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This garlic and herb beef tenderloin recipe is easy to prepare, flavorful, and incredibly tender. Wow your holiday guests with this perfect beef tenderloin!

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This post is a collaboration with Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. on behalf of the Beef Checkoff. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own.

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The Best Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin

The recipe I ended up developing for this beef tenderloin is simple, you all know that simple is my jam, but packed with flavor. I wanted to give you a simple cooking process that uses minimal dishes, {again, you all know how I roll!} but also cook the beef tenderloin evenly and give you that nice little crunch on the outside.

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The first step is packing in the flavor. The measurements here are going to seem like a lot but remember that the herb and garlic butter is only going on the outside of the beef tenderloin, and some of it is going to melt off during the cooking process.

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Once you have your herb butter mixed up, you will spread it all over the beef tenderloin. This step is very important to getting a good crust on the outside of the roast.

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What is Beef Tenderloin?

Beef tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of meat. It’s from the back middle portion of the loin muscle.

Is beef tenderloin filet mignon?

Yes. Filet mignon are steaks cut from the beef tenderloin roast.

Beef Tenderloin Recipe Ingredients

For the Beef Tenderloin:

  • Beef tenderloin
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

For the Garlic Butter Sauce

  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce

Why tie Beef Tenderloin?

I do recommend that you tie up your whole beef tenderloin with cooking twine. Even though you will be using a trimmed beef tenderloin, the size will vary throughout the cut. Tying it up keeps the size of the cut more even which allows for more even cooking throughout the tenderloin.

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How to cook Beef Tenderloin in Oven

Then, you simply roast the beef tenderloin in the oven! I have two cooking temperatures in this recipe, the first is to ensure that you get that nice thin, crispy layer on the outside of the tenderloin. After that it’s just a matter of roasting the tenderloin to your preferred doneness.

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How to cook Perfect Medium Rare Beef Tenderloin

But remember! Beef’s tender, juicy texture is optimum when cooked to medium rare (135ºF) or medium (145ºF) doneness. I promise! Remember, I promised the same thing in my Prime Rib recipe and you weren’t disappointed.

To determine this perfect doneness for a beef tenderloin roast, insert an ovenproof thermometer prior to roasting (into the thickest part of the roast, not resting in fat) and leave it in throughout the cooking process.

Alternatively, insert and instant-read thermometer toward the end of the cooking time (same way as above) for about 15 seconds. Remove the thermometer and continue cooking if necessary.

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Remember that the temperature will continue to rise 5ºF-15ºF after removing the beef tenderloin from the oven to reach your desired doneness. As I always say, let it rest!! This allows that temperature to come up, and the juices to redistribute beautifully leaving you with a perfect beef tenderloin.

I did whip up a quick butter sauce while the tenderloin was resting, mostly just to keep myself from digging into it too soon. This takes literally 5 minutes and just adds to the flavor layers in the tenderloin. I highly encourage you to try it!

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How to serve Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin

After the Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin comes out of the oven, it’s important to let it rest for about 15 minutes before slicing. Slice right before serving so it doesn’t get cold.

Simple Beef Tenderloin Recipe Storage

Beef tenderloin can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container. It can also be frozen for later in a freezer bag or airtight container for up to 6 months.

Beef Tenderloin Recipe FAQ

Should you sear a beef tenderloin before roasting?

No, for this recipe you don’t need to sear the beef tenderloin. The way it is baked creates a “sear” and nice crust.

How much beef tenderloin per person?

About 8-12 ounces of beef tenderloin per person is a good estimate.

Is a beef tenderloin the same as a filet mignon?

Filet mignon is a cut of steak that is cut from a beef tenderloin.

How long to cook beef tenderloin per pound:

A beef tenderloin should be cooked for about 15 minutes per pound. Following the temperatures and times in this recipe will get you the best results.

What goes well with beef tenderloin?

Steakhouse Mashed Potatoes
Dutch Oven Potatoes
Twice Baked Potatoes
Easy Dinner Rolls
Honey Wheat Rolls
Oven Roasted Beets
Green Beans

I truly couldn’t be more thrilled to share this beef tenderloin recipe with you on behalf of Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. You all know that I love supporting our hard-working farmers and ranchers and that beef is one of our absolute favorite nutrient-rich, high-quality proteins to serve at our table.

I know you are going to love this recipe. Make the splurge for your holiday table!! You’ll be the Christmas Dinner Hero! What’s your favorite way to cook with beef?

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Simple Beef Tenderloin in Oven

This garlic and herb beef tenderloin recipe is easy to prepare, flavorful, and incredibly tender. Wow your holiday guests with this perfect beef tenderloin!

Course Main Course

Cuisine American

Keyword beef tenderloin recipe, beef tenderloin roast, perfect beef tenderloin, whole beef tenderloin

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes minutes

Resting Time 15 minutes minutes

Total Time 55 minutes minutes

Servings 8 people

Calories 559kcal

Author Alli

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For the Beef Tenderloin

  • 3 pound beef tenderloin trimmed, see note
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened, see note
  • 1 teaspoon parsley see note
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper coarsely ground

For the Garlic Butter Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

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For the Beef Tenderloin

  • Preheat oven to 475ºF.

  • Tie up the beef tenderloin so that it is an even thickness the length of the tenderloin.

  • Combine 4 tablespoons of the softened butter, garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper.

  • Spread butter mixture evenly over the entire beef tenderloin.

  • Line a baking sheet with foil, place a wire rack over the top of the sheet and the tenderloin on top of the rack.

  • Roast for 10 minutes.

  • Lower the oven temperature to 450ºF and continue to roast until the internal temperature is 5-10º shy of your desired doneness. (135ºF for medium-rare or 145ºF for medium).Depending on the size of your tenderloin roast, this can take anywhere from 25-35 more minutes.

  • Rest for 15 minutes, during this time the internal temperature will continue to increase.

  • While the beef tenderloin rests, make the butter sauce.

For the Butter Sauce

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small skillet. Add the herbs and garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Add the balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.

  • Turn off heat and add the remaining butter. Serve with tenderloin.

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A 2-4 pound beef tenderloin will work with this recipe, just keep in mind that a smaller roast will cook more quickly and a larger roast will take longer.

I used dried herbs in this recipe, but fresh can always be substituted. If you choose to use fresh, use double the dry amounts listed except for the oregano.

I recommend using unsalted butter in this dish so you can adjust the salt according to your taste.

Because butter has a low smoking point, this recipe may smoke in the oven. Turn on your oven fan to mitigate the smoke when you open the door. If you really want to avoid the smoke, you can replace olive oil for the butter (it has a higher smoke point). However, this will change the flavor slightly.


Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 532mg | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 4.2mg

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Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin Recipe • Longbourn Farm (2024)


What is medium rare for tenderloin? ›

Medium-Rare: 20 to 25 minutes or an internal temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Medium: 25 to 30 minutes or an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Medium-Well: 30 to 35 minutes with an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

What to serve with beef tenderloin? ›

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How much beef tenderloin to get? ›

It's actually fairly easy to figure out how much you need to buy: Simply purchase 8 ounces (1/2 pound) of meat per person. So if you're feeding 6 people, you'll need three pounds of meat. For a larger crowd, say 12 people, you'll need closer to 6 pounds of meat.

Do you have to remove the Silverskin from beef tenderloin? ›

Beef tenderloin comes with silverskin, which is a layer of silvery connective tissue that runs along its surface. If you cook the tenderloin with the silverskin on, you may not have the optimum eating experience that this cut can give.

What can I do with the chain from beef tenderloin? ›

The chain looks like a tiny tenderloin loosely attached to the main tenderloin —many people mistakenly throw this meat away or use it for ground meat. With just the right amount of fat and tenderness, though, this cut is Florencia's long-time favorite for skewers, stir-fry, and stews you don't actually have to stew.

What is the best cooking method for tenderloin? ›

The food web and a great many cookbooks (very many of them highly reputable) recommend blasting a tenderloin in a hot oven, 450–500°F (232–260°C), for a relatively short time to cook it, followed by a counter rest.

Do I need to sear beef tenderloin before cooking? ›

Should you sear beef tenderloin before cooking it? If roasting a tenderloin in the oven, you'll definitely want to sear it to get a golden brown crust. It doesn't take very long, and is so worth the effort.

What is the best temperature to cook a beef tenderloin? ›

For roasts that are 2 to 3 pounds, roast at 425°F for 35 to 40 minutes for medium rare (135°F) and 45 to 50 minutes for medium (150°F) doneness. For roasts weighing 4 to 5 pounds, roast at 425°F for 50 to 60 minutes for medium rare (135°F) and 60 to 70 minutes for medium (150°F).

What is the cooking TIme chart for beef tenderloin? ›

Oven Roasting Guidelines
beef cutTenderloin Roast (well-trimmed)
oven temperature (preheated)425°F
weight (pounds)2 to 3 (center-cut) 4 to 5 (whole)
Approximate Total Cooking TImeMedium Rare: 35 to 45 minutes Medium: 45 to 50 minutes Medium Rare: 45 to 55 minutes Medium: 55 to 65 minutes
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What is a nickname for beef tenderloin? ›

Beef tenderloin has a few other names, including fillet, eye filet, and tenderloin steak. Because it comes from the loin primal cut of the animal, some also refer to beef tenderloin as primal steak or loin steak.

Is beef tenderloin worth it? ›

Beef Tenderloin is a long cut of beef that you can use for a roast, Beef Wellington, or slice into small portions of steak known as “Filet Mignon”. Tenderloin is particularly useful for entertaining guests and special occasions, as you can cut several extremely tender, perfectly portioned, mouthwatering steaks from it.

How many will a 4 lb beef tenderloin serve? ›

The tenderloin itself, once trimmed and cooked, serves about 2-3 people per pound as part of a larger meal, so often anywhere from 12-16 people for a whole one.

How many people will a 2 lb beef tenderloin feed? ›

Since beef tenderloin is a relatively lean, boneless cut of beef and tends to be quite expensive, you can easily cut down that recommendation to 6 ounces of beef per person, especially if your dinner menu includes a few hearty sides. For feeding four to six guests, you'll want a roast between 1 1/2 to 2 pounds.

How many pounds of beef tenderloin for 4 people? ›

1. How Much Beef Tenderloin per Person. As a general rule, estimate 8 ounces (or 1/2 pound) of meat person. This recommendation is based on raw weight and accounts for about 2 ounces in shrinkage during trimming and cooking.

Do you remove string from tenderloin? ›

Attached to the tenderloin is a tough, white tendon. It can be left in and cooked, however it is more pleasant to eat if removed.

Do you leave string on beef tenderloin? ›

Once the beef is done cooking, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest on a cutting board for a few minutes. While it is resting, remove the butcher's twine with kitchen scissors or a knife.

What is the chain on a tenderloin and chain off? ›

The slight strip of beef which is tied to the whole tenderloin with fat and sinew is basically known as the chain. The Fillet chain off seems to be exceptional as it has not been completely pulled out from the loin which also benefits with the quality of tenderness.

Do you cook beef tenderloin with string on? ›

Beef tenderloin is from the loin portion of the cow, and is a long piece of meat that can range from 2-6 pounds. It's low in fat, and very tender. It should be tied with butcher's twine to help it cook evenly.

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