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How To Cook Roast Beef

Here's a deliciously moist, tender and flavorful Roast Beef recipe. You'll be so glad you learned how to cook roast beef!
Categories Dinner
Difficulty Easy
Keyword how to cook roast beef, roast beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 421 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


  • 2 1/2 lbs top round roast*
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make 8-10 small incisions (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep) around the meat and then insert a slice of the very thinly sliced garlic into each. 

  3. Place the roast, fat side up, on a rack over a roasting pan. Pour water and beef broth into the pan (around, not over the roast) to very lightly cover the bottom of the roasting pan.

  4. Rub the roast with olive oil until coated. Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, and dried herbs all over the roast and spread to evenly coat with your hands.

  5. Place in the oven and roast for 45 minutes (or until temperature in the deepest part of the roast registers 125 degrees F). Do not open the oven during these 45 minutes to baste or check on the roast.

  6. After 45 minutes, reduce heat to 250 degrees F and cook an additional 10-20 minutes, or until thermometer reads 135 degrees. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes. While it is resting, it will continue to raise in temperature to 145 degrees.

  7. Remove the slices of garlic, if desired, and then slice across the grain using a sharp knife in very thin slice to serve.

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Recipe Notes

If unable to find Top Round Roast (AKA Inside Round), other great choices are Top Sirloin Roast (AKA Top Butt), Bottom Round Roast (AKA Rolled Rump Roast), or Eye Of Round Roast


I highly recommend using a digital thermometer to insure your internal meat temperature is where you want it.  It removes the guessing out of cooking and helps make the meat the perfect temperature.


If you don't have a roasting rack, you can cook in a casserole pan or rimmed baking sheet.  


Save reserved juices to make Au Jus for French Dips!



Nutrition Facts
How To Cook Roast Beef
Amount Per Serving (0.5 lb)
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 248
% Daily Value*
Fat 27.6g42%
Saturated Fat 9.7g49%
Cholesterol 141.7mg47%
Sodium 459.4mg19%
Carbohydrates 1.3g0%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 39.7g79%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.