Roast Beef Cheat, Easy to Make and Taste Amazing

Easy Roast Beef Cheat, a quick kitchen hack that makes an amazingly tasty Roast Beef. Get the recipe at Little Figgy Food.

When time is a bit cramped for getting your dinner party together, wow them with a gorgeous serving of Roast Beef.

We love our meat in this family, and making this is fairly straight forward and ready in no time at all! A huge win-win for me. My kids think I’m the best “cooker” ever when I make this, and yes, flattery will get them a massive hug and a kiss … and maybe dessert.

The seasonings are simple, the technique…well, that’s simple too.

I first saw this recipe by Jamie Oilver years ago have made this version of it ever since. When buying the beef, I look for a nice cut of meat, either a London broil or a boneless bottom round roast. If I’m using the London broil, it’s basically ready to coat in the herbs. When I use a bottom round roast, then all I have to do is slice it lengthwise and then I’m all set to coat in the herbs and start searing. I rarely tenderize the meat, but you can if you prefer, it has always turned out perfectly tender for me, so I’ve never found the need to tenderize it.

Roast Beef Cheat Recipe, an easy kitchen hack for an amazing tasting Roast Beef
Two things you need to have for this, a deep, heavy-bottom skillet or braiser and a good pair of tongs. When I’m preparing this Roast Beef recipe, I love to use fresh herbs, but you can use dried herbs as well if you prefer.

We love to enjoy this with Perfect Roast Potatoes and/or Creamy Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin, and a simple salad. So yummy nice and perfect for “posh” dinner.


Roast Beef Cheat Recipe, an easy kitchen hack for an amazing tasting Roast Beef

Roast Beef Cheat

Yield: 4 - 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

If you love your Roast Beef, but don't have the time to make it, try this kitchen hack for Roast Beef Cheat!


  • 1/2 bunch of fresh Rosemary, Thyme & Sage, leaves removed & chopped or 2 Tbsp each dried
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp Olive Oil, or more if needed
  • 2-3 lbs boneless Bottom Round Beef Roast, sliced in half lengthwise or London Broil that is about 2 - 3 inches thick and bring to room temperature about an hour before cooking.  (Allow about 1/2 lb per person)


  1. Heat a large pan on high, add Olive Oil.
  2. Mix the chopped Herbs with the Salt & Pepper, then spread out on a chopping board.
  3. Roll the meat in the mixed Herbs, coating all sides.
  4. Place Meat in hot pan,  and sear each side including the ends,  turning every few minutes.  Continue to turn & sear for about 20 minutes or more time if you prefer your meat to be cooked well and less pink.
  5. Remove from heat, cover with foil and allow to rest for about 10 minutes, then thinly slice & serve.


The time will vary depending on how hot your stove top will get and the type of pan you use. It's best to use a heavy bottom braiser, deep pan such as my favorite 5 quart braiser from Le Crueset or a cast iron deep skillet. 

Try to make sure that your meat is no more than about 2 - 3 inches thick. The thicker the meat, the longer it will take to cook. 

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