Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Cranberry Sauce

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5 from 2 votes
This Beef Tenderloin recipe with Port Wine Cranberry Sauce is a show stopper!  It's one of those recipes that looks and tastes fancy but is really quite easy to make. I've also included some great tips to ensure your roast is perfect.   Your family and friends won't be able to stop raving of this recipe.  
Prep: 2 hours
Cook: 26 minutes
Resting time: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 41 minutes
Beef tenderloin recipe on a white platter with rosemary

This Beef Tenderloin recipe with Port Wine Cranberry Sauce is a show stopper!  It’s one of those recipes that looks and tastes fancy but is really quite easy to make. I’ve also included some great tips to ensure your roast is perfect.   Your family and friends won’t be able to stop raving of this recipe.  

Beef tenderloin recipe on a white platter with rosemary

This post is sponsored by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

This beef tenderloin recipe may look fancy and taste incredible, but it’s really quite simple and fool-proof to make.  The result is a show-stopping centerpiece that will have everyone asking for seconds (and your recipe!).

Why this Beef Tenderloin Recipe Works

When I want to impress my guests, I bust out this recipe.  It’s incredibly flavorful and quite easy to make.

The tender beef tenderloin is seared and coated with a flavorful glaze.  Then it’s roasted to perfection while the glaze caramelizes.  While the beef is in the oven, you whip up the tasty sauce that tastes like it simmered all day.  The result is absolute perfection.

How to Cook Beef Tenderloin – Step by Step

  • Tie the tenderloin: Use kitchen string to tie the roast so it has a uniform shape and thickness throughout.   (Photo 1 below)
  • Salt liberally:  Salt all sides of the roast liberally with kosher salt.  Then, allow the roast to rest so the salt can work its magic.  (Photo 2 below)
  • Sear: Once the roast has properly rested, sear it on all sides in a hot pan.  I prefer a cast-iron skillet for this.    (Photo 3 below)
Step by step instructions for cooking beef tenderloin roast:
Step by step instructions for cooking beef tenderloin roast: Image 1: Raw beef tenderloin tied up, Image 2: Raw Beef tenderloin tired up with salt being added. Image 3: Beef tenderloin tired in a cast-iron skillet.
  • Glaze the roast: While the roast is searing, mix up the glaze.  Completely coat the entire seared roast with the glaze.  (Photo 1 below)
  • Roast: Roast the glazed tenderloin in a hot oven to desired doneness.  You can find the various degrees of doneness here.  While the beef is roasting, make the Port Wine Cranberry Sauce.  (Photo 2 below)
  • Slice: Tent with foil and allow the beef tenderloin roast to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.    (Photo 3 below)

Step by step instructions for cooking beef tenderloin roast: Step 1: Beef tenderloin being roasted in a cast-iron skillet, Step 2: Roasted Beef tenderloin in a cast-iron skillet, Step 3: Roasted Beef Tenderloin being cut.


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How to Choose the Perfect Beef Tenderloin Roast

One of my favorite types of beef is Certified Angus Beef ®.  The Certified Angus Beef  brand ensures incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy beef due to high amounts of marbling in every cut. Only the best of the Choice and Prime grades can earn their seal of approval. Then beef must pass the brand’s 10 science-based specifications for quality.  You know you’re getting Certified Angus Beef when you see this on the beef label:

certified angus beef logo

When you get to the meat counter, there are so many choices and different cuts of beef.  Choosing the perfect beef tenderloin roast can be daunting.

certified angus beef at meat counter

But, it doesn’t have to be confusing.  The folks at Certified Angus Beef have created the Roast Perfect app which helps you select, cook and prepare the perfect cut of beef every single time.

roast perfect app

This app is so handy to use.  Simply open it and select the type of roast you want to make.  You can adjust the number of servings you need and it will tell you how much to buy.  You can also get recipes, roasting tips and cheat sheet for the degrees of doneness so you roast comes out perfect every time.

roast perfect app screen shots

The Roast Perfect app is full of useful information and tips so you can pull off an amazing meal without much stress.

Best Way to Cook Beef Tenderloin

There are 2 ways you can make this recipe.  You can use a cast iron skillet (as I did in the photos above) or you can use a roasting pan (as I did in the video).  I wanted to show you two ways to make the recipe, depending on the equipment you have.

Personally, I prefer to use cast iron because it gives such a great sear.  The cast iron holds heat better than other pans.  But, if you don’t have a cast iron pan (and I highly recommend getting one) you can use a regular roasting pan for this recipe.


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Expert Tips for Cooking Beef Tenderloin

Here are some expert tips for cooking beef tenderloin.  Following these tips will ensure your roast comes out perfect every single time.

  • Choose the correct roast: Use the Roast Perfect app to select the correct roast and size.
  • Allow the beef tenderloin roast to rest: The beef needs to rest at several points in this recipe – after it’s salted and after it’s roasted.  Don’t skip this part.
  • Use cast iron: Use a cast iron pan to sear and roast the beef tenderloin.

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Beef tenderloin recipe on a white platter with rosemary

Beef Tenderloin Recipe with Port Wine Cranberry Sauce

5 from 2 votes
This Beef Tenderloin recipe with Port Wine Cranberry Sauce is a show stopper!  It's one of those recipes that looks and tastes fancy but is really quite easy to make. I've also included some great tips to ensure your roast is perfect.   Your family and friends won't be able to stop raving of this recipe.  
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Servings: 6 people
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 26 minutes
Resting time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 41 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

Beef Tenderloin

  • 1 3-4 pound beef tenderloin roast
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic mashed into a paste
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Port Wine Cranberry Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 1/2 cups port wine
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

Beef Tenderloin Roast

  • Tie beef to ensure even size throughout.
  • Salt all sides of the tenderloin roast with kosher salt.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but up to 2 days.
  • Remove roast from oven 1 hour before roasting.
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron pan and sear beef on all sides.
  • In a small bowl, combine dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, garlic, honey, soy sauce, thyme and pepper; Stir to combine.
  • Spread dijon glaze evenly over entire roast.
  • Place roast back in cast iron skillet and roast in oven to desired doneness: Rare (120 degrees), about 16-20 minutes, Medium Rare (125 degrees), about 22-26 minutes.
  • Remove beef from oven, cover with foil and rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Port Wine Cranberry Sauce

  • Heat olive in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Add shallots and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add stock, wine, cranberries and thyme, bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer.
  • Simmer for 8 minutes or until sauce reduces to about 2 cups.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water to form a slurry.
  • Pour cornstarch mixture into sauce and whisk to thicken.
  • Add butter and whisk until melted.
  • Serve sauce over sliced tenderloin.

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Expert Tips

  • Choose the correct roast: Use the Roast Perfect app to select the correct roast and size. 
  • Allow the beef tenderloin roast to rest: The beef needs to rest at several points in this recipe - after it's salted and after it's roasted.  Don't skip this part. 
  • Use cast iron: Use a cast iron pan to sear and roast the beef tenderloin.  

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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5 thoughts on “Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Cranberry Sauce”

  1. Your recipe combines a few of my favorite things! I know the beef is going to be delicious; add that cranberry sauce with wine, garlic … #salivating! Happy 2020 – sizzle on!

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  2. 5 stars
    Beef tenderloin is my fave! I make an herbed one with a similar sauce. This is a perfect recipe for a holiday dinner!!

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  3. 5 stars
    I got the Roast Perfect app last year and was so pleasantly surprised. Nice cuts of meat like yours used to intimidate me but not any more. Yours looks heavenly by the way!

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