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How to Cook Tenderloin Steak

How to Cook Tenderloin Steak

Ready to cook top steak cuts such as tenderloin for your summer BBQ? When you do, you’ll want to make sure it’s tender and juicy to impress all of your family and friends. What better feeling than everyone praising you over your mouthwatering tenderloin? To start, you need the best Goodstock by Nolan Ryan steaks to make the best tenderloin steak recipe. And whether you want to grill or oven-bake the steaks, knowing tenderloin cook times is a must. 

Let’s take a closer look at how you can prepare and cook delicious tenderloin steaks:

Prep Time for Tenderloin 

If the tenderloin is frozen, thaw it in the refrigerator for two days. Before you cook it, let it come to room temperature for one to two hours, but never longer than two. Add your favorite seasonings to the roast. Not sure which ones to use? Keep on reading to discover our favorites.

Grilling Time for Tenderloin Roasts and Steaks

You can cook a whole tenderloin roast on the grill or individual steaks. The prep time is going to be the same whether you use charcoal or gas. However, because of the difference in grills, the cooking time will be a little different. 

If you’re using a charcoal grill, sear the tenderloin on all sides by placing it directly over the coals. Once all sides are seared, move it off the coals and finish cooking the tenderloin on the regular grill grates. The cooking times vary as follows:

  • Rare: 15 to 20 minutes with an internal temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Medium-Rare: 20 to 25 minutes or an internal temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Medium: 25 to 30 minutes or an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Medium-Well: 30 to 35 minutes with an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The resting temperatures are 125 degrees for rare, 135 degrees for medium-rare, 145 degrees for medium, and 155 degrees for medium-well. 

If you are using a gas grill, preheat the grill on high. Sear the tenderloin for five to 10 minutes until it is browned on all sides. Move the tenderloin to the center of the grill and turn off the burners directly under the roast. Close the grill lid and use the exact same cooking times as you would on the charcoal grill. 

Seasonings for Tenderloin

The best seasonings for a Texas Black Angus tenderloin steak are those that bring out the taste of the beef! You don't want to over-season the meat, or you won't have a beefy flavor. Lightly coat the tenderloin roast with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. If you like a little kick to your meat, add blackening seasoning, especially if you cook the tenderloin on the grill. And if you really want your meat to be as good as it gets, try out our options, including steak seasoning or “No Fuss” BBQ rub.  

Oven Time for Tenderloin Roasts

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the tenderloin steak in the oven for 20 to 35 minutes, depending on how you prefer your beef cooked. The best way to get the tenderloin done to perfection is to use a meat thermometer. 

You need to let the roast "rest" for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing it into steaks. If you prefer your beef rare, cook it until the internal temperature is 115 degrees Fahrenheit. After it rests, the temperature will rise to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the calibration of your oven, it takes 20 to 25 minutes. 

For medium-rare, you want to remove the roast when the internal temperature reaches 125 degrees Fahrenheit. After the roast rests, the internal temperature should be about 135 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes 25 to 30 minutes in the oven.

If you prefer your beef medium, you'll need to oven-roast a tenderloin for 30 to 35 minutes or until the temperature reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit. After the tenderloin rests for 10 to 15 minutes, the internal temperature should be about 145 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Finally, for a medium-well roast, cook the tenderloin for 35 to 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. After resting, the internal temperature should be about 155 degrees Fahrenheit.

Perfect Tenderloin Steak for Friends and Family

The best time to have grilled tenderloin steak is during BBQs or other family get-togethers! Serving up tenderloin steak in the oven or on the grill is easy if you follow the above tenderloin cooking temps. And because you can cook the tenderloin quickly, you have more time to spend with family and friends without preparing a high-maintenance dish. 

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