How to Make a Tender Rump Roast

Tender Rump Roast on a plate

A hot and juicy tender rump roast is ranked right up there in comfort food…especially on a cold winter day. Pair it with some piping hot mashed potatoes, and if that isn’t Heaven….we don’t know what is. But do you know how to make a tender rump roast?

Unfortunately, rump roasts can turn into shoe leather if they are not cooked correctly. Don’t worry. The folks at Home Perch have you back. We have tested over 10 rump roast recipes and created the one below that is easy, foolproof, and, most importantly, delicious! Try this recipe, and we guarantee it will become one of your favorite go-to recipes that your family and friends will request on a regular basis!


How to Make a Tender Rump Roast

How to Make a Tender Rump Roast


Tender Rump Roast

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1.7 lb rump roast
  • Extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Shallots
  • 3 teaspoons dried herbs thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, mint, and basil
  • 1 teaspoon juniper berries
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/3 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Generously coat the rump roast with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Heat a non-stick pan over high heat and brown the meat on all sides.
  • Heat two to three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat. Add chopped shallot, carrot, and celery. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until soft.
  • In a baking pan, add the cooked shallot, carrot and celery, herbs, rump roast, and juniper. Cover with vegetable broth and season with paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Put the dish in the oven and cook for 1 hour.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Cut the rump roast into slices.
  • Serve drizzled with the remaining cooking sauce.
  • Enjoy.

How to Cook a Frozen Roast in the Oven

frozen rump roast

Forgot to take the roast out of the freezer? It happens! Cooking a frozen roast in the oven is not difficult as long as you know the correct oven temperature and baking time and follow these easy steps.

  • Preheat the oven to 450 °F.
  • Take the roast out of the freezer and run some water over it.
  • Pat the roast dry with a paper towel.
  • Rub coarse sea salt and pepper into the entire roast.
  • Place the roast in a roasting pan and let it cook for 30 – 35 minutes.
  • After that, use the oven light to check the exterior. Your roast should be dark brown at this stage.
  • Reduce the temperature to 300 °F and cook for additional 2 hours.
  • Check the temperature of the roast with a meat thermometer. 145°F (medium-rare), 160°F (medium) or 170° (well done).
  • Cut into the roast to make sure the entire roast is cooked.
  • If needed, put the roast back in the oven and check it every 15 minutes until it reaches the appropriate temperature on the meat thermometer.
  • Take it out and let it sit for a few minutes before cutting.


More Tips for Cooking Frozen Meat

Slightly reduce the temperature when cooking frozen meat. For example, if you are cooking frozen pork tenderloin, cook it at 360°F rather than 400°F.
If your unfrozen meat usually takes one hour to cook, add another 30 minutes to the cooking time if the meat is frozen.

You can cook frozen meat faster by reducing the size of the pieces. This is especially useful when you need to cook large pieces of meat in the oven or on the roasting rack.


Don’t Forget the Sides

bowl of mashed potatoes

Now that your tender rump roast is ready don’t forget the side dishes. A tender rump roast pairs well with so many dishes, including:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Baked potatoes
  • Any type of rice
  • Oven-roasted vegetables
  • Salad with Green goddess salad dressing
  • Stuffing
  • Fresh rolls
  • Butternut squash
  • Homemade Southern Biscuits
  • Pea Shoots



What’s the difference between rump roast and chuck roast?

Rump roast is cut from the back of the cow, while chuck roast comes from the front near the shoulder. Because of their location, the rump roast is leaner, while the chuck roast has fat and connective tissue. This makes chuck roast better suited for cooking methods, while rump roast can be roasted, braised, or grilled.


How to slice a rump roast

Place the rump roast on a cutting board with the grain running parallel to you. Take a knife and slice it into 1/2-inch thick pieces using a steady motion. If you prefer slices for sandwiches or other recipes, you can cut the initial 1/2-inch thick slices in half or adjust them to your desired thickness.


How many calories does rump roast have?

A 3-ounce serving of rump roast contains about 165 calories. It also provides around 24 grams of protein and 7 grams of fat. Since it’s relatively low in calories, rump roast can be considered a healthier choice compared to other beef cuts.


Can you use an air fryer to cook a rump roast?

Certainly!  Preheat your air fryer to a temperature of 400°F (200°C). Season your roast with a sprinkle of salt, pepper and your favorite herbs or spices. Cook the rump roast for 30 to 40 minutes until it reaches the desired level of doneness. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary based on the size and thickness of the roast well as the specific model of your air fryer.


Is it possible to cook a rump roast using a bag?

Absolutely! Using a bag to cook a rump roast is a great way to keep the meat tender and juicy while also making cleanup easier. Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F (165°C). Place the rump roast inside an oven bag and securely seal it using the provided ties. Make a small slit in the bag to allow steam to escape. Next, place the bagged roast in a roasting pan. Cook for approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on how well done you prefer your meat.


What exactly is Wagyu rump roast?

Wagyu rump roast is a cut of beef sourced from Wagyu cattle renowned for its remarkable marbling and exquisite flavor profile. The marbling in Wagyu rump roasts contributes to its tenderness, juiciness, and richness. Due to its quality, Wagyu rump roasts are often priced higher than other rump roasts.


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Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.