Cajun Beef Tenderloin Recipe
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Cajun Beef Tenderloin Recipe

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Warm up holiday gatherings with this hot spicy entree from Sue Dannahower in Fort Pierce, Florida. “The dry rub keeps the tenderloin moist and tender,” Sue promises. Because it’s so fuss-free, just pop it in the oven or grill, then sit back and make merry with guests...maybe catch the Super Bowl! TASTY TIP: For a festive change of pace from beef, resolve to try this spicy Cajun rub on pork tenderloin, too!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 50 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 beef tenderloin roast (3 pounds)
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Dash ground cloves

Nutritional Facts

3 ounce-weight: 172 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 788mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat.


  1. Tie tenderloin at 2-in. intervals with kitchen string. Combine the seasonings; rub over beef. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Grill beef, covered, over indirect medium heat for 50-60 minutes, or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°), turning occasionally. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
  3. To roast the tenderloin, bake on a rack in a shallow roasting pan at 425° for 45-60 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cajun Beef Tenderloin in Light & Tasty December/January 2006, p59

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"Awesome!!! We make this every year for our Christmas Eve dinner. My entire family loves it!!"

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