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Sauce for Beef Tenderloin (2 ways)

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Looking for an amazing sauce for beef tenderloin – we have got you covered with two different sauces! A dreamy pan sauce + horseradish sauce!



Pan Sauce:

  • leftover pan juices
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 23 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons shallot, minced
  • 12 tablespoons brandy
  • 3/4 cup beef broth (low-sodium)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or dairy-free cream (see Notes*)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 

Horseradish Sauce:

  • 23 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


Pan Sauce:

  1. Place a cast iron skillet on the stove over medium-high heat and bring pan juices to a simmer. Add the smashed garlic, crushed peppercorns, fresh thyme, shallot, brandy, beef broth, cream, and lemon zest. Let simmer and reduce, uncovered, 10-15 minutes – whisking fairly often.
  2. Once it has reduced and it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon – remove from heat. Taste and add any salt or pepper, as desired. 

Horseradish Sauce:

  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Taste and add additional prepared horseradish, as desired. 


  • Pan Sauce: depending upon how you cook your beef tenderloin you *might* not have any pan juices to work with – fyi! We have had good luck with this Ultimate Beef Tenderloin – plenty of pan juices leftover! 
  • *Dairy-Free Cream: we tested the pan sauce using the unsweetened/unflavored Nutpods and it worked perfectly! 
  • Storage: store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Nutrition Info: we can only calculate one set of nutrition facts so the nutrition included is for the Horseradish Sauce. 


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 77
  • Sugar: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 98 mg
  • Fat: 8.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 4.6 mg