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Suggested roasting times

Cooking a family roast is simple and easy, especially when you know how long it needs to cook in the oven. Use these recommendations as a guide to cooking time, and keep in mind that every oven is different. Also, when you’re buying your roast, why not ask our butchers their recommendations, they’re full of helpful advice to help you achieve the perfect family roast.

ROASTING CHART - times per 500g    
TempRareMediumWell Done
Rib eye/scotch fillet, rump, sirloin, fillet/tenderloin, standing rib roast, rolled rib beef roast200ºC15 -20 min20 -25 min25 -30 min
Silverside (uncorned), blade, round, topside, eye round, oyster blade 160ºC20 -25 min25 -30 min30 -35 min
Eye of loin/backstrap, lamb round, topside roasts, mini roast, lamb rump220ºC15-20 mins20-25 min25-30 min
Rack of lamb, four rib roast, crown roast200ºC20-25 min30-35 min40-45 min
Loin (boned and rolled), Leg or shoulder (bone in), easy carve leg or shoulder180ºC20-25 min25-30 min30-35 min
Fillet, rack, leg, loin/eye of loin, rump, shoulder, boned and rolled loin, breast200ºC15-20 min20-25 min25-30 min
Whole Chicken IMPORTANT NOTE - Always cook chicken well done 200ºCNever rareNever medium30-35 min
Leg, shoulder, loin, Scotch roast rack, rolled Loin, rolled belly240ºC First 30 min for crackle then 180ºC-15-20 min20-25 min

Simple steps that are the basis for all roasts

Step 1 – Preheat the oven in line with the type of cut you are roasting (see above), depending on the weight of the roast. Brush it lightly with oil. Season with salt, pepper and any flavourings

Step 2 – Place the roast on a rack in a roasting dish. Raising the roast allows the heat to circulate, browning it evenly.

Step 3 – Different cuts require different cooking times per fixed weight (see above). For ease and accuracy use a meat thermometer.

Step 4 – Remove roast when cooked to desired degree. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil and rest for 10-20 minutes before carving. Carve the roast across the grain to ensure tenderness.

Cooked to your liking… 

If you have a preference for how your meat is cooked, you can judge your roasts internal temperature.
The internal temperature for:

  • Rare 60ºC
  • Medium rare 60-65ºC
  • Medium 65-70ºC
  • Medium well done 70ºC
  • Well done 75ºC

Take the roast from the fridge about 15-20 minutes before cooking. This will take the chill out of the meat and allow it to cook more evenly. If you like rare or medium rare meat, and the roast is without a bone it’s a good idea to do this. Never stand meat in direct sunlight, standing the meat in a cool kitchen (covered) for a short period of time (no longer than 20 mins) before cooking is fine.

Italian pork rib roast with pancetta and roasted truss tomatoes
Italian pork rib roast with pancetta and roasted truss tomatoes

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Recommended roasting times for beef, pork and veal.

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