Beef Tenderloin is one of the best cuts of meat, so it deserves to be cooked right. This tenderloin roast is perfectly cooked and full of flavor. Learn how to cook the perfect tenderloin for an amazing main course dish to serve on the holidays or special occasions. This is the best tenderloin recipe, just wait and see!
What’s in this Beef Tenderloin Recipe?
This roast is just so good. This dish comes out so moist and flavorful, it’s absolutely to die for! The best main course for a big feast. It takes time to prepare, but it’s well worth it. Make sure you get it in the refrigerator a day or so ahead of time to get the process started.
- Beef Tenderloin: You’ll want to get a center-cut tenderloin (also known as chateaubriand).
- Kosher Salt: Helps to dry the outer surface, leading to more browning.
- Black Peppercorns: Add a bit of spice.
- Unsalted Butter: Browning the butter adds nuttiness and richness.
- Fresh Thyme: Adds a rich herbal flavor.
- Garlic: Adds an earthy flavor and a pungent aroma.
- Shallot: Adds a touch of sweetness.
- Sauce: Brandy Peppercorn Sauce or Mustard Cream Sauce are perfect pairings for this tenderloin.
Pro Tip: Prep early! The beef needs to be seasoned and refrigerated for at least 8 hours, but I recommend going up to 24-48 hours.
Variations on a Beef Tenderloin Roast
You can change up the spices and sauces for this tenderloin to give it a different flavor. Rosemary, sage, parsley, cilantro, or chives are all great choices. A balsamic glaze, apple cider sauce, aji verde, or chimichurri sauce would also change up the flavor.
Yes and no. Filet mignon is part of the tenderloin, so all filet mignon is tenderloin, but not all tenderloin is filet mignon.
No matter the size of your roast, you should plan on about ½-pound of beef per person. So, a 3-pound tenderloin will feed 6 people.
Before cooking, rub the tenderloin with salt and pepper, then refrigerate. This is just the initial seasoning, but most of the flavor is added during the basting and broiling phase. We’re using a seasoned butter marinade (with shallots, garlic, and thyme), and it adds so much flavor!
There are so many different ways to cook beef tenderloin. This method opts for reverse searing it in the oven, which I think is arguably the best method!
This tenderloin is cooked low and slow at 225°F, then broiled to develop a rich, dark crust.
If your tenderloin is tough, it’s likely that you overcooked it. Tenderloin is best served rare or medium-rare, so I don’t recommend cooking it beyond an internal temperature of 140°F or you’ll risk it turning out tough and dry!
How to Store and Reheat
Store leftover roast tenderloin in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, I recommend wrapping the individual slices in aluminum foil and baking in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.
How to Freeze
Freeze tenderloin slices tightly wrapped in 2 layers of aluminum foil for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
This tenderloin roast is a really great option for Christmas, Thanksgiving dinner, or Easter dinner. Serve it with plenty of veggies and side dishes to complete the meal. I think it goes great with Honey Glazed Carrots, Roasted Melting Potatoes, Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin, and Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
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Best Beef Tenderloin Recipe
- 3 pounds beef tenderloin center-cut (also called chateaubriand)
- Kosher salt
- ¼ cup black peppercorns crushed
- ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
- 1 shallot roughly chopped
*READ THROUGH ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND NOTES BEFORE STARTING*
One to Two Days Ahead…
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack inside or over the baking sheet.
Tie the tenderloin with butcher’s twine at 1-inch intervals.3 pounds beef tenderloin
Generously season all sides with salt and peppercorns (or pepper).Kosher salt, ¼ cup black peppercorns
- Set the beef on the wire rack and transfer to the refrigerator (uncovered) to chill for at least 8 hours and up to 48 hours.
When Ready to Cook…
- Set the oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 225°F.
- Place the beef with the rack and baking sheet onto the kitchen counter 30 minutes before cooking.
- After 30 minutes, transfer the tenderloin/rack/baking sheet to the oven and cook 2-3 hours, or until a meat thermometer, placed in the center of the tenderloin, registers 120°-125°. Remove the beef from the oven for 10 minutes and cut off the twine.
To Finish Under the Broiler…
- Place the oven rack 6 inches from the broiler element and set the oven to broil.
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Melt the butter, while gently swirling the pan, until foaming subsides and butter turns a light brown and has a nutty fragrance (be careful not to burn the butter).½ cup unsalted butter
Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the thyme, garlic and shallots. Cook 30-60 seconds after the crackling stops. Pour the seasoned butter through a mesh strainer over a medium bowl.4 sprigs fresh thyme, 2 cloves garlic, 1 shallot
- Pour the butter mixture evenly over the tenderloin and brush with a silicone brush or baste with a spoon until all surfaces are coated.
- Place the pan with the tenderloin under the broiler and broil, turning every 30 seconds, until meat is browned on all sides, baste each time the meat is turned.
- Transfer the tenderloin to a cutting board. Let is rest 5-10 minutes and slice into ½–inch slices.
To serve, sprinkle with coarse sea salt and chives (if desired) and serve with Brandy Peppercorn Sauce, our personal favorite (see recipe) or Horseradish Sauce (see recipe).Coarse sea salt, Brandy Peppercorn Sauce, Mustard Cream Sauce, Chopped fresh chives
- This Beef Tenderloin is roasted at a low temperature and, using the reverse-sear technique, then finished under the broiler. Slow cooking the beef first allows for even cooking from the edge to center of the beef. Broiling and basting the tenderloin, at the end of cooking, will add color and flavor.
- I do not recommend cooking beef tenderloin beyond 140°F, as it can turn dry and tough.
- Temperature Guide
- For rare tenderloin: 125-130°F
- For medium-rare tenderloin: 130-140°F
- For medium tenderloin: 140-150°F
- For medium-well tenderloin: 150-160°F
- Nutritional information does not include optional ingredients.