Indulge in the Richness of Beef Tenderloin

Hey, wine lovers! Today, I want to introduce you to a recipe that promises an unforgettable dining experience – Beef Tenderloin in Wine Sauce. Trust me; this recipe will make your taste buds sing and your heart skip a beat.

There’s something about cooking with wine that elevates any dish to a whole new level. Add to this the luxurious tenderness of beef tenderloin, and you’ve got yourself the ultimate feast fit for royalty. Now, let’s dig into what makes this recipe so exceptional.

The secret to a great beef tenderloin is– wait for it– a great wine sauce. And not just any wine sauce; we’re talking about the perfect blend of dry red wine, butter, garlic, and thyme. The aroma alone is enough to send you off to food heaven!

If you’re looking to impress your guests or treat yourself to a fancy dinner, this recipe is just what you need. Whether it’s celebrating a special occasion or merely craving some comfort food, Beef Tenderloin in Wine Sauce is the answer.

So put on your apron, grab that bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, and let’s get cooking. Trust me; once you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll never go back to plain old roast beef.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Beef Tenderloin in Wine Sauce
Beef Tenderloin in Wine Sauce

If you’re a meat lover, then you’re going to adore this delicious beef tenderloin in wine sauce recipe. This hearty dish is a perfect match for any dinner party or special occasion, and one of the best things about it is how easy and simple it is to make.

Imagine savoring the juicy beef tenderloin that melts in your mouth, while enjoying the delightful smell of red wine sauce infused with garlic and onions. The flavors of this dish are beautifully balanced, thanks to Worcestershire sauce and thyme sprigs added to the beef broth.

But what really makes this recipe stand out is its versatility. You can serve it as a holiday centerpiece or set it out for a family dinner any day of the week. Plus, the wine sauce is versatile enough to pair with all sorts of side dishes like roasted potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, or even steamed veggies.

What’s more? This recipe also allows for some personalized touches such as adding mushrooms, cranberry sauce or using different types of wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, depending on your preferences.

In summary, there are countless reasons why you’ll love this beef tenderloin in wine sauce recipe, from its simplicity and versatility to its mouthwatering flavors. Trust me when I say that your taste buds will dance with delight as they savor each piece of juicy beef bathed in creamy wine sauce!

Ingredient List

 Tender and juicy beef tenderloin with a rich and flavorful wine sauce.
Tender and juicy beef tenderloin with a rich and flavorful wine sauce.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this delicious Beef Tenderloin in Wine Sauce recipe:

  • 1 (3 lb) beef tenderloin roast, trimmed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 medium shallots finely-chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 cups of beef stock
  • 1 cup of dry red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir)
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt, pepper, and sugar to taste
  • 5 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
  • Fresh mushrooms, sliced (optional)

All these ingredients come together to create a rich wine sauce perfect for a special occasion.

The Recipe How-To

 Savor every bite of this melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin.
Savor every bite of this melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin.

Preparing the Tenderloin

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.

  2. Season the beef tenderloin roast or filet mignon with salt and pepper, then tie it to keep its shape.

  3. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat until it’s hot. Add the seasoned beef and sear on all sides, about 3-4 minutes per side, until browned.

  4. Move the pan to the preheated oven with the steak fat side up and roast for 15-30 minutes or until it reaches your preferred doneness.

  5. When done, remove from oven and transfer to a cutting board or serving platter. Tent with aluminum foil and allow it to rest for at least five minutes before slicing into servings.

Making the Red Wine Sauce

  1. To prepare the pan sauce, discard any excess fat from the same skillet you used to cook the steak.

  2. Over medium heat, melt 5 tablespoons of butter, then add 2 tablespoons of finely chopped shallot and a clove of minced garlic. Cook until the shallots are softened but not browned, about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Deglaze the pan by adding about 1 1/2 cups of dry red wine, scraping any brown bits (fond) stuck on the bottom with a wooden spoon.

  4. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for about 3-4 minutes until reduced by half. The alcohol will evaporate but leaves behind amazing flavor.

  5. Pour in 4 cups of beef broth and add 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, salt, pepper and sugar to taste.

  6. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or until reduced by half.

  7. Strain out any solids through a fine-mesh strainer into another saucepan.

  8. Over medium heat, whisk in a few tablespoons of all-purpose flour until well combined and cook for about 3 minutes.

  9. Whisk together until the sauce thickens then adjust seasoning if necessary.

  10. Take the roast beef tenderloin out of the oven and slice into 1/2 or 1 inch-thick pieces, depending on your preference.

  11. Pour the sauce over the sliced beef tenderloin for maximum flavor enhancement! Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs and serve.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect dinner party centerpiece - a beautifully seared beef tenderloin with a classic wine sauce.
The perfect dinner party centerpiece – a beautifully seared beef tenderloin with a classic wine sauce.

There are several ways to make variations to the beef tenderloin in wine sauce recipe to switch things up a bit. If you’re looking for a different wine to use, instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, you can try using a Burgundy or Pinot Noir for a lighter taste.

For those who prefer not to use red wine, you can substitute it with a dry white wine such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. If you’re looking to make it even easier, you can try using pre-made beef broth instead of making your own from scratch.

For vegetarians, you can replace the beef tenderloin with portobello mushrooms or seitan. If you want to make this dish more decadent and creamy, consider adding some heavy cream or half-and-half to create a rich sauce.

If you’re someone who wants to experiment with different spices and flavors, then Cayenne pepper, rosemary and thyme are some great options that will add some extra enticing flavors that will only enhance the rich flavors of the dish.

Whatever substitutions or twists you choose for this recipe be sure to keep it enjoyable and delicious!

Serving and Pairing

 Impress your dinner guests with this elegant and delicious dish of beef tenderloin in wine sauce.
Impress your dinner guests with this elegant and delicious dish of beef tenderloin in wine sauce.

Now that you’ve made this delicious beef tenderloin in wine sauce recipe, it’s time to enjoy it with a perfectly paired dish. The robust flavors and juicy texture of the beef tenderloin go well with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.

For a side dish that won’t compete with the rich flavor of the tenderloin, I suggest serving this with a simple arugula salad tossed in an extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing. Alternatively, roasted or sautéed root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots or parsnips complement the beefy taste and add satisfying texture that offset the softness of the meat.

If you’re looking for some fancy alternatives, you can also try pairing it with mushroom sauce or cranberry sauce. The earthiness from mushrooms pairs well with this kind of savory dish while cranberry sauce adds an element of sweetness to the meal.

No matter how you choose to serve your beef tenderloin in wine sauce, one feature remains consistent: the dish is versatile with quite an array of pairing options. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Simply mouth-watering - a perfectly cooked beef tenderloin drizzled with a delectable red wine sauce.
Simply mouth-watering – a perfectly cooked beef tenderloin drizzled with a delectable red wine sauce.

This beef tenderloin in wine sauce recipe is perfect for those who love to entertain guests. If you are planning for a dinner party or holiday gathering, you can make the recipe ahead of time, store it in the refrigerator, and reheat it when your guests arrive.

To make this recipe ahead of time, follow the instructions until step 6. Once you’ve prepared the red wine sauce, let it cool down to room temperature then transfer it to a covered container and store it in the fridge for up to two days. When serving time comes, preheat your oven and prepare your beef tenderloin roast per step 7. Place the roast on a serving plate then pour the stored red wine sauce over it.

Storing this dish is easy, but keep in mind that its meat will dry out quickly if left uncovered, even when inside the fridge. To avoid this issue, wrap your beef tenderloin roast with a cling wrap or place it in an airtight container along with some of its cooking juices.

Reheating this dish is straightforward as well. Preheat your oven to 250°F (121°C), lightly baste the beef tenderloin roast with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle it with salt and pepper, then place it inside the oven for about 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Alternatively, you may opt for reheating your pan sauce in a microwave-safe dish for three to four minutes, stirring occasionally until hot.

Whether you enjoy this beef tenderloin roast in red wine sauce fresh out of the oven or reheated from leftovers, it will remain just as tasty and flavorful as its original serving. Store or reheat with confidence knowing that you’ll be able to serve perfectly cooked meat paired with an aromatic red wine sauce every time!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Elevate your at-home cooking with this restaurant-quality beef tenderloin in wine sauce.
Elevate your at-home cooking with this restaurant-quality beef tenderloin in wine sauce.

If you want to impress your guests with a perfectly cooked beef tenderloin in wine sauce, here are some tips that will help you achieve ideal results.

Firstly, it is important to let your beef tenderloin sit at room temperature for about an hour before cooking. This allows the meat to cook more evenly and results in tender meat.

When cooking the beef tenderloin, make sure to sear it on all sides on high heat to lock in the juices and create a nice crust. Then, reduce the heat and let it cook until it reaches your desired level of doneness (use a meat thermometer for accuracy).

In terms of the wine used in the recipe, feel free to experiment and choose a dry red wine that you enjoy. However, Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir work especially well with beef tenderloin.

When making the sauce, make sure to let the wine reduction simmer on low heat for at least 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. And don’t forget to season the sauce with salt, pepper, and sugar to balance out the flavors.

Finally, when slicing the beef tenderloin, make sure to cut against the grain for maximum tenderness. And serve immediately with the wine sauce for optimal taste and presentation.

By following these simple tips, you can create a restaurant-quality dish right in your own home.


Before we wrap up, let’s go over some commonly asked questions about this beef tenderloin in wine sauce recipe that may have crossed your mind. The following questions and answers will help you understand how to make the recipe better or fit your preferences. Make sure to read through them so that you can enjoy the perfect tenderloin with the wine-infused pan sauce that you deserve.

Which cooking method is best for beef tenderloin?

When slow-roasting meat, the entire cut is cooked evenly throughout and avoids any discrepancies in texture or flavor between the outer and inner parts. To finish the dish with a flavorful crust, a quick sear on high heat gives it a beautiful color and crispy texture.

Should you sear beef tenderloin before roasting?

To enhance the taste and texture of beef tenderloin, a dual process of searing and roasting is optimal. The sear creates a crispy and flavorful exterior while ensuring the lean meat remains tender. To commence, season the beef with a moderate amount of kosher salt and pepper.

What is the difference between beef loin tenderloin and beef tenderloin?

It’s worth noting that the tenderloin can be divided into two distinct sections of meat. One section is the longer portion of the tenderloin, typically used to produce a whole beef tenderloin. However, there is another side to the tenderloin, where the filet mignon can be found. This side extends into the short loin of the animal.

What wine goes with beef tenderloin?

As a sommelier, I have gathered knowledge about various types of wines and their perfect pairing dishes. One of the remarkable wines is Bordeaux. This celebrated wine ages beautifully, resulting in mellow tannins that complement the rich flavor of beef tenderloin. Cabernet Sauvignon is another bold wine with a moderate level of acidity that pairs well with hearty meals. Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, and Tempranillo are other types of wines that have a unique and distinct flavor profile that compliments different dishes.

Bottom Line

This beef tenderloin in wine sauce recipe is a true crowd-pleaser. With its rich flavors and succulent texture, this dish is perfect for your next dinner party or special occasion. It’s no wonder why so many people love it!

When served alongside a glass of your favorite red wine, this dish elevates to become a culinary masterpiece. And with the right pairing suggestions, you can take the experience to the next level.

Don’t limit yourself to serving it with the classic Cabernet Sauvignon – try experimenting with other red wines like Pinot Noir or testing out different pan sauces like mushroom sauce or cream sauce to really take it up a notch.

With a touch of innovation and creativity, this tenderloin beef recipe can be transformed into something truly unique and unforgettable.

So go ahead, give it a try and impress your guests with this show-stopping dish. I guarantee they’ll be asking for seconds (and thirds!).

Beef Tenderloin in Wine Sauce

Beef Tenderloin in Wine Sauce Recipe

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 53 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Calories 735.6 kcal


  • 1 (3 lb) beef tenderloin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour


  • Sprinkle beef tenderloin with salt and pepper.
  • Place tenderloin in a foil-lined roasting pan.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter.
  • Add onion, garlic, and mushroom; saute 7 minutes.
  • Add wine, worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and hot sauce.
  • In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together beef broth and flour; stir into wine mixture.
  • Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until onion is tender.
  • Remove beef from oven, and top with sauce.
  • Bake beef 18 more minutes or to desired degree of doneness, basting once.
  • Transfer beef to a serving platter, reserving sauce in pan.
  • Let beef stand 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve with sauce.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 367gCalories: 735.6kcalCarbohydrates: 4.5gProtein: 46.7gFat: 56.8gSaturated Fat: 26.4gCholesterol: 233.4mgSodium: 435.6mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 1.9g
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