How to Cook Roast Beef

With its versatility and taste, cooking roast beef has become very popular with both professional chefs and even casual cooks. Here is a simple recipe you can try.


  • Roast beef
  • Cooking oil
  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Meat thermometer
  • Seasonings and herbs (you may use rosemary, thyme, basil etc)

Marinating or Dry Rub

The best way to flavor is by marinating. These can consist of various seasonings and herbs. Just take the seasonings and mix it with vinegar or wine etc. Immerse the roast beef in it. The duration varies.

Some like to marinate it overnight while others only wait for a few hours. Marinating doesn’t just add flavor to the roast. It also helps make it soft and easier to cook.

Dry rubbing is another flavoring technique you can use when cooking roast beef. Get a pan or container. Put the roast there. Rub it with salt, pepper, rosemary and any herbs you want to add.


When the roast has absorbed the flavor, place it on the pan. Use a shallow pan so the heat and cooking is uniform. Don’t forget to preheat the oven. Insert the thermometer in the meat prior to cooking. Do not allow the device to hit any bone. The duration will depend on the size of the roast.

The more fat there is, the longer it will take. On average though, it takes about ten minutes to cook a pound of roast. This is assuming you’re cooking roast beef at 120 to 125 F.

If you want the meat done medium, cook for 15 minutes for every pound. The internal temperature should reach 145 to 150 F. Those who prefer well-done roast should use a ratio of 20 minutes per pound.

When it’s finished, let the roast sit for 20 minutes or so. This allows the roast to settle down and absorb all the juices. There’s no need to worry as the juiciness will be retained.

Only after the resting period has elapsed should you begin cutting the roast.

Tips and Warnings

Try to get familiar with the different types of cuts available. One of the tenderest is the loin, situated between the ribs. Those cooking roast beef can also use the round section instead. Rump can also be cooked.

Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. Boneless roasts like tenderloin can produce 3 ounces of servings per pound. When serving, you can add the potatoes as side dish.

You can also throw in some vegetables as well. There are other foods that you can use as side dishes. Practically any type of drink can be used.

Beef should be the last item you buy when shopping. This will keep the meat from getting warm as you shop. Don’t buy roasts that are gray or have brown blotches or patches. The reddish ones are the best option. Also avoid buying meat that has unusual smells.

It takes some time to finish cooking roast beef. That being said, the effort and patience will pay off when you taste the results.