Roast beef

  • 5 mins preparation
  • Serves 6
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Roast beef
  • 1.5 kilogram piece scotch fillet, at room temperature, trussed
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • roasted vegetables, yorkshire puddings, gravy, beans, to serve


Roast beef
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C. Weigh beef and calculate cooking time - allow 15-20 minutes per 500g for rare. Brush oil over.
  • 2
    Heat a large frying pan or grill pan on medium. Sear beef 2-3 minutes on all sides, until evenly browned.
  • 3
    Transfer to a rack in a baking dish. Season to taste and add flavourings of choice.
  • 4
    Add water to dish to create steam and to prevent pan juices from burning. Roast 50-60 minutes, until cooked to taste. Rest covered in foil 10-20 minutes, for juices to settle. Slice across the grain to serve.


To test when a roast is done, use tongs to gently squeeze. Rare is very soft, medium-rare is soft, medium is soft but springy, medium-well is firm and well-done is very firm.

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