Tri-tip is a flavorful cut of beef that can be prepared in many ways, from quick grilling to braising and roasting. While there are no hard and fast rules for cooking tri-tip, some guidelines will help you get it right every time. Knowing how long to cook a tri tip in the oven will ensure you don’t overcook or undercook this delicious cut.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Use a thermometer to check your oven temperature, as ovens can vary greatly in their accuracy. It’s best to use a meat thermometer for this purpose, as it will be more precise than other types of thermometers (and cheaper too!). Make sure that when you set your oven to 500 degrees, it actually reaches that temperature!
Rub a tablespoon of olive oil across the top and bottom of each tri tip.
Rub a tablespoon of olive oil across the top and bottom of each tri tip. The oil will prevent the meat from sticking to your pan, as well as help keep it moist during cooking. Olive oil also has many health benefits, including being high in monounsaturated fat (a type of healthy fat), antioxidants, and vitamin E. If you don’t have any olive oil on hand or don’t want to use it for other reasons–like if you’re allergic–you can substitute another type of vegetable or nut oil instead.
Season both sides with salt and pepper and place in a large Pyrex dish.
Season both sides with salt and pepper and place in a large Pyrex dish. Use a spatula to flip the tri tip every 15 minutes, making sure that it’s at least 1 inch thick.
Roast for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 200 degrees F and roast for another 10 minutes per pound.
The oven method is a great way to cook a tri tip. You will want to start with a good recipe, preferably one that already has the temperature and cooking time for you.
Cooking times can vary based on how much you want your meat cooked through, so it’s best not to go by standard recipes when deciding how long you should cook your roast in the oven. However, if this is your first time cooking this cut of beef and you aren’t sure what kind of results will be tasty or appealing, consider using this guide:
- Roast for 20 minutes at 500 degrees F (260 C), then drop the temperature down 50 degrees F per pound until done – so if your roast weighs 4 pounds (1.8 kg), then reduce heat from 500 F (260 C) down 250 F (120 C)
Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before slicing into thin pieces against the grain.
Once the tri tip is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing into thin pieces against the grain. Letting it rest allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat. This will make your tri tip tender and juicy!
The best way to slice a tri tip is with a sharp knife–but if you don’t have one handy, try using a meat slicer instead!
The best way to cook a tri tip is at 500 degrees for 20 minutes then lower it to 200 degrees until it is done, typically an hour or more
The best way to cook a tri tip is at 500 degrees for 20 minutes then lower it to 200 degrees until it is done, typically an hour or more.
The reason for this is because the high heat will sear in all of those delicious flavors and seal in moisture. Once you turn down the oven temperature all you’re doing is cooking it slowly with minimal browning which means no crusty goodness on top! You want that crusty goodness so don’t be afraid of high heat!!
In the end, there are many ways to cook a tri tip and this is just one method. However, it is one that I have found to work well for me and I hope it does for you too!