How to Cook Beef Tenderloin Recipe (Perfect Roast!)

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Learn to cook the perfect beef tenderloin with a garlic herb butter rub using the sear-then-roast method at 425°F. The most tender cut of beef packed with great flavor! This is a foolproof beef tenderloin recipe any home cook can master.

Serve this perfect beef tenderloin roast with creamed spinachmashed potatoesgreen beans, or your favorite side dishes. We also love a bit of horseradish on the side!

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Best Beef Tenderloin Recipe

Cooking a beef tenderloin with a sear in a pan and then roasting it in the oven is a great way to achieve a flavorful and tender roast. Roasted to perfection this tenderloin has a nice crust and juicy tender interior. It will take center stage at your next gathering.

I love to make this recipe for a large crowd during the holiday season. It is a simple recipe with little effort and a show-stopping main dish for Christmas dinner or other special occasions.

You will also love Pan Seared Steak, Fresh Ham Roast, Pot Roast, and Prime Rib recipes.

perfect roast beef tenderloin on a pretty white platter with herbs on the side.

Simple Ingredients

This easy recipe comes together with a few simple ingredients.

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Garlic Fresh Herb Butter:

  • Unsalted butter, softened
  • Garlic, minced
  • Fresh herbs (e.g., rosemary, thyme, and parsley), finely chopped
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Beef Tenderloin:

  • Beef tenderloin roast
  • Olive oil or clarified butter
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Creamy horseradish sauce for serving

See the recipe card for quantities.

How To Cook Beef Tenderloin Roast

The perfect beef tenderloin roast recipe. It is great for any occasion and easy to make. This is hands down the best way to cook a whole beef tenderloin.

How to make perfect roast beef tenderloin- meat on cutting board. Seasoned meat.

Prepare the Beef Tenderloin:

Remove the beef tenderloin from the refrigerator about 2 hours before cooking to allow it to come to room temperature. This ensures even cooking.
Trim (if needed) and tie beef tenderloin roast (see notes on how to do this). Pat the beef dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture, which helps with searing.

How to make perfect roast beef tenderloin- meat on cutting board. Seasoned meat.

Season the beef generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper on all sides.
Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).

How to make perfect roast beef tenderloin- ingredients for marinade topping.

Prepare the Garlic Fresh Herb Butter: In a bowl, combine the softened butter, minced garlic, finely chopped fresh herbs, salt, and pepper.

How to make perfect roast beef tenderloin- mixing the ingredients for marinade topping.

Mix well until everything is thoroughly incorporated. You can also add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of heat if you like.

How to make perfect roast beef tenderloin- searing the beef tenderloin in a pan.

Sear the Beef Tenderloin: Heat a large, oven-safe skillet or cast-iron pan over high heat. Add the oil.
When the oil or butter is hot and shimmering, carefully place the seasoned beef tenderloin in the pan. Sear it for about 2-3 minutes on each side until you achieve a nice brown crust.

How to make perfect roast beef tenderloin- putting the marinade on the meat. Tenderloin after baking in the oven.

Apply the Garlic Fresh Herb Butter: After the beef has rested for a few minutes, rub it generously with the prepared garlic fresh herb butter on all sides.

Place the garlic butter-coated beef tenderloin on a wire rack set over a baking sheet or in the same oven-safe skillet.
Roast in the preheated oven at 425°F (220°C) for about 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches your desired level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

How to make perfect roast beef tenderloin- cutting the meat into slices on a cutting board.

Rest and Serve: Remove the beef from the oven and tent it loosely with aluminum foil once it reaches your desired temperature. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute within the meat and ensures a juicy and tender roast.
Transfer to a cutting board and slice the beef tenderloin with a sharp knife into thick rounds.

Substitutions

  • Butter Substitutes:
    • You can use ghee (clarified butter) or a high-quality olive oil as a substitute for regular butter in the garlic herb butter rub.
  • Fresh Herbs:
    • While rosemary, thyme, and parsley are commonly used, you can substitute them with other fresh herbs like tarragon, chives, or cilantro to change the flavor profile.
slices of perfect roast beef tenderloin on a pretty white platter with herbs on the side.

Variations

Here are a few recipe variations for cooking beef tenderloin:

  • Peppercorn-Crusted Beef Tenderloin:
    • Rub the beef tenderloin with crushed black peppercorns before searing. This adds a bold, peppery flavor to the crust.
  • Red Wine Reduction Sauce:
    • After searing and roasting, deglaze the pan with red wine and reduce it to make a rich, flavorful red wine reduction sauce.
  • Blue Cheese Crust:
    • Create a blue cheese and breadcrumb crust by mixing crumbled blue cheese with breadcrumbs, then pressing it onto the beef tenderloin before roasting.
  • Bacon-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin:
    • Wrap the beef tenderloin with slices of bacon before searing and roasting. The bacon adds flavor and helps keep the meat moist.
  • Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin:
    • Instead of garlic herb butter, use a mixture of fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley, along with breadcrumbs and olive oil to create a herb crust.
  • Mushroom Duxelles:
    • Spread a layer of mushroom duxelles (finely chopped mushrooms cooked with shallots and herbs) on the beef tenderloin before wrapping it in puff pastry for a Beef Wellington.
  • Horseradish Crust:
    • Combine horseradish, breadcrumbs, and Dijon mustard to make a tangy horseradish crust for the beef.
  • Chimichurri Sauce:
    • Serve the cooked beef tenderloin with a vibrant chimichurri sauce made from fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil.
  • Truffle Butter Finish:
    • Instead of regular garlic herb butter, use truffle butter to add a luxurious and earthy flavor to the beef.
close up of slices of perfect roast beef tenderloin on a pretty white platter with herbs on the side.

Equipment for Roasting Beef Tenderloin

platted roast beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. A side of horseradish sauce. fork and knife on the side of the plate.

How to Store and Reheat

Storing Leftover Beef Tenderloin:

  1. Allow the cooked beef tenderloin to cool to room temperature within 2 hours of cooking.
  2. Wrap the leftover beef tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight container.
  3. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Reheating Leftover Beef Tenderloin:

There are a few methods to reheat beef tenderloin, depending on your preference:

1. Oven Method (Recommended for Larger Portions):

  • Preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C).
  • Place the leftover beef on an oven-safe dish or baking sheet.
  • Cover the beef with aluminum foil to prevent drying.
  • Heat in the preheated oven for about 20-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches your desired level (around 130°F for medium-rare).
  • Check the temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure it’s heated evenly.

2. Sauté Pan Method (Quick and Suitable for Slices):

  • Heat a sauté pan over medium-low heat.
  • Add a small amount of beef broth, stock, or water to the pan to create steam.
  • Place the leftover beef slices in the pan and cover with a lid.
  • Heat for 2-3 minutes, flipping the slices occasionally until they reach the desired temperature.

4. Microwave Method (Use with Caution):

  • While not the ideal method, you can reheat small slices of beef tenderloin in the microwave. Place the slices on a microwave-safe plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and heat in short intervals to avoid overcooking. Check and adjust as needed.
close up of platted roast beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. A side of horseradish sauce.

Top Tips for Best Results

For the best results when cooking beef tenderloin using the reverse sear-then-roast method with garlic herb butter, consider these top tips:

  • Choose High-Quality Beef: Start with a high-quality beef tenderloin for the best flavor and tenderness. Look for well-marbled cuts.
  • Room Temperature: Allow the beef to come to room temperature before cooking. This ensures even cooking.
  • Pat Dry: Use paper towels to pat the beef dry before seasoning and searing. Dry meat browns better.
  • Season Generously: Season the beef generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper before searing and applying the garlic herb butter.
  • Preheat the Pan: Ensure your skillet or pan is hot before adding the beef. A hot pan promotes a good sear.
  • Sear Properly: Sear all sides of the beef tenderloin until they develop a rich, golden-brown crust. Don’t rush this step; it’s essential for flavor.
  • Use a Meat Thermometer: Invest in a good meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of the beef. This ensures you cook it to your preferred level of doneness accurately.
  • Rest the Beef: After roasting, allow the beef to rest for at least 10-15 minutes. This helps redistribute juices, resulting in a juicy and tender roast.
  • Slice Correctly: When slicing, use a sharp knife and cut against the grain for maximum tenderness.
  • Serve with Reserved Butter: Drizzle any remaining garlic herb butter over the sliced beef before serving for extra flavor.

FAQs

What is Beef Tenderloin?

Beef tenderloin is a premium, lean, and tender beef cut that comes from a cow’s loin section. The tenderloin is a long, narrow muscle that runs along both sides of the spine and is sometimes referred to as the “filet” in French cuisine. It’s known for its exceptional tenderness, mild flavor, and minimal marbling (intramuscular fat). It’s highly regarded for its tenderness and mild flavor. It is the most tender cut of beef! Due to its lean nature, it is also a popular choice for those looking for a leaner cut of beef.

Best temperature for cooking beef tenderloin

For roasting beef tenderloin, the best temperature is typically 425°F (220°C).The best temperature for cooking beef tenderloin to medium-rare is around 135°F (57°C). Adjust as per your desired level of doneness.

What temperature to cook beef tenderloin for doneness?

Roast in the preheated oven at 425°F (220°C) for about 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches your desired doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check the rare temperature:125°F (52°C).
135°F (57°C) for medium-rare
145°F (63°C) for medium
155°F (68°C) for medium-well

Best cooking method for beef tenderloin roast

The best cooking method for beef tenderloin is typically a combination of searing it in a hot pan and then finishing it in the oven (roasting). This method helps develop a flavorful crust and ensures even cooking throughout. This is the best recipe for roasting beef tenderloin!

How much beef tenderloin per person?

Generally, plan for about 6-8 ounces (170-227 grams) of beef tenderloin per person for a main course.

platted roast beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. A side of horseradish sauce. Fork holding up a bite of meat.

What to Serve with Beef Tenderloin Roast

These are my favorite dishes to serve with roasted beef tenderloin recipe:

More ideas in this What to Serve with Prim Rib Roast post. And if you’re serving this on Christmas, pair it with this Italian Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake!

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Perfect Roast Beef Tenderloin Recipe

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Learn how to cook the perfect beef tenderloin with a garlic herb butter rub using the sear-then-roast method at 425°F. The most tender cut of beef packed with great flavor! This is a foolproof beef tenderloin recipe.

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

Ingredients

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Garlic Fresh Herb Butter:

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 34 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (such as rosemary and thyme), finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Beef Tenderloin:

  • 45 pounds beef tenderloin roast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or clarified butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For Serving:

  • Creamy horseradish
  • Fresh herbs for garnish

Instructions

Prepare the Beef Tenderloin:

  1. Remove the beef tenderloin from the refrigerator about 2 hours before cooking to allow it to come to room temperature. This ensures even cooking.
  2. Trim (if needed) and tie beef tenderloin roast (see notes on how to do this). Pat the beef dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture, which helps with searing.
  3. Season the beef generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper on all sides.
  4. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).

Prepare the Garlic Fresh Herb Butter:

  1. In a bowl, combine the softened butter, minced garlic, finely chopped fresh herbs, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix well until everything is thoroughly incorporated. You can also add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of heat if you like.

Sear the Beef Tenderloin:

  1. Heat a large, oven-safe skillet or cast-iron pan over high heat. Add the vegetable oil or clarified butter.
  2. When the oil or butter is hot and shimmering, carefully place the seasoned beef tenderloin in the pan. Sear it for about 2-3 minutes on each side until you achieve a nice brown crust. Use kitchen tongs to turn the beef.
  3. Once all sides are seared, remove the beef from the pan and let it rest for a few minutes.

Apply the Garlic Fresh Herb Butter:

  1. After the beef has rested for a few minutes, rub it generously with the prepared garlic fresh herb butter on all sides.

Roast the Beef Tenderloin:

  1. Place the garlic butter-coated beef tenderloin on a wire rack set over a baking sheet or in the same oven-safe skillet.
  2. Roast in the preheated oven at 425°F (220°C) for about 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches your desired level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature:
    125°F (52°C) for rare
    135°F (57°C) for medium-rare
    145°F (63°C) for medium
    155°F (68°C) for medium-well
    Remember that the temperature will continue to rise a few degrees as the beef rests.

Rest and Serve:

  1. Remove the beef from the oven and tent it loosely with aluminum foil once it reaches your desired temperature. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute within the meat and ensures a juicy and tender roast.
  2. Transfer to a cutting board, slice the beef tenderloin with a sharp knife into thick rounds, and serve with any remaining flavorful juices of garlic fresh herb butter drizzled over the top. Enjoy your perfectly cooked beef tenderloin with garlic and fresh herb butter! Serve with horseradish, green beans, and mashed potatoes. 

Notes

How to Trim and Tie Beef Tenderloin Roast: 

Trim

Start by inspecting the beef tenderloin and removing any excess fat or silver skin using a sharp knife. Trim it to your desired shape, making sure it’s even.

Tye
2. Cut a butcher’s twine (food-safe twine or kitchen twine) about 18-24 inches long.

Slide the twine under one end of the beef tenderloin, leaving a few inches of excess twine hanging out.
Roll the beef into a neat, cylindrical shape, tucking in any uneven edges.
As you roll, use the twine to secure the roast by tying it at regular intervals along the length of the tenderloin.

Make sure the twine is snug but not too tight to maintain the shape of the roast.
Once you reach the other end, tie a knot with the twine, leaving a little extra twine to make it easier to remove later.

Trim any excess twine with scissors.

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: Italian

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