This dish is simply luxurious: grilled beef tenderloin smothered in a vibrant herb butter served on top of a garlicky slab of whole-grain toast. And yes, with only about 303 calories and 14 grams of fat total, this steakhouse-worthy entree can be part of a healthy diet. If you like, make extra herb butter to top chicken, fish or even a grilled pork chop.

Jessie Price
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006


Recipe Summary

45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to high.

  • Mash butter in a small bowl with the back of a spoon until soft and creamy. Stir in 2 teaspoons oil until combined. Add chives (or shallot), capers, 1 teaspoon marjoram (or oregano), 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and place in the freezer to chill.

  • Combine the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoons marjoram (or oregano), 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, rosemary and minced garlic in a small bowl. Rub on both sides of steak. Rub both sides of bread with the halved garlic clove; discard the garlic.

  • Grill the steak 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Grill the bread until toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. Divide watercress among 4 plates. Place 1 toast on each serving of watercress and top with steak. Spread the herb butter on top of the steaks and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare herb butter (Step 2), wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

292 calories; protein 27.4g; carbohydrates 12.7g; dietary fiber 2.4g; sugars 1.8g; fat 14.2g; saturated fat 5.1g; cholesterol 72.3mg; vitamin a iu 1246.8IU; vitamin c 17.3mg; folate 32.8mcg; calcium 94.7mg; iron 2.3mg; magnesium 50.3mg; potassium 485.4mg; sodium 393.5mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 1g.

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Rating: 5 stars
I will definitely make this again!!! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
The lemon flavor was a bit over powering. I just don't think Filet Mignon and lemon go well together. I may try this combination on fish though. I think it would work better. I won't be making this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious The butter and rub is delicious. The combination of spices is perfect. Some people may find it a bit salty (I will half the recommended amount in the future) but my husband and I loved it! I will definitely be making this again. Pros: explosion of taste Cons: a little salty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Unbelievably delicious! One of the best steaks I have ever eaten! Great job Eating Well!!! Pros: Takes a while to prep but TOTALLY WORTH IT! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great! Easy to do and so very delicious! I most certainly recommend that you try this one out. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Thank you EatingWell - this was the best recipe! My family raved about it. I will make it over and over again. My side dishes were aspagus and mashed potato (yam/yukon gold). I also sprinkled a small amount of season salt on the filet before grilling. Just make sure your lemon butter mixture is not too salty before you serve it. You may have to adjust. Everything from the presentation to the taste was fabulous. The watercress and toast added to the presentation and flavor and made the dish! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
WOW! This butter was out of this world. I've tried it two times now and my company Raved about it. I'm making it again for a formal dinner. I'm glad I ran across this. Made me taste buds extremely happy! Pros: This butter was fantastic Cons: none Read More