Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin


Lomo al trapo, I learned, is a Columbian method for cooking beef tenderloin where the meat is encased in salt, wrapped in a damp kitchen towel, and then set on top of hot coals. Figuring this might not work in the average kitchen, I came up with a method that didn't require the towel or hot coals.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 (2 pound) center-cut beef tenderloin roast, trimmed

  • 3 cups coarse-ground sea salt, or as needed


  1. Place crushed garlic, pepper, and egg white in a small mixing bowl; whisk together until well mixed. Brush over entire surface of beef tenderloin.

  2. Cover baking dish with about 1/4 inch coarse salt. Roll tenderloin over the salt to coat thoroughly. Add more salt if needed to ensure the baking dish has an even layer of salt. Let roast sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).

  4. Place baking dish in preheated oven. Roast to your desired doneness or until internal temperature reaches 116 degrees F, 20 to 25 minutes. Beef will continue cooking after removal from oven and needs to reach 125 to 130 degrees F (54 degrees C). Let rest 15 minutes. Crack and remove the salt crust. Transfer roast to a cutting board; slice and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

467 Calories
35g Fat
1g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 467
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 14g 69%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 88137mg 3,832%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 535mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.