You Can Entertain a Small Party in Your Apartment with This Toaster Oven-Friendly Roast Beef Recipe

November 21, 2018

Christmas is basically here, with weekly barkada reunions, family get-togethers, and work parties filling up your calendar before you can finish digesting your next meal. If you want to skip the holiday traffic and host a shindig at home, but only have a toaster oven in your apartment, this simple recipe will help you impress your friends.

Get a small enough roast, and it can cook in a toaster oven with accurate temperature settings.

A 1 kilo whole tenderloin (that you can have rolled and tied when you ask for it from the meat counter at the grocery) can fill up a group of 4 very hungry people, or even more if you have other items on your menu (salad and pasta suggestions coming at you). All we ask for you to invest on is a meat thermometer if you don’t have one (they’re not as expensive as you think), and we promise it will be put to good use for future meat dishes you make at home.

Roast Beef

  • Serves: 4 people
  • Active time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 3 hrs
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Special tools: Meat Thermometer



  • .75-1kg beef sirloin or tenderloin, whole and tied
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For Basting

  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 sprigs thyme or rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 225F.
  2. Place the meat on the baking tray and coat with oil.
  3. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  4. Place meat in oven and cook for about 2 hours, until the center of the roast reaches 125F (medium rare).
  5. Remove beef from oven.
  6. Set a large pan (large enough to fit the roast whole) over high heat until smoking.
  7. Add the whole roast to the pan and quickly sear on all sides.
  8. Add butter, herbs, and garlic, and baste the roast.
  9. Remove from heat and let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
  10. Beef can also be served at room temperature.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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