If you're expecting company (or even if you're not) these beef tenderloin recipes make a really impressive platter to serve for dinner. This cut of beef is tender, juicy, and perfect to use on sandwiches, appetizers, and of course, by itself as the main dish. Great sauces really bring out the flavor of this irresistible cut of beef and serve to catapult this dish to new heights. Impressive enough for a holiday or special occasion, but versatile enough for a weeknight, these beef tenderloin recipes are bound to become family favorites.
Broiled Tenderloin Steaks with Ginger-Hoisin GlazeLean beef tenderloin is a good candidate for broiling because it won't render much fat that could smoke or flare under the broiler.
Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Truffled Wine SauceFor an easy, elegant meal, serve family and friends Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Truffled Wine Sauce. Our secrets for the best beef tenderloin: Cook it quickly, keep it moist, and use a trustworthy thermometer. Pull the tenderloin from the oven right when it hits 125', and residual heat will take it to perfection.
Spice-Rubbed Tenderloin with Mustard-Cream Sauce
Since beef tenderloin doesn't have much fat, it can easily become dry and overcooked. For tender slices, don't cook past a meat thermometer registering 130° in the center.
Smoked Beef TenderloinInstead of tenderloin, you can try the other cuts listed at right as easy, budget-friendlier substitutions.
Basque Beef Tenderloin CrostiniSeared beef tenderloin that's rubbed with orange zest, chili powder, and salt adorn simple toasted baquettes in the stand-out appetizer, Basque Beef Tenderloin Crostini.
Beef Tenderloin with Merlot Jam
Beef Tenderloin with Garlic-and-Merlot Jam lends a touch of elegance to an appetizer spread at that special celebration.
Beef Tenderloin with Cherry-Black Pepper SauceEntertaining? Pop the beef tenderloin in the oven as guests arrive, and make the cherry-black pepper sauce just before they're seated.
Perfect Beef TenderloinWhen seasoning roasts, this will generally do the trick: 1 tsp. of kosher salt per pound of meat. Plan on about 5 pounds of meat for every 12 guests.
Roast Beef Tenderloin with Cognac Butter
Using tenderloin, a leaner cut of steak, allows you to indulge in a flavored butter topper. You'll only use half of the cognac butter, but make all of it--cutting the amount in half doesn't work as well. Use the leftover butter within the week, on pasta or over fish, or freeze up to one month; bring to room temperature before serving.
Seared Steaks with Red Wine-Cherry SauceA rich cherry sauce complements beef tenderloin in this 40-minute dinner of Seared Steaks with Red Wine-Cherry Sauce.
Peppered Beef Tenderloin With Portobello-Marsala SauceThis peppered beef tenderloin recipe is perfect for holidays and special occasions.
Mustard-Tarragon Beef TenderloinChilling the meat overnight and slicing it thinly the next day gives the rub more time to flavor the meat. This is a great make-ahead dish for parties; serve on toasted baguette with horseradish sauce and arugula.
Tenderloin SandwichCook the lean tenderloin to medium-rare so the meat stays moist.
Tenderloin Steaks and Balsamic Green Beans
Pair simply seasoned beef tenderloin with a side of flavorful balsamic green beans tonight. Did we mention this is all under 250 calories?
Gorgonzola-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine SauceCreating a two-zone fire lets you sear the meat over direct heat and then finish cooking it over indirect to a beautiful medium-rare. Beginner's tip: As you grill, keep the lid closed to maintain the temperature.
Beef Tenderloin CrostiniBeef Tenderloin Crostini is a melt-in-your-mouth appetizer that will be the standout of your party thanks to the ensemble of perfectly seasoned layers and, of course, the grilled tenderloin.
Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Chipotle Butter and Bell Pepper Sauté
Make sure the cast-iron skillet is hot before adding the steaks so that they get a nicely browned crust on both sides. We like both red and orange peppers, though just one color will work.
Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Red Wine-Tarragon SauceIf these steaks are cut from a whole tenderloin, ask the butcher to cut them about an inch thick from the middle portion. Packaged beef tenderloin steaks are often labeled "filet mignon."
Pepper and Garlic-Crusted Tenderloin SteaksCarve into a company-worthy beef tenderloin with a dynamic pan sauce that cooks in about 10 minutes.
Roast Beef TenderloinSeason beef tenderloin with garlic and thyme before roasting for optimal flavor.
Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish-Chive SauceThere's a lot to love about the lemony-bite of this creamy sauce, matched with a lean, tender cut. This dish is perfect for an elegant Christmas Eve entrée.
Peppercorn-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with GremolataPeppercorn-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Gremolata is big on flavor. Fresh herbs and lemon make a bright, tasty topper for the steaks.
Roast Beef Tenderloin With Port-Mushroom SauceTop slices of beef tenderloin with a rich sauce of cremini mushrooms and sweet red wine. This elegant beef recipe is an ideal choice for entertaining.
Beef Tenderloin, Swiss Chard, and Caramelized Fennel TacosThe chard makes a wonderful peppery, lightly bitter complement to the sweet fennel. Look for crema Mexicana in the supermarket dairy section or at ethnic markets, or substitute crème fraîche.
Port-Stained Beef MedallionsIn this recipe adapted from Keith Schroeder's upcoming book, Mad Delicious, what may seem like a crazy technique for beef (steaming) produces outstanding results.