Beef tenderloin is a popular and elegant cut of meat that is often reserved for special occasions. This tender and flavorful cut can be cooked in a variety of ways, but one of the most popular methods is to roast it in the oven. So let’s get started and learn how to cook beef tenderloin in the oven like a pro!

1. Tips To Roast Perfect Beef Tenderloin

Choose a well-marbled and evenly shaped beef tenderloin for the best results. Look for a tenderloin with a consistent thickness throughout for even cooking.

Allow the meat to come to room temperature: Take the beef tenderloin out of the refrigerator at least an hour before cooking to allow it to come to room temperature. This will help it cook more evenly.

Preheat your oven to a high temperature, typically around 425°F (220°C), to create a sear on the outside of the meat and help lock in the juices.

Season the beef tenderloin generously with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and any additional desired herbs or spices. This will enhance the flavor of the meat.

For accurate cooking, use a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of the roast. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the tenderloin without touching the bone. For medium-rare, aim for an internal temperature of around 135°F (57°C). Keep in mind that the temperature will rise a few degrees during resting.

Once the desired internal temperature is reached, remove the beef tenderloin from the oven and transfer it to a cutting board. Tent it loosely with foil and let it rest for about 15 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute and results in a tender and juicy roast.

2. How To Roast Beef Tenderloin


  • 1 beef tenderloin ( 3 lbs)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika

For kitchen tools and appliances, you’ll need tongs, a probe thermometer, and a cast iron skillet. That’s all you need.


In a small bowl, add salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and ground black pepper then mix well.

Brush olive oil on all sides of the beef tenderloin then uses your hand to rub the spice mixed in step 1.

Place seasoned beef tenderloin in the cast iron skillet then put it into the oven. You don’t need to sear beef tenderloin before roasting, don’t pour water into the pan, and don’t cover the lid

Roast per pound beef tenderloin at 425 °F for 20 minutes. Roast for 30 minutes if want medium-rare and 40 minutes if want medium.

If you want to make a slow-roasted beef tenderloin recipe. Roast beef tenderloin at 250 °F for 20 minutes then turn up the heat to 425°F and roast until the internal temperature of the thickest part read by the thermometer reaches 135°F for medium-rare and 145°F for medium.

Step 5: Use kitchen tongs to transfer your beef tenderloin to a cutting board. Tent it loosely with foil and let it rest for about 15 minutes before slicing.

3. What To Serve With Roasted Beef Tenderloin?

Roasted beef tenderloin is a delicious and tender cut of meat that can be paired with many side dishes. Here are a few ideas for what to eat with roasted beef tenderloin:

Roasted vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and Brussels sprouts are a classic accompaniment to roasted beef tenderloin. The natural sweetness and earthy flavors of the vegetables complement the richness of the meat.

Creamy mashed potatoes are a classic side dish that pairs well with roasted beef tenderloin. The texture of the potatoes contrasts well with the tender and juicy beef.

Steamed vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, or green beans are a healthy and colorful addition to your meal. The light and fresh flavors of the vegetables can help balance the richness of the beef.

Salad: A green salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing can be a refreshing side dish to go with roasted beef tenderloin. The acidity of the dressing can help cut through the richness of the meat.

Yorkshire pudding is a classic British side dish that goes well with roasted beef tenderloin. It is made from a batter of eggs, flour, and milk and is cooked in the same pan as the beef, absorbing the flavorful beef drippings.

In conclusion, beef tenderloin is a delicious and elegant cut of meat that can be cooked to perfection in the oven. By seasoning it properly, and following the right cooking technique, you can create a mouth-watering dish that will impress everyone and elevate your home-cooking game

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