Beef tenderloin trimming and cooking

We are having beef tenderloin (and turkey) for our Christmas dinner. My mom says I should leave the fat on the tenderloin so it won't be dry. I was planning on trimming it off. I haven't trimmed a tenderloin before. So, fat on or fat off?
Also, any easy ideas for cooking?

  • Posted by: Louisa
  • December 16, 2011


sexyLAMBCHOPx December 17, 2011
Definetly cut the sinew and trim off any big pieces of fat. There will be some fat still there but that okay. Clean it up before cooking.
hardlikearmour December 16, 2011
Butter has a really low smoke point, so your experience doesn't surprise me. I think you're fine to cut off most of the fat, as long as you keep the internal temperature low you should have a tender outcome.
Louisa December 16, 2011
Thanks for the advice. I will trim the silver skin, and I will do my best not to over-cook.
But I still want to know if I need some fat to keep the tenderloin moist.
The only other time I did a tenderloin the recipe said to put butter on top of the beef and then roast it at a really high temp, and the butter started smoking and the smoke detector went off. Lucky it was a warm day, because we had to open all the windows and doors.
So that's why I want to know if I can roast w/out the fat and still have it turn out delicious.
hardlikearmour December 16, 2011
You definitely want to remove any silverskin that might be present. I agree with Dante on the temp - pull it out of the oven at an internal temperature of 110-125º F (typically about 30-40 minutes at 400º F)- it's not a cut of meat you want to serve past medium-rare because it is so lean.
Dante December 16, 2011
What I like to do is trimming the meat for a nice shape and sear the meat before roast it. Then you just have to be careful not over cook the meat I like to take it out if the oven at 125 degrees rare to medium rare and moist
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