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Oven Roast

With minimal time and effort to prepare, and little to no tending while it cooks, a roast lets you enjoy more time with friends and family – perfect for entertaining.
It’s so easy. Just season the meat and oven-roast – that’s all there is to it!

Get Ready

Oven-roast these cuts at a low temperature to the doneness you like and carve into thin slices to serve.

  1. SEASON ROAST Place in shallow roasting pan. Insert oven-safe meat thermometer into centre of roast avoiding fat or bone.
  2. OVEN-SEAR by placing uncovered roast in preheated 450°F (230°C) oven for 10 minutes.
  3. REDUCE heat to 275°F (140°C); cook uncovered to desired doneness, removing from oven when 5°F (3°C) below finished temperature. (Bone-in roast can take 30 to 45 minutes less.)
  4. COVER with foil and let stand for at least 15 minutes before carving into thin slices.

*If you are not around to turn it down? Skip Step 2 and roast at a constant 275°F (140°C). This is especially good for less tender cuts and smaller roasts (less than 1 kg/2 lb). Allow approximately 15% longer cook time.

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Common Cuts

Boneless Prime Rib Oven Roast

Top Sirloin Oven Roast

Outside Round Oven Roast

Inside Round Oven Roast

Sirloin Tip Oven Roast

Cross Rib Petite Shoulder Tender

or buy any even-shaped boneless Oven Roast (ideally, a sausage shape)

Myth Buster

MYTH:

The best way to know when your roast will be done is to follow a Minutes per Pound cooking chart.

TRUTH:

The shape of the roast and the type of cut are major factors that determine cooking time (as well as the accuracy of your oven) – these factors make it impossible to develop accurate Minutes per Pound estimates. The best way to know your roast is done the way you like it is to use a meat thermometer.

Tips for the perfect oven roast

Cooks Notes:

  • A rack in the pan promotes even cooking.
  • Roast without a lid for best browning.
  • Use a thermometer to know when your Oven Roast is done the way you like it.
  • Let roast stand at least 15 minutes after cooking to let juices settle.
  • Carve Oven roasts into thin slices across the grain.

Cooks Notes:

  • A rack in the pan promotes even cooking.
  • Roast without a lid for best browning.
  • Use a thermometer to know when your Oven Roast is done the way you like it.
  • Let roast stand at least 15 minutes after cooking to let juices settle.
  • Carve Oven roasts into thin slices across the grain.

Oven Roast Beef refers to a cut that has a chunky shape – often like a cylinder or cube. Roasts can have a range of sizes cut to suit you, from 1 lb (500g) Quick Roasts to 10 lb (4.5 kg) or more. They come with a range of tenderness. Cook Oven Roasts in the oven with no liquid and no lid.

QUICK ROASTS are small-cut Oven Roasts that cook in less than an hour.

All Canadian roasts are sorted into 3 BASIC COOKING CATEGORIES: so you know what you’re buying and how to cook it: Choose from OVEN ROAST, POT ROAST and ROTISSERIE ROAST.

Size Matters: Butchers recommend you buy enough beef for generous servings or allow for leftovers

  • Buy 6 to 8 oz (175 to 250 g) raw beef per person (boneless roast)
  • Buy 12 oz (375 g) raw beef per person (bone-in-roast)

Cuts used with Oven Roasting

Raw, Rib Premium Oven Roast

Rib Premium Oven Roast

Rib Roast is ever tender and flavourful. As a premium Oven Roast, this cut is luxury priced and delivers a tender eating experience.


Raw, Inside Round Oven Roast

Inside Round Oven Roast

Best oven roasted at low temperatures (275°F/135°C) to at least medium rare (145°F/63°C). Carve across the grain into thin slices to optimize tenderness. Taken from the lean round, Inside Round is more flavourful than Eye of Round and more tender then Outside Round.


Raw, Top Sirloin Premium Oven Roast

Top Sirloin Premium Oven Roast

This premium oven roast has maximized tenderness at an intermediate price. Top Sirloin cuts have good beefy flavour.


Raw, Prime Rib Premium Oven Roast

Prime Rib Premium Oven Roast

The favourite of the restaurant buffet and Sunday night roast beef dinner, the Prime Rib is ever tender and flavourful. As a premium Oven Roast, this cut is luxury priced and delivers tender eating experience.


Raw, Rib Cap Off Grilling Steak

Rib Cap Off Grilling Steak

Rib Steak is ever tender and flavourful and trimming off the Cap means there is less waste, so better value for your money. One of the most flavourful tender steaks. Good for pan-searing, broiling or grilling.


Raw, Eye of Round Oven Roast

Eye of Round Oven Roast

One of the leanest beef cuts with the mildest flavour, this cut is generally sold at a moderate price. To maximize tenderness, cook to medium doneness at most. let cooked roast rest for 15 minutes and carve across the grain into thin slices to maximize tenderness.


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Outside Round Oven Roast

Taken from the lean round, Outside Round is more flavourful than Eye of Round and less tender than Inside Round. Best oven roasted at low temperatures (275°F) to at least medium-rare 145°F (63°C). Carve across the grain into thin sliced to optimize tenderness.


Raw, Centre Cut Tenderloin Premium Oven Roast

Centre Cut Tenderloin Premium Oven Roast

This centre section of the whole tenderloin is also known as the Chateaubriand and is characterized as having a nice even shape that makes it ideal for making Beef Wellington. Tenderloin is a soft textured beef cut with less marbling and a unique mild flavour. As a premium Oven Roast, it delivers an extremely lean and tender eating experience at a higher price point.


Raw, Eye of Round Oven Roast

Eye of Round Oven Roast

One of the leanest beef cuts with the mildest flavour, this cut is generally sold at a moderate price. To maximize tenderness, cook to medium doneness at most. let cooked roast rest for 15 minutes and carve across the grain into thin slices to maximize tenderness.


Raw, Rib Eye Premium Oven Roast

Rib Eye Premium Oven Roast

This boneless Oven Roast is ever tender and very flavourful. As a premium Oven Roast, this cut is luxury priced and delivers tender eating experience.


Raw, Inside Round Quick Roast

Inside Round Quick Roast

Inside Round Quick roast is an Inside Round Oven Roast that has been cut to be about 1 lb and shaped much like a Tenderloin. This lean cut can be oven roasted in less than an hour. More flavourful than Eye of Round and more tender than Outside Round. Best oven roasted at 275°F (135°C) to at least medium-rare 145°F (63°C). Carve across the grain into thin slices to optimize tenderness.


Raw, Butt Tenderloin Premium Oven Roast

Butt Tenderloin Premium Oven Roast

This tenderloin section is the larger end of the whole tenderloin and is characterized as soft texturized with less marbling that delivers a unique mild flavour. As a premium Oven Roast, this cut is luxury priced and it delivers an extremely lean and tender eating experience.


Raw, Sirloin Tip Oven Roast

Sirloin Tip Oven Roast

Sirloin Tip is a moderately tender Oven Roast sold at an intermediate price with good beefy flavour. To maximize tenderness, cook to medium-rare 145°F (63°C). Let cooked roast rest for 15 minutes (at least). Carve across the grain into think sliced to serve.


Raw, Strip Loin Premium Oven Roast

Strip Loin Premium Oven Roast

This Oven Roast has a thinner flatter shape than most roasts, so it will cook in less time that many other roasts. Strip Loin is characterized as having an excellent blend of frim texture and fine marbling delivering exceptional flavour and tenderness.


Raw, Short Tenderloin Premium Oven Roast

Short Tenderloin Premium Oven Roast

This tenderloin section is the smaller tapered end section of the whole tenderloin and is characterized as having soft texture with less marbling and a unique mild flavour. As a premium Oven Roast, it delivers an extremely lean and tender eating experience at a high price point. With the tapered end, the thinnest portion can be used for excellent sit-fry strips or fondue/grilling kabob cubes.


Classic Gravy

Heat roast drippings in the pan used for roasting the beef, using medium-high heat; stir in 2 cups broth or stock.

Stir up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Thicken by cooking until broth reduces or thicken with cornstarch (see Cook’s Notes). Strain (if desired) and skim off fat; return to pan. Heat and season to taste. Add splash of heavy cream and/or balsamic or wine vinegar if desired.

Cook’s Notes:
To thicken with cornstarch, gradually stir together equal amounts of cornstarch and cold water. (Note: 1 tbsp cornstarch thickens 1 cup liquid.) Whisk into sauce and bring to a boil, cooking just until thickened.

More on how to make gravy

Carving Prime Rib

  1. Piercing meat with fork, tilt roast so that bones are vertical.
  2. With carving knife, cut parallel to bone, removing the large chunk of meat.
  3. Set roast cut side down; carve across the grain into slices. Cut between bones to separate them for serving.

Cook’s Notes:
You can set cutting board into rimmed baking sheet to collect juices.

To simplify carving, at time of purchase, ask the butcher to cut meat from the bones and then tie them back on. After roasting, just snip the twine and remove bones.

Use a gentle sawing action and a sharp carving knife to minimize loss of juices while carving.

Cook like a pro

Take the guesswork out of cooking and use a thermometer to cook beef just the way you like it. There are two kinds to consider when cooking roasts: oven-safe or instant/rapid read.

Thermometers

Oven Safe

You leave the thermometer stem inserted into the meat while it cooks so you can monitor the cooking progress. They come with a dial face read or as a digital-read thermometer with cable and monitor.

The digital model lets you monitor cooking without opening the oven door – most models even send out a signal when your meat is cooked to the doneness you select.

Digital Instant/rapid-read

These thermometers are NOT oven-safe so don’t insert before roasting. To use, remove roast from oven near end of cooking and insert thermometer stem to check meat temperature.

Doneness

Medium-rare 145°F (63°C)
Beef Burgers/Medium 160°F (71°C)
Well-Done 170°F (77°C)

Oven Roast Recipes

prep time

20 min

cook time

5:20
Stuffed and Rolled Roast BeefLess than premium beef roasts can still be amazing for special times by with this simple technique of cutting, filling, rolling and tying before cooking. Roast beef done this way is a real show-stopper and sure to spark some lively dinner conversation!

prep time

12 min

cook time

30 min
Two-Chili Beef Pot Roast with Roasted SalsaPot roast on the barbecue is easy and delicious. Take the heat out of the kitchen by turning your barbecue into an oven by using the indirect heat method. Heat is placed either to one side or to both sides of the food allowing for even heat and cooking. This barbecue braising method is perfect for cuts of beef that require a longer cooking time.

prep time

50 min

cook time

60 min
Oven Roast Beef Stuffed with Mushroom Barley RisottoWith beef tenderloin and a rich risotto made from barley and mixed mushrooms, this recipe is a showstopper. To simplify meal-planning, make the risotto ahead and store covered tightly in the fridge for up to 3 days. The recipe makes 5 cups of risotto which is plenty for stuffing the roast with 3 cups remaining that can be served as a meal unto itself or as a side along with the roast.

prep time

30 min

cook time

2 hr
Quinoa Stuffed Roast Beef with Roasted FennelImpress guests and family with a beautiful rolled roast filled with a Mediterranean-inspired quinoa salad studded with spinach and herbs, served with a unique and flavourful side dish of roasted fennel accented with fresh orange zest.

prep time

30 min

cook time

2 hr
Orange Balsamic Roast Beef with Herbed Quinoa Pilaf and Roasted FennelFeed a crowd with a modestly priced roast beef that is loaded with flavour and perfectly tender when cooked to medium-rare and carved into thin slices. Served with a Mediterranean-inspired quinoa dish and roasted fennel bulb. You meet over all your daily needs for zinc and vitamin B12 with this one meal! This serving of beef provides 20% of heme iron – the type that is easiest for your body to absorb. Beef also boosts the absorption of the non-heme iron from the spinach by 150%.

prep time

10 min

cook time

4:30
Beef Prime Rib Roast with Berry Wine SauceCranberries and red wine give the sauce a rosie hue that's the perfect pairing with medium-rare roast beef and is pretty to take to the table.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2:30
Beef Prime Rib Au JusAu Jus is just a fancy name for making a beef gravy recipe.

prep time

20 min

cook time

3 hr
Tangy Oktoberfest Roast BeefWith lots of veggies, this one pot recipe for Tangy Oktoberfest Beef Roast makes a roast that's juicy and tender with a flavour that everyone will love.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2 hr
Roast Beef with Sun Dried Tomato SauceBeef roasts are easy to prepare and they practically cook themselves. Visit our Cooking Lessons to learn more and see more recipes.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2:15
Mushroom-Crusted Roast BeefAdd something new to your roast beef repertoire with this Mushroon-Crusted Roast Beef recipe. Made from dried mushrooms, the crust adds an intense mushroom flavour to both the sauce and the roast beef. 

prep time

15 min

cook time

60 min
Moroccan Mini Beef Quick Roast with Kasbah CouscousThe recipe for this adventurous weeknight Moroccan meal can be on the table with minimal time and effort by using the Mini Beef Quick Roast. Make the simple Kasbah couscous side-dish while the roast beef is cooking.

prep time

15 min

cook time

60 min
Mediterranean Mini Beef Quick RoastMini Beef Quick Roasts are beef roasts that are cut to weigh approximately 1 lb (500 g). These mini roasts work well for weeknight schedules and are sized just right for small families. Mini Beef Quick Roasts cook to medium in under an hour. The Quick Roast shape helps it cook to perfection, better than just a regular small-sized roast. This recipe is the perfect solution to weeknight meal dilemmas.

prep time

30 min

cook time

60 min
Maple Glazed Tenderloin with Harvest VegetablesTenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of beef so it's easy for kids to love it -- don't save it just for company! You can sub in carrots and/or parsnips for the sweet potatoes or brussel sprouts if you like.

prep time

15 min

cook time

1:30
Cracked Pepper and Horseradish Crusted Oven Roast with GravyThe horseradish and cracked pepper crust makes simple seem special. Use any oven roast for the recipe: Tenderloin, Sirloin Tip, Strip Loin, Top Sirloin or Inside Round. To crack the peppercorns, place them in a sturdy plastic freezer bag and crush with the back of a heavy skillet or hammer.

prep time

15 min

cook time

1:30
Classic Roast Beef with Rosemary Cream SauceRoast beef’s so simple (and impressive) for entertaining – just season (simply), sear and slow-roast for best results. Use a MEAT THERMOMETER to cook your roast to the doneness that you like the best – without overcooking it! A good thermometer is one of your best kitchen investments (way cheaper than granite counters)! Beef Strip Loin is ever-tender and has amazing flavour. And because of its flatter shape, a Strip Loin roast will cook quite quickly for its weight.

prep time

15 min

cook time

40 min
Brandied Beef TenderloinThis simple version of a classic French beef recipe makes a very special dinner. Use a packaged demi-glace mix as a gourmet short-cut.

prep time

15 min
Robust Rubs for Grilling SteaksIf you want a switch from simple salt and pepper, try a rub. Rubs can be wet or dry and work well on any Grilling Steak. Combine ingredients and rub mix into the meat. Cook right away or refrigerate for several hour before grilling. These recipes make enough rub for a least 1 to 2 lb (500 g to 1 kg) of steak. Any remaining rub can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

prep time

30 min

cook time

1:50
Beef Wrapped Maple Parsnip BitesThis recipe takes advantage of making appetizer bites from leftover roast beef. The recipe is enough roast to make 4 to 6 main course servings as a roast one night, with enough left over to make 40 Bites to serve within 3 days.