Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin


When it's time to pull out all the stops, you can always count on beef tenderloin to impress. Better yet, to bring the classic up to date, try a coffee-crusted beef tenderloin.

Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
15 mins
Roast Time:
50 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoon finely ground coffee beans

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 4 pound center-cut beef tenderloin roast


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with heavy foil. Place a rack in the pan and coat with cooking spray; set pan aside. For rub, in a small bowl stir together ground coffee, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper; set aside.

  2. Trim fat from meat. Place meat on the rack in the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle coffee mixture evenly over top and sides of meat; rub in and press lightly with your fingers.

  3. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into center of meat. Roast, uncovered, for 50 to 60 minutes or until the meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare. Remove from oven.

  4. Cover meat with foil; let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. (Temperature of the meat after standing should be 145°F.) Cut meat into 1/2-inch-thick slices.


Like smoke flavor? Substitute smoked paprika for the regular paprika. Out of garlic powder? Use an equal amount of onion powder. Prefer an option to tenderloin? Try a 4-pound beef top round roast. Roast at 350°F for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare.


Prepare as directed through Step 2. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Continue as directed in Step 3.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

233 Calories
10g Fat
2g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 233
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 32g
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 558mg 12%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*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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