Marinated Beef Tenderloin

marinated beef tenderloin
Photo: Chris Court
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins

Be sure to let the meat rest 45 minutes or it will be underdone. It's delicious with roasted carrots and shallots.


  • 1 beef tenderloin (3 pounds; preferably center-cut), silver skin trimmed

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic

  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt

  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper

  • 1 teaspoon safflower oil

  • ½ stick unsalted butter, softened, divided


  1. Place beef in a resealable plastic bag. Whisk together Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and oil, and pour over beef. Tightly seal bag, and let beef marinate at room temperature 2 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  2. Preheat broiler with rack 4 inches from heat source. Transfer beef and marinade to a heavy oven-safe skillet just large enough to hold the beef. Spread 2 tablespoons butter over top of beef; broil 8 minutes. Remove from oven, turn beef with tongs, and spread remaining 2 tablespoons butter on top. Broil 5 minutes more. Remove from oven, and cover skillet tightly with foil. Let beef in skillet rest 45 minutes. Thinly slice, and transfer to a serving platter. Serve with pan juices.

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