Wed, Dec 6, 2017 – by RedPlum

Black Pepper Spice-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin

Black Pepper Spice-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin 1

A toasted spice rub creates sensational flavors in this roasted beef tenderloin. Serve it with your favorite sides and red wine for an impressive meal.

Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 1 1/4 hour | Yield: Makes 4 - 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds (preferably brown)
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 4 green cardamom pods, crushed, reserving seeds and discarding pods
  • 1 (1 1/2-inch) cinnamon stick, broken into small pieces
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 (2-pounds) trimmed and tied center-cut beef tenderloin roast, at room temperature 30 minutes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Equipment: an electric coffee/spice grinder


  1. Toast spices with salt in a dry 10-inch heavy skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until mustard seeds begin to pop, 3 to 5 minutes. Cool completely, then grind in grinder.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle
  3. Pat beef dry, then rub spice mixture all over it (including ends). Heat oil in same skillet over high heat until it shimmers. Brown beef on all sides, about 10 minutes total.

  4. Transfer beef to a small roasting pan and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted diagonally 2 inches into center of meat registers 120°F for medium rare, 25-30 minutes. Transfer beef to a cutting board and let stand 10 minutes (internal temperature will rise to about 130°F).
  5. Cut off string and slice beef. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cooks' note: Beef can be rubbed with spice mixture 1 day ahead and chilled. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before browning.


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