Perfectly Cooked Tri-Tip Roast Recipe

Chef Cindy Mooney , On January 27, 2024


The classic Tri-tip roast recipe is made by roasting a cut of beef in the convection oven or over an open flame. Oven roasted tri-tip is often the main course for a meal, and it can be cooked to different degrees of doneness from rare (140 degrees Farenheit) to well-done (170 degrees Farenheit) internal temperature. It is a popular dish around the world, and is often served with sides such as vegetables, and mashed potatoes.

Meat alternatives: This oven roasted tri-tip recipe can also be made from other cuts of beef including sirloin, or top-round.

Tri-Tip Roast Recipe Ingredients

Tri-tip Ingredients:

  • 1 Tri-tip

  • Garlic

  • Red wine

  • Olive oil

  • Salt, thyme, parsley, oregano

Gravy Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pan drippings from the tri-tip roast

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tri-Tip Roast Recipe Step-by-Step Instructions

    Prepare the roast

  1. Trim your tri-tip roast taking off any membrane or excess fat.

    Roast recipe

    Trim Excess Membrane and Fat

  2. Place the tri-tip roast in a deep pan sized based on the size of your meat. If the pan is too big the tri-tip juices will flow to the side and burn. If the pan is correctly sized the juices will stay a little thicker and can be used for a delectable gravy.

    Roast in a deep pan with salt

    Add the tri-tip to a deep pan with salt.

  3. Add 6 cloves of peeled garlic.

    Roast in a deep pan with salt

    Add the garlic cloves to the tri-tip roast.

  4. Season with 3 tbsp of olive oil.

    Add olive oil

    Add the olive oil

  5. Add 4/3 tbsp of kosher salt

  6. Add 1.5 tbsp of seasoning rub.

    Add the rub

    Add the seasoning and rub

  7. Sear in the Oven

  8. Pre-heat your oven to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

  9. Add your tri-tip roast to the oven and let sear for 10 minutes on each side so the tri-tip roast forms a good crust giving it caramelization and extra flavor.

  10. Slow cook in the Oven

  11. Take your tri-tip roast out and add 2 cups of red wine. Do not cover the tri-tip roast entirely. Just cover the bottom of the pan so the wine soaks up into the meat.

    Add the rub

    Add the seasoning and rub

  12. Place the tri-tip roast back in the oven and reduce your oven temperature for 230 degrees Farenheit. Allow it to cook for 2 hours.

    Add the wine to the seared roast

    Add the wine to the already seared tri-tip roast

Slice with a serated knife and enjoy this roast recipe with some of its own juices or by cooking a gravy to add over the meat.

Add the wine to the seared roast

Spoon some juices or gravy over the roast

Tri-Tip Roast Gravy Recipe Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Remove the tri-tip roast from the pan and place it on a cutting board to rest.

  2. Pour the pan drippings into a measuring cup, and add enough beef broth to make 2 cups of liquid.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and a few tablespoons of the broth until smooth.

  4. Pour the broth mixture into a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, whisking constantly.

  5. Add the flour mixture to the saucepan and whisk until smooth. Continue until the gravy until it thickens to your desired consistency.

  6. Reduce the heat to low and let the gravy simmer for a few minutes to cook the flour.

  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Slice the tri-tip roast and serve with the gravy, a sautéed green beans recipe and homestyle mashed potatoes.

Note:You can also add additional seasonings to the gravy, such as herbs, Worcestershire sauce, or red wine, depending on your preferences.

Chef Cindy Mooney

With a personal mission to spread the good name of nutrition through mouthwatering recipes, Chef Cindy's philosophy around nutrition is deeply rooted in food as medicine. In the kitchen, she offers a conscious, restorative, and functional approach to cooking; an approach she has cultivated during her years working in farm-to-table restaurants.