Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins

The peppery coating, quick sear, and finish in the oven ensure tender, flavorful results for this beef tenderloin.How to Carve Beef Tenderloin


  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, crushed

  • Coarse salt

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 center-cut beef tenderloin (about 2 ½ pounds)

  • Grainy Mustard Aioli

  • Caramelized Acorn Squash


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine peppercorns, 1 tablespoon salt, the sugar, and red-pepper flakes. Rub all over tenderloin to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

  2. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over high heat until almost smoking. Add oil, and brown meat, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer skillet to oven, and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part reaches 120 degrees, about 16 minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with grainy-mustard aioli and squash.

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