Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Total Time

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


12 servings

Updated: Feb. 15, 2022
An overnight marinade provides a savory seasoning for this tenderloin. I've served this simple elegant roast on many special occasions. —Schelby Thompson, Camden Wyoming, Delaware
Roasted Beef Tenderloin Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup port wine or 1/2 cup beef broth plus 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 beef tenderloin roast (3 pounds)
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. For marinade, whisk together first 7 ingredients. Place roast, bay leaf and 3/4 cup marinade into a large bowl; turn to coat. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Reserve remaining marinade for basting; cover and refrigerate.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°. Place tenderloin on a rack in a roasting pan; discard bay leaf and marinade. Roast until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°), 40-50 minutes, basting occasionally with reserved marinade during the last 15 minutes.
  3. Remove roast from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked beef: 193 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 257mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat.