Filet Mignon with Marsala Caramelized Onions

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This recipe for Filet Mignon with Marsala Caramelized Onions is the best dinner I’ve eaten in a long time!

Filet Mignon with Marsala Caramelized Onions

Now that my son is a big-time teenager, he’s involved in high school activities most weekend nights.  This leaves plenty of time for my husband and I to have “date night!”  We very rarely go out to dinner.  I don’t like spending the money to take a chance that what I’m eating out is going to be as good or better than what I can prepare at home.  This is one of those dinner recipes that was made at home and better-than-restaurant-quality!

Marsala Caramelized Onions

This recipe all begins with the onions.  They’re slow cooked to caramelize them in the end.  Then they’re doused with Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine to give them a burst of delicious flavor the is going to go perfectly with your tender piece of filet.

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After the marsala cooking wine has reduced down and absorbed completely into the onions, a sprinkle of fresh thyme finishes them off.  Give the onions a taste at this point and you will see how absolutely wonderful they are!

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I give some instructions for how to make a perfectly cooked filet mignon in the recipe below.  You’ll be serving it on top of a nice pile of the Marsala Caramelized Onions.

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If all goes well, you should have a nice, tender piece of filet.  Grab a forkful of the onions to go with each bite.  You’ll find the the Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine has really enhanced the flavor of regular caramelized onions.  The Marsala flavor component is a perfect pairing with beef.

This recipe would be nice for a Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve special dinner.  And of course, it’s perfect for date night too.  My husband had a very happy tummy on this date night!

Filet Mignon with Marsala Caramelized Onions

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes


          Marsala Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme


  • 2 medium-sized filet mignon
  • kosher salt
  • about 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • thyme leaves, for serving
  1. Prepare the caramelized onions:  Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions.  Sprinkle with salt.  Cook the onions over medium to medium-high heat for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring often.  The onions will begin to brown, soften and reduce down.  Once they are looking nicely browned and softened (about 30 minutes in), add the Marsala Cooking Wine.  Turn heat to medium-high and continue to cook and stir until the wine cooks into the onions and evaporates.  Remove the onions from heat and sprinkle in the fresh thyme.  Set aside.
  2. While the onions are cooking, prepare the filets.  Pat the filets dry with a paper towel, sprinkle both sides with salt and let sit on a plate at room temperature.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet at medium-high heat.  Pat the filets dry with a paper towel one more time, rub with garlic and sprinkle with pepper.  Add the filets to the hot pan.  Cook until browned, about 5 minutes on each side.  Check with a meat thermometer for desired doneness:  120° for rare, 130° for medium-rare.  Top each filet with 1/2 tablespoon butter and let it melt on top.
  4. Divide the onions between two plates.  Place a cooked filet on top of each pile of onions.  Sprinkle with additional thyme and serve.

Filet Mignon with Marsala Caramelized Onions Recipe

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Disclosure:  This recipe was created in partnership with Holland House Cooking Wines.  I only write about products that I already use in my kitchen- and this is one of them! maintains full editorial control of the content published on this site. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and enthusiasm for products are entirely my own.

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  • Shawna wrote:

    Steak looks a little overcooked to me. One never wants to ruin a perfect steak.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You are, of course, welcome to cook your steak however you’d like it- rare, medium or well done! Sometimes I like mine a little more pink, but this one turned out tender as can be!

  • Andi @ The Weary Chef wrote:

    This looks absolutely incredible, Lori. I wish I could dive right in!

  • Chrissie ( wrote:

    Wow! You have made this look so easy! I may just give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristyn wrote:

    This is a beautiful entree, I’ll have to try this out sometime!

  • Jamie | My Baking Addiction wrote:

    This looks so darn good, Lori! I think I may have found our Christmas Eve dinner! 

  • Maryanne @ the little epicurean wrote:

    It’s been so long since I’ve cooked steak at home. I love the idea of a date night at home. That means I can wear my pjs! 

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles wrote:

    It’s been so long since I’ve had a filet. And now I want THIS one! Love what you did with the onions. 

  • Trish – Mom On Timeout wrote:

    I’m officially craving filet mignon at 6:45 in the morning. Yum!

  • Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama wrote:

    These looks absolutely amazing! And marsala caramelized onions? Oh my goodness! Yes, please! 🙂

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust wrote:

    I’m in love with this recipe! My husband loves caramelized onions, and we both love filet. Totally our next date night meal!

  • Teresa wrote:

    Wow, I think I could eat this for dinner every night. Looks so elegant and delicious.

  • Amanda wrote:

    If it will give me a steak that looks like that, I will buy GALLONS of that Marsala cooking wine!!!

  • Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie wrote:

    Lori this is just gorgeous! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig wrote:

    Lori this is so beautiful! We are huge steak eaters and I’m always trying to jazz them up. What a great idea for the onions especially! Thanks for sharing as my husband and I find we are alone more often these days with the teens off living their busy lives.

  • Aggie @ Aggie’s Kitchen wrote:

    This looks incredible, those onions are making my mouth water!! I love making better than restaurant meals at home, such a win for so many reasons.

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    Gorgeous! This is perfect for a date night. My Hubby would be super impressed! 

  • Sandy @ RE wrote:

    Lori, this looks amazing. Better than the ones we had in London, for sure :LOL. Perfect for holiday entertaining, too!

  • Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T wrote:

    That is one good lookin’ dinner! My family would love it. Pinned!

  • Linde wrote:

    Beautiful date night dish! I’d add a slice of blue cheese butter to the steak to send it over the top! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) wrote:

    INCREDIBLE! I love filet mignon and caramelized onions and yeah this just looks outstanding