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Caprese Steak will be your new favorite way to make steak! Juicy filet mignon is grilled to perfection and topped with bright tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, shredded basil, and a balsamic reduction for a super flavorful meal.
Why You’ll Love This Caprese Steak Recipe
- Cuisine Inspiration: Italian-American
- Primary Cooking Method: Grill
- Dietary Info: Gluten-free, Nut-free, Low carb
- Skill Level: Easy
This Caprese Filet Mignon takes steak from every day to extra special. The fresh ingredients perfectly balance the rich flavor of the grilled filets, elevating them into more than a simple grilled filet mignon. Here’s why you’ll love this recipe:
- Fresh flavors. I love all of the fresh flavors going on in this dish from the mellow fresh mozzarella to the sweet tomatoes, spicy basil, and smoky balsamic vinegar.
- Easy. Throwing a steak on the grill is one of the easiest ways to prepare it. You can learn how to grill filet mignon below.
- Filling. You won’t need much else along with this meal – from the hearty steak to the rich cheese it will definitely fill you up.
I made this tonight – it was divine!!! I am normally not a steak lover – I could take it or leave it. But I love caprese salads. This combination was sooooooo yummy!!!!! I will definitely make this again. Thank you for dreaming this up!! -Kelly
What You’ll Need
One of the best things about this easy caprese steak recipe? No complicated ingredients! I’ve outlined what you’ll need below. The full ingredient amounts will be in the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Steak: Choose high-quality filets or tenderloin steaks.
- Salt and Pepper: I use Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to season my steaks.
- Olive Oil: I use extra virgin olive oil.
- Tomatoes: I use roma tomatoes but you could also use off the vine or heirloom tomatoes.
- Mozzarella: Fresh mozzarella is a must in this recipe.
- Basil: Basil leaves add authentic flavor.
- Balsamic Vinegar Reduction: You can use store-bought or make your own reduction.
Can I Use Other Cuts of Steak?
I prefer to use filet mignon to make Caprese steak because it’s such a tender and juicy cut of meat. However, some more budget-friendly options could include top loin (strip) steak, flank, and ribeye steak. In general, you’ll want to look for a marbled (meaning that you’ll see the white fat interspersed among the red meat) piece of steak because the presence of the fat will help create a more tender and flavorful cooked steak. Don’t forget to rest the steak after you pull it off of the grill – this will help any cut of steak taste extra flavorful.
How to Grill Filet Mignon
Grilling filet mignon definitely sounds fancy, but it’s also super simple to do. Follow along with my method for how to grill filet mignon below. The detailed instructions will be in the recipe card lower down.
- Season. Sprinkle the filets with salt and pepper.
- Grill. Place steaks on the grill and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
- Flip. Then flip the steaks and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Assemble. Top the steaks with layers of tomato slices, basil leaves, and mozzarella slices. You can either cook the caprese steaks for another few minutes or place them on a platter to rest.
- Serve. Drizzle the steaks with balsamic vinegar reduction before serving.
How Long to Cook Filet Mignon
Here are some guidelines for cooking grilled filet mignon to your desired doneness:
- Rare – For rare steak, grill it for about 5 minutes on each side until the internal temperature when using a meat thermometer reaches 125° F–135° F.
- Medium – Grill the steak for 5-7 minutes on each side. The thermometer should read 135° F–145° F when the steak is done.
- Medium Well – For a medium well-done steak, you’ll want to cook it a bit longer, at 7-10 minutes per side. The correct temperature for a medium well steak is 145° F–155° F.
- Well Done – A well done steak will be cooked for the longest amount of time, for at least 10 minutes per side. The thermometer should read 155° F or above for a well done steak.
Tips for the Best Grilled Filet Mignon
- Bring the meat to room temperature. Before cooking the steak, take it out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter for at least 10 minutes and preferably 30-60 minutes to warm up a bit. This will help the meat cook evenly.
- Use a meat thermometer. To make sure your caprese steak is cooked to your preferred doneness, using a meat thermometer is a must.
- Rest the steak. After grilling to desired doneness, remove the steaks from the grill and rest them for 7-10 minutes before serving. This allows the meat to fully release its juices, making for a more delectable steak.
- Melt the cheese. If you wish, you can place the tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella on top of the steaks and give them a couple more minutes on the grill to melt the cheese a bit.
Here’s how to store any leftover Caprese steak:
- Fridge – Cool the steak and place it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Store the tomatoes, cheese, and balsamic reduction separately in their own air-tight containers in the fridge for up to 2 days.
- To Reheat – Warm the steaks on the stove in a skillet over medium heat. You can add a drizzle of olive oil to prevent them from drying out. You can also use the microwave, though I recommend covering the steak with a bowl to prevent splattering. Then add the toppings and serve.
How to Serve Caprese Steak
Caprese steak goes with so many dishes! Some of my favorite serving suggestions for grilled filet mignon include:
- Potatoes. Try a big pile of Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes or Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Caprese steak. Or in the summer, there isn’t much better than making your favorite potato salad recipe.
- Vegetables. I love simple vegetable sides served with grilled filet mignon. Try my Summer Sauteed Vegetables, Caprese Air Fryer Zucchini Fritters, or Grilled Asparagus with Lemon recipes.
- Salad. A fresh salad is a must with steak! An Easy Greek Salad is full of bright flavors or make Caprese Zoodles Salad to carry through the caprese flavors of the steak.
- Bread. A side of gluten-free bread or rolls is always welcome. I love serving Caprese steak with Gluten Free Garlic Breadsticks, Gluten Free Crescent Rolls, or Gluten Free Garlic Dinner Rolls.
Caprese Filet Mignon Steak
- 4 6-8 oz. filet mignon or tenderloin steaks
- kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 roma tomatoes sliced about 1/4 inch thick (you’ll need eight slices)
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cut into four slices
- 8 fresh basil leaves
- Reduced balsamic vinegar (store bought or make your own)
- Season filets with salt and pepper and lightly brush with olive oil
- Heat grill to high. Place steaks on grill, reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- At this point you have two options: Remove steaks from the grill and top with one tomato slice, one basil leaf, one slice mozzarella, another basil leaf, and another slice of tomato and serve as is. Or you can reduce heat to low, top with one tomato slice, one basil leaf, one slice mozzarella, another basil leaf, and another slice of tomato. Then close the cover and grill for another 3-5 minutes or to desired doneness.
- Remove to a platter, let rest for at least 5 minutes, and drizzle with reduced balsamic vinegar before serving.