The Classic French Chateaubriand

Chateaubriand recipe

​The Spruce Eats/Julia Hartbeck 

  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 2 to 3 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
560 Calories
36g Fat
6g Carbs
45g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 560
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 47%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 200mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 45g
Calcium 57mg 4%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chateaubriand comes from the center of the tenderloin. There is a huge misconception that Chateaubriand is a cut of beef but it is not, it is the name of the recipe. 

When ordering in a French restaurant, the Chateaubriand is usually for a table of two and comes served with a classic wine sauce. 

This recipe is the traditional version of the restaurant favorite and comes seasoned very simply, roasted to perfection, and then sliced on the diagonal.

Be sure to make the quick shallot and wine sauce to accompany the meat and serve with chateau potatoes for authenticity. Chateaubriand is a perfect roast for the French Christmas table. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef tenderloin (center cut)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red wine (dry)
  • 1/2 cup demi-glace
  • 1 tablespoon butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ​tarragon (or 2 teaspoons dried​)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for chateaubriand
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  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

  3. Melt the butter and olive oil together in a large skillet set over medium-high heat until the mixture turns a bit cloudy and bubbly.

    Melt the butter
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  4. Season the beef with salt and pepper to taste.

    Season beef
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  5. Place the meat in the pan and do not move it at all for at least 3 minutes. Using tongs, carefully turn the tenderloin on its side and brown it for 3 minutes. Repeat the same browning process on all exposed surfaces of the meat.

    Place meat in the pan
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  6. Place the tenderloin on a rack in a roasting pan in the oven. Roast the beef 15 minutes for medium-rare, 20 minutes for medium, and 23 minutes for medium-well.

    Place tenderloin on rack
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  7. Transfer the chateaubriand to a warmed serving platter, lightly tent it with a single layer of foil, and allow it to rest, untouched, for 15 minutes.

    Transfer to warm serving platter
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  8. While the tenderloin is resting, make the wine sauce. Sauté the chopped shallots in the leftover pan juices in the skillet until softened and translucent.

    Make wine sauce
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  9. Pour the wine into the skillet and bring the sauce to a boil, scraping up all the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.

    Stir
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  10. Continue boiling the sauce until it reduces by half.

    Continue boiling sauce
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  11. Add the demi-glace to the sauce and continue boiling the mixture until it becomes slightly thickened.

    Add demi glace
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  12. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the tarragon and softened butter.

    Stir
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  13. Serve the chateaubriand, sliced on the diagonal, with the wine sauce and chateau potatoes or truffle fries. 

    Serve
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  14. Enjoy!

    Enjoy
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Tips

  • If you do not have demi-glace, though this will not be as good as one, you can reduce a can of top quality beef consomme by half and use as above. 
  • Resting the Chateaubriand is paramount to creating the perfect slice. By cooking with time to rest the meat means juices are released (needed for the sauce) and the fibres in the meat relax thus making the eventual eating extremely tender. 
  • If you have ever wondered whether Chateaubriand is a cut of beef or a recipe, check out which is correct here. 

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