How to Cook Tenderloin Steak

Cooking a tenderloin steak is easier said than done, but it can be a breeze with the right steps. There are numerous methods to cook your steak. You can slow roast it in the oven, throw it on the grill, or pan-fry it on your stove. For this article, we’ll be sticking with the classic way to cook steak at home, which is pan-fried.

Before you get to cooking, you’ll need to know a little about preparation. Make sure you have all of your tools in reach, since getting the right internal temperature is time-sensitive.

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Pan-Seared Tenderloin Steak Recipe


  • 2 trimmed beef tenderloin cuts
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Canola oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • Unsalted butter
  • Fresh herbs
  • Sauce of choice


The way you season your steak will make or break its flavor. Grab your kosher salt and rub it on the steak’s entire surface. Do the same with the freshly ground pepper until there’s a thin layer of seasoning covering the whole steak. Be sure to use kosher salt because it helps your steak retain its flavor.

After slathering your steak in salt and pepper, let it rest for a few minutes. Then hit it with another small layer of flaky salt if you have it. The flaky salt gets into all of the crevices and ensures your steak will be mouth-watering.

You can also add some other herbs and spices if you want to experiment. However, if you’re new to cooking tenderloin, we recommend sticking to the basics until you master the art of pan-frying your beef.


  1. Heat a cast-iron pan over medium heat for 2 minutes and add your canola oil.
  2. Place your steak in the pan carefully and let each side cook for 1-2 minutes before flipping. Repeat this step for about 15 minutes (depending on how well-done you want your meat).
  3. Remove your steaks and place them on a warm plate covered with foil.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low. In the same pan, melt the butter until it starts to foam.
  5. Mix all of the other herbs into the butter and spoon the mixture over the steaks.
  6. Let your steaks rest for about 10 minutes before serving.


Mastering the beef tenderloin isn’t easy, but it’s a fun challenge, to say the least. After experimenting with different flavors, you’ll find the perfect taste that will wow anyone who comes over for dinner.

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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam is the founder of Steak Revolution. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.