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Eye Round Roast

4.95 from 37 votes

posted: 12/19/22

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Eye Round Roast is an easy to make weekend dinner. This roast beef recipe takes very little time to prepare but the finger licking marinade makes it perfect for entertain with.

eye round roast on a platter that has been sliced

One of my kids is obsessed with roast beef. She was likely a dinosaur in a past life, because she loves a big plate of meat. We have a few roast beef recipes that are regulars in our house (you can see them below the recipe card), but we love adding to the list.

What I love about this Eye Round Roast is that it is a more budget friendly piece of meat. This also means that it needs a little time and attention to make it tender. With my simple marinade, we do that with minimal work. It leaves you with a roast that was not only easy to make, but full of delicious flavor.

Reader Review

I followed your recipe exactly as written. The roast turned out perfectly. It was very tender and full of flavor. My family absolutely loved it so your recipe is a keeper!

What is an Eye Round Roast?

Eye Round Roast is a very lean cut of beef from the round, or rear leg, of a cow. This is an economical and flavorful cut of meat. Because it is so lean, it is best enjoyed when it is braised or roasted, and only cooked to medium. In this recipe we are also going to marinate it to help tenderize it.

How to Cook Eye Round Roast

This is a brief overview of how to make this easy recipe. For the full recipe with all of the measurements, be sure to see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Make the marinade. Combine all of the ingredients in a measuring cup. Pour the marinade over the eye round roast in a reusable container. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours (6 hours as an absolute minimum).
  2. Prepare the pan. For this recipe we will use a roast pan fitted with a rack. You can read more about this method below. Alternatively, you can place a cooling rack on a baking dish.
  3. Start the oven at a high temperature. Start the roast at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. This is similar to searing a roast in a skillet before putting it in the slow cooker.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature. After 15 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 1 hour or until the temperature of the meat reaches 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Use an instant read thermometer so as not to over cook your meat.
  5. Let the meat rest. Remove the roast beef from the oven and tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let rest for 10 minutes. During that time the temperature will rise to a 135 degrees.
  6. Slice the meat thin. Because this is such a lean cut of meat, you will enjoy it most if you slice it very thin.
marinade being poured over a large piece of beef

Roast Beef Marinade

This very simple roast beef marinade is the same as I use for my Steak Kabobs. It is the perfect beef tenderizer, and works so well here too.

  • olive oil
  • soy sauce
  • brown sugar
  • lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • garlic
  • black pepper

Substitutions and Variations

While the ingredients listed above make for the best version of the marinade in my humble opinion, there are a few substations or variations you can make if necessary.

  • To lower the sugar content of the marinade, replace the brown sugar with 1/2 tablespoon of honey or 2 tablespoons of brown sugar monk fruit.
  • If you or someone in your family is allergic to soy, you can replace it with coconut aminos.
  • If you are on a low sodium diet, replace the soy sauce with low sodium soy sauce, and again only use 2 tablespoons to start. Add more only as needed for taste.
overhead view of a piece of beef in marinade

How Long to Marinate Beef

Normally, I suggest that meat should marinate for between 2 hours and 24 hours. For this recipe, given how lean the meat is, you should marinate the eye round roast for the full 24 hours. If you are short on time, you can cut this down to 6 hours, but keep in mind this will result in a tougher meat.

Cooking Roasts on a Rack

Cooking roasts on a rack is my favorite way to cook them. This allows the air to circulate around the meat and cook evenly. It is essential in this recipe. I recommend invested in a roasting pan that is fitted with a rack, it comes in handy for so many recipes.

As mentioned above, if you don’t have a roasting pack with a rack, you can improvise. I’ve had readers tell me that placing a cooling rack – like the kind you use to cool cookies – placed on a 9 by 13 inch baking dish will work just as well.


Roasting Pan with Fitted Rack

This is such a great investment if you plan on making roasts. We use it for so many of our recipes.
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Cooking Temperature for Beef

Even if you are someone who likes your beef well done, I suggest still removing this roast from the oven when it reaches 125 degrees Fahrenheit. This cut of beef has almost no fat in it, which means that we need to take extra steps to make it tender. We are doing that in the marinating and the way we cook it. The final step is to make sure it is not over cooked. This will dry it out.

When you take the roast out of the oven at 125 degrees Fahrenheit, it will continue cooking. In the 10 minutes of resting time, it will reach 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The result will be a juicy roast. Because the sizes of roasts vary and thickness can greatly impact cooking time, I highly recommend you invest in an instant read thermometer that can be left in the roast while it bakes. This way you can base the cooking length off of temperature rather than time.


Instant Read Thermometer

This amazing thermometer can be left in the meat while it is in the oven. I use it in so many of my recipes!
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How to tenderize eye of round roast?

The way we are tenderizing this lean cut of meat is by marinating it for 24 hours. There is salt in it from soy sauce and acid from lemon juice. Both will help make this a very tender roast recipe.

How long to cook eye of round roast?

This recipe takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to cook – 15 minutes at 450 degrees and 1 hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

What temperature is eye of round roast done?

Roasts are best when they reach 130 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. More than that and they will be overcooked and chewy. We like to pull our eye round roast out at 125 degrees Fahrenheit as there will be a bit of carry over cooking that happens when it comes out of the oven.

overhead view of eye round roast recipe

What to Serve with Eye Round Roast

If you make this Eye Round Roast recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

eye round roast on a platter that has been sliced
4.95 from 37 votes

Eye Round Roast

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total: 1 day 1 hour 20 minutes
Eye Round Roast is an easy to make weekend dinner. This roast beef recipe takes very little time to prepare but the delectable marinade makes it perfect for entertain with.


  • 4 pounds eye of round roast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the roast to a large ziplock bag and pour the marinade over the roast. Toss to make sure all sides are well covered. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a roasting pan with a wire rack.
  • Place the roast on the wire rack, discarding the rest of the marinade. Roast for 15 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and continue roasting until the meat registers 125 degrees Fahrenheit, about 1 hour. (I highly suggest using an instant read thermometer as cuts of this roast can vary and that will change the cooking time.)
  • Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Cut in very thin slices to serve.
Calories: 480kcal (24%) Carbohydrates: 2g (1%) Protein: 71g (142%) Fat: 19g (29%) Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 184mg (61%) Sodium: 555mg (24%) Potassium: 1168mg (33%) Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 2IU Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 73mg (7%) Iron: 6mg (33%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
eye round roast on a platter that has been sliced

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  1. Christie says

    I’m making eye of round roast for 35 people. My roasts are +/-8 lbs each. Should I cut them in half? If not, do I double the cooking time?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Christie! That is a really tough call because the cooking time of roasts has so much to do with thickness rather than just weight. So, unfortunately, I don’t have a simple answer for you. If the roasts are similar in thickness to 4 pound roasts, but just longer, then likely you will only need to add 15 to 30 minutes to the time after you turn down the oven. But again, I’m guessing here.

  2. Mike says

    5 stars
    I personally use a Digital Meat Thermometer with Probes that remain in the roast during baking. You can find this item on Amazon for 25$ range.
    This way, I am not worrying whether I have a 4 lb or 8 Ilb roast. I generally do 2 roasts at a time. Hope this helps.

  3. Mike says

    5 stars
    Great marinade! We made 2 roasts with pan searing being the only variation. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  4. Ted Trainor says

    Hi! I have a 2 lb roast, how would you adjust the cooking times?

    Also, I think I’d like to do the baby potato recipe you recommend as a side , but don’t know how to coordinate them so they finish cooking together. Any advice would be welcome. Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      If you have an instant pot you could do them in there using this recipe: https://www.simplejoy.com/instant-pot-potatoes/. I think it is going to take like 30 minutes once you turn the heat down, but your very best bet is to use an instant read thermometer.

  5. Chris says

    5 stars
    Amazing!! I don’t cook this much but I thank you for this recipe I’ll cook it more!

    • Lisa Longley says

      You are exactly who I write for! I am so happy that you enjoyed this.

  6. Me Nicky Braukman says

    5 stars
    Thank you for your help with your recipe the roast was tender and delicious! Ciao

    • Lisa Longley says

      You’re welcome!

  7. Hope says

    I have my roast marinating and planning to cook tomorrow evening.

    What does 5 from 22 votes mean?

    Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      That means that of 22 people who left star rating the average rating was 5 stars.

  8. ann says

    having a party with around 60 ppl. how to keep this warm on a buffet without druing out? anyway to make ahead?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Oooof, I would be really concerned about this one drying out. You could make a simple pan gravy and have it sit in that. I would suggest doing a trial run though before the party.

  9. Dan says

    3 stars
    We made it for Sunday dinner. Thanks to a defective thermometer it cooked a tiny bit long. Came out medium. It was definitely tender and juicy. Unfortunately the marinade made the meat taste nasty. I’ll figure out what part tenderized it and just use that to avoid the flavor.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Dan, I’m honestly so surprised to get this comment as this marinade has been a hit for so many people. Not just in this recipe but in others. Is it possible one of your ingredients was old or had gone bad?

  10. Laura says

    5 stars
    I’ve never put in this amount of time into a marinade, but now that I tried it once I will do so again in the future. I brought my marinating roast with me to a hotel and cooked it in the in-room oven for Easter dinner, and it was by far the best roast I’ve ever made…so tender and tasty! The leftovers are going to become cheesesteak subs today or tomorrow!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

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