This beef wellington recipe is a perfect date-night-in dish. It’s classic, fancy, and indulging but not too difficult to put together. With a few tricks, you’ll be able to make this famous main course for any special occasion.

This beef wellington recipe is a perfect date-night-in dish. It’s classic, fancy, and indulging but not too difficult to put together. With a few tricks, you’ll be able to make this famous main course for any special occasion.

For special occasions like Valentine’s Day or Christmas, beef wellington is a fantastic dish to bring to the table. It’s the ultimate indulgence as Gordon Ramsay says in his beef wellington recipe video. If you haven’t seen it, watch it here. It’s so good.

I know this is not an everyday dish since beef wellington calls for a really good cut of beef and some labor of love. However, that seems to be utterly appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Don’t you think so? If you agree, I am going to show you how to make a classic beef wellington for your loved one on that special day. Before we dive in, let’s decide what types of beef wellington you want to make.

Beef Wellington Recipe Types

There are two types of beef wellington. You could either wrap and bake a whole tenderloin and then slice it for serving, or slice the meat into individual portions prior to wrapping and baking. The former is really good for a crowd. The latter is called individual beef wellington, which seems to be great for two.

Beef Wellington

In today’s recipe, I wrapped a 1.5-pound of beef tenderloin in one sheet of puff pastry prior to baking. Then slice it into two thick pieces for serving. I had some leftovers. If you want, take two sheets of puff pastry and wrap two beef filets individually for your and your love, then bake. Whichever type you decide to go for, the principles of making a beef wellington are the same.

How to Make a Beef Wellington

Now, allow me to walk you through the steps to make a beef wellington for your perfect night.

First and foremost, you want to season your beef generously with salt and pepper and give it a nice sear in a hot pan. You don’t want to cook the beef. You just want to have that nice layer of the sear to lock in the flavor.

Beef tenderloin seasoned with salt and pepper

Before you wrap the beef with puff pastry, you want to make a pâté which originally is a spreadable paste made with ground meat and fat. Nowadays, many different versions of pâté have been invented. In this case, we are going to chop up mushrooms and shallots and cook them in red wine until the liquid and alcohol are evaporated.

Onions and mushrooms for beef wellington

Make sure that your puff pastry is completely thawed. Dust a flat surface with flour, unfold the puff pastry, and spread the mushroom mixture on it, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge of the puff pastry. Place your prepared beef in the center of the mushroom mixture. Fold the puff pastry neatly around the roast, stretching the dough if necessary. Tug the sides in.

Beef Wellington in the making

Now, here is the trick to making your beef wellington have that golden glow. Beat an egg and brush it all over the surface of the beef wellington prior to baking. If you need to seal the overlapping edges nicely, brush a little egg on the edge and it’ll help with sealing.

If you have excess puff pastry, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut a few hearts and stick them on top of the beef wellington for decoration. Bake at 425°F for 35-50 minutes depending on how well done you want your beef to be. Insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the roast registers 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium.

Beef Wellington

Slice it up and serve it with your favorite vegetables. Don’t forget to pair the meal with a bottle of good wine. Light up a couple of candles and enjoy! <3

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Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington Recipe

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  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course, Special Occasions
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: English
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This beef wellington recipe is a perfect date-night-in dish. It’s classic, fancy, and indulging but not too difficult to put together. With a few tricks, you’ll be able to make this famous main course for any special occasions.


Units Scale
  • 1 center cut beef Tenderloin Roast, chain removed (about 1.52 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 large shallot
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (1/2 package), thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Season beef tenderloin with salt and pepper. Press evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.
  2. Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat until hot. Place roast in skillet; brown evenly. Remove roast from skillet.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place mushrooms and shallot into food processor; pulse on and off about 10 times until finely chopped. Do not over process.
  4. Heat remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add mushrooms and shallot; cook 4 to 6 minutes until tender and all liquid is evaporated, stirring often. Add wine; cook 2 to 3 minutes until all liquid is evaporated again. Stir in mustard, thyme, and a pinch of ground black pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from skillet to medium bowl; cool.
  5. Unfold puff pastry dough on lightly floured cutting board. Roll pastry out to 12 by 9-inch rectangle; lay dough with shortest edge toward you. Spread mushroom mixture onto pastry dough, leaving 1/2-inch border around edge of dough. Place roast in center of mushrooms. Fold pastry neatly around roast, stretching dough if necessary. Tug in the excess pastry under the roast.
  6. Brush an beaten egg onto the beef wellington; brush and press to seal overlapping edges. Dust a baking sheet lightly with flour. Place pastry-wrapped roast, seam-side down, on baking sheet. Cut 3-4 (2-inch) vents in top of pastry. Decorate with heart-shaped
  7. Bake in 425°F oven 35 to 50 minutes or until golden brown and instant read thermometer inserted into center of roast registers 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium. Transfer Beef Wellington to a carving board. Let stand 10 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.) Carve into slices and serve with your favorite vegetables. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Texas Beef Council.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 357g
  • Sugar: 1.2g
  • Sodium: 164mg
  • Fat: 25.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.4g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Protein: 25.4g
  • Cholesterol: 4.4g

About the Author

Sharon Chen is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and author of the Complete Sous Vide Cookbook. She believes food not only brings healing but also connection. As the creator of StreetSmart Kitchen, she aims to make meal prep easier than ever and help you find balance, ease, joy, and simplicity in the kitchen as you improve your well-being.