Oven-Roasted Petite Filet of Beef


Our recipe for oven-roasted petite filet of beef will become a favorite in your home. It's perfect for a hearty family dinner or for serving guests.

Oven-Roasted Fillet of Beef
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
Serves 36 as hors d'oeuvres, 8 to 10 as buffet portions, or 6 for a sit-down dinner


  • 1 4-pound fillet of beef

  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  1. Remove the fillet from the refrigerator 30 minutes before roasting to bring it to room temperature. Preheat oven to 500° F and position a rack in the center.

  2. Spread the mustard evenly on all sides of the fillet. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and thyme. Heat the oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over high heat; the oil should shimmer but not smoke. Brown the fillet on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place the fillet in oven and reduce temperature to 425° F. Roast about 25 minutes for rare or until a meat thermometer reads 130° F when inserted into the center. (Check the temperature once after about 20 minutes to gauge doneness.) Remove the fillet from oven and allow it to rest 10 minutes before slicing. Note: See Beef Tenderloin Cocktail Sandwiches with Flavored Butter to use this fillet for elegant hors d'oeuvres.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

129 Calories
7g Fat
16mg Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 129
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Protein 16g
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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