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Sliced beef tenderloin garnished with fresh parsley.

Beef Tenderloin with Garlic Butter

This beef tenderloin is seared to golden brown perfection, then topped with flavorful garlic butter and roasted in the oven.  An easy and elegant dinner option that's great for entertaining and for holiday meals.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 490kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 5 lb beef tenderloin trimmed and tied. You can leave the tenderloin whole or cut it into 2 pieces for easier handling.
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • parsley sprigs optional garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large oven safe pan over high heat. Rub the salt and pepper all over the tenderloin.
  • Sear the meat on all sides until browned, about 4 minutes per side.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the butter and garlic. Spread the butter mixture all over the meat.
  • Place the pan in the oven. Cook for 20 minutes or until a thermometer reaches at least 125 degrees F for medium rare meat. If you prefer your meat to be less pink, you can leave it in for longer. Refer to the meat temperature cooking guide in the text of the post.
  • Cover the meat and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice and serve. Garnish with parsley if desired.


Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 530mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 4mg