Roast sirloin of beef & Port gravy

Roast sirloin of beef & Port gravy

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins Plus marinating and resting


Serves 6
Serve up a stunning sirloin of beef this Sunday, for a roast dinner you won't forget

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal431
  • fat22g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre0g
  • protein52g
  • salt0.32g
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    For the beef

    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 tbsp thyme leaves
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
      olive oil

      Olive oil

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    • 1½ -2kg/3lb 5oz-4lb 8oz piece rolled sirloin of beef

    For the gravy

    • 1 garlic clove
    • 1 bay leaf
    • few thyme sprigs


      This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

    • 75ml port
    • 350ml red wine
    • 200ml beef stock (if you'd rather make your gravy alcohol-free, simply double the quantity of stock)


    1. For the beef, mix the garlic, thyme and olive oil with some black pepper. Rub over the beef and leave for at least 1 hr, the longer the better. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6, season the beef with salt and place in a roasting tin. Roast in the oven for 30 mins, then turn the heat down to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and cook for 10-15 mins per 450g depending on how you like your meat – 10 mins per 450g will give you rare meat and 15 mins will give you meat that is cooked through.

    2. When the beef is cooked, take it out of the roasting tin and allow it to rest somewhere warm, loosely wrapped in foil, for 30 mins. Pour off and reserve any resting juices.

    3. To make the gravy, place the roasting tin on a high heat with the garlic, bay and thyme. Splash in the Port, scrape with a wooden spoon to loosen any debris from the tin and bubble until almost completely reduced. Pour in the red wine and reduce by three-quarters before adding the stock. Bring to the boil and season to taste. Pour reserved resting juices back into the tin. Finally, pour the gravy through a sieve into a warm jug. Carve the meat and serve with the gravy.

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    2nd Apr, 2014
    Amazing, followed recommendations for timing, Mum likes it well done so did 1hr 20 for 1.6kg and it was cooked beautifully for her. I liked the gravy but is quite strong, kids weren't keen.
    28th Aug, 2013
    Made this for tea last night and it was lovely. I didn't have fresh thyme so used dry and the beef was lovely and succulent. My joint 1.4kg cooked rare in 1hr 40 and was really tender. I didn't make the gravy but will try it next time.
    1st Jan, 2013
    Loved the combination of flavours & the beef 1.6kg was perfectly cooked in 1 1/2 hrs - my guests loved it & I will definitely use this recipe again
    24th Dec, 2012
    I am a bit puzzled about the timing ofthis recipe, I worked i t out for a joint weighing 4lb8ozit takes 1hr.37mins not 2hrs 30mins-amI missing something?Eileen
    4th Feb, 2012
    Meat was really tender made for father in laws birthday. My mother in law said best beef shed tasted in a long time!!
    25th Sep, 2011
    Really fabulous recipe, great flavour combinations, i used vegetable stock as i had no beef stock, but it was delicious nonetheless. I wholeheartedly recommend and will defo be making this again.
    10th Jan, 2011
    Fool proof! The gravy makes all the flavours more intense and is so simple to make.
    5th Dec, 2010
    Matt really hit my palate with this delicious recipe. The gravy makes it more divine. I can't wait to cook this for my friends for Sunday roast.
    28th Nov, 2010
    Made this twice and it's fantastic. Superb cut of beef from local butcher too, but not cheap! Second time I didn't leave the gravy long enough to burn off the alcohol so not quite as nice
    Charlene Pollock's picture
    Charlene Pollock
    9th Feb, 2020
    Do you cook thid 30 mins plus the 10-15 mins per 450g or do u include the first 30 mins to work out the overall cooking time. Ive a joint at 1.2kg
    CassieBest's picture
    10th Feb, 2020
    Hi Charlene, It's 30 mins, plus the 10-15 mins per 450g. So for a 1.2kg joint you'd cook for 30 mins plus an extra 25-35 mins, depending on how you like it cooked. I hope that helps, Cassie (Senior Food Editor, BBC Good Food)
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