Green Peppercorns have a distinctively sharp and green peppercorn flavor. The strong peppercorn flavor is tempered in butter with shallots, horseradish and lemon. In this recipe, The bracing flavors pair perfectly with tender, lean filet mignon and and other rich meats.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 25 min

Total time: 35 min

Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with Green Peppercorn Compound Butter
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 4 servings

  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened

  • 2 Shallots, minced

  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Bread Crumbs

  • 2 Teaspoons Green Peppercorns, coarsely ground

  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Prepared Horseradish

  • 2 Teaspoons Lime Juice, fresh squeezed

  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Kosher Sea Salt Flakes, divided

  • 1 Teaspoon Fine Ground Black Pepper

  • 4 Filet Mignon Steaks, (2-inch thick)

  • Cooking Oil


  1. Combine butter, shallots, bread crumbs, peppercorns, lemon zest, horseradish, 1/2 teaspoon salt and lime juice in bowl. Mash together with fork until well-combined. Turn out onto waxed paper, roll into even log and seal in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

  2. Season filets with remaining salt and pepper.

  3. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat pan. Add steaks, and cook to desired doneness (about 9 minutes per side for medium-rare). Transfer steaks to platter and rest (covered) for at least 5 minutes.

  4. Serve each steak topped with about 1 tablespoon prepared butter (3 or 4 thin slices).