Friday, April 20, 2012

Pesto Encrusted Beef Tenderloin

Do you have a special occasionon the horizon?  Are you planning a celebratory dinner, but don't want to spend all day in preparation?  This recipe for pesto encrusted beef tenderloin may be a perfect solution.  We had this dinner for one of our recent family birthday dinners.  It was delicious and relatively easy to make.

Pesto Encrusted Beef Tenderloin

Pesto Encrusted Beef Tenderloin

  • 1 2-3 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied.
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup panko

Purchase a 2-3 pound trimmed and tied beef tenderloin.  Pat the roast dry with a paper towel and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Don't skimp on the salt and pepper.  You want it to really cover all sides of the beef.  Heat a tablespoon of oil in a heavy skillet on medium high heat.  I like to use my cast Iron frying pan.  When the pan is smoking hot, add the beef to the pan.  Leave it for a minute or two and then turn the beef.  Continue until all sides of your beef are browned.

Brown the Beef

Remove the tenderloin to a platter to cool.  Meanwhile, mix together 1/3 cup basil pesto with 1 cup of panko bread crumbs.  Mix it well so that the basil coats the panko crumbs really well. Spoon the crumb mixture onto the beef, using your hands to press the crumbs to make a crust.

The Pesto Panko Crumbs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Cook the beef for 20-30 minutes, until a thermometer registers your desired internal temperature.  I removed my beef at 125 degrees F.  Cover the beef with aluminum foil to rest for 10 minutes.  Slice and serve with your favorite side dishes.

Pesto Encrusted Beef Tenderloin Dinner

For our birthday dinner I paired the beef tenderloin with asiago potaotes and fresh green beans.  The asiago potatoes were packed with flavor.  They are made with pesto, as well, so the flavor profile was similar to the beef.  The fresh green beans were crisp and sweet.

You can get the printable pesto encrusted beef tenderloin recipe by clicking the link.  Printable recipes for the pesto and asiago pesto potatoes are available by clicking their respective links.



  1. OK, my mouth is watering on this one. Looks delish and I think I might actually be able to pull this one off. Thanks!

    1. Allie, this really is as easy as it sounds and is as tasty as it looks. Give it a try.


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