This Prime Rib recipe is so tender and loaded with flavor. Learn how to cook Prime Rib Roast that is cooked to perfection. It is perfect for holidays and special occasions.

Prime Rib Roast sliced.

The Best Prime Rib Recipe

This cut of meat is so delicious but often reserved for special occasions due to price. It’s known for being a little intimidating to cook but it’s actually very simple. We have easy step by step instructions that anyone can follow.

The ingredient list is simple and the tasty bone-in Prime Rib is the star of the show. You are going to love being able to make perfectly cooked Prime Roast for Christmas dinner and more.

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What is Prime Rib Roast?

It is a cut of meat with perfectly marbled fat and tender flavor packed meat. It is often served at holidays and special occasions because it is considered the best cut of beef.

This bone-in Prime Rib is also called a Standing Rib Roast. This is because of the way the bones are positioned in the pan.

Prime Rib Roast sliced.

How to cook Prime Rib Roast:

The key to cooking Prime Rib is to start at a high temperature. This will help the roast to brown properly. Then reduce the heat to a lower temperature so that it does not get overcooked.

Roast tied with string.

Secrets to perfect Prime Rib:

  • Don’t overcook the meat for the best Prime Rib.
  • Use an instant read meat thermometer for accuracy.
  • Purchase bone in prime rib also known as Standing Rib Roast.
  • Follow this easy step by step recipe.
Ingredients for Prime Rib Roast.

Ingredients

  • 7 lbs Prime Rib
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic

How to cook Prime Rib:

Step 1. Remove the meat from refrigerator. Let the prime rib sit at room temperature for 1 hour before cooking so that it can come to room temperature.

Step 2. Preheat the oven. It should be set to 500 degrees F.

Step 3. Arrange the roast in the pan. Place the prime rib on a rack inside a roasting pan with the bones down.

Step 4. Combine the seasonings. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil with the seasonings.

Step 5. Sprinkle the seasonings on the roast. Rub the seasoning mixture on the outside of the prime rib roast.

Roast with seasoning.

Step 6. Bake at high temperature. Bake the prime rib at 500 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Step 7. Lower the temperature. Then reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Step 8. Calculate the cooking time. Then cook for 10-15 minutes per pound. This is based on how done you prefer it to be (time and temperatures are listed in the recipe notes).

Step 9. Check the internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the beef is cooked to the temperature that you desire.

Step 10. Remove from the oven. After the cook time, remove the prime rib from the oven.

Step 11. Allow to rest. Cover it with foil and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing.

Step 12. Slice and serve the meat. Slice the roast against the grain is approximately ½ inch thick slices. Make sure to use a sharp carving knife. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!

Roast ready to be cut.

Cook Time and Temperature:

  • Rare – Cook until the beef reaches an internal temp of 120 degrees F (approximately 10-12 minutes per pound).
  • Medium-Rare Prime Rib – Cook until the beef reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees (approximately 13-14 minutes per pound).
  • for Medium – Cook until the beef reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees (approximately 14-15 minutes per pound).
  • Medium Well – Cook until the beef reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees (approximately 15-16 minutes per pound).
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Make sure to insert the temperature into the thickest portion of the roast. Also, it should not be touching a bone when inserting the thermometer.

Prime Rib Roast ready to be sliced.

Side Dishes to serve with:

Roast on plate ready to be sliced.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Save the bones. You can use these later to make Beef Stock.
  • Precut the bones. Doing this before cooking will make carving easier when serving. Once you cut the bones away, reattach with a string and tie tightly around the bones.
  • Ask the butcher for help. You can ask the butcher to cut the rib bones and tie the string. They normally will do this for free.
  • Minced Garlic is best. Feel free to substitute fresh garlic cloves but it needs to be minced not pressed. We do not recommend using a garlic press because pressed garlic has a tendency to burn with high temperature.
  • Remove moisture from the roast. Pat dry the meat with paper towels. Before adding the seasonings, pay dry the meat to remove any excess moisture.
  • Allow the roast to rest. The meat should rest for 30 minutes after cooking before slicing. This will allow the meat to retain the natural juices that make it moist.
  • The roast will continue cooking once out of the oven. Be careful not to overcook it. You can always put it back in the oven if it needs more time. It is best to err on the side of caution.
  • Cut against the grain. When slicing, make sure to cut against the grain for the most tender meat. Cutting along the grain will make the meat harder to chew.
Roast in pan.

Frequently asked questions:

How much meat do you need per serving?

If the Prime Rib is your main course, 1 lb per person is suggested for serving size. Typically, you can feed about 2 people per bone.

However, if you plan to serve a lot of side dishes, less than a pound per person may be needed. This is often the case for Christmas and other holidays when there are numerous menu choices.

What grade of meat is Prime Rib?

While it might seem natural to think that Prime Rib will always be USDA Prime grade, it isn’t always. This grade of meat costs more and it is hard to source. Due to this, it is often substituted with USDA Choice Grade meat.

The bulk of Prime Rib sold is choice grade meat. If you want prime grade, it will likely need to be special ordered with your butcher. Keep in mind, the price will significantly increase for this cut.

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Prime Rib

4 from 3 votes
This Prime Rib recipe is so tender and loaded with flavor. Learn how to cook Prime Rib Roast that is cooked to perfection. It is perfect for holidays and special occasions.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Let Rest 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 959

Ingredients

  • 7 lbs Prime Rib
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic

Instructions

  • Let the prime rib sit at room temperature for 1 hour before cooking so that it can come to room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  • Place the prime rib on a rack inside a roasting pan with the bones down.
  • In a small bow, Mix together the olive oil with the seasonings.
  • Rub the seasoning mixture on the outside of the prime rib roast.
  • Bake the prime rib at 500 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  • Then reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  • The cook for 10-15 minutes per pound depending on how done you prefer it to be (time and temperatures are listed in the recipe notes).
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the beef is cooked to the temperature that you desire.
  • After the cook time, remove the prime rib from the oven. Cover it with foil and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice the roast against the grain is approximately ½ inch thick slices. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Cooking temperatuers
Rare – Cook until the beef reaches an internal temperature of 120 degrees F (approximately 10-12 minutes per pound).
Medium Rare – Cook until the beef reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees (approximately 13-14 minutes per pound).
Medium – Cook until the beef reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees (approximately 14-15 minutes per pound).
Medium Well – Cook until the beef reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees (approximately 15-16 minutes per pound).

Nutrition Facts

Calories 959kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 44g, Fat 85g, Saturated Fat 35g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 37g, Cholesterol 194mg, Sodium 729mg, Potassium 731mg, Fiber 0.2g, Sugar 0.05g, Vitamin A 25IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 34mg, Iron 5mg

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