Herbed Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Happy Healthy New Year!

I am currently sitting at my island writing this on a Friday night, come Sunday when you read this I should be sitting on a beach or maybe by a pool on an island. My husband and I are spending his birthday relaxing doing a whole lot of nothing. I am going to share what I made for Christmas dinner with you even though I didn’t really take my usual before, during or after photos but the family was raving about it so I guess you need to know.

Firstly for many years we have been doing a bone-in prime rib. This year with the prices being as crazy as they are I just couldn’t see paying $300-$400 or even more, I don’t even know what it would have cost but I was out. So I ended up spending $100 on a 6 pound beef tenderloin and I heard around the table they think they liked it better than the prime rib. I can live with that.

Herbed Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Seared crusted and roasted to a melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people


  • 5-6 pound beef tenderloin
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 4-6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoons horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped


  • The day before your going to want to prep the tenderloin. Cut it in half to make two pieces. If you need to you can tuck and tie the tenderloin to make it even in size. I just put my thermometer in the smaller one, pulled that one out and then put the thermometer in the larger one to continue cooking, worked out great for me.
  • Season all over with salt and pepper. Leave it uncovered overnight or as long as you possibly can. This is what helps give the tenderloin the great crust.
  • Day of - place the beef on the counter about 1-2 hours prior to cooking and leave it on the counter to come to room temperature.
  • Pre-heat oven to 425°F
  • In a large cast-iron or similar heat over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and sear the beef on all sides, about 3-5 minutes per side. This created a nice golden-brown crust.
  • In a small bowl combine the softened butter, garlic, horseradish , mustard and rosemary, mix to combine it all and then slather it all over the tenderloins. Insert a probe thermometer. If using the same skillet, place it in the oven. Or you'll need to transfer them to a baking dish. Roast until desired internal temperature is reached. roughly 30-40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven once cooked and transfer to a cutting board, with a rim or place the cutting board in a sheet pan to collect the juices and to let the beef rest for at least 15-20 minutes. Slice and enjoy!
Keyword beef tenderloin, herb crusted

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