Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin

  By PolyScience Culinary    

April 10, 2015

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1 Beef Tenderloin or Chateaubriand 2-6 lbs

2-4 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme

Black Truffle Oil, to taste

Kosher Salt and Coarse Ground Black Pepper, to taste


Set the rear pump flow switch to fully closed and the front flow switch to the maximum flow to ensure proper circulation. Set the temperature of the Sous Vide Professional™ to desired temperature. Beef Temperature Guidelines Rare: 120°F / 49°C Medium Rare: 134°F / 56.5°C Medium: 140°F / 60°C Medium Well: 150°F / 65.5°C Well Done: 160°F / 71°C

Season the beef with kosher salt and black pepper.

Roll edges of vacuum pouch back an inch or two to prevent cross-contamination. Place beef into the bag, along with sprig of thyme and black truffle olive oil. Do NOT use dairy products, such as butter, in cook times exceeding 4 hours.

Vacuum seal beef to 95% vacuum or greater. Place in circulating water bath and cook for 60-90 minutes, or until target core temperature is reached.

Remove cooked beef from bath and carefully open pouch. Remove beef, gently dry on paper towel to absorb excess moisture and sear evenly in hot pan or grill.

Remove seared beef from pan, rest 60 seconds and slice. Sous vide beef does not require but a few moments to rest.

Cooking Time: 60-90 minutes


5 Reviews


July 12, 2016

How many number of pounds or kilos can you Sous Vide at a time?


November 8, 2015

I was introduced to Sous vide cooking over 8 years ago, with the purchase of the first edition Modernist Cuisine (Useful texts on volume and cook time for specific proteins). This was the first recipe that I endeavored. And it has been a staple ever since. The original recipe included Langavulin 16 year aged. Originally I would sear before sous vide to kill any bacteria present, however this step isn’t as necessary if you are working with a full beef tenderloin, as searing after will inevitably kill any thermodynamic prevalent bacterium. There is no substitute for a medium rare or rare preparation than sous vide. Routinely my dinner guests will state that no restauraunt within my metropolitan area can come close to this beef tenderloin in flavor and or perfect temperature then this recipe. Be advised that sous vide does not translate seasoning after immersion cooking, thus a good seasoning before last sear is necessary. The Langavulin is a must in this recipe, as it adds a wonderful smoke flavor to the meat. A tablespoon is adequate to achieve this added flavor. Enjoy

PolyScience Culinary

August 11, 2015

Hello Jason- The suggested approximate cook time is 60-90 minutes, as it appears in the text of the recipe. Note however that this is only an approximation. The amount of time that it takes for a tender cut (in this case- Beef Tenderloin) to cook is determined by the thermal conductivity of the specific protein. This varies from pork to beef to fish etc. Another determining factor is the shape of the protein. Is it a cylinder, cube, slab, etc. Lastly, another factor at play (and the most important of them all) is the thickness of the piece of food to be cooked. Try having a look at our iOS app, The PolyScience Sous Vide Toolbox, for further clarification or the cooking time charts as printed in Modernist Cuisine, Modernist Cuisine at Home, and Immersed. In short- giving specific cook times for the cooking of proteins, especially those with great thickness, is tricky because it really depends on and differs from steak to steak.

When discussing cooking temperatures for tender cuts of protein, the choice really comes down to the degree of doneness that you prefer. Do you like you steak cooked rare? Medium well? Well done? The choice is really up to you.


July 8, 2015

so how come there is no cooking times? How long do you cook it for? Also, how come the temps very so much from different web sites on cooking sous vide. 54 deg C for 1 1/2. on one site yours is 49 deg C. but not sure how long. just curious


July 1, 2015

You can also do a whole smoked pork sholedur (it already comes vacuum packed in food grade plastic at the supermarket) in the instant pot for 24 hours at 65C. Just put it in and fill with hot water from the tap. Set the instant pot to keep warm with the lid off, and then unwrap and eat 24h 30h later.

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