Skill Shop #12: Roast Beef Tenderloin (with Mushroom Quinoa Risotto)

So last time i taught you how to cook a steak. Today i will teach you one other technique i like to use with good quality meat. It is important that you use a whole slab of tenderloin for this to work properly and the best way to eat it is to bring up to a perfect rare to medium.

I could eat meat just alone but alot of people are not as weird as i am, so i paired with another fake-ish risotto, using quinoa instead of rice. Simple and Healthy.

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For the meat: Take it out and bring it to room temperature, roll it in a mix of spices, here i used onion powder, hot paprika, cumin, five spice, pepper and salt. It really has to go everywhere. Now in a hot pan brushed with vegetable/canola oil, sear all side of the steak until nice and caramelized. Once well coloured, wrap in foil and rest 15mins. Preheat your oven to about 175c. Put the meat on the grill, an cook until internal temp is at about 135-140 farenheit. Wrap in foil and rest an additional 10-15 mins.

For the quinoa: Cook out 400 grams of button mushrooms sliced with olive oil, butter and 3 cloves of garlic crushed and chopped. Add in 1/3 cup of white wine (dry) and cook until the taste of alcohol is gone and reduced. Add in 2 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa (should be a little watery and not dry). Mix well. Add in 1/3 cup of shreeded cheddar and 1/3 cup shredded parmesan, mix, add some chicken stock, just enough to make it look and feel creamy. Last minute throw in a big handful of chopped parsley and a knob of buter. Taste and Season. Serve. You have been Skill Shopped.


    1. Elilea September 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Drool… That looks yummy. I’m sure it is.

      1. Erwan October 3, 2012 at 2:02 am

        It is!!!!!

    1. Kris October 1, 2012 at 12:24 am

      The beef was cooked to perfecSYOONG! Pinkish medium rare. Even more perfect with a glass of cabernet. hehe
      Btw, can you show us what ur kitchen looks like? Are you like super organized with ur kitchen stuff?

      1. Erwan October 3, 2012 at 2:01 am

        My kitchen is so small, so yes I try haha

    1. Katherine October 1, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Hi Erwan, one quick question, what if I don’t have any white wine, whats the best alternative? Or no wine can do? Thanks!!

      1. Erwan October 3, 2012 at 2:01 am

        No wine could work

    1. Honey October 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      i have 2 boxes of quinoa sitting in my pantry and i couldnt think of any good recipes with it besides quinoa pilaf (which i usually make). thanks for the quinoa risotto recipe, im going to try it :)

      1. Erwan October 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

        its so versatile! try my new barley recipe with quinoa also, it works.

    1. Rosalee_grb October 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      OMG! To say how much I love your blog is understated! This is the third (and definitely not the last) recipe I’ve tried to cook from Fat Kid! I used a prime cut tenderloin instead (after being skilled-shop on how to cook a perfect steak) and shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese from Central Market (will try the Parmesan and white cheddar next time). Paired with Pinot Noir, my husband said it was such a memorable meal! I am a novice in the kitchen, cooks through self-made recipes by chefs from you tube, but your blog is exemplary! Oh BTW, I also tried your berry clafouti and it was delish! I used whoe wheat flour though (was trying to be healthier) but did like the consistency – will definitely make another as you’ve directed! I wish to post and share pics of my endeavors in the kitchen with your recipes – hopefully some day, when I learn how to use Instagram or twitter ;) Thank you for your kindness in sharing your worldly knowledge about different cuisine and for having a good sense-of-humor and authenticity about food and cooking – kinda like Anthony Bourdain but without the loud and cynical part :p

      1. Erwan October 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

        Thank you so much Rosalee! i love finding people with the same passion for food! please do send me your photos one day or any recipe you’d like to share!

    1. Rosalee_grb October 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Whoops! Sirloin not tenderloin… husband wants me to make the correction and now he’s asking to cook steak and quinoa again for dinner!

    1. Gia October 20, 2012 at 5:02 am

      the risotto looked so delicious, i could eat it just on its own. but that beef looked yummy as well. i would try and make this, but i’ve no ingredients at home,lol.

      1. Erwan October 31, 2012 at 4:45 am

        try it, it is!

    1. Ehmjay May 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      What if i want to cook the meat more? what temp should i put and for how many minutes?

    1. plasterers bristol October 17, 2014 at 12:30 am

      Sounds really nice, thanks for putting this recipe up.


    1. lyn March 7, 2015 at 8:23 am

      i follow you on instagram and have seen some dishes you’ve made that look super delish with such great presentation! do you have all the recipes/how-to-videos of all the dishes you’ve posted on IG?

      1. Erwan March 13, 2015 at 10:34 am

        You can check out most the recipes on my blog or youtube channel! Otherwise, you can also try them at my restaurants! :)




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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