Balsamic Dijon Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner? This balsamic dijon crusted beef tenderloin roast is both simple and impressive. Served with a Meyer lemon gremolata, it’s the perfect holiday dish.

This beef tenderloin roast took 5 different stores and a heck of a lot of frustration to procure. Apparently, you can buy beef tenderloin in cute little 1 pound or less steaks or, you can buy about 9 pounds of it in roast form (9 pounds x an average of $15.99/lb, you can quickly do that math and figure out why I didn’t give up and just buy the huge roast) but you cannot easily find a 2-3 pound roast for say, a normal 4 serving dinner.

Balsamic dijon crusted beef tenderloin

I might’ve let out an audible “finally!” in the meat department when I found this. Luckily, it was 8:45pm and the place was about to close so not too many people got to witness the crazy.

So, Valentine’s Day…

I can’t even remember the last time we actually did something for it since someone always seems to be working or traveling somewhere. This year will be no different as Ulysses is working and I’ll likely be spending it visiting my brand new niece but it made eating this beautiful roast a week early seem ok.

Balsamic dijon crusted beef tenderloin roast

If you’re someone who likes steak medium or more well done, this isn’t the recipe for you. Don’t bother wasting your money (because this meal isn’t necessarily cheap, although cheaper than ordering it at a restaurant for sure) on this cut of meat and go cook a flank steak or something to death instead. If you’re someone, however, who gets giddy at the sight of that perfectly still almost bleeding red color and opening that 20 year aged balsamic vinegar that’s been hiding in the cabinet since your trip to Italy 2 years ago, THIS is what you need to make for Valentine’s Day.

Balsamic dijon crusted beef tenderloin with Meyer lemon gremolata

It’s beyond simple (a roast that cooks for less than 30 minutes, say whaaaa??) and there’s literally nothing in the world that goes better with this meal than a glass of dark, chewy red wine.

Rare steak + red wine…both aphrodisiacs. Just sayin’.

Balsamic dijon crusted beef tenderloin roast with lemon gremolata

The crust is mustardy, sweet from the balsamic (seriously, buy some good stuff for this recipe) and salty while the Meyer lemon gremolata makes every bite pop with freshness. It’s basically like my dream bite of flavors all on one forkful.

Looking for other Valentine’s Day dinner ideas?
Pomegranate Flank Steak
Citrus Braised Lamb Shanks with Green Harissa
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Stuffed Flank Steak

Serves 4     adjust servings

Balsamic Dijon Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Preparation 10 min Prep Time
Cook Time 25 min Cook Time
Total Time 35 mins Total Time

Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day dinner? This balsamic dijon crusted beef tenderloin roast is both simple and impressive. Served with a Meyer lemon gremolata, it's the perfect holiday dish.


  • 2.5 pound beef tenderloin roast
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grainy dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar


  • 3/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil
  • zest of 2 Meyer lemons
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees and line a baking sheet with tin foil.
  2. Tie roast in 3-4 places with kitchen string/twine.
  3. Place roast on baking sheet and season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Mix mustard and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl and spread all over the top of the roast.
  5. Place roast in the oven for 25 minutes for a rare to medium rare steak.
  6. Remove from oven, cover with tin foil and let rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  7. Serve with gremolata.


  1. Combine the parsley, basil, lemon zest and garlic in a small bowl and mix together.


  1. Valérie

    Can I say that the meat looks irresistibly good?? I’m not a big meat-eater (call me flexitarian) but when I see such perfection I can’t stop myself! I hope I can make this heavenly good-looking meat myself and not ruin it for me as I often do…Otherwise I’ll keep on admiring your pictures (which is almost as good as I expect it to taste).

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      The lack of wine and rare red meat would make me infinitely sad. Guess you know what your first meal will be post hospital :)

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