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Whole beef tenderloin sliced on a cutting board with fresh sprigs of herbs

Easy Beef Tenderloin Recipe

Garlic Thyme Beef Tenderloin will be your new favorite holiday roast! Get my secret to making this memorable whole beef tenderloin recipe. You'll want to make it every year!
Course Holiday Recipe, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword beef tenderloin recipe, Roasted Beef Tenderloin, whole beef tenderloin, whole beef tenderloin recipe
Prep Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 11 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 21 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 645kcal


  • Cutting board and knife
  • Plastic wrap
  • Roasting rack
  • Small roasting pan or baking sheet with sides
  • Kitchen string (if tying the roast yourself)


  • 4 pound Whole Beef Tenderloin roast, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil


  • 4 hours (or more) before you plan on cooking the roast, prepare your rub by mixing salt, pepper, dried thyme, and granulated garlic in a small bowl.
    Coat the beef tenderloin with the spice mixture, then wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow the spices to pack into the meat.
    4 pound Whole Beef Tenderloin roast, trimmed, 2 teaspoons Kosher salt, 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
    Coating a beef tenderloin in seasoning
  • When ready to start cooking beef tenderloin, preheat your oven to 450°F. While the oven is preheating, unwrap the roast and place it on a rack in a small roasting pan or a small baking sheet with sides. Drizzle olive oil over the roast.
    1 Tablespoon olive oil
    Raw tied whole beef tenderloin with fresh herbs on top
  • Place your roast in the oven for 15 minutes at 450°F. Then reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
    Whole Beef Tenderloin Recipe sliced on white platter
  • Continue cooking beef tenderloin to the degree of doneness you desire. I like mine medium-rare, so I roasted mine for 35 minutes until it reached the internal temperature of 125°F. Use a meat thermometer to check the doneness of your roast.
    Remove your roast from the oven when done, and tent with foil. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before carving. Serve, and enjoy!
    Whole beef tenderloin sliced on a cutting board with fresh sprigs of herbs


  • Trim your roast: Check the post instructions for how to trim your roast. It's a necessary, but thankfully super easy, step!
  • Tie your roast: Beef tenderloin roasts have a skinny end that should be tucked underneath the roast. Tie your whole beef tenderloin to ensure it stays together as it roasts. This helps make sure it roasts evenly. Your butcher can help you with this step if you don't feel comfortable doing it. See the post for tips on how to tie a roast.
  • Use a rack: Make sure you use a rack and a shallow baking pan or roasting pan. Using a rack to roast tenderloin will help the warm air of the oven circulate around the roast for more even roasting.


Calories: 645kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 718mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 6mg