Bob Rae's Skillet Beef Tenderloin

Who wouldn't love this delicious saucy steak main dish recipe that can be prepared in just 30 minutes?

Bob Rae's Skillet Beef Tenderloin
Start To Finish Time:
30 mins


  • 4 6 ounce beef tenderloin steaks (1/2- to 3/4-inch thick)

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 4 shallots, halved if large, or 1/2 medium red onion cut in wedges

  • 2 tablespoon cognac, brandy, or dry red wine

  • ½ cup beef broth

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • Snipped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • Crushed pink peppercorns (optional)

  • 1 Braised Swiss Chard (see recipe below)

Braised Swiss Chard

  • 1 pound Swiss chard

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper


  1. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. In 12-inch skillet heat 1 tablespoon butter and the oil over high heat. Cook steaks 1 to 2 minutes, until bottoms are browned. Reduce heat to medium. Turn steaks; cook 6 minutes more or until desired doneness (145 degrees F for medium-rare). Remove steaks; keep warm.

  2. Add shallots to skillet. Cook 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove skillet from heat. Add cognac; return to medium heat. Cook 2 minutes, stirring to scrape up browned bits from pan. Add broth. Reduce heat to medium-low. Whisk in 1 tablespoon softened butter until smooth. Return steaks to skillet. Heat, spooning sauce over steaks. Top with parsley and peppercorns. Serve with Braised Swiss Chard.

Braised Swiss Chard

  1. Trim stems from Swiss chard; rinse and dry. In Dutch oven preheat olive oil over medium heat. Add chard, cover; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

434 Calories
25g Fat
7g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 434
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 763mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 33.7mg 168%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 4.9mg 27%
Potassium 1061mg 23%
Folate, total 44.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.2mg

*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.