Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

Get ready…. Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin is coming your way….  

Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin- worthy of a special occasion and easy to make,  pin NOW for Valentine's Day!  #beeftenderloin

I’m a girl who loves to dine out. If you’ve ever seen my Baltimore Foodie section or Instagram page, you know that I’m constantly on the move and trying new things.  This has also led to my new goal of making it to the gym more frequently…which I’m not doing so good at.  I also love to cook at home, obviously, one would not blog about food if they did not enjoy being in the kitchen.  Generally, I’m happy in either environment as long there is food unless it is one three events: Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve and my birthday.  On these dates I prefer to stay at home. 

Hubby and I put on our comfy clothes, cue up some classic rock on Pandora and sing our way around the kitchen preparing our meal, which is usually way too much food.  One of the things I love about the man is that he has no concept of moderation.  This is also one of the reasons I’m in such need of the gym, apparently I lack that concept as well.  

Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin- worthy of a special occasion and easy to make,  pin NOW for Valentine's Day!  #beeftenderloin

Anyhow, moral of this story is that Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin is a simple, yet elegant dish worthy of all three special occasions I chose to stay home.  Sweet caramelized onions and buttery crab season beef tenderloin from the inside out.  Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin is best consumed wearing fleece pajama pants with a burgundy bowl full of something warm and dry and sides of Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes and Pepperoni Crunch Broccoli.  It also reminds me of a concept recently discussed with Baltimore Chef and native, John Shields,  looking at stretching our more costly ingredients.  One crab leg is scarcely enough to serve one for dinner and will still cost you a little more than chicken, but stuff it into a roast and voila, a full fancy-pants meal!  

4.38 from 8 votes
Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
  • 1 1/2 pound beef tenderloin trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 king crab leg or 2 snow crab legs shelled and meat removed
  • 1/2 cup caramelized onions
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground black pepper
  • Kitchen twine
  1. Prepare caramelized onions and de-shell crab leg(s) and roughtly chop meat. Butterfly beef tenderloin, cutting directly to the middle the whole way down, but allowing at least 1 1/2 inches on the bottom (so it doesn't split).
  2. Melt butter in medium bowl along with garlic powder. Toss roughly chopped crab in melted butter.
  3. Spread butterflied beef, cut side up, flat on a surface. Line center with crab mixture and then caramelized onions. Pull flaps together (it looks like it won't fit, but it will!) and tie tightly with kitchen twine every 1 1/2 inches.
  4. Rub beef tenderloin will olive oil, and then massage with fine sea salt and pepper. Allow to sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place in oven and roast to desired temperature, 30 to 35 minutes for medium-rare, 35-40 for medium. Times will vary depending on exact thickness of your tenderloin.
  6. Transfer to a cutting board. Tent and let rest for 10 minutes before carving. Remove twine and slice thickly. Enjoy your Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin.

 Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin- worthy of a special occasion and easy to make,  pin NOW for Valentine's Day!  #beeftenderloin


Heidy@The McCallum's Shamrock Patch

Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin looks like just what the Dr ordered— all I can say is pass the plate and pile this wonderful food up!!!


This Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin would make for a very special date night dinner. Thanks!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin sounds exactly like what we should have for our valentines dinner!

Joanne/WineLady Cooks

This Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin would be a wonderful Valentine’s Day recipe. It looks delicious.


This looks absolutely incredible!

Kate @ Diethood

OH wooooow! Now there’s a unique idea. Looks so good!!

Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom

Very different and interesting, I love it!


Such a unique combination of flavors! I would love to try it!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

This looks absolutely incredible!! Cooked perfectly, and it has to taste amazing!

Heather | girlichef

This looks so good I kind of want to cry a little. I can’t tell you how much I love both of these things, it’s a surf ‘n turf dream!


This is delicious. It’s the ultimate surf and turf rolled into one.

Martha@A Family Feast

I’ve died and gone to heaven Jessica! ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks amazing…


Oh my gosh my mouth actually watered while look at these pictures!! I’m going to save this for the chefs in my life and ask them to cook it for me ๐Ÿ˜‰


Beautiful! I love your creative ideas!

Nicole Keener

Not sure if I am brave enough to try this. Not a massive seafood person.

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

What a gorgeous tenderloin! I would have never thought of stuffing tenderloin with anything but this does sound good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog

This has two of my favorite foods! I usually love surf and turf so I bet this is amazing! =)

Stephanie @ Back for Seconds

Wow! Just wow. This looks killer!

Cookin Canuck

What a gorgeous dish! And you’ve just proved that it doesn’t need to be difficult to make a fancy looking meal.

CouponGal (Andi)

it’s makin me hungry! ๐Ÿ˜€

Marjory @ Dinner-Mom

I would definitely stay home for this on a special occasion! Amazing!

Cassie Johnston

Wow. This sounds incredible!


Mm…yum! Crab in the center, that’s like finding a pearl in your oyster.

The Food Hunter

this looks amazing


I’ve never heard of crab stuffed beef but I do know a lot of people who would probably LOVE it! I will pass it along.

Amanda @ MoveLoveEat

Crab stuffed inside beef?!?! I would have never of thought of that, ever!

    Savory Experiments

    It is AH-mazing!!!!

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