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Roast Beef on cooling rack.

Rosemary Garlic Roast Beef Recipe

Katerina | Diethood
This easy roast beef recipe has slivers of garlic and fresh rosemary for amazing flavor.  With only a handful of pantry ingredients, you're just few steps away from whipping up this wonderful, mouth-watering roast beef dinner!
Servings : 8 servings
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Resting Time 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs


  • 1 (3 to 4 pounds) round roast, fat trimmed off
  • 4 cloves garlic, each clove cut in 3 slivers, longwise
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • ½ tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450˚F.
  • Prepare a roasting pan with a rack set over it; set aside.
  • Take the roast out of the fridge at least 1 hour before cooking, and up to 2 hours before cooking.
  • Pat dry the meat with paper towels.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut slits in the roast and insert the slivered garlic evenly around the whole roast.
  • In a small bowl combine olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper; mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Rub the rosemary mixture all around the roast.
  • Place roast on top of the rack that is set over the roasting pan.
  • Stick an ovenproof meat thermometer into the center of the meat.
  • Transfer it to the oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 325˚F and continue to roast until internal temperature reaches 130°F for rare, 140°F for medium rare, and 150°F to 155˚F for medium to well done. This can take anywhere from 1 hour and 20 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size of the roast and desired doneness.
  • Remove from oven and let roast rest for 20 to 30 minutes before cutting.
  • Cut and serve.


  • Two important steps to remember for the perfect roast: Use an ovenproof meat thermometer, and let the roast beef rest for 20 minutes before cutting.
  • Temperature/Degree of Doneness: 130°F for rare, 140°F for medium rare, and 150°F to 155˚F for medium to well done.


Calories: 288 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 38 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g | Cholesterol: 105 mg | Sodium: 677 mg | Potassium: 591 mg | Fiber: 0.2 g | Sugar: 0.01 g | Vitamin A: 29 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 40 mg | Iron: 4 mg | Net Carbs: 1 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook roast beef, roast beef recipe