Peppered Beef Tenderloin Roast

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing


12 servings

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
A pepper rub gives this moist, tender beef a bit of a zippy taste. It takes just minutes to prepare, and the meat slices well. Lining the baking pan with foil makes it a breeze to clean up, too. —Denise Bitner, Reedsville, Pennsylvania
Peppered Beef Tenderloin Roast Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 beef tenderloin roast (3 to 4 pounds)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Mix first five ingredients.
  2. Place roast on a rack in a roasting pan; rub with pepper mixture. Roast until desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°), 40-60 minutes. Remove roast from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked beef: 188 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 197mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat.