Perfect Beef Tenderloin

When 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.

Perfect Beef Tenderloin
Photo: Iain Bagwell
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
12 to 14 appetizer servings


  • 1 (5- to 7-lb.) beef tenderloin, trimmed

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 5 to 7 tsp. kosher salt

  • 3/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place beef on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. Rub butter over beef, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  2. Bake at 425° for 25 to 35 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 135° (medium rare). Cover loosely with aluminum foil; let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

  3. Note: We tested with Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt.

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