Beef Tenderloin Filets with Habanero Butter

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Beef Tenderloin Filets:

One 2-pound center-cut beef tenderloin, cut into four 2-inch steaks

Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper 

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter 

Habanero Butter:

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 habanero, seeded, minced

Zest and juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons minced shallot 

2 tablespoons minced roasted garlic, see Cook's Note 

1 tablespoon minced parsley 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

4 to 5 turns fresh ground black pepper 


  1. For the beef tenderloin: Put a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 150 degrees F, or lowest temperature setting. Season the steaks liberally all over with salt and pepper. Place on a rack over a roasting pan and cook until an instant-read thermometer reads 125 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of a steak, about 90 minutes. Rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the habanero butter: Whisk together the butter, habanero, lime zest and juice, shallot, roasted garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, to firm up slightly.
  3. Set a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Get it extremely hot, and then add the grapeseed oil. Add the rested steaks and cook for 1 minute to add color, turn and cook 1 minute on the second side. Add the butter; as soon it starts to melt spoon it over the meat, and then immediately remove the steaks from pan. Rest 8 minutes and serve with the habanero butter on top.

Cook’s Note

To make roasted garlic, cut the top off a head of garlic (the pointy end), drizzle with a little olive oil, wrap in foil and bake at 350 degree F. until very tender when pierced with a knife, about 20 minutes. Cool, squeeze the cloves out of the skins, and mash or mince.

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