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sliced bison meat on a black plate with oranges and pomegranates on a wood table

Roasted Bison Tenderloin

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Learn how to cook bison tenderloin by easily roasting it in the oven to perfection. It’s a festive main dish with plenty of fresh herbs.



  • 1 3-4 lb. Honest Bison Whole Bison Tenderloin

  • 3 Tbsp. softened butter

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tsp. lemon zest

  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. black pepper

  • 1 tsp. fresh, chopped thyme 

  • 1 tsp. fresh, chopped rosemary



  1. Preheat the oven to 450F.

  2. Lay the defrosted meat out on a cutting board and pat dry with a paper down. 

  3. Rub the butter all over the tenderloin and then sprinkle on all of the remaining ingredients, pressing them into the meat. 

  4. Lay the tenderloin in a roasting pan. If it’s too long, fold the thinnest side a bit so it fits. This will help with even cooking, too. 

  5. Cook the tenderloin for 20 minutes at 450F and check the internal temperature. It should be about 125-135F (or medium-rare). If it’s not done yet (and it might not be) drop the oven temperature to 350F and check the internal temperature every 5-10 minutes. The time will vary depending on the thickness of your meat.

  6. Once you reach medium-rare, remove the tenderloin, cover the pan with foil and allow the meat to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving. 

  7. Slice about 1-2 inch thick pieces and serve!

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: about 2 slices
  • Calories: 421
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 412 mg
  • Fat: 26 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 46 g
  • Cholesterol: 111 mg

Keywords: bison, bison tenderloin, holiday, holiday dinner, christmas, christmas dinner

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