Roast Beef Cooking Times

Roast beef cooking times – two stages.

Stage 1: Roast the beef on a high temperature for 30 – 40 minutes depending on weight
Stage 2: Turn the temperature down and cook for how you like it – rare, medium or well done

The third stage is to get a meat thermometer so you don’t have to worry about roast beef cooking times!

Medium to large joints
up to 5Kg (11lb)

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C (Gas Mark 7).
  2. Roast for 30 minutes at 220°C (Gas Mark 7).
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 160 °C (Gas Mark 3) and continue to roast for:
    Rare – 20 minutes per Kg (9 minutes per pound)
    Medium – 30 minutes per Kg (14 minutes per pound)
    Well Done – 40 minutes per Kg (18 minutes per pound)
  4. Remove the joint from the oven and rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.

Very large joints
above 5Kg (11lb)

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C (Gas Mark 7).
  2. Roast for 40 minutes at 220°C (Gas Mark 7).
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 160 °C (Gas Mark 3) and continue to roast for:
    Rare – 18 minutes per Kg (8 minutes per pound)
    Medium – 24 minutes per Kg (11 minutes per pound)
    Well Done – 36 minutes per Kg (16 minutes per pound)
  4. Remove the joint from the oven and rest for 30 minutes before carving.

Forget About Roast Beef Cooking Times!

Working out roast beef cooking times is history. To get your perfect Sunday Roasts slow-cooked and ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ get one of these little gadgets Just cook the roast low until the correct temperature shows on the dial. Definitely the easiest and best option.

There are different types of meat thermometers available. Read the instructions for your make of thermometer carefully to get the perfect roast beef cooking time. Each one does differ and will affect your perfect roast beef cooking times.

TIPS

  • Regularly calibrate the thermometer to make sure it’s accurate.
    Put at least 2 inches/ 5 cm of the stem into boiling water. It should read 212°F/100ºC, the boiling point of water at sea level. (If you’re above sea level, you’ll need to find out what the boiling point is at your altitude.
  • Always clean your thermometer thoroughly after using it.
  • If the thermometer has cracks in it – replace it.
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