How to Cook Perfect Roast Beef

published by Stable on Jan 27, 2011

A simple guide and cooking times for delicious roast beef.

I can’t recall the amount of times I’ve eaten overcooked or chewy roast beef in the past. Roasting meat is not an exact science but the following guide and cooking times – including tips from professional cooks – produce perfect roast beef (for my family at least) every time.

I always find beef on the bone (e.g. three ribs) or sirloin to taste the best.

Pre-heat the oven to 220°C (425°F / gas mark 7).

Weigh the meat and make a note of it.

Season the meat with salt and ground black pepper, and rub it into both the flesh and fat. I picked up a great tip once to also rub the fat (not the flesh) with a little flour and mustard powder to add to the finished taste, though this is of course optional.

Place the beef in a roasting pan. Once the oven has reached the desired temperature pop it in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Then, reduce the temperature to 180°C (350°F / gas mark 4) and continue to roast using these cooking times:

If you prefer rarer meat: 15 minutes per 450g / 1lb

If you prefer medium meat: 20 minutes per 450g / 1lb

If you prefer your meat well done: 25 minutes per 450g / 1lb

If you cover your meat whilst it is roasting (though I do not) increase the cooking time at 180°C by 15-20 minutes in total.

Once cooked, remove from the oven, wrap with foil and let your joint rest for 20 minutes before carving. Remember, roasting is not an exact science so slight adjustments to the above may be required to obtain your personal cooking preference.


34 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by Cinders
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I agree, beef on the bone is delicious for roasting. Thanks for the advice, will come in useful.

  2. # 2 by anndavey650
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I’m getting rather good at roast dinners thanks to you!

  3. # 3 by ladym33
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Nothing like a perfectly cooked and tender pot roast

  4. # 4 by xplorer
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    one more recipe :) thanks

  5. # 5 by guraynsj
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks for these instructions.

  6. # 6 by CHIPMUNK
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    great share

  7. # 7 by Wizard Brown
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    It is so difficult to time the cooking of beef to perfection. I will follow this guide and see what happens :)

  8. # 8 by lxdollarsxl
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    ah well i guess im going to have to experiment with a new stove.

  9. # 9 by adventures
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Nice instructions.

  10. # 10 by Lord Banks
    January 27th, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Great tips! I would love roast Bef right now but my Veggie Fiance’ would not approve! LB

  11. # 11 by pocketsofchange
    January 27th, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Sounds good. I have actually never cooked a roast in the oven before. I always make mine in the Crock Pot. Good tips!

  12. # 12 by janesteban
    January 27th, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Great tips! Thanks.

  13. # 13 by LadyElena
    January 27th, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Lovely Recipe. Its making me Peckish. :)

  14. # 14 by Suni51
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    I will pass it on to my friends who eat beef, thanks.

  15. # 15 by Christine Ramsay
    January 27th, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I have never cooked roast beef because I always expect it to be tough. I should follow this recipe.

    Christine

  16. # 16 by tiffi
    January 27th, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Sounds great! :D

  17. # 17 by Mr.Soloxen
    January 27th, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Nice share :)

  18. # 18 by AussieSheila
    January 27th, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Very useful tips. I’ll definitely have to try. Hopefully, my roast beef will turn out perfect :)

  19. # 19 by GameLive
    January 27th, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    awesome dish

  20. # 20 by adventures
    January 27th, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    very nice article thanks for sharing.

  21. # 21 by lapasan
    January 27th, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Nice cooking tips.

  22. # 22 by Eunice Tan
    January 27th, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the tips

  23. # 23 by Brewed Coffee
    January 27th, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Thanks for the tips here :-) A good recipe

  24. # 24 by LCM Linda
    January 27th, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Yummy. My mouth is watering.

  25. # 25 by crisdiwata
    January 28th, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    Good for meat lovers. Yummy!

  26. # 26 by tonywriter
    January 28th, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    yuummy,I don’t know anything about cooking,I am glad I have a friend like you in triond,Thanks for sharing this delicious dish mate :)

  27. # 27 by Ima Vee
    January 28th, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    helpful instruction…

  28. # 28 by cyrenjan
    January 28th, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    sounds good to me! :-)

  29. # 29 by Wilbart26
    January 28th, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    A very nice share of ideas. This article is very much helpful for me since I am only beginning to understand some things. Hoping you will still post such articles so that I can follow you and learn more from you. Have a great day!

  30. # 30 by Betty Carew
    January 28th, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Like Christine my roast are a little tough I will follow your suggestions Stable maybe I’ll have better luck. Great post.

  31. # 31 by Rebecca White
    January 28th, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    I got hungry reading this. :)

  32. # 32 by CA Johnson
    January 30th, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I have had my fair share of tough and dry roast beef. Thanks for the recipe. I will try this the next time I have roast beef.

  33. # 33 by mtrguanlao
    January 30th, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Never tried this procedures before,thanks for sharing this!

  34. # 34 by SuccessToday
    February 3rd, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Roast beef is one of my favorite foods, this sounds good.

Leave a comment

comments powered by Disqus