Easy beef tenderloin is the perfect splurge for the holiday season. A tender cut of beef is roasted with olive oil and fresh rosemary for a juicy, melt-in-your-mouth experience. Cook this beef tenderloin in the oven for a fuss-free approach to a show-stopping entree.
Cooking beef tenderloin can be intimidating. After all, this cut of beef isn’t exactly cheap.
But the good news is that it’s not hard to make beef tenderloin taste delicious. Just use a few simple ingredients and the right cooking method for a gourmet entree—perfect for Christmas or any other special occasion.
But it’s important to get a high-quality beef tenderloin. When the spotlight is on the meat itself, you want the best. That’s why I’m excited to share my sponsor for this post: Certified Piedmontese.
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Easy Beef Tenderloin
A beef tenderloin is pure decadence and this recipe is just that! But, the best part is that it’s a hassle-free approach to take all the fear out of cooking it! Wow your holiday crowd with this show-stopping beef tenderloin.
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Easy Beef Tenderloin Ingredients
2-pound beef tenderloin
Trim off any overly large chunks of excess fat, but leave a little on (it helps the flavor)! You’ll also want to ensure your piece of beef tenderloin is somewhat even. If this feels overwhelming, you can always ask your local butcher to handle it!
Tie the beef tenderloin with butcher’s twine. Check out this video on tying beef tenderloin to see how.
Rub the tenderloin in olive oil, which holds up to the high oven temperature.
Use fresh rosemary for this recipe. When we are cooking such a nice cut of meat, we want to use the best ingredients to complement it!
Salt and pepper
How to Cook Easy Beef Tenderloin:
Remove the beef tenderloin from the refrigerator about one hour before cooking to bring it down to room temperature. This will help the beef tenderloin cook evenly.
Trim the beef tenderloin so that it’s even without large chunks of fat. You’ll want to use a very sharp knife. If this part feels intimidating, ask your local butcher to trim the cut of beef at the store.
Next, tie the tenderloin up with butcher’s twine to even it out a little more. Pat it dry with a paper towel, and then rub it with olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
If you own a wire rack, I’d recommend baking your beef tenderloin on a baking sheet fitted with the rack. This helps the heat distribute evenly around the beef tenderloin.
Roast at 475 degrees for 20-25 minutes, depending on your desired doneness.
Be careful not to overcook the beef! This is a nice cut of meat, so you’ll want to keep a close watch on the temperature.
For the most accurate temperature, use a meat thermometer that stays in the thickest part of the meat while it’s roasting. Or, you can use a standard meat thermometer and check the temperature when it comes out of the oven. Just be aware that after you remove the beef tenderloin from the oven, its temperature will rise a few degrees.
Allow your beef tenderloin to rest for 10 minutes. Then slice it into 1-inch thick pieces and serve. Beef tenderloin goes well with your favorite horseradish sauce for dipping!
Easy Beef Tenderloin Cooking Temperatures
- Medium rare: 125 degrees
- Medium: 130 degrees
- Medium well: 140 degrees
Easy Beef Tenderloin FAQs:
Which cooking method is best for beef tenderloin?
I recommend cooking beef tenderloin in the oven for easy, delicious results.
How long should a tenderloin be cooked?
You’ll want to cook your tenderloin at 475 degrees for around 20-25 minutes, depending on how well done you like your beef.
What temperature should you cook a beef tenderloin?
Beef tenderloin tastes best when you roast it at a high temperature of 475 degrees. Depending on your desired doneness, you’ll want to cook it until it reaches 125-140 degrees.
Do I need to sear beef tenderloin before cooking?
If you want extra caramelization, you can sear the beef tenderloin in a pan before baking. But we’re keeping this recipe super simple. Searing is not necessary for juicy, tender results!
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