How to Cook a Whole Beef Tenderloin in a Convection Oven

Beef tenderloin is a cut of meat from the tender loin of a cow. Cooking a beef tenderloin in a convection oven is similar to cooking in a conventional oven, except that the tenderloin will cook faster since a convection oven's fan circulates the heat evenly. Purchase the highest quality tenderloin and make an adjustment for the cooking time.

Beef tenderloin is a tender cut from the loin.
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Step 1

Preheat the convection oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Trim off any excess fat from the tenderloin. Brush the tenderloin lightly with vegetable oil.

Step 3

Season the beef tenderloin with your choice of seasonings. Salt, pepper, soy sauce and thyme are examples of seasonings that pair well with this cut of beef.

Step 4

Place the beef tenderloin on a shallow pan and place in the convection oven.

Step 5

Bake the beef tenderloin 25 to 30 percent less time than your recipe suggests, since convection ovens cook foods faster. If you are not working from a recipe, cook the tenderloin for 20 to 30 minutes, checking periodically. The USDA recommends a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F, as measured with a meat thermometer.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable oil

  • Cooking brush

  • Seasonings

  • Shallow pan

  • Tongs

  • Cooking thermometer


Allow to rest at least three minutes before slicing.

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