Horseradish-Crusted Beef Tenderloin


Luxurious beef tenderloin shines when treated to a simple horseradish-mustard rub and roasted for a nicely seared and flavorful crust. Double-down on horseradish with this creamy, pungent sauce to serve alongside. Serve leftover sauce with Cheddar mashed potatoes or as a sandwich spread.

Active Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
8 servings


  • 1 ¼ cups reduced-fat sour cream

  • cup plus 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, divided

  • 2 teaspooons Kosher salt, divided

  • 3 teaspoons ground pepper, divided

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 pounds trimmed beef tenderloin, preferably center-cut (see Note)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Combine sour cream, 1/3 cup horseradish, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Chill until ready to serve.

  3. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons horseradish, oil and mustard in a small bowl. Rub tenderloin with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons pepper; coat with the horseradish mixture. Tie with kitchen string in 3 places. Transfer to a small roasting pan.

  4. Roast until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the tenderloin registers 140 degrees F for medium-rare, 35 to 45 minutes. (Add 5 to 10 minutes to the roasting time for well done.) Transfer to a cutting board; let rest for 5 minutes. Remove the string. Slice and serve with creamy horseradish sauce.


Kitchen string

Ingredient note

You'll need 2 pounds of trimmed tenderloin for this recipe. Ask your butcher to remove the extra fat, silver skin and the chain (a lumpy, fat-covered piece of meat that runs along the tenderloin). If you buy untrimmed tenderloin, start with about 2 1/2 pounds, then use a sharp knife to trim the silver skin, fat and chain.

Make ahead

Cover and refrigerate creamy horseradish sauce (step 2) for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

211 Calories
11g Fat
2g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 211
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 26g 51%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Vitamin A 50IU 1%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Folate 20mcg 5%
Sodium 299mg 13%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 30mg 7%
Potassium 436mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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