Filet Oscar

by Shawnda on March 29, 2009

in Beef,Seafood

Filet Oscar

I am convinced that my husband loves me, not because of my sharp wit or the fact that I know more about football than most men. It’s not because we both have the sense of humor of 13 year-old boys, that I whip up a killer dessert on a whim, or that I wield a mean shotgun in Halo 3. My husband loves me because I learned how to cook a steak. Finally. (You should ask about the T-bone in the crockpot ordeal sometime.)

Filet Oscar

While we were on vacation, I had the most perfectly prepared filet at the most random little place in Breckenridge. They supplied the red meat, we supplied great wine and great company.

The boys ordered grilled local fish, the girls ordered red meat. The Filet Oscar Style came out topped with a creamy mixture of artichoke hearts and crab. We now jokingly refer to my husband’s meal that night as “girly diet food.” His uber bland fish came with a side of limp, over-steamed vegetables and plain rice. I shared. Mostly because I wanted an excuse to grab ice cream afterwards :)

Filet Oscar

The filet was one of the first things my husband insisted that I recreate at home when we returned. Even though I handed him a steak that was covered in a “fancy” sauce and a vegetable, my husband gave it the ultimate rating: This is the best thing you’ve ever made. I’ll take the compliment but I’ll admit… it’s really hard to screw up anything that’s covered with Bearnaise sauce.

We also make it in appetizer form – Filet Oscar Crostini. Total rockstar.

Filet Oscar

Filets served "oscar style" - steak topped with crab meat, blanched asparagus tips, and bearnaise sauce.


  • For the steak*
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 beef tenderloin steaks
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • For the Bearnaise sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh tarragon
  • 3 eggs yolks
  • 1 stick butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • To assemble:
  • 8 oz lump crab, picked over for shells (or the meat from 2 large steamed King Crab legs)
  • Tips from 1 lb asparagus, blanched


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. To steam the crab legs, if using, place the king crab legs in a loose-fitting foil pouch. Before sealing tightly, add a small amount of water. Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Using a fork or a crab-leg-meat-getter-outer, remove the meat from the crab legs and place in a medium bowl.
  4. Gently break up any overly-large pieces with your hands.
  5. To blanch the asparagus tips, bring a small pot of salted water to boil. Add tips and cook for 60-90 seconds, just until the asparagus tips turn bright green.
  6. Remove and immediately place in a bowl of ice water to stop cooking.
  7. Drain and add to the crab.
  8. To cook the steaks: In a large, oven-safe saute pan, melt butter and olive oil over medium-high heat until very hot.
  9. Pat the steaks dry and season both sides liberally with sea salt and cracked black pepper.
  10. Place the steaks in the pan and sear 3-4 minutes. Flip, sear for 3 minutes more and place the pan into the oven.
  11. Cook to an internal temperature of 135 (medium rare), remove from oven and tent with foil while you finish the sauce.
  12. To make the Bearnaise sauce: Boil wine, vinegar, shallots, and fresh tarragon in a small heavy saucepan until liquid is reduced to 2 tablespoons, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve set into a medium bowl, pressing on and then discarding solids.
  13. Whisk the yolks into the vinegar mixture, and then set bowl over a double boiler and cook until hot, whisking constantly until yolks have thickened slightly.
  14. Whisk in butter 1 piece at a time, adding each piece before previous one has melted completely. Remove from heat and whisk in lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste).
  15. Keep warm, if necessary, by leaving it on the double-boiler but make sure to turn off the heat.
  16. To assemble: Add about 1/3 cup of the sauce to the bowl of crab and asparagus. Lightly toss to coat.
  17. Plate the steaks and top with a generous portion of the crab-asparagus mixture. Top with additional Bearnaise sauce and serve.


Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride, sauce adapted from Gourmet

Estimated time: 1 hour 15 minutes


{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl March 29, 2009 at 5:54 am

Wonderful presentation!! Always fun to make dishes that bring back memories.


2 dawn March 29, 2009 at 6:08 am

bearnaise is one of my best creations too. and when I make steak bearnaise for hubby I can get him to clean out the garage with no effort. LOL
now this meal, looks good, no, perfect!


3 Kim of Stirring the Pot March 29, 2009 at 6:36 am

That looks delicious! He’ll be begging you to make it over and over. I love the story about the girls ordering steak and the guys ordering fish. Whatever were those guys thinking : )


4 Diane Pipes March 29, 2009 at 8:28 am

I usually grill steaks to avoid the mess to my stove top, but this looks so unbelievably great (along with your hubby’s comment) that I want to try it. To get to 135 degrees, could you give an approximate time the steaks were in the oven after you seared them? Thanks!


5 Tracey March 29, 2009 at 8:32 am

Wow, that looks so decadent! It sounds like a delicious combination. I’d love you for this one too if I were your husband :)


6 Kerstin March 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

I love recreating dishes we’ve had on vacation too! Your hubby is a lucky guy :)


7 pam March 29, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Don’t you love to hear those words “the best thing you’ve ever made”?


8 cheffresco March 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Wow – looks delicious! Nice work, this is such an amazing meal!!


9 Treehouse Chef March 29, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Okay that looks better than Morton’s Steakhouse.


10 Melissa March 29, 2009 at 6:44 pm

::drooling:: Whenever I see Filet Oscar on the menu at a restaurant I order it. I love the combination of filet with crab and asparagus, and Béarnaise sauce is the best!


11 Kevin March 30, 2009 at 10:35 am

What an amazing meal!


12 nita scot March 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm

WoW, that looks delicious…great photos. I can’t wait to try this one too


13 niki March 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm

these look amazing!


14 Annie March 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Oh.My.Gosh. I’m not even a fan of red meat, especially steak, but I would gobble this up. I think i know what I’m doing with the free filets I get from spending so much money at the butcher shop :)


15 tara April 1, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff. What is it about husbands and béarnaise – it is the perennial favourite around here. Add crab and asparagus, my goodness, he’d be swooning.


16 peabody April 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Oh wow, what a speical dinner treat. Lovely.


17 foodiebride April 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Diane – I’m a slave to the ding of my oven thermometer so I don’t usually pay attention to the baking times too much unless I manually set the timer. I have the filet on next week’s menu so I’ll update with the cooking time.


18 Veronique Deblois February 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Seriously nice food, perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend!


19 Wilk February 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm

The only recipe that on the first page that does not have instructions for bearnaise sauce as something other than “one package bearnaise sauce mix.” Why would someone buy expensive steak and shellfish and top it with a powdered sauce? Thanks for the real thing.


20 Chef Dennis May 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

great job with the filets!! I did veal oscars at the restaurant for years, its a wonderful combination….
thanks for sharing


21 Trish Adkins February 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I just stumbled upon and I am in love with this recipe and your site! Thanks, thanks, thanks!


22 foodiebride February 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm

@Trish Adkins, It’s definitely one of our all-time faves. Hope you like it :)


23 Christian Friborg November 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Meat. Steaks. Heaven sent! Looks so creamy and juicy too.


24 Vicky Lynn December 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm

A friend forwarded this recipe to me several weeks ago and I’ve had it on my to-do list ever since. I decided to make this for Christmas dinner. I had a very generous venison tenderloin and thought this might be an excellent way to prepare it.

I really enjoyed the results. One of the best meals I’ve ever prepared. Will be sure to bring this out for special occasions again. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.


25 Aimee@thegirlwiththewoodenspoon January 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I made this recipe this afternoon. I don’t usually eat a lot of red meat but it was wonderful. The creamy bearnaise makes the whole dish. Thank you for the yummy recipe


26 Stacey April 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

“Crab leg meat getter outter”. I lol’ed.


27 Kiley January 24, 2014 at 10:30 am

I’ve been making hollandaise for years when my best friend and I make brunch. used your recipe the first time I attempted bernaise (and filet oscar) by myself. it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten. It was also one of the first meals I made for my boyfriend and I can’t wait to use your recipe again tonight for our anniversary!

that top picture hooked me.. has to be the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen haha!


28 Diana February 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I must say I am so happy to have found you someone I know placed one of your shared recipes on facebook and I am sold …… I thought I need to follow this blogger, love your ideas and picture info only thing I wish since I am on weight watchers is a total for calories fat carbs proteins and fiber so I could figure out what it would cost me to eat some of your amazing recipes, I know your probably thinking wow there is always someone asking for too much ! Sorry just wish I could participate in your entrees you post ! I truly enjoy your site , Hope you are having a wonderful day Diana


29 Elizabeth March 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

You at least use a home made sauce. Thank you. I am disgusted with recipes that call for packaged sauces. I prefer a home made tarragon hollandaise but an awesome Béarnaise sauce is wonderful. Thank you so much.


30 Jennifer January 9, 2015 at 8:54 am

I made this for an intimate Christmas Eve Dinner and it was fantastic. The sauce isn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be, just takes time and some stirring. I’ve been asked to make it again already. Thanks for the recipe – great little blog!


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