We have the absolute Best Prime rib recipe. Learn how to make prime rib that is tender and flavorful for restaurant quality prime rib at home!

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The Best Prime rib recipe!

We have really an easy step by step instructions to make amazing prime rib. Once you learn how to make it at home, be prepared for everyone to want you to cook this often.

It is not difficult at all. Do not be intimated because it is actually super easy. If you have been hesitant to make this or maybe failed in the past, give it a try!

As long as you follow these step by step instructions, you can’t mess up dinner. Dinner is going to be great.

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Why is Prime Rib so good?

Prime Standing Rib Roast is a must for our holiday dinners. We tend to cook the traditional ham and turkey for Thanksgiving, but for Christmas my family always request the prime rib.

Prime Rib is the most tender roast you will eat. The rich flavor and tender meat keeps my family coming back for more.

ingredients needed for recipe: prime rib, minced garlic and seasoning.

Ingredients:

  • Prime Rib
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt and pepper
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Minced Garlic
prime rib on cutting board

How to make prime rib

  • The first step is to allow the prime rib to sit at room temperature for 1 hour before you cook it. It needs to come to room temperature.
  • Go ahead and preheat the oven temperature to 500 degrees.
prime rib on cutting board ready to go in pan
  • Get out a roasting pan and place the prime rib on the rack inside the pan. Make sure to put this with the bones down.
  • Use a small bowl and mix together the olive oil with the seasonings. Rub this all over the outside of the prime rib.
prime rib in roasting pan with spices going on
  • Put in the oven at 500 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • After cooking at high heat, you need to reduce the temperature to 325 degrees. Then cook the roast for 10 to 15 minutes per pound depending on your preference of how done you prefer the meat.
  • You will need to use a meat thermometer to make sure the beef is cooked to the temperature that you prefer.
  • Once cooked, take the prime rib from the oven or open the oven door. Put foil over it and allow the roast to rest for 15 to 30 minutes before slicing.
prime rib in roasting pan

Tips for making the best Roast:

  • The number one tip is to use a meat thermometer. You want to make sure that your meat is cooked correctly so you don’t ruin an expensive cut of meat.
  • Make sure you that you don’t overcook the meat. Cooking times could vary so be mindful of that when cooking this roast. Remember that you roast will continue to cook after you remove it from the oven.
  • It is also important to let you prime rib rest 20 minutes after cooking it. This allows the juices to properly soak into the meat so that you meat is tender and juicy. If you do cut the meat to early, the juicies will come out to early which will make you prime rib tough to chew.
  • Use the juices from the prime rib and make a au jus gravy.
  • If we are serving to our family and friends, I like to slice just enough prime rib for the guest I am serving. This keeps the prime rib warm and helps retain the juices.
prime rib in roasting pan

How to slice?

Make sure that you are cutting the meat the proper way. You will want to cut the meat across the grain. Slice the roast in approximately 1/2″ thick slices.

If you cut the meat along the grain, then it could be tougher to chew.

prime rib on platter

Why I love Prime Rib:

  • Prime Rib has become a special occasion or holiday meal. We have made it for our Christmas dinner or for Easter lunch.
  • We love that Prime Rib is full of flavor. You will not be disappointed making this cut of meat.
  • Making Prime Rib might seem a little overwhelming at first, but it has simple ingredients and really the process isn’t hard at all.
prime rib on platter

How long to cook a prime rib?

The length of time you cook will depend on how you like your roast cooked and how big your roast is. We are helping you out by telling you exactly how long to cook prime rib whether you like rare or medium well.

Cooking Temperatures

Here are the approximate time and temperatures needed based on how you like your prime rib cooked.

  • 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).
  • 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).

Keep this in mind! The beef will continue to cook after it is removed from the oven. My rule of thumb, is that once the meat thermometer reads about 5-10 degrees less than the desired temperature, I will remove it from the oven.

I like to use a digital meat thermometer. They are so much easier to read. You can get them inexpensively and they are nice to have in the kitchen when you cook meat. It also helps you to cook the perfect prime rib.

sliced prime rib on platter

How many people does Prime Rib serve?

A full Prime Rib is about 7 ribs. We usually plan on about 2 people per rib, so this size of prime rib will feed about 14-16 people.

That is still a lot of meat per person. So depending on your size and if that number includes kids, you could probably say about 3 people per rib.

Prime Rib is even great leftover if you and your guest do not eat it all. My family loves leftover prime rib.

plate of prime rib, green beans and mashed potatoes

What to serve with prime rib?

There are so many options to serve with prime rib. These are some of our favorites.

The best prime rib recipe

This Prime rib roast recipe is a must try. Put it on your menu plan and make it soon. I promise you will not regret it. Prime rib sounds fancy but it is so easy to make.

Your family can enjoy a really nice meal at home for a fraction of the cost of going out. We think it tastes better too.

Let us know once you try this. Leave a comment telling us how it turned out. I think you will really like it.

Just make sure to follow the step by step instructions and you can’t go wrong!

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How to make Prime Rib

5 from 6 votes
We have the absolute Best Prime rib recipe. Learn how to make prime rib that is tender and flavorful for restaurant quality prime rib.
Prep Time 1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 25 mins
Let Rest 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 832
Author Eating on a Dime

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.
  • Mix together the olive oil with the seasonings in a small bowl.
  • 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 1/2? thick slices. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 832kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 36g, Fat 75g, Saturated Fat 30g, Cholesterol 160mg, Sodium 506mg, Potassium 596mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 10IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 25mg, Iron 4mg

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