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Roasted Beef Tenderloin (VIDEO)

Roasted Beef Tenderloin is a showstopper! This tried and true method is easy (no marinating required), and produces melt-in-your-mouth tender and flavorful beef. Pair it with creamy horseradish sauce for an unforgettable dinner.

This is a special occasion recipe, perfect for a date night in or Valentines Day. It is on the same level as our popular Filet Mignon in Cream Sauce, succulent Broiled Lobster Tails or the ever impressive Prime Rib.

Roasted Beef Tenderloin Sliced into medallions on a cutting board

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Beef Tenderloin Recipe:

A filet of beef is a pricey, but don’t let that intimidate you. We’re sharing everything from how to trim, tie and how to cook beef tenderloin. Watch the video and you will realize how easy it is to achieve restaurant quality results.

Up close slices of roasted beef tenderloin

This beef tenderloin is fork tender and every bite has fantastic flavor from the garlic herb crust. Adding horseradish to the rub adds another subtle layer of memorable flavor (don’t skip it!).

Ingredients for beef tenderloin recipe with filet of beef, garlic, butter, horseradish sauce, thyme and rosemary

How to Trim Beef Tenderloin:

If you see shiny “silver skin” on your beef tenderloin, you will want to trim that away as it is fibrous and chewy connective tissue that won’t allow flavor to penetrate your tenderloin.

  • Slide tip of knife just under connective tissue
  • Keep knife tip close to surface of the meat to minimize meat loss
  • Use your other hand to pull connective tissue tight against the blade
  • Slide the knife angled away from the meat until it exits

*Also trim away excess fat from tenderloin – unlike most steaks, fat is unnecessary on beef tenderloin.

Step by step tutorial for how to trim beef tenderloin with a knife

How to Tie a Beef Tenderloin:

Tying a tenderloin is important for even cooking. It makes the thickness more uniform and if you have a thin end on one side, you can tuck it under the tenderloin and tie to secure it in place, otherwise one end will be raw and the other over-cooked. A butcher can do this for you. Watch the video recipe for a full demonstration.

  • Use a kitchen string to loop around one of the tenderloin and tie a snug knot
  • Loop the string around your left hand and pull that loop over your tenderloin
  • Repeat the loops, spacing 1-inch apart and tightening each one snugly
  • Tie off the end with a knot after 5-6 loops

How to tie beef tenderloin with kitchen string tutorial

Serve Beef Tenderloin With:

How to serve roasted beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce

Watch Natasha Make Roasted Beef Tenderloin:

Make this and you will be known for your beef tenderloin!

Beef tenderloin sliced from a whole filet of beef on cutting board

Roasted Beef Tenderloin

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A garlic and herb crusted beef tenderloin with an easy, tried and true roasting method. No marinating required and for melt-in-your-mouth tender and flavorful beef. 

Author: Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $45-$55
Keyword: beef tenderloin, filet of beef
Calories: 452 kcal
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 lb beef tenderloin trimmed and tied
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp prepared Horseradish strained
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Remove tenderloin from refrigerator 1 hour before roasting. Trim and tie beef tenderloin. Preheat Oven to 500˚F with a rack in center.

  2. Coarsely chop 2 garlic cloves then strip 1/2 Tbsp of fresh thyme leaves and 1 Tbsp of fresh rosemary. Finely mince together the garlic and herbs. Transfer them to a small mixing bowl. Add 2 Tbsp butter, 1 Tbsp horseradish, 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper. Use a fork and mash to combine.
  3. Pat tenderloin dry with paper towel and spread the garlic herb rub evenly all over the tenderloin and transfer to a roasting pan or oven safe skillet. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the thickest portion of your tenderloin and roast in a preheated oven at 500˚F for 28-30 min for medium doneness (140-145˚F). 

  4. Remove from oven and transfer to cutting board, tent loosely with foil and rest 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2” thick slices, and serve right away.

Recipe Notes

Beef Tenderloin Temperature Chart:

  • 22-23 min for rare (120-125˚F),
  • 24-26 min medium-rare (130-135˚F)
  • 28-30 min for medium doneness (138-140˚F) - what we aim for.
  • 30-32 min for medium-well doneness (140-145˚F) - USDA recommends 145˚F.
  • 33-35 min for well done (150˚F) - don't do this to your meat

*Timings can vary depending on your oven and the thickness of your tenderloin, so always check for desired doneness using an oven-safe meat thermometer.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Amount Per Serving
Calories 452 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 666mg 28%
Potassium 465mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 2.9%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 20.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

Years ago, my husband and I stopped going out for Valentines Day after a bad restaurant experience (the busiest and worst day to go out to eat in my experience), and we’ve enjoyed our date-nights-in ever since! Are you going out or cooking in for Valentines Day? I’d love to know what you’re cooking up!

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Victoria
    February 14, 2019

    Just tried to make it tonight and it was delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 14, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Susan
    February 14, 2019

    Do you put the rub on before you tie the string around it Reply

    • Natasha
      February 14, 2019

      Hi Susan, the tenderloin should be trimmed and tied before adding the rub or it becomes really difficult to try and tie a string over the layer of butter without getting very messy 🙂 Reply

      • Susan
        February 14, 2019

        👍❤️ This turned out perfect for my Valentines Day dinner. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          February 14, 2019

          I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Susan! Reply

  • James
    February 11, 2019

    Wonderful recipe. I will make this very soon. Is your horseradish recipe on your website? It’s not the same that you used to spread around the tenderloin is it? Reply

  • Sandi
    February 9, 2019

    Natasha, I don’t like horseradish…is there anything that I could substitute it with in this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      February 10, 2019

      Hi Sandi, you can omit the horseradish in the spread and it will still turn out great as a garlic and herb crusted beef tenderloin 🙂 The horseradish is nice and very subtle (don’t worry!), but you can leave it out with great results. Reply

      • Sandi
        February 10, 2019

        Thanks so much for your prompt reply! I might make this for Valentine’s Day dinner for my hubby. Maybe half with horseradish and the other half without? I’ll let you know how it turns out and give you a 5-star rating, I’m sure!!! By the way, I just love your recipes and videos. I’ve used numerous!! You are my fav…down to earth, funny, and your recipes are delicious and instructions are easy to follow! 🤗☺ Reply

  • Taylor
    February 9, 2019

    So tender and flavorful! YUM! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 9, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • krissy
    February 8, 2019

    Ive never made a beef tenderloin before! But was recently asked to bring one to a gathering. I found this recipe and i appreciate the step by step directions. Im sure it will be delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 8, 2019

      This is perfect for a gathering! Thank you for that wonderful review, Krissy! Reply

  • Steph
    February 8, 2019

    This tenderloin turned out so juicy and delicious! Thanks for showing how to tie it! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 8, 2019

      I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tenderloin recipe!! Thanks for sharing your great review 🙂 Reply

  • Courtney
    February 8, 2019

    So rich and full of flavor, and great instructions. Reply

    • Natasha
      February 8, 2019

      Hi Courtney! Thank you so much! Isn’t it awesome how much flavor is imparted without any marinating? I’m so glad you enjoyed the beef tenderloin 🙂 Reply

  • Julie Blanner
    February 8, 2019

    These are great tips for Beef Tenderloin! Thanks for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 8, 2019

      You’re so welcome! I’m glad that was useful to you! It was all the things I wanted to know when I cooked my very first tenderloin 🙂 Reply

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