5 from 9 votes

Easy Oven-Baked Tri-Tip Roast

 August 19, 2023

If you’re looking for a steak recipe that is juicy, tender, and practically melts in your mouth, then look no further than this one! My Easy Oven-Baked Tri-Tip Roast is perfectly cooked, perfectly delicious, and is seasoned with my signature spice blend that is truly crave-worthy. It doesn’t get any better than this! I got this recipe from my mom, who made this all the time growing up, and I can’t wait to share it with you (along with some AMAZING ways to serve it). This is a recipe you’ll hang onto for ages!

A close-up image of the sliced tri tip roast, sitting on a cutting board with a knife next to it

Friends, want to know a funny thing that happens? The older I get, the more I appreciate my parents’ recipes. Sure, I love making the recipes of my fellow creators and friends (or even scrolling through TiKTok lookin for new recipes), but there’s something about my parents’ recipes that I always come back to. Whether it’s their juicy kofta kebabs or their Arayes, I find myself craving recipes that feel like coming back home. Maybe it sounds clicé, but the older you get, the more you realize that there’s truly no place like home.

So, when my mom came up to visit me in San Francisco recently, I found myself craving one thing and one thing only: her tri-tip. This was a dish that she made all the time growing up, and we ate it in everything from tacos to sandwiches to even rice. And every time we ate it, it was absolutely delicious.

This recipe is a twist on my mom’s recipe, because it’s prepared exactly the way she did, but it’s seasoned with my self-proclaimed signature spice mixture. I have been using this spice mixture to season everything from shrimp to tofu to yes, even tri-tip, and it is absolutely delicious. Trust me on this one!

All of the ingredients needed to make this tri tip roast, laid out on a countertop
To make this perfect Tri-Tip, you will need tri-tip, coffee grounds, and my signature spice blend of cumin, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and chipotle.

3 Ingredients Needed to Make This Perfect Tri-Tip Roast

  • Tri-Tip:Tri-Tip is a small, boneless, triangular-shaped cut of beef that, when cooked perfectly, is absolutely tender and delicious. You can get tri-tip from any butcher, even at Whole Foods! Plus, it’s a less-expensive cut of meat than a ribeye, so it’s great for those times when you’re craving steak, but don’t want to spend a ton of money.
  • Coffee Grounds: Don’t knock it until you try it! Coffee grounds add the most delicious dark and smoky flavor to this tri-tip. This recipe is NOT the same without them!
  • Kalejunkie Signature Spice Blend: My signature spice blend is my new favorite way to season everything from meats to veggies! It consists of cumin, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and chipotle, and is too good.

How to Make This Delicious, Easy Steak Recipe

To make this recipe, start by allowing the tri-tip to come to room temperature. Next, prepare the spice mixture by mixing together the the coffee, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, chipotle, and cumin in a bowl. Rub the tri-tip with the spice mixture, then let it rest while you preheat the oven to 350 F.

While the oven is preheating, heat a pan, on the stove, over high heat and add in a few tablespoons of olive oil (or avocado oil). Once the pan is hot, place the tri-tip inside of the pan and allow it to cook for about 4 minutes on each side. If you’re using a meat thermometer, place it inside of the tri-tip.

The cooked tri tip, sitting inside of a cast iron skillet
Then, preheat the oven to 350 F and cook the tri tip until it reaches an internal temperature of 135 F. This should take approximately 15-17 minutes.

Then, remove the pan from the stove and place it into the oven. I like to cook my tri-tip so it’s medium rare, which means it reaches an internal temperature of 135 F. If you aren’t using a thermometer, this will take approximately 15-17 minutes. Once the tri-tip is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing it, serving as desired, and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to three days.

How to Serve This Perfectly Juicy Tri-Tip

Now that you have this delicious tri-tip ready to go, there are SO many fun ways that you can serve it! These are just a few of my favorite ways, but feel free to get creative – and if you do, comment down below and let me know how you serve it!

  • On tostadas: I recently shared my tri-tip tostada recipe on Instagram and it has been a favorite in my household! Paired with my homemade guacamole from my cookbook, LOVE TO EAT, it is crunchy, tangy, delicious, and such a fun way to enjoy this recipe.
  • With Chimichurri: Steak and chimichurri go together like bread and butter. Slather this steak with my Easy Chimicurri Sauce and you’ve got match made in heaven!
  • Add it to a Salad: Steak salads are absolutely delicious, and make for the perfect quick and easy lunch! I love swapping it out for the chicken in my Healthy Caesar Salad recipe

If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a review and rating below! To see more recipes and behind the scenes, follow along on InstagramTikTok, and Youtube! I’m also now on Pinterest, so stop by and take a look at what’s new.

** Photography by Gayle McLeod
A close-up image of the sliced tri tip roast, sitting on a cutting board with a knife next to it
Dairy Free/gluten-free/Grain Free/Nut Free/Paleo/Refined Sugar Free

Easy Oven-Baked Tri-Tip Roast

5 from 9 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
SERVES 4 Servings
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If you're looking for a steak recipe that is juicy, tender, and practically melts in your mouth, then look no further than this one! My Easy Oven-Baked Tri-Tip Roast is perfectly cooked, perfectly delicious, and is seasoned with my signature spice blend that is truly crave-worthy. It doesn't get any better than this! I got this recipe from my mom, who made this all the time growing up, and I can't wait to share it with you (along with some AMAZING ways to serve it). This is a recipe you'll hang onto for ages!

Ingredients

For the Tri-Tip:

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Tri-Tip
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Coffee Grounds
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Chipotle
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin

Instructions

  • To make this recipe, start by allowing the tri-tip to come to room temperature.
  • Next, prepare the spice mixture by mixing together the the coffee, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, chipotle, and cumin in a bowl.
  • Rub the tri-tip with the spice mixture, then let it rest while you preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • While the oven is preheating, heat a pan, on the stove, over high heat and add in a few tablespoons of olive oil (or avocado oil). Once the pan is hot, place the tri-tip inside the pan and allow it to cook for about 4 minutes on each side.
  • If you're using a meat thermometer, place it inside of the tri-tip.
  • Then, remove the pan from the stove and place it into the oven. I like to cook my tri-tip so it's medium rare, which means it reaches an internal temperature of 135 F. If you aren't using a thermometer, this will take approximately 15-17 minutes.
  • Once the tri-tip is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing it, serving as desired, and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to three days.

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  1. I have an untrimmed tri-tip roast. Do you suggest trimming the fat before cooking? Mine has a pretty thick slab on one side.

  2. It was definitely tender and juicy, however, it was way too spicy for my 6 year old. Will definitely make again but will use a different spice mixture.

  3. On average, used coffee grounds contain between 3.59 and 8.09 milligrams of caffeine per gram. This is quite a bit less than the 12 milligrams of caffeine per gram of fresh ground coffee. I learned this at Kauai coffee plantation.

    Tyler, I don’t believe it was the coffee grounds that kept you awake. You likely were excited about this great recipe ! Aloha !

  4. This was absolutely amazing. Followed it to a ‘t’, with the exception of using two small 1lb tritips. Just fantastic!!
    Sided with green onion mashed potatoes and garlic parm green beans. Cannot get over the coffee grounds. They vanished as coffee but depth of flavor added! 10/10 thank you!

    • Wow, I am SO thrilled that you loved this recipe!! Thank you so much for making it, and for leaving such a kind review!

  5. I am 73 and I think this was the best tri tip I have ever cooked. Did not use coffee or chipotle. I did use crushed red pepper. Miss read one tsp and used 1 tbs. Used almost all of it on 2 lbs and it was delicious.

    • WOW! Elizabeth, I am SO thrilled to hear that! Thank you so much for your review, this truly means the world to me!

  6. I don’t have chipotle. Anything I can use as a substitute or is it gonna be fine to just omit this ingredient?

  7. Looks really good!
    One problem… My computer is freaking spinning like crazy (too much javascript or too many third party ads (with too many scripts).

    • Hi Robert, I’m sorry to hear that! Ads are what help me run the site and be able to bring so many recipes to you, for free!

  8. 5 stars
    This was EXCELLENT. However, the coffee in the rub kept my entire family up almost all night. While it was absolutely delicious, I won’t be able to make it again

  9. 5 stars
    Made this easy recipe for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! Loved the spices from the rub!
    We will definitely make it again!

    • Woohoo! I am so happy to hear that, Miriam! Thank you so much for making them, and for leaving such a kind review!

  10. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I have never cooked Tri Tip in the oven before so I searched for a recipe and used this one.
    The results were excellent juicy tender Tri Tip. Thank you!

    • I’m so happy it turned out well for you, Jacqueline! Thank you so much for making it, and for leaving such a kind review!

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve been following Nicole’s content on Instagram for a while now and her recipes always turn our great! When I searched for an oven baked trip tip and saw hers I knew it would be great. It did not disappoint. Came out perfectly seasoned and medium rare just as the recipe described. Also super easy and quick! Great mid-week family dinner. Would definitely do it again.

    • Yay! I am so happy to hear that, Carolina. Thank you so very much for giving this recipe a shot, and for all of your support!

    • Hi Judy, it’s ground coffee! I apologize for the lack of clarity. I’m updating the post now to reflect this ☻

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