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Roasted Beef Tenderloin Recipe

It’s easy to make this Roasted Beef Tenderloin recipe with the most delicious garlic and herb crust. This no-fuss recipe makes juicy beef tenderloin that melts in your mouth!

The Best Beef Tenderloin Recipe

Want to make a BIG impression at your next fancy dinner gathering?! Well, then, let’s do it! Beef tenderloin is the classic choice for a special main dish. Effortless, perfect, juicy, and melt-in-your-mouth-delicious roasted beef tenderloin is the only recipe you’ll need this Holiday Season. Or, for any other special occasion.

My tried and true method yields a beautifully browned crust with tender and juicy center. Rosemary and garlic flavored beef tenderloin makes a fantastic main dish recipe for all your Holiday parties!

Doesn’t hurt that it’s also low in carbs – like ZERO 🙌 – Keto-friendly, and gluten free.

Cooked beef tenderloin in a skillet.

What is Beef Tenderloin

Beef Tenderloin is the most tender cut of beef. It’s cut from the loin of a cow, and when cut into steaks, it is what we know as “filet mignon”.  There is not a lot of fat in the tenderloin, which makes it a lean cut of meat. When cooked properly tenderloin will literally melt in your mouth!

How To Prepare Beef For Roasting

There are a few steps to preparing beef tenderloin, but don’t worry – they are easy!

  • Bring to room temperature: Before roasting, I highly advise to take the tenderloin out of the fridge at least one hour and up to two hours before cooking. There’s no marinating required with this recipe, but letting the meat come to room temperature will produce juicier and evenly cooked meat.
  • Dry & trim: Pat your tenderloin dry with paper towel. Then remove the “silverskin” that runs down the length of the tenderloin by running a sharp knife underneath it and gently pulling the it off. You can also trim any excess fat on the meat.
  • Oil and season: Grab some olive oil and just rub it all around the meat. GENEROUSLY season with salt and fresh ground pepper. In a small bowl mash together minced garlic with a couple tablespoons of fresh chopped rosemary leaves. Rub the tenderloin with the prepared garlic mixture.
  • Tie with twine: This is an important step – don’t skip it! Place the tenderloin over pieces of precut kitchen twine spaced one-inch apart and tie them closed. You can also ask the butcher to tie it for you (trim it, too!) when buying the tenderloin. 
Raw Beef Tenderloin tied with kitchen twine.

How To Roast Beef Tenderloin

This is a two-step process; first, you want to sear the meat over medium-high heat, and then pop it in the oven to finish the cooking process. In this way, the tenderloin will have a nicely browned exterior and a perfectly pink interior.

  • Heat the oil: Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet.
  • Sear: Add the tenderloin to the hot oil and sear on all sides until browned.
  • Roast: Transfer skillet to a preheated oven and continue to cook for 25 minutes at 450˚F, or until internal temperature of the roast reaches 125˚F to 130˚F. Do not overcook because that will result in chewy and dry beef. It’s important to use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. 
  • Allow to rest: Remove from oven, tent a piece of foil over the tenderloin and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. 

How Long Do You Cook Beef Tenderloin?

Searing the tenderloin usually takes about 4 to 5 minutes per side, which amounts to about 12 to 15 minutes for searing. Roasting the tenderloin then takes about 25 minutes.

The total cooking time for beef tenderloin for searing and roasting is about 40 minutes. You’ll also want to let your tenderloin rest for 10 to 15 minutes, which allows all the juices to settle. Resting time helps make your tenderloin incredibly tender and juicy!

Temperature Doneness Guide for Cooked Beef

  • RARE: 120˚F TO 125˚F
  • MEDIUM RARE: 130˚F TO 135˚F
  • WELL: 150˚F+
Cooked Beef tenderloin slices.

What to Serve with Beef


up close shot of Roast Beef tenderloin cut into thin slices.

Roast Beef Tenderloin Recipe

Katerina | Diethood
Easy to prepare Beef Tenderloin with the most delicious garlic and herb crust. Make juicy roasted beef tenderloin that melts in your mouth!
4.94 from 16 votes
Servings : 10 servings
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 40 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs


  • 1 (4-pound) trimmed center-cut beef tenderloin
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • teaspoons fresh ground pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • Kitchen Twine
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • Let tenderloin sit at room temperature for 1 hour before cooking. Preheat oven to 450˚F.
  • Pat dry the tenderloin with paper towels. Rub tenderloin with olive oil and generously season with salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • In a small bowl mix together minced garlic and chopped rosemary; rub all around the tenderloin.
  • Place tenderloin over pieces of precut kitchen twine spaced one-inch apart and tie them closed. You can also ask the butcher to tie the tenderloin for you.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add tenderloin and sear for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned all around.
  • Transfer skillet to the oven and continue to cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 130˚F. Cooking time can vary depending on your oven and the thickness of your tenderloin; always check for desired doneness using a meat thermometer.
  • Remove skillet from oven and transfer meat to a cutting board. Tent a piece of foil over the tenderloin and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting.
  • Cut into ½-inch slices and serve.


  • Store beef tenderloin in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.


Serving: 5 ounces | Calories: 507 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 33 g | Fat: 40 g | Saturated Fat: 16 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17 g | Cholesterol: 127 mg | Sodium: 554 mg | Potassium: 564 mg | Fiber: 0.1 g | Sugar: 0.02 g | Vitamin A: 8 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 18 mg | Iron: 4 mg | Net Carbs: 1 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: beef recipes, beef tenderloin, best beef tenderloin, christmas dinner, easy steak dinner recipe, filet mignon, holiday dinner recipe, how to roast beef tenderloin
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46 comments on “Roasted Beef Tenderloin Recipe”

  1. Best and easiest whole beef tenderloin I have ever cooked or eaten. Everyone raved over how tender and flavorful it was. Absolutely
    delicious! Definitely on the Christmas Eve menu from now on!

  2. Looks delicious and planning to make it this weekend. But can you explain why you tie it? What if I don’t?

    1. Generally you tie the smaller end into the center so I cools more evenly. You don’t have to, that end will just be more done.

  3. Omg amazing and flavorful!! Yei did sear in bacon grease rather than Olive oil, wow!!!! Yummy. This was a big hit

  4. I made this last night for Christmas Eve. It’s the first time I’ve done a whole tenderloin and I have to say it was the bomb diggity. Everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for posting this.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Double all the other ingredients, too, and just have that thermometer handy so you can check on the meat until internal temperature reaches 130˚F.

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