Filet Mignon with Pomegranate-Pinot Reduction

I admit it… I thoroughly enjoy a quality filet every now and again, and when paired with a fine red wine, it’s one of my favorite meals. I came across this recipe from Cooking Light, and after reading the rave reviews, I just had to try it. I’m not a huge fan of plain pomegranate juice, but knew when mixed with the other ingredients, it would yield an amazing sauce. And I was right! You can serve this dish with a small side salad or greens, and roasted potatoes, a sweet potato (or yam), my delicious cheese grits, or your favorite side. Don’t be weary of cooking the beef in a skillet… it came out excellent, but feel free to grill or broil your filet.


  • 4 (4-oz.) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed
  • 3/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp minced shallots
  • 1/3 cup pinot noir or burgundy wine
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/3 cup fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chilled butter, cut into small pieces (you can omit the butter if you desire)


  1. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Sprinkle steaks evenly with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steaks to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
  4. Remove steaks from pan; keep warm. (I wrap them up in aluminum foil)
  5. Add shallots to pan; sauté 30 seconds.
  6. Add remaining 1/4 tsp pepper, wine, juice, broth, and thyme sprig; bring to a boil.
  7. Cook 7 minutes or until reduced to about 3 tablespoons.
  8. Remove from heat; discard thyme sprig.
  9. Add butter to sauce, stirring until butter melts.
  10. Serve sauce with steaks.

Source: Cooking Light

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Published by Denise

My name is Denise and I love good food, but enjoy preparing it more. I spend a good portion of my free time searching recipes, experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with tasty creations. Some of my other favorite things are my pets, family, friends, traveling (especially to tropical destinations and Paris), the beach, music, movies, and shopping, to name just a few ;)

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