Perfect Beef Tenderloin

Ardelia Farm Beef From the Chef Recipes

As you already know, beef tenderloin (aka filet mignon) is exquisite. Lean and tender, this beef tenderloin steak will truly melt-in-your mouth. It will make any meal into a very special occasion.

Because it is so lean, tenderloin is best served medium rare. To make this gorgeous steak, all you need is a cast iron pan, salt and pepper, and some butter.


  1. Bring steak to room temperature and season liberally with salt and pepper
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  3. Heat a knob of butter in your cast iron over high heat (sautéing in butter is often not recommended because of butter's low smoking point and tendency to burn; but because these cook up so quickly, it's a-ok).
  4. Add the steak and sear undisturbed for 2 minutes, flip and give it two minutes more.
  5. Stick the pan in the oven until the internal temperature of the steaks is at 125º (2-5 moments). Mine were in there for just under 3.
  6. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Drizzle with the flavorful butter from the pan to serve. I served mine with mashed sweet potatoes.
  7. Get ready for a very special treat.
You'll find lots of recipes out there for tenderloin with red wine reduction or a port glaze or some other doctoring, but none of that is necessary. Of course, you should cook it however you like; but in my opinion, this is absolutely perfect just as it is.  


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