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Simple beef jus poured over sliced roast beef bottom round.

Beef Top Round Roast

A simple and quick way to roast a beef top round or similar cut. Searing, or browning, the roast first in a cast iron skillet or oven-safe pan adds flavor and a lovely thin crust. And makes clean-up a breeze. Keep the seasoning simple with salt and pepper, or reach for your favorite spice mix. The beef jus is an effortless, two-ingredient pan sauce for when you're serving the beef right out of the oven. 

  • Total Time: 1 hour (15 minutes active)
  • Yield: 1 Beef Roast 1x


  • 1 2-to-4 pound beef top round roast, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons of high-heat cooking oil or pastured lard or beef tallow
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 cups total of unsalted beef broth and/or red wine

Spice Ideas

  • 2 teaspoons of ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika (pimentón)
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground fennel seed


Roast Beef

  1. Preheat and prep. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Let the beef sit on the counter for about an hour to bring it to room temperature.
  2. Season and truss. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper or your favorite spice rub and additional spices. Wrap butcher's twine around the roast in two or three evenly-spaced places and tie it off at the top (optional). 
  3. Brown the beef. Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers add the beef to the pan with one of the top sides down. Let it cook in the skillet undisturbed for two to three minutes until the surface is an intense brown. Adjust your heat as necessary. Rotate the roast to brown the adjacent top side, then again for both of the small ends (you may need to hold it up with tongs to sear the small ends). Place the roast right-side up in the skillet and immediately transfer it to the oven. 
  4. Finish in the oven. Cook the roast to your desired internal temperature. For a three-pound roast, this will take about 30 minutes for rare to medium-rare. Begin checking the roast after 20 minutes with a probe thermometer inserted horizontally into the thickest part to gauge its doneness. Aim for 125° F for rare and 140° F for medium.
  5. Rest and slice. Remove the roast from the oven and rest it lightly tented with foil for 15 minutes. Do this on a plate or platter if you plan to make the beef jus with the pan.

Beef Jus (Pan Sauce)

  1. Transfer the skillet to the stove. After removing the beef from the oven take it out of the skillet to rest. Then place the skillet over medium-high heat and add beef stock or wine (or both).
  2. Add the stock. Reduce the liquid by half, scraping the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon to release drippings (flavorful little bits).
  3. Taste and season. Taste the beef jus and add salt and pepper to your liking. Finish the jus with chopped fresh herbs, butter, or a splash of heavy cream. 


Chef's Tips

  • Brown the outside of the meat well. Don't be afraid to turn the heat up high on the stove to brown the meat before roasting. The oil should shimmer it's so hot. 
  • Rest the finished roast. This is a standard best practice for any piece of meat. You'll always see juices escape when you cut into any meat, but resting it after cooking lessens the amount. For the most succulent slices, rest a larger roast on the counter lightly covered with foil for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Scrape the pan for a flavorful beef jus. When the roast is done cooking and you take it out of the pan you'll see little brown bits in the bottom. These contain loads of umami and the seasonings you added to the meat before cooking it. So add a few cups of broth or stock to the pan. Then as it simmers scrape these bits up with a wooden spoon. The result is a classic, simple, downright flavorful sauce.
  • Author: Christina
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 to 50 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • Serving Size: 1 (about) ¼-inch slice of roast beef
  • Calories: 37
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 290.3 mg
  • Fat: 3.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.4 mg

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