Cooking Guidelines

Beef Cooking Times

Timings vary according to the thickness of the meat and the degree of cooking preferred.

Grilling

Frying, Griddling, Dry Frying

Stir Frying

Roasting

Braise, Casserole, Stew, Pot Roast

Beef Steaks Timings given are approximate for each side.

Sandwich
1-2mm

1-2mins each side

45secs-1min each side

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Thin cut sirloin steaks
1.5cm

2-4mins each side

2-4mins each side

Cut into strips:
2-4mins +2 mins with veg

Not recommended

Not recommended

Sirloin, rump, rib eye
2cm

Rare:
2½ mins
Med: 4mins Well Done: 6mins
each side

Rare:
2½mins
Med: 4mins Well Done: 6mins
each side

Cut into strips: 2-4mins +2 mins with veg

Not recommended

Not recommended

Fillet, T- bone, frying, medallions 2-3cm

Rare:
3-4mins
Med:
4-5mins
Well Done:
6-7mins
Each side

Rare:
3-4mins
Med:
4-5mins
Well Done:
6-7mins
Each side

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Stewing steak (chuck, blade)

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Oven temp: Gas 3, 170°C, 325°F

Stew 2-3 hours

Braising steak (shin, leg, neck)

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Oven temp: Gas 3, 170°C, 325°F

Braise 1½-2½ hours

Beef Joints

Sirloin, Topside, Top Rump, Silverside, Rib, Brisket

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Sirloin, topside, toprump, silverside, rib:

Oven temp: Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

Rare 20mins per 450g/½kg(lb)
+ 20mins

Medium 25mins per 450g/½kg(lb)
+ 25mins

Well done 30mins per 450g/½kg(lb)
+ 30mins

Silverside, rib and brisket:

Oven temp: Gas 4-5, 180°C,
350°F

Pot roast 30-40mins per 450g/½kg(lb)
+ 30-40mins

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Lamb Cooking Times

Timings vary according to the thickness of the meat and the degree of cooking preferred.

Timings given are approximate for each side.

Grilling

Frying,Griddling, Dry Frying

Stir Frying

Roasting

Braise, Casserole, Stew, Pot Roast

Lamb Steaks Timings given are approximate for each side.

Leg, chump, shoulder steaks

2cm

4-6mins each side

4-6mins each side

Leg steaks: Cut into strips:
2-4 mins
+2 mins with veg

Not recommended

Shoulder steaks:

Oven temp: Gas 3, 170°C, 325°F

1-1½ hrs

2cm+

6-8mins each side

6-8mins each side

Leg steaks: Cut into strips:
2-4 mins +2 mins with veg

Not recommended

Shoulder steaks:

Oven temp: Gas 3, 170°C, 325°F

1-1½ hrs

Neck fillet escalopes
1-1.5cm

3-5mins each side

2-4mins each side

Neck fillet: Cut into strips
2-4 mins + 2 mins with veg

Not recommended

Not recommended

Loin, chump 2cm

6-8mins each side

6-8mins each side

Not recommended

Oven temp: Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

25-30mins total

Oven temp: Gas 3, 170°C, 325°F

1-1½ hours

Lamb cutlets

2cm

6-8mins each side

6-8mins each side

Not recommended

Oven temp: Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

25-30mins total

Not recommended

Lamb joints

Leg, shoulder, rack, breast, shanks, whole neck fillet

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Leg, shoulder, rack, breast, whole neck fillet

Oven temp:
Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

Medium 25mins per 450g/½kg(lb) + 25 mins

Well done 30 mins per 450g/½kg(lb) + 30 mins

Shoulder, breast, shanks:

Oven temp:
Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

Pot roast
25-30mins per 450g/½kg(lb) + 25-30 mins

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Pork Cooking Times

Timings vary according to the thickness of the meat and the degree of cooking preferred.

Timings given are approximate for each side.

Grilling

Frying, Griddling, Dry Frying

Stir Fry

Roasting

Braise, Casserole,
Pot Roast

Pork Steaks Timings given are approximate for each side.

Escalopes
0.5 cm

2-4mins each side

1-2mins each side

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Fillet sliced (tenderloin),
1-1.5cm

3-5mins each side

2-4mins each side

Cut into strips 2-4 mins + 2 mins with veg

Not recommended

Not recommended

Loin, leg, shoulder, valentine, medallions
1-2cm

6-8mins

6-8mins

Cut into strips
2-4mins
+ 2mins with veg

Oven temp: Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

25-30mins
turn halfway through

Leg, shoulder steaks:

Oven temp:
Gas 3, 170°C, 325°F

Braise/casserole
1-1½ hours

Loin, leg, shoulder, valentine, medallions
2cm+

8-10mins each side

8-10mins each side

Cut into strips
2-4mins
+ 2 mins with veg

Oven temp: Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

25-30mins
turn halfway through

Leg, shoulder steaks:

Oven temp:
Gas 3, 170°C, 325°F

Braise/casserole
1-1½ hours

Pork Chops

Loin, chump, spare-rib
1-2cm

6-8mins
each side

6-8mins
each side

Not recommended

Oven temp:
Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

25-30mins
turn halfway through

Oven temp:
Gas 3, 170°C, 325°F

Braise:
1-1½ hours

Loin, chump, spare-rib
2-3cm

8-10mins
each side

8-10mins
each side

Not recommended

Oven temp:
Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

25-30mins
turn halfway through

Oven temp:
Gas 3, 170°C, 325°F

Braise:
1-1½ hours

Pork Ribs

2-3cm

10-15mins total

Not recommended

Not recommended

Oven temp:
Gas 6, 200°C 400°F

25-30mins

Open Temp:
Gas 5, 190°C, 375°F
Braise: 1 hr

Belly Slices

1-2cm

8-10mins each side

Not recommended

Not recommended

Oven temp: Gas 6, 200°C, 400°F

20-25mins

Not recommended

Bacon

Streaky, back rashers
2mm

Middle rashers
2mm

2-3mins each side

2-3mins each side

Cut into strips 2-4 mins + 2 mins with veg

Not recommended

Not recommended

Gammon Steaks

1-2cm

4-6mins each side

4-6mins each side

Not recommended

Oven temp:
Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

15-20mins

Not recommended

Pork Joints

Loin, leg, shoulder, belly, hock

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Oven temp:
Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

Medium
30 mins per 450g/½kg(lb) + 30 mins

Well done
35 mins per 450g/½kg(lb) + 35mins

Leg, shoulder, belly and hock:

Oven temp:
Gas 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

Pot roast
30-35 mins per 450g/½kg(lb)
+30-35mins

Gammon Joints

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Oven temp:
Gask 4-5, 180°C, 350°F

30mins per 450g/½kg(lb) + 30 mins

Boil
20mins per 450g/½kg(lb)
+ 20mins

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Meat Products Cooking Times

Grilling Frying, Griddling, Dry Frying Stir Frying Roasting Braise, Casserole, Stew, Pot Roast
Steaks
Beef, lamb and pork Not recommended 4-6 mins to brown then use as required Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Burgers
Beef, lamb and pork
1-2cms
4-6 mins each side 4-6 mins each side Not recommended Oven temp:
180°C, Gas mark 4-5, 350°F
15-20 mins
Not recommended
Sausages
Chipolata
2cm
8-10 mins each side 8-10 mins each side Not recommended Oven temp: 180°C,
Gas mark 4-5, 350°F
15-20 mins
Oven temp:
180°C, Gas mark 4-5,
350°F or on hob
Standard
3cm
10-12 mins each side 10-12 mins each side Not recommended Chipolata & std
15-20 mins total
Braise:
20-25 mins total
Pre-brown for best results
Cumberland 15-20 mins each side Not recommended Cumberland
2-25 mins total