Cooking time roast beef. We all love beef. Rib, sirloin or tenderloin, the choice is yours! Do you prefer your meat medium rare or well done? Whatever your preference is, we will help you with cooking temperatures and cooking times. We even have a roast timer (roast beef cooking time calculator).  Translation in French: rôti de boeuf.

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Roast beef

How do I cook roast beef ?

What to pair roast beef with?
Roast beef  pairs well with steamed asparagus, green beans, or roasted carrots, mashed or roasted potatoes, creamed spinach or sautéed mushrooms. When you prepare your roast beef, add sliced onions to your roasting pan (and a little water) : you’ll have the base for a great sauce afterwards. Wine anyone? A hearty red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot will go very well with roast beef.

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Preparing roast beef

To prepare roast beef, start by trimming away any excess fat (if any) or silver skin. Tie the beef with butcher’s twine to help it keep its shape.
Before cooking, it’s important to bring the meat to room temperature. Take it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking and let it sit on the counter.

How do I know if my roast beef is cooked?

The only way to check if your roast beef is cooked is by using a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should be:

  • Rare: 125°F (52°C)
  • Medium-rare: 135°F (57°C)
  • Medium: 145°F (63°C)
  • Well-done: 160°F or higher (71°C and higher)

Cook roast beef in oven

The ideal Sunday roast! Cooking time roast beef in an oven is a great way to enjoy it.
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Remember to take your meat out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking (it should be at room temperature)
2. Place the seasoned roast beef on a rack in a roasting pan and roast! Use our calculator for the required cooking time.
3. Remember to turn your roast several times during cooking (so that it cook evenly).
Tenting with aluminium foil is good (it keeps the juices in)! Let the meat rest for 15 minutes before slicing.


The cooking time for roast beef will vary depending on the size of the cut and how well done you want it.
Here’s a general guideline for cooking times based on weight:

weight/level of doneness rare medium-rare medium well done
2 lbs 28 minutes 34 minutes 43 minutes 49 minutes
3 lbs 42 minutes 50 minutes 64 minutes 72 minutes
1 kg 31 minutes 37 minutes 44 minutes 50 minutes
1.5 kg 47 minutes 56 minutes 65 minutes 75 minutes
2 kg 62 minutes 75 minutes 87 minutes 100 minutes

Cook roast beef in air fryer

Cooking time roast beef in an air fryer. Yes, you can prepare a roast beef in an iar fryer (as long as it is not too big, typically the cooking time given here is for a 2 lbs roast beef, that’s around 900 g)
1. Preheat the air fyer to 360°F (180°C). Remember to take your meat out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking (it should be at room temperature)
2. Rub your roast beef with salt, pepper and oil. Add aromatic herbs (parsley and thyme for instance). Put it in the air fryer basket (you can put it on top of sliced potatoes… and serve everythig together)
3. Cook for 40 minutes for medium (30-35 minutes for rare). Use a meat thermometer to check.
Let the meat rest under tin foil for 10 minutes before serving (it wil make it even more tender)

Choosing the right cut of beef is crucial when it comes to making a delicious roast beef.
The most common cuts of beef for roasting are rib, sirloin, and tenderloin.
Rib roast is the most popular cut, as it has the perfect combination of fat and meat, making it juicy and tender.
Sirloin roast is a leaner cut, so it’s important to keep an eye on it to prevent it from becoming tough. Tenderloin is the most tender cut, but it can be pricier than the other options.