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Whether it’s a special anniversary meal or you are just serving Sunday dinner to you family or guests, Beef Wellington is always the much-anticipated star of the table! My easy Beef Wellington recipe is so simple to make and ready in about an hour and a half. It’s perfect for holidays like Christmas and Easter, as well as weekend family dinners!

We love perfectly cooked medium-rare beef recipes for special occasions and weekend dinners! Our Garlic Herb Butter Beef Tenderloin Roast is a well-loved reader favorite. Or for something a little different, try our Garlic & Herb Roast Boneless Leg of Lamb, which is always a crowd-pleaser!

medium rare beef wellington slice on wooden board with chives and rest of beef wellington.

Beef Wellington (just like Gordon Ramsay!)

You can almost hear Gordon Ramsay in the back of your mind when you’re putting one of his most well-known recipes, Beef Wellington, together. Of course, he didn’t invent the dish. According to his website, Beef Wellington was originally made in 1815 celebrating the Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo.

This 200-year-old recipe is actually fairly easy to put together. I can understand why Ramsay gets upset when it’s not made well by the television show contestants. The prep time on this easy Beef Wellington recipe is just around 25-30 minutes! Then the rest of the time is spent either chilling in the fridge or roasting in the oven. I know, just 30 minutes of actual work for something that seems so fancy is not unreasonable at all! I love recipes like this!

beef wellington side shot on wooden board

There are 4 layers to Beef Wellington:

  • The beef tenderloin which is seasoned and seared to perfection to retain its juiciness;
  • The duxelles, which is a buttery mushroom paste with onions and thyme;
  • The third layer, prosciutto, gets wrapped over the first 2 layers to keep it all together as well as adding extra flavor and retaining moisture;
  • And finally, everything gets enveloped in a golden, flaky puff pastry layer. Is that my favorite layer? It’s so hard to choose – they all taste amazing, and together this dish is rightfully a show stopper!

Beef Wellington is one of those secretly quick and easy dishes that is perfect for holidays like Christmas and Easter, or even Sunday lunches, or anytime you have guests over. You can prep most of it the night before to save time, and then wrap it in puff pastry and bake it the next day before dinner. Kids and adults alike love this dish! Picky eaters don’t even realize there are mushrooms in it – our little secret!

I have made this numerous times over the years and am sharing the tips and tricks I have picked up for getting this to turn out perfect the first time, and every time!

beef wellington served on a white plate with salad, garnished with chives and flaky salt.

Ingredients for Beef Wellington

The list of ingredients isn’t all that long for any part of the recipe. With a wonderfully flavored cut of meat like beef tenderloin, you want the focus to be on the meat, rather than too much on any other part of the recipe, which is intended to compliment and showcase the tenderness of this premium cut.

BEEF

  • Beef tenderloin: This is the same thing as filet mignon, except in one long roast. It’s supremely tender and buttery without marbling, but it requires some special care for it to turn out just right, which is why it works well in this preparation. My beef tenderloin weighed about 2-3 lbs. I trimmed off the silverskin and fat and tied it with butcher’s twine every inch or so to help keep the shape while it’s being seared.
  • Salt and pepper: Seasoning with all beef, and especially at this stage is essential – we don’t want a bland beef wellington!
  • Olive oil: Olive oil helps create a perfect sear on the beef tenderloin.
  • Mustard: Just for a little extra flavor, I brushed the beef tenderloin with dijon mustard after searing while the meat is still warm, something I picked up from Mr. Ramsey himself years ago after watching him berate contestants on Masterchef for getting that step wrong or omitting it entirely.

DUXELLES

  • Mushrooms: You can use many kinds: button, cremini, shiitake, portabello, or a mix of mushrooms. Again, they are chopped so fine and cooked to almost a paste that even the most ardent mushroom-haters don’t seem to realize what they are eating unless you tell them. But they add fantastic umami to the finished dish!
  • Butter: Butter adds an amazing rich aroma, and also helps the duxelles become a little more spreadable.
  • Herbs & flavor: I added shallots, garlic, and thyme leaves (about 6 sprigs) to the duxelles to really make the flavor pop, along with some salt and pepper to balance it perfectly.

ASSEMBLY

  • Prosciutto: I used about 1/4 pound of prosciutto. This close cousin of bacon helps to hold the mushroom layer to the beef tenderloin so it doesn’t all fall apart.
  • Puff pastry: The tenderloin, duxelles, and prosciutto is wrapped in flaky puff pastry. It’s so delicious! I’ve always been tempted to make my own, but so far I just rely on good old Pepperidge Farms from the freezer aisle.
  • Egg: I brushed an egg wash over the puff pastry so it turned beautifully golden. It also helps with sealing the beef wellington after you roll it up!
  • Garnishes: Just a couple to round off this dish! I sprinkled flaky (or coarse) sea salt, such as Maldon or fleur de sel, over the beef wellington along with chives before serving,

How to Make Beef Wellington

Anybody can make Beef Wellington. Seriously. It’s one of those dishes that people are intimidated and impressed by, but only uses basic cooking skills like searing and sauteeing (which I will explain just in case you are still feeling daunted!).

PREPARE THE TENDERLOIN.

  1. Trim, tie, and season. Firstly, prepare the beef tenderloin by trimming away the silverskin and fat, if needed, then tie with butcher’s twine at 1-inch intervals. Your butcher can do this for you if you request it, which is definitely a time-saver. Season the beef generously all over with salt and pepper, planning on about 1 teaspoon of kosher salt per pound of meat.
  2. Sear. Secondly, heat a large skillet over high heat until smoking hot, then add the olive oil. Once hot, sear the tenderloin on all sides until well-browned, about 2 minutes per side. Don’t move the meat around in the pan until you are ready to turn it with tongs so it can get a nice sear on all sides, including the ends. This helps seal in the juices.

3. Brush with mustard. Next, remove the seared tenderloin from the pan and cut off the twine. Brush it on all sides with the dijon mustard while the meat is still warm. Set aside.

MAKE THE DUXELLES.

  1. Pulse the ingredients in a food processor. Firstly, combine half of the mushrooms, shallots, thyme leaves, and garlic in a large food processor and then pulse until mushrooms are finely and evenly chopped, about 10-15 pulses. Repeat this step with the remaining mushrooms, shallots, thyme, and garlic.

2. Melt butter. After that, in the same pan used to sear the tenderloin, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat until melted.
3. Cook the duxelles. Next, add the mushroom mixture to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms have released most of their liquid, about 8-10 minutes. Continue to cook the mushroom mixture and 4-5 minutes to brown the mushrooms. Remove from the heat and let cool.

ASSEMBLE THE BEEF WELLINGTON.

  1. Layer the prosciutto and duxelles. On a large piece of plastic wrap (you may want to double layer the plastic wrap), lay out the prosciutto in slightly overlapping layers to form a square that will be large enough to wrap the tenderloin in. Spread the duxelles mixture evenly over the prosciutto, then place the tenderloin on one end.
  2. Roll the tenderloin. Use the plastic wrap to help you roll up the tenderloin in the prosciutto and mushrooms, wrapping it tightly to form a log. Tuck in the ends of the prosciutto as you roll it up. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap closed, then place the tenderloin in the fridge for 30 minutes to help make sure it will all hold together.
  1. Roll the pastry. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour then roll out the thawed puff pastry, pressing the edges together to seal if working with two sheets. It should create a rectangle large enough to wrap the prosciutto-wrapped tenderloin roast.
  2. Wrap the tenderloin in puff pastry. Remove the tenderloin from the plastic wrap, then place it on the puff pastry. Roll it up, tucking the ends under and brushing the beaten egg over the long edge to seal the seam. If you find that you have significant excess pastry along the edges, you may want to trim some of that away.
  1. Brush with egg wash. After it’s wrapped in puff pastry, transfer the wrapped beef wellington to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and then Brush the top with the remaining egg wash, then cut diagonal slashes every inch or so down the length of the pastry to allow steam to vent while the beef wellington is baking. Sprinkle with flaky salt or coarse sea salt.
  2. Bake! Bake until golden brown on the outside and the tenderloin reaches 120-125°F (49-51°C) on a digital meat thermometer (affiliate link) for medium-rare doneness. This is typically around 40 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of your tenderloin roast. Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before slicing into thick slices.
  3. Garnish and serve. Finally, serve slices of beef wellington garnished with the fresh minced chives and an additional sprinkling of flaky or coarse salt.
uncut beef wellington on wooden board, sprinkled with flaky salt.

How do you store Beef Wellington in the fridge?

Store the cooked dish in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. You can also freeze it in an airtight freezer container for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before reheating.

To reheat, I place the Beef Wellington in the oven at 350°F until it’s heated though. You may want to cover it in aluminum foil if the pastry starts to brown too much.

Can you prepare beef wellington the night before?

Yes! You can prepare the beef and duxelles, and follow the recipe right up until it’s time to add the puff pastry layer. Instead of adding the puff pastry (which may get soggy if you add it now) wrap the beef, duxelles, and prosciutto up in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge after cooling for up to 24 hours. The next day, continue the recipe by rolling out the puff pastry, wrapping up the beef, and baking the Beef Wellington.

What does “duxelles” mean?

Duxelles is the French name given to the mushroom mixture which is layered between the beef tenderloin and the prosciutto in this Beef Wellington recipe. It’s usually made with mushrooms, onions or shallots, and thyme or parsley plus salt and pepper. It gets cooked in butter which helps turn it into more of a paste, perfect for spreading over the prosciutto.

What temperature should the beef wellington meat be?

By using a meat thermometer, the Beef Wellington should read at 135°F for medium-rare, and 150°F for medium.

overhead shot of beef wellington on white plate, garnished with chives and flaky salt next to salad.

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Beef Wellington
Yield: 8 servings

Beef Wellington

Whether it's a special anniversary meal or you are just serving Sunday dinner to you family or guests, Beef Wellington is always the much-anticipated star of the table! My easy Beef Wellington recipe is so simple to make and ready in about an hour and a half. It's perfect for holidays like Christmas and Easter, as well as weekend family dinners!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • One 2-3 pound center-cut beef tenderloin, trimmed of silverskin and fat, then tied with butcher's twine at 1-inch intervals
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard

Duxelles

  • 1 1/2 pounds mushrooms (button, cremini, shiitake, portabello, or a mix) cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (about 6 sprigs)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Assembly

  • 12 thin slices prosciutto (about 1/4 pound)
  • Flour for rolling out puff pastry
  • 14 ounces frozen or homemade puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky or coarse sea salt, such as Maldon or fleur de sel
  • 1 bunch finely minced chives

Instructions

Prepare the tenderloin.

  1. Prepare the beef tenderloin by trimming away the silverskin and fat, if needed, then tie with butcher's twine at 1-inch intervals. Your butcher can do this for you, if you request it. Season generously all over with salt and pepper, planning on about 1 teaspoon of kosher salt per pound of meat.
  2. Heat a large skillet over high heat until smoking hot, then add the olive oil. Once hot, sear the tenderloin on all sides until well-browned, about 2 minutes per side. Don't move the meat around in the pan until you are ready to turn it with tongs so it can get a nice sear on all sides, including the ends. This helps seal in the juices.
  3. Remove the seared tenderloin from the pan and cut off the twine. Brush it on all sides with the dijon mustard while the meat is still warm. Set aside.

Make the Duxelles.

  1. Combine half of the mushrooms, shallots, thyme leaves, and garlic in a large food processor. Pulse until mushrooms are finely and evenly chopped, about 10-15 pulses. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms, shallots, thyme, and garlic.
  2. In the same pan used to sear the tenderloin, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat until melted.
  3. Add the mushroom mixture and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms have released most of their liquid, about 8-10 minutes. Continue to cook the mushroom mixture and 4-5 minutes to brown the mushrooms. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Assemble

  1. On a large piece of plastic wrap (you may want to double layer the plastic wrap), lay out the prosciutto in slightly overlapping layers to form a square that will be large enough to wrap the tenderloin in. Spread the duxelles mixture evenly over the prosciutto, then place the tenderloin on one end.
  2. Use the plastic wrap to help you roll up the tenderloin in the prosciutto and mushrooms, wrapping it tightly to form a log. Tuck in the ends of the prosciutto as you roll it up. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap closed, then place the tenderloin in the fridge for 30 minutes to help make sure it will all hold together.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  4. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour then roll out the thawed puff pastry, pressing the edges together to seal if working with two sheets. It should create a rectangle large enough to wrap the prosciutto-wrapped tenderloin roast.
  5. Remove the tenderloin from the plastic wrap, then place on the puff pastry. Roll it up, tucking the ends under and brushing the beaten egg over the long edge to seal the seam. If you find that you have significant excess pastry along the edges, you may want to trim some of that away.
  6. Transfer the wrapped beef wellington to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the top with the remaining egg wash, then cut diagonal slashes every inch or so down the length of the pastry to allow steam to vent while the wellington is baking. Sprinkle with flaky salt or coarse sea salt.
  7. Bake until golden brown on the outside and the tenderloin reaches 120-125°F (49-51°C) on a digital meat thermometer for medium-rare doneness. This is typically around 40 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of your tenderloin roast. Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before slicing into thick slices.
  8. Serve slices garnished with the fresh minced chives and an additional sprinkling of flaky or coarse salt.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1094Total Fat: 76gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 45gCholesterol: 205mgSodium: 1851mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 59g

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Recipe adapted from Serious Eats, the Food Network, and Delish.