# how long does it take for beef to cook

Generally, beef chunks will take about 1-2 hours to cook if simmered in a stew or braised. For grilling or frying, the cooking time can be shorter, typically around 15-20 minutes. It’s important to ensure that the beef reaches a safe internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for medium rare or 160°F (71°C) for medium.

## How long does it take to cook roast beef?

To calculate roast beef cooking time:

If cooking beef on the bone, a three-rib roast (about 3kg) will serve about seven to eight people. Calculate roughly 400g per person. If cooking beef off the bone, 1kg will serve four and 1.5kg will serve about six, so 200-300g per person. Calculate your cooking time for medium-rare with 20 minutes per 500g or for medium use 25 minutes per 500g.

For beef on or off the bone, cook it at 240C/220C fan/gas 9 for 20 minutes, then turn down to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 (not forgetting to take this 20 minutes off the timing you have just calculated).

Serves 7-8

• three-bone rib of beef (about 3kg)
• flour or mustard powder
• 1 onion, halved

1. Take the beef out of the fridge at least an hour before you want to cook it. Calculate the cooking time and heat the oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9.

2. Season the fat with salt and pepper and rub in a little flour or mustard powder, if you like.

3. Lay the beef on top of the two onion halves in a roasting tin and roast for 20 mins before turning down to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and cooking for 1 hr 40 mins. Remove and rest for at least an hour.

## How to cook roast beef

When it comes to roast beef, the received wisdom is that it should always be cooked on the bone – whether its a sirloin joint or rib roast – as the bone conducts heat and adds flavour. However, this doesn’t suit everyone and some of our most popular recipes are bone-free and much easier to carve. Buy what suits you best.

More important than the bone is the fat – don’t be tempted to trim it off, as it will baste your meat while it cooks. You can always cut it away when you serve it. If you want the fat to make a crust, then you have to sprinkle or rub it with flour and/or mustard powder to absorb the fat released on the surface.

Generally, roast beef is cooked at a high temperature to caramelise the outside, then the temperature is turned down. This method can also be reversed with a lower temperature to start before a blast of heat at the end. As an example, see our herb-scented slow-roasted recipe.

Whether you are looking for an eye round roast cooking time or a beef tenderloin cooking time, use the following chart as a guide for any roast beef cooking time and cooking temperature. The chart can be used for beef cuts that are oven roasted, pan fried, pan broiled, oven broiled, grilled, or are inserted into an oven bag prior to roasting. See the article, “Beef Doneness” for additional information on determining the proper doneness of beef.

Generally, beef chunks will take about 1-2 hours to cook if simmered in a stew or braised. For grilling or frying, the cooking time can be shorter, typically around 15-20 minutes. It’s important to ensure that the beef reaches a safe internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for medium rare or 160°F (71°C) for medium.

## FAQ

How long will beef soften?

Simmering meat for tenderness depends on the type of meat and cut you are using. In general, tougher cuts of meat like beef chuck or pork shoulder may need to simmer for 1.5 to 2.5 hours to become tender. However, more delicate meats like chicken or fish may only need 15-30 minutes of simmering.

How do you know when beef is done cooking?

The USDA recommends steaks and roasts be cooked to 145°F (medium) and then rested for at least 3 minutes. To ensure food safety, ground beef should be cooked to a minimum 160°F (well done). Be sure to check with a thermometer, as color alone is not a foolproof indicator.

How long does it take to cook beef pieces?

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 1, 275°F (140°C) and cook for about 2 / 3 hours.

How long does it take meat to cook?

Cooking time depends on the size and type of meat you’re making. A smaller portion of meat will take around 30 to 40 minutes, but larger cuts or full roasts could take up to a few hours. Chicken breasts will take 20 to 30 minutes to cook, but a full chicken will take around an hour and a half.