This recipe makes the absolute BEST Beef Tenderloin that I have ever had! Seriously, ever!

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The BEST

Every time that I get invited to a special occasion dinner I get so excited. I love spending time with family and friends at a beautiful venue.

There is just something about getting dressed up and sitting down for dinner at a round table that is beautifully set and decorated.

As a guest, there are no chores that have to be done, therefore you can truly sit and enjoy the company around you.

In addition, the menu items served at these events are absolutely incredible!

As much as I love a full service meal that is served at the table, I love buffet style meals even better!

best beef tenderloin
The full beef tenderloin cut of meat.

Primarily because it gives me a chance to fill my dinner plate with little samples of everything.

From different types of salads, side dishes and the main course, I can choose whatever appeals to me the most at that time.

This type of meal is where I enjoyed my first slice of Beef Tenderloin.

Beef Tenderloin

Because it was my first taste, of course I thought it was the BEST Beef Tenderloin that I had ever had!

But to be perfectly honest, it was truly the best cut of beef that I had ever tasted.

best beef tenderloin
Trimming the fat and sheath off of the tenderloin.

I was lucky enough to have received the center cut portion where it was cooked to medium-rare. It had a light pink hue throughout the center and the exterior was golden and crusty.

No knife was needed. It literally pulled apart with just a slight tug of a fork.

And that taste……

The meat literally melted in my mouth. In fact, to this day, I am not sure I even had to chew it that night.

That is when I knew that I would have to find a way to replicate the recipe.

However, I ran into a slight problem. I couldn’t find it in my grocery store.

I searched and searched the beef aisles and came up empty every time. So I finally went to the butcher counter to ask about how to purchase the Best Beef Tenderloin to make for Christmas dinner.

best beef tenderloin
Cut the side piece of meat off of the tenderloin and use for other recipes.

Once I finished my long story on how I fell in love with beef tenderloin, the kind man asked me if I was looking to purchase trimmed or the whole beef tenderloin cut.

Trying not to look like a novice, I told him that I wanted it trimmed and ready to be put in the oven!

I was so proud of myself until he brought out just what I requested. In front of me was the most beautiful 5 pound beef tenderloin that I had ever seen.

Until I saw the price!!!!! I think I almost had heart failure!

The price was over $19.00 per pound.  I quickly did the math in my head and  figured that this cut of meat would cost me about 100 dollars!

Whole Beef Tenderloin

My pride went out the window and I began to ask the Butcher a million questions!

best beef tenderloin
A trimmed center portion beef tenderloin roast.

Trying to sound a little refined, I began the conversation by asking where this cut of beef comes from.

He kindly took the time to explain that it is the muscle that sits beneath the ribs, next to the backbone. Because this muscle does little to no work, it is the most tender cut of beef.

In fact, this is the same cut of meat that they use to make filet mignon steaks. Now I was beginning to understand.

I think he could sense the panic in my eyes when I saw the cost of the beef tenderloin. Or maybe it was the beads of sweat that popped up on my forehead during the conversation.

He told me that he had a better deal for me and that I would still be able to make the BEST Beef Tenderloin. Plus, he told me that I would have extra meat to spare!

best beef tenderloin
Only salt and pepper is needed to make the best beef tenderloin.

He went to the back of the meat counter and brought me a long cut of meat. I was intrigued on how this was going to cost me less.

He went on to explain that by purchasing an untrimmed beef tenderloin, it would cost me about $11 per pound, an $8 per pound savings.

So what was the catch?

Of course, the savings in cost comes from the Butcher not having to trim the fat and lining from the meat.

That chore will now be passed along to me, hence the cost savings.

And although this was still a pretty penny to spend, it was a once a year special occasion meal.

So I bit the bullet, and came home even more determined to make the absolute BEST Beef Tenderloin there ever was!

best beef tenderloin
Before it goes in the oven, brown the tenderloin on all sides to trap in the moisture.

Trimming The Beef Tenderloin

Because I had never attempted trimming a beef tenderloin before, I quickly turned to you tube.

After a few videos, I knew that it wouldn’t be hard, just time consuming.

My first task was to cut the fat and silver lining off the the meat. This took awhile, and patience was much needed.

Once the first few layers were removed, there was a side cut of meat that was exposed. This piece also gets cut off and can be used for other recipes.

And because I wanted to make the best beef tenderloin recipe, I knew that I would only be using the center portion of the meat.

best beef tenderloin
Once the tenderloin has been seared, place it in a rimmed baking dish.

This portion is the thickest and most even in size as compared to the top and lower portions, known as the head and the tail respectively.

After a good 45 minutes of trimming, I had the exact cut of beef that the Butcher first brought out to me, at a fraction of the price.

In addition, I had other cuts of meat that I could use for steaks, stews, stir-fry and more!

Cooking The Best Beef Tenderloin

So what is the secret to making the BEST Beef Tenderloin? Keep it simple!

There are only a few crucial steps to make this tender cut of beef the best ever!

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Adding a few teaspoons of butter to the top will make the tenderloin even more flavorful!

First of all, start with the beef at room temperature. If you take it out of the refrigerator and throw it in the oven, it will be almost impossible to get the center done without the exterior becoming tough.

Secondly, be sure to sear the meat before it goes in the oven. Brown it on all sides and on each end to trap the moisture inside.

And the most important tip of all – use a digital food thermometer to cook your meat to a temperature no higher than 130 degrees F.

Once you remove it from the oven and let it rest, it will continue to cook. The center portions will be medium-rare and melt in your mouth tender.

best beef tenderloin
Take the tenderloin out of the oven when the center internal temperature reaches 130 degrees F.

By following these insanely easy steps, you too can make the BEST beef tenderloin in your own kitchen!

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Enjoy!
Mary and Jim

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Best Beef Tenderloin Recipe

This simple and easy recipe makes the absolute BEST Beef Tenderloin that is moist, juicy and melt in your mouth tender.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole beef tenderloin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Trim the beef tenderloin by removing all the fat, silver sheath and side panel of meat. Cut out the center of the tenderloin by removing the top and bottom portions, leaving only the center portion.
  3. Season each side and the ends of the tenderloin with salt and pepper. Let sit for 10 minutes so that the seasoning has time to set.
  4. In a large skillet on medium-high heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once hot, brown the tenderloin on each side and on the ends.
  5. Place the tenderloin in a 13 x 9 rimmed baking dish. Top with slices of butter.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until the center internal temperature reaches 130 degrees F.
  7. Remove the beef from the oven, cover it tightly with aluminum foil, and allow it to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

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8 thoughts on “The BEST Beef Tenderloin Recipe

  • December 18, 2018 at 3:07 pm
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    We stuff ours with crabmeat stuffing. SUPER!!

  • December 18, 2018 at 2:48 pm
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    Fantastic recipe! Just like a standing rib roast, one of the easiest cuts of meat to prepare if done right. I have to drive quite a distance to a proper butcher. My grocery store meat departments are a joke. Even at $19 a pound, in my area it is closer to $25 per pound. Untrimmed $15 – $20 per pound depending on quality and grade of beef. Happy holidays!

  • December 18, 2018 at 10:50 am
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    So what is the cut called that you extract the tenderloin from? I was thinking about tenderloin for Christmas but also had sticker shock at Costco just yesterday. Thanks for your blog. I enjoy you bits of farm wisdom and recipes.

    • December 18, 2018 at 12:52 pm
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      The whole cut of beef is referred to as tenderloin. You can find trimmed pieces of center cut and some butchers even have the head and tail portions. Yes, it is definitely pricey, but well worth it for a special occasion.

  • December 18, 2018 at 9:06 am
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    Wrap it in bacon…now thats the absolute best!

    • December 18, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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      WOW – that sounds amazing!

  • December 18, 2018 at 8:53 am
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    I have never figured out how to cook a good tenderloin. I will give it a try Thank You

    • December 18, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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      It sounds too simple to be that good, but it really is!

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