Beef Tenderloin with Lemon-Chive Cream Sauce

A new method of cooking beef! I’ve read about it for a couple of years now and wanted to try it: Rather than searing a piece of meat, then putting it in a hot oven to finish cooking, you roast low and slow, then broil at the end.


It cooks more evenly, and keeps the meat a beautiful pink all the way through. Thanks, Tasting Table!

Beef Tenderloin with Lemon-Chive Cream Sauce

Beef Tenderloin with Lemon-Chive Cream Sauce


  • For the tenderloin:
  • One 3-pound center-cut beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied at 1?-inch intervals
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 4 sprigs rosemary, leaves removed
  • 3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh horseradish, sliced into thin shavings with a vegetable peeler, to top
  • For the Chive and Lemon Cream Sauce:
  • 1 cup sour cream or crème fraîche
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Kosher salt, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 275° and adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Remove the roast from the fridge and place on a clean work surface; pat dry. Rub the roast with the thyme sprigs, rosemary leaves and garlic and season generously with salt. Wrap the roast in plastic wrap and allow to rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Remove the thyme, rosemary and garlic from the meat; pat dry and sprinkle the roast evenly with black pepper. Transfer the roast to a wire rack set on a parchment-lined sheet tray. Roast the tenderloin until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the tenderloin registers 120°, 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, flipping halfway through roasting.
  3. Turn on the broiler and place the roast on the upper rack of the oven and broil, flipping the meat until brown until the internal temperature reaches 125° for rare or 130° for medium-rare, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the the oven and let the roast rest for 20 minutes before carving.
  4. Meanwhile, make the cream sauce: In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, chives, worcestershire and lemon zest, and season with salt.
  5. Serve the tenderloin with the sauce and shaved fresh horseradish.


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