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Steak and Oven-Baked Frites

In an updated version of classic Steak Frites, slices of tender filet mignon are pan-seared and served with crisp oven-baked fries and Dijon mustard. Mixed greens and a glass of red wine complete the meal.

  • servings: 4
Photography: James Merrell




  • 4 Idaho potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 four-ounce slices filet mignon (beef tenderloin)
  • Dijon mustard, for serving
  • Cooking spray


  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place two baking sheets in oven. Peel potatoes; cut into 1/4-inch sticks. Place in a bowl; toss with olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Carefully remove baking sheets from oven; coat with cooking spray. Divide potatoes between the hot baking sheets in a single layer. Bake, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    While potatoes are cooking, heat a cast-iron or heavy skillet over medium heat until very hot. Place filet slices in a layer of plastic wrap; lightly pound with the flat side of a meat tenderizer until 1/2 inch thick. Season steaks on both sides with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sear in hot skillet until browned on both sides and medium rare in center, about 2 minutes per side. Serve immediately with fries and Dijon mustard.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2001



Reviews (7)

  • Knightcraft 21 Jan, 2008

    curd cheese? is that like cottage cheese?

  • ehlibra 20 Jan, 2008

    Why are you spraying the cookie sheets, when they are hot? The instructions on spray can says to apply to cold sheets or cold cake pans.

  • sbelec 19 Jan, 2008

    Frites are pronounced frits and here in Quebec we don't serve them with parsley either. :/
    If you want a treat, try poutine. French fries with curd cheese and gravy poured over it all. Yummy but fattening!

  • Risottogirl 18 Jan, 2008

    In all my years in France, I have never been served frites with parsley on them :)

  • Roxbury86 17 Jan, 2008

    French fries

  • asl 17 Jan, 2008

    Frites are the french term for french fries.
    Usually served with fresh chopped parsley.

  • lis49dec 17 Jan, 2008

    what are "frites"????