How to Cook a Sirloin Tip Roast with 3 Recipes

Sirloin trip tip roast with basil, peppers, potatoes and sauce

How to Cook a Sirloin Tip Roast with 3 Recipes

If you are a meat enthusiast or steak lover, chances are you are well-versed in the beef world. Knowing how to cook a dish to perfection can make your dinners praise-worthy. Sirloin tip is a relatively inexpensive and popular form of meat, perfect for fajitas, roasts, and more. However, since it comes from a section of the cow that gets a ton of exercise, the sirloin tip is lean and can be tough. So, how do you cook sirloin tip to perfection so your family will want you to cook it repeatedly? Below are some excellent ways to cook this delicious lean meat and some great recipes to try! 

What is a Sirloin Tip? 

A sirloin tip is located at the front end of the cow's rear leg. It is a cut of meat that comes from the round primal. People often love to cut the sirloin tip into steaks or small chunks for fajitas or pulverized into ground beef. It can also make a tasty roast. 

Sirloin tip is known as the knuckle, round tip, breakfast steak, sandwich steak, or tip steak. Although this cut of meat has quite a few names it can go by, the anatomical name for it is sirloin tip. This is because the sirloin tip is located next to the sirloin, making it a cut that is easy to remember by name. 

The cow muscles in this area do a ton of work and get a surplus of exercise. The meat is lean, not tender, and relatively inexpensive. Therefore, although it is less delicate than other cuts of meat, its inexpensiveness makes it a popular type to cook with. There are a few methods to use that can help tenderize the sirloin tip, making it less chewy and more enjoyable as a succulent and mouthwatering cut of meat. 

How to Cook Sirloin Tip

There are a few methods to help tenderize the meat while adding more juices when cooking sirloin tips. The first step would be to tenderize the sirloin tip if it has not been previously blade tenderized. This can be done by using a meat mallet or a meat tenderizer. Tenderizing the meat will break apart the connective tissues, making it less tough. 

Another method to use before cooking a sirloin tip is to marinate it. Placing the meat in your favorite marinade and then putting it in the refrigerator for six to 24 hours will add juices to the steak, making it juicier and more tender. 

Now, two specific cooking methods will do wonders for the sirloin tip. The first method is cooking the meat on high for a short time. This method will work best if the sirloin tip has been sliced thinly. This high and short method sears the sirloin tip quickly on the outside and stops the inside from drying. 

The second method that works great for cooking sirloin tips is low and slow. This works particularly well if the sirloin tip is in roast form. If you remember these two methods while cooking sirloin tip, you will be well on your way to cooking a delicious feast. 

Diagram showing the different cuts of beef and where they come from on a cow.
The round primal includes the sections at the back of the cow. These sections receive plenty of exercise and are not always as tender as other parts of the cow.

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Tips For Cooking a Great Steak

Cooking beef may seem challenging to prepare. It can be easy to burn or cook the meat until it tastes like rubber. Yet, many tried and true methods make cooking steak of any kind easier. Which can, in turn, lead you to become the grill or steak master! With these tips, you can cook up a perfect steak, even one that isn't exactly juicy and tender, to begin with, like a sirloin tip. 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind before getting ready to cook steak: 

  • Keep the steaks in the refrigerator before you want to cook them. About 20 minutes before cooking, take the steaks out of the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature.
  • Steaks do well if they sit in a marinade for six to 24 hours beforehand, especially if they are not juicy steaks. Doing so allows the steaks to soak in more juices, causing them to be more tender. 
  • If grilling the steaks, make sure your grill is set on high.
  • Before cooking the steaks, and if you have yet to marinate them, oil generously on both sides and add whatever seasoning you would like to use. 
  • Place the steaks on the grill until each side is just barely charred. This is typically around five minutes per side. 
  • Depending on how well done you would like your steak, continue to cook. Medium rare is usually around three to five minutes on each side. 
  • Avoid poking the steaks with a fork while cooking. If you do, the steaks will lose juices as it flows out. 
  • Remove the steaks from the grill or stove and allow them to rest for up to five minutes.

Grilling is a popular way to cook sirloin tips, and following the methods above can help you deliver a tasty dish. 

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Cooking the perfect steak depends entirely on personal preference. Use this simple internal temperature guide to figure out how long to cook the meat.


How to Braise Sirloin Tip Roast

Another popular cooking method for sirloin tips is braising. Braising is a slow method that allows the juices to flow and marinate the roast while cooking. To braise a delicious sirloin tip, follow the steps below:

  • First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Season your sirloin tip generously with whatever seasons you prefer. 
  • Next, heat olive oil in a Dutch oven on the stove until hot. 
  • Sear the sirloin tip on each side for two to three minutes. This step traps the juices inside the sirloin tip while cooking. 
  • Since the sirloin tip is lean and not always tender, cooking the meat in liquid is a good idea. This will keep moisture locked in during the cooking process. Beef broth or wine sauce are excellent liquids to cook this meat in. 
  • If you are braising the sirloin tip roast, cooking it with vegetables can add flavor and be an easy way to prepare a delicious meal in one step. Vegetables like carrots, onions, or potatoes cook well with this type of roast. 
  • Cover and place the roast in the oven and cook for three to four hours. 
  • When the roast reaches the desired internal temperature, remove it from the heat and cover it with aluminum foil.
  • Allow the sirloin tip to rest for at least five minutes; it will continue to cook through during this time. 

How to Broil Sirloin Tips

Another way to cook sirloin tips is by cooking on high heat. This can be done perfectly by broiling. Follow these steps when broiling sirloin tips.

  • First, place the broiler rack close to the top of the oven, around four to six inches. 
  • Preheat the oven to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • To keep the mess contained, it can be helpful to line the aluminum foil baking sheet.
  • When you are ready to cook the sirloin tips, remove them from the refrigerator and allow them to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  • Season the tips generously with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you prefer. 
  • Place the sirloin tips on the baking sheet and into the oven. 
  • Broil the meat on one side for three to four minutes and flip with tongs. 
  • Broil the other side for three to four minutes.
  • Remove the meat from the oven and rest for at least five minutes. You can tent it with aluminum foil if you would like to trap in the heat. 

How to Eat Sirloin Tip

Sirloin tips can be enjoyed in many different ways; a few of these ways include:

  • As a roast
  • In a fajita
  • In a salad
  • With noodle bowls
  • In a sandwich
  • In tacos 
  • Cut into strips for stir-fry
  • In steak

Recipes to Try

Try one of these recipes for your next meal! You can replace the top sirloin steak roast with a sirloin tip. You may find your new favorite dish. 

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easy basil sirloin recipe

Basil Beef Sirloin

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Units Scale
  • 13 to 31/2 pounds of boneless beef sirloin roast, cut 13/4- inches thick.
  • 1/4 teaspoons of salt and black pepper each
  • 2 cups of basil leaves, snipped and lightly packed
  • 8 cloves or 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


1. Make five or six 5-inch long slits along the top of the roast, cutting almost through it.

2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. In a medium bowl combine basil and garlic.

4. Stuff mixture into the slits in meat.

5. Tie meat with heavy-duty string to hold slits closed.

6. Drizzle with oil.

7. Place meat on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.

8. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer.

9. Roast, uncovered, in a 425°F oven for 15 minutes.

10. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F; roast for 35 to 40 minutes more or until desired doneness (160°F for medium).

11. Let meat stand, covered, for 10 minutes.

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Italian Pepper Steak, Basil, Bell Pepper, Crockery, Dinner, Food

Italian Pepper Steak

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Units Scale
  • 1 package of refrigerated fettuccine (9 0z)
  • 12 ounces beef sirloin steak or tip (cut and trimmed into thin strips)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 package frozen pepper and onion stir-fry vegetables (drained and thawed)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can chunky Italian-style tomato sauce (15 ounces)


1. Cook pasta according to package directions and then drain it well. Return the pasta to the pan, cover, and keep warm.

2. Combine steak strips and the ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper. Set aside.

3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Next, add the thawed vegetables stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes until crisp-tender.

4. Carefully add balsamic vinegar and toss to coat. Remove from skillet, cover, and keep warm.

5. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the same skillet. Add beef and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until desired doneness.

6. Stir in tomato sauce and heat through.

7. Toss beef mixture with pasta and vegetables. Makes four servings.

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Chili Coke Roast, Gravy, Lunch, Beef, Close-up, Cooked

Chili Coke Roast

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  • 1 beef roast between 3-4 pounds
  • 1 can Coca-Cola
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 1 bottle chili sauce 


  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a crock pot.
  2. Cook on low for 7-10 hours.
  3. The roast is done when it falls apart and reaches an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

In Conclusion

While sirloin tip may not be the juiciest and most tender cut of meat, many excellent cooking techniques can create the perfect dish. These include high and quick, low and slow, tenderizing the meat, and marinating it for six to 24 hours before cooking. This cut of meat is also on the less expensive side, making it an excellent choice for your next meal! 

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