Perfectly cooked roast tri tip prepared easily in your oven. This low-fuss recipe only requires a few ingredients for the marinade, and turns out amazingly tender with a nice, crispy exterior. Check out the recipe along with some summer entertaining menu ideas!

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The BEST Roast Tri Tip recipe. This easy recipe turns out perfectly moist and tender!

On a scale of Zach Galifianakis to Martha Stewart (or 0 to 10 if you’re more objective v. subjective), how are your entertaining skills these days?

Spoiler alert: I fall somewhere between a Seth Rogan circa Pineapple Express, and a Kristen Wiig circa Masterminds. As in, I’m a bit challenged in the hosting department.

The older I get, the more important I think it is to build and maintain my community. While my friends and I will go out to dinner from time to time, it’s rare that I intentionally form a gathering in my home to bring everyone together. For shame! No excuses.

I’ve been threatening to turn over a new leaf for quite some time and start hosting BBQs or dinner parties somewhat regularly because a.) they’re fun and help decompress, b.) they’re so healthy from a community standpoint, and c.) I could seriously work on my domestic skills #goals.

So, all this to say, there’s room for improvement; but, I have good news! For those of you who are well-versed in the art, and/or are looking to make improvement waves, have I got a post for you?!

Not only am I sharing my all-time favorite method of cooking tri-tip (<- crowd pleaser), but I’m also sharing a healthy summer entertaining menu and introducing you to my new dinnerware, which steps up the entertainment game from 0 to a solid Paul Rudd… or do I dare say, a George Clooney? <- one can only aspire.

So let’s talk about this tri tip.

The BEST Roast Tri Tip recipe. This easy recipe turns out perfectly moist and tender!

As you’ve noted by the lack of it on this site, I don’t eat beef very often, but I recently had a moment with tri-tip that I felt I needed to share with you. I whipped up a super simple marinade using coconut aminos (you can use liquid aminos or low-sodium soy sauce), lime juice, and a few spices.

Bake it in the oven or toss it on the grill, and you’re looking at a flavor-blasted beef that’ll illicit a marriage proposal. It’s also paleo-friendly. Make it Whole30 by omitting the pure maple syrup!  (Psst!: If you checked out my Baked Chicken Spinach Salad recipe, the marinade is almost identical!)

When I’ve made this recipe, I’ve only let the meat marinate for about 2 hours, and it still turned out so perfectly juicy, tender, and flavorful. If you allow it to sit overnight, it will turn out even better!

The BEST Roast Tri Tip recipe. This easy recipe turns out perfectly moist and tender!

I made this pasta salad to go along with the tri-tip, and of course we had Grain-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches for dessert.

Alright, so here’s that mega awesome tri tip recipe I was telling you about, but stick around until the very end for summer entertaining menu ideas!

The BEST Roast Tri Tip recipe. This easy recipe turns out perfectly moist and tender!

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The BEST Roast Tri Tip recipe. This easy recipe turns out perfectly moist and tender!

The BEST Roast Tri Tip

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How to roast tri tip in the oven for amazing results every time!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Marination Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 4 pound tri tip



  • Add the ingredients for the marinade to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Transfer the raw tri tip to a sealable bag or container and pour the marinade in. Seal the bag and move the meat around until it appears like the whole thing is coated in marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (up to 10).
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the meat (along with the marinade juices) in a large casserole dish and allow it to sit at room temperature while the oven is preheating.
  • Roast the tri tip on the center rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Change your oven to the high broil setting and move the tri tip to the second to the top shelf of your oven. Broil 10 minutes, or until tri tip is golden-brown and crispy, and has reached desired doneness (note: this will produce a medium-rare tri tip. For rare, roast for 20 minutes and broil for 8).
  • Transfer the meat to a cutting board and allow it to rest 15 minutes. This will allow the juices to evenly distribute throughout the meat and will help the meat tenderize. 
  • Slice tri tip in desired thickness and serve with your favorite side dishes


You can replace the coconut aminos with regular liquid aminos, or low-sodium soy sauce. If replacing with regular (not low-sodium) soy sauce, omit the salt from the marinade.


Serving: 1of 8 · Calories: 270kcal · Carbohydrates: 2g · Protein: 32g · Fat: 14g
Author: Julia
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, roast beef, tri tip
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Okay, so now let’s talk menu options.

There’s still plenty of warm weather ahead! If you’re looking for inspiration to throw a summer dinner party, BBQ, or picnic, I’ve gathered up a list of my favorite recipes, from which you can pick and choose. This menu is the perfect healthy go-to for all around nutritious eating, as well as a great resource for catering to those with dietary restrictions.

Summer Entertaining Menu:



Sides and Salads:

Main Dishes:


And there you have it – your beginner’s’ guide to summer entertaining! Enjoy!!

Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. The writing is wonderful! I know exactly what you are saying and it was very entertaining! The table is picture perfect!
    I am an obstinate “0” at entertaining. As an old dog, I will never learn that trick. But, I am looking forward to making the tri-tip recipe and the marriage proposal (my main squeeze be warned).

  2. Ahh these plates are so gorgeous!! I want them all. You did a beautiful job styling them. Way better than Seth Rogan. 😉

    p.s. Pineapple Express is the best movie EVER!!

  3. Followed recipe and cook/broil time not nearly enough. Maybe at a higher temp but cooked at 325 for 25 min and broiled hi for close to 15 min and internal temp only got to 110. Maybe it was meat cut, but recommend cooking longer at prescribed temps

  4. I made this without the paprika or red pepper flakes to make it AIP compliant. It was delicious! My family and friends all raved! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

    1. I’m so thrilled to hear it, Mimi! A perfectly cooked tri tip is so tough to beat! Happy you were able to make it work! xo