seared beef tenderloin filets

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
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By Deb Crane
from Eagle, WI

This is a tired and true method of perfect filets every time! This has never failed me. You can get already cut filets, or when on sale, buy a whole tenderloin and cut it yourself. You will want them cut 2 inches thick. So a 6 pound whole beef tenderloin will yield about 7 or 8, 8 oz. filets. You may never go to a restaurant again! These turn out just like the expensive steak houses serve. ( I kid you not, they are that good) Cant get any simpler as well!

serves as many filets as you want
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For seared beef tenderloin filets

  • beef tenderloin filets (as many as you want to make) cut in 2-3 inch thickness.
  • salt to cover filets
  • black pepper to cover filets
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive or vegetable oil

How To Make seared beef tenderloin filets

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the middle of oven.
  • 2
    Season the tenderloin filets with salt and pepper.
  • 3
    You need to use an oven proof frying pan for this recipe. (I use my cast iron skillet) Get you pan very hot. Oil the pan and place the filets on the hot pan.(do not over crowd the pan. Do them in batches if need be or they will not get that professional looking "crust" to them. Once in pan, DO NOT MOVE THEM, TURN THEM, OR PLAY WITH THEM. The idea is to get a nice "crust" on the filet. Let them cook in the hot pan for 5 minutes. Then turn them over ( to reveal a beautiful crust) Place the whole pan in the preheated oven right away. Finish cooking them in the oven until desired done-ness. (again, I never cook tenderloin to a well done. It isnt a cut that fairs well with well done. Medium rare is the way to go in my book!) :)
  • 4
    Rare: sear 5 minutes, Roast 5 minutes Medium-rare: Sear 5 minutes, Roast 7 minutes Medium: Sear 5 minutes, Roast 9 minutes.