Eye Of Round Roast

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Want a tender and juicy eye of round roast recipe that is simple as all get out and one that the family will love? Then keep scrolling because this eye of round is the best one I have ever made.

Fork picking up a piece of roast beef.

Eye of round roast was always one of our “fancier” meals growing up and when Mama made it for Sunday dinner, our busy teenage worlds stopped so we could all sit down at the table.

When I was younger, one of the best restaurants in Huntsville, Alabama was The Fogcutter. I remember one evening I had plans to go there on a date when I found out Mama was making her eye of round meal for supper that night. I actually called my date, had him cancel the reservations, and invited him to eat at our house instead!

Fortunately, this eye of round roast recipe couldn’t be simpler. All you need is the roast beef and some ground black pepper. We’re going to coat the beef in pepper and then roast it in the oven. That’s it! The roast beef is tender, juicy, and flavorful thanks to the pepper coating. Keep reading to discover lots of side dishes to pair with this delicious main dish.

May this become a special Sunday supper in your house as well.

Ingredients for eye of round roast.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Eye of round roast
  • Coarse ground black pepper

How to Make Easy Eye of Round Roast

Sprinkle pepper over the roast.

Generously sprinkle the pepper on your beef eye roast.

Pat pepper into roast.

Until it looks like this. I like to press the pepper into the beef with the palm of my hand to make sure it sticks.

There, you’ve prepared your roast!

Place roast in oven.

Place the eye of round roast in a roasting pan lined with aluminum foil or greased with cooking spray.

Now, stick this in an oven preheated to 500 degrees.

Roasted beef out of the oven.

Bake at high heat for 5 minutes per pound plus 10 minutes. Then turn the oven off and don’t open it for two hours.

It will look a little like this once roasted.

Slice eye of round roast with electric knife.

Remove roast from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice your roast beef into thin slices using an electric knife, if possible.

My mother always used an electric knife to slice her eye of round roast. I’ve never owned an electric knife as I thought they were expensive. But enter my favorite company, Hamilton Beach. I got this electric knife with a really nice carrying case. 

IT IS SO AWESOME! Eye of round is a tender roast but difficult to cut. Now with an electric knife, I get perfect-looking thin slices like my Mama and it only takes a second or two to do each slice, that’s all!

Eye of round roast.

Enjoy every tender and juicy slice of round roast beef.


  • Store leftover beef roast in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Use cold leftovers in your sandwich the following day.
  • You can also freeze leftover meat for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and then simply reheat in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • If it is a long cut of beef roast, cut it in half and place the pieces of meat side by side in the roasting pan, leaving a little space between the halves.
  • While I love simple pepper seasoning, feel free to make your own roast beef seasoning mix with your favorite herbs and spices. Options include onion powder, garlic powder (or minced garlic clove), salt, a pinch of paprika, dried rosemary, and dried thyme. I’d use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of each.

Recipe FAQs

What is an eye of round roast?

The eye of round is a budget-friendly lean cut from a cow’s hindquarters. They’re typically less tender than more expensive cuts of beef, but follow this recipe and you’ll get juicy beef eye roasted to perfection.

What do you serve with eye of round roast?

Serve your round roast beef as a main dish with gravy, mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes, and some veggies. Here are some of my favorite vegetable side dishes: fresh green beans, roasted vegetables, zucchini and squash, and roasted asparagus. Another option, with is definitely Southern Plate approved, is serving it alongside some mac and cheese.

Check out these other roast recipes:

Slow-Roasted Beef Brisket in the Oven

Asian-Inspired Pot Roast

Slow-Cooked Pork Roast

Butter Roasted Chicken Recipe

Pot Roast Recipe in a Crock Pot

Tuscany Pot Roast and Veggies

Eye of Round Roast

Eye Of Round Roast

All you need is an eye of round and black pepper to make this tender and juicy (not to mention simple and easy) eye of round roast recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, roast
Servings: 4
Calories: 88kcal


  • 1 eye of round roast
  • cracked or coarse ground black pepper


  • Generously pepper the roast.
    1 eye of round roast, cracked or coarse ground black pepper
  • Place roast in a baking dish lined with aluminum foil or sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Place the roast in a preheated 500-degree oven. Bake for 5 minutes per pound plus 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN for two hours.
  • Slice using an electric knife, if possible, and enjoy!


If it is a long eye of round, cut it in half and place the pieces side by side in the baking pan, leaving a little space between the halves.


Calories: 88kcal
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  1. ok I tried it and it was good. I did add some garlic powder and used Kosher salt. When I took it out at the proper time, I found it to be more on the lukewarm temp so I popped it back in the oven for about 12 more minutes at 350. I do think having an electric knife is the key as you really need to have thin slices. Had au jus with it and that was a nice addition.

  2. Hi Christy I’m new to your website and I have really enjoyed looking at all the recipes and pictures of each step!

    I’m going to try the eye of round tonight. It looks good and I have seen some recipes for other cuts of meat where they cook it on a high temp and then finish by turning off the oven. I’ve never tried this but will let you know how it turns out! Hopefully it will not be tough or dry as I think I’ve tried this cut several years ago. And, it doesn’t have much fat which is good, but can be easily dried out and not flavorful.


  3. Thanks Christy….the weather here seems to have reverted back to winter for the day, it’s all wet and gloomy.
    Hope you’re having a great time in Disney World.
    If you do get around to making the lamingtons make sure to post it up! I’d love to see how they turn out.

  4. Hey Joan!
    This is amazing, because the day before I left I did a tutorial for grits! I just have to write it up and post it when I get home. I LOVE grits and there is this great little mill that still grinds theirs with the big old stone that I get my grits from. They are SO GOOD! Now I am wanting grits today! My chances of finding those in Disney are about as good as my chances of finding a Diet Dr Pepper. You know you can’t get Diet Dr Pepper on Disney Property? You can only get Coke products. Coke is a big sponsor of Disney and actually DONATES every single carbonated coke beverage sold within the parks!

    Stephanie: I feel so pampered now that I own one! It is amazing how little it takes to have me over-the-top thrilled! I LOVE MY KNIFE. This meat has me drooling, too! LoL I love your new pic, btw! You are so YOUNG!! I need your face cream…

    Su! Oooh, I hope you do get to try this. I still want to make those lamingtons you sent me the recipe for. I am going to attempt them when I get back after I get some tutorials done that have bee requested.
    Hope your mother is doing well and y’all are having great weather in Australia!!!

  5. That looks so good Christy! I don’t make roast much because I find it dries out regardless of what I do, and I know what you mean about the hacked pieces of meat! Haha
    I’m going to google eye of round and see what cut of meat that equates to here. Your photos make me want to try roasts again…it looks so tender and pink. Mmmmmmmm.

    And yep, I’m with Joan on the sandwich idea!

  6. We have an electric knife as well. It cuts bread well too. Such a great invention – everyone should have one in their kitchen!

    That roast looks so amazingly delicious. I love beef, though we don’t eat it often, that is just making me drool like crazy. Yum!

  7. Oh wow, this looks mouth watering!
    I bet it would make great sandwiches the day after!

    I’m looking for a good cheese grits recipe, any ideas?

    Hope your having a great time!


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