The more I learn about mushrooms, the deeper into mycology I fall. My daughter and I love foraging for, and dining on, chanterelles from old-growth mixed hardwood forests. I hope this will continue to be a family tradition for years to come. We love chanterelles best with a steak or pork chop. Keeping a recipe simple is the best practice, and my daughter and I created this one together!–Eugenia Bone

Filet Mignon with Chanterelle Sauce FAQs

Can you substitute a different type of mushrooms for chanterelles?

Yes, you certainly can. You can substitute your favorite type of mushrooms here. Our testers found that this worked well with cremini or shiitake mushrooms, or a combination of both.

What should you serve with this filet mignon?

The beef and creamy mushroom sauce are the stars of the show here, so a simple side like pan-fried green beans or a baked potato would complement it nicely.

Can I serve the chanterelle sauce with a different type of meat?

Yes. As author Eugenia Bone suggests, the sauce also pairs well with pork chops.

A sliced filet mignon with chanterelle marsala sauce in a bowl beside it on a wooden cutting board.

Filet Mignon with Chanterelle Marsala Sauce

4.75 / 4 votes
We love chanterelles best with a steak or pork chop. Keeping a recipe simple is the best practice, and my daughter and I created this one together!
David Leite
Servings4 servings
Calories1124 kcal
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes


  • Four (8-ounce) beef filet mignons
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil
  • 5 tablespoons (2 1/2 oz) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound fresh chanterelle mushrooms (or substitute your favorite mushrooms), sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup dry Marsala wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
  • Season the beef filets with salt and pepper. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. When the skillet is smoking, add the oil. Carefully set the filets in the skillet and sear them until the meat browns and releases easily from the pan, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the meat over and brown the other side for 2 minutes more.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook to your desired doneness, about 6 minutes for medium-rare.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven, add 4 tablespoons of butter, and baste the meat with the butter for about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer the meat to a platter and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
  • While the meat rests, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in the same skillet over medium heat and add the garlic. Cook until the garlic starts to sweat, 1 to 2 minutes, then toss in the chanterelles. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper and add the thyme. Cook, stirring frequently until the mushrooms release their liquid, 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the wine and continue cooking until the liquid in the pan is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the cream and simmer until the sauce takes on a lovely caramel color and is reduced by about a quarter, about 4 minutes more.
  • Spoon the chanterelle sauce over the filets and serve immediately.
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Serving: 1 portionCalories: 1124 kcalCarbohydrates: 18 gProtein: 44 gFat: 90 gSaturated Fat: 43 gMonounsaturated Fat: 33 gTrans Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 278 mgSodium: 151 mgFiber: 4 gSugar: 6 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2021 Eugenia Bone. Photo © 2021 Evan Sung. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

This filet mignon with chanterelle mushroom sauce recipe was simple and straightforward but so delicious. I love a well-cooked steak with a rich sauce and this recipe fits that description perfectly. It was a quick weeknight meal but had the feeling of a high-end and comforting restaurant dish. The creamy mushroom sauce paired perfectly with a delicious medium rare filet. I would not change a thing in this recipe and will definitely make it again, next time with pork chops as suggested.

Mushrooms are a wonderful accompaniment to beef, and this recipe for filet mignon with chanterelle mushroom sauce certainly delivers. Now my better half is quite finicky about beef dishes, and she raved about the sauce and has advised it best to make this again for her in the very near future. Another winner!

The sauce is reason enough to make this dish, even with basic button mushrooms and an eight-dollar California “Marsala” after having spent so lavishly on the beef. Served with spaetzle and garlicky greens, it’s a winter dinner that takes surprisingly little time. I didn’t put the tenderloins in the oven at all because they sprung back to the touch after searing for three minutes per side and were wonderfully rare after resting. We will be having this sauce far more often than we can afford tenderloin.

I used a mixture of cremini and shiitake mushrooms, and Gran Chef marsala. After seasoning the filets and allowing them to come up to room temperature for 20 minutes, I browned them in two batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. The beef filets cooked for 3 minutes on the first side; 2 on the second and then into the oven for an additional 6 minutes.

We served this with simple buttered green beans and it was lovely – the sauce was incredibly, sumptuously decadent. The meat was fine – nothing to rave about. The butter basting was excessive. I feel like it would have benefitted from a reverse sear or something to add some texture.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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