTAL FAT 3.5g|
|Total Carbohydrates 0g||0%|
If stored in a standard fridge, fillet steak will likely last between 3 - 5 days regardless of how it has been packaged. When frozen, fillet steak can last for 6 months when packaged normally in plastic. If frozen and vacuum packed, fillet steak will very comfortably last for up to (and even over) 1 year without losing any of its flavour. Why?...Have a read of our deep dive into the science behind vacuum packing beef to learn more!Buy vacuum packed Fillet Steak
There are many different methods on how to cook fillet steak including: frying, grilling, sous vide, BBQ, boiling and slow cooking. We encourage you to read our specialist guide on how to get melt-in-the-mouth fillet steak results, every time! In the meantime, here’s a rough snippet:
Our strong recommendation is to serve your Fillet steak with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Broccoli!Buy Sustainable Fillet Steak