Tenderloin basically refers to the most tender and soft cut of beef before it is divided into steaks. If you’ve ever had tenderloin before, you would know that once cut, the steaks are called fillet mignon. You might feel intimidated by the size of the tenderloin. But don’t worry, for it is rather one of the easiest to cook recipes in the world. Read this article until the end, if you want to know the easiest method on how to cook beef tenderloin.
It is soft, lightweight, beneficial, beefy, and incredibly delicious. But if you’re a beginner, you’d be panicking about what recipe to use for cooking tenderloin. Don’t fret, for we are here to help you with that very problem and help you decide how to cook beef tenderloin. It’s the simplest of all, trust me.
Below, we stated various ways in which you can cook a tasty beef tenderloin. Less mess and no wasting of time. So, without further ado, let’s get to work.
What medium is most suitable for cooking beef tenderloin?
If you are cooking something as big as a beef tenderloin that requires roasting, I would suggest using a good voltage oven. For it takes less time, and delivers a very mild taste of the tenderloin.
However, another option is to cook tenderloin on a grill pan. There are no issues if you prefer that medium of cooking. Both ways work perfectly well. The benefit of using a grill pan is that it gives off a smoky flavor if cooked on coals. That smoky flavor is enough to attract anyone to itself.
If you decide on cooking in the oven, remember to preheat it at 450 degrees, and make sure that its seal is tight so that no air and heat escape.
What ingredients do I need to cook beef tenderloin?
Cooking a beef tenderloin demands no extravagant ingredients, simple daily life routine components work well with it. These ingredients are as follows:
- 6-7 pounds beef tenderloin
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp white pepper
- 2 tbsp table salt
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp black pepper
What’s the first step towards making beef tenderloin?
The very first step is as simple as hell. With the help of a paper towel, pat your tenderloin dry. It helps in reducing the moisture outside of the tenderloin and locks it inside it. Moreover, it enables you to get rid of that shiny, damp look on the surface of the tenderloin so that it’s easy to work with it.
How small should the garlic cloves be?
Cut them in a tiny size, cube-like so that it can rest upon the surface of the tenderloin. Next, season the tenderloin with salt, garlic, black and white pepper and keep aside.
What herbs should I use for beef tenderloin?
Rosemary, thyme, and oregano are some of our absolute favorites when it comes to herbs. Place the herbs in the baking skillet, and then place a rack above it. Hold the tenderloin very carefully, so that it doesn’t dislodge, and then place it on the rack.
You might be wondering why use a rack? Why not put it on the herbs? That is because the rack is essential here; it helps circulate the air beneath and around the tenderloin for even cooking.
If you’re using a grill pan, you still might want to use the rack for the same purpose. You can place the herbs on the grill and put the rack above it and then place the tenderloin on top of it. Close its lid and allow to grill for a good 30-40 mins.
What temperature should I set the oven at?
Another important question. Previously, we said to preheat the oven to 450 degrees so that our cooking process won’t be prolonged. However, when placing the tenderloin inside the oven, set the oven temperature to 250 degrees. A little lower than you would typically set it to, but it helps set moisture and promotes even consistent cooking.
For the second part of roasting, set the temp to 425 degrees and allow to roast for another 30-40 mins. The increase in temperature gives the roast a flavorful crust.
How do I know beef tenderloin is done?
Checking its temperature using a dial thermometer or any other you have is the only and most preferred way to get to know whether it’s done or not. We are looking for something between 125-135 degrees for a good medium-rare. The same case is for grill pan as well.
How long do I have to let it cool?
A kitchen secret that I want to share with you is to always let the meat cool before carving it with a good carving knife. Take the tenderloin out of the oven, cover it lightly with a foil and let cool at room temperature. Flip it halfway through the process, so the juice redistributes equally.
Don’t worry about your roast getting cold. 10 minutes of rest won’t do it any worse. Instead, you will get time to arrange the side dishes until then. Letting the roast cool for some time allows better regulation of juice, which results in a more robust flavor. You’re good to go. Enjoy!
Coming to the conclusion, I am forced to decide that I will also have to munch on this delicious dish soon afterward. My mouth is already watering right now.
If you decided to go for the oven option, well and good. It will be quite helpful and will be a useful tool in avoiding a lot of mess. However, if you grill the tenderloin, you are sure to get that smoky, flaky flavor. The aroma you had long been waiting for. But be ready to clean up the mess too.
We hope this article answers your question of how to cook beef tenderloin, and you master the art of cooking it very soon. Next time you’re stuck in your thoughts deciding how or what to do, hop right into this article.
FUN FACT: Do you ever wondered why tenderloin beef is so tender? Well, that’s because it is taken from right beneath the ribs. A less-weight carrying part that has fewer connective tissues. Hence, it is exceptionally tender.
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