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The Best Prime Rib Recipe

The best prime rib recipe is juicy, flavorful, and so easy to make. Get a perfect prime rib roast every time with this method!

I have been hoarding the prime rib in our freezer from our steer for months so I could share it just in time for the holidays! I love keeping holiday recipes simple {but packed with flavor and delicious} because while a great meal is awesome, the holiday’s are about family and spending time with them!

This prime rib roast recipe fits that bill perfectly. Prep time is minimal and the oven does the rest. It truly is an easy prime rib recipe. 

Slicing perfect prime rib recipe.

The magic is in the prep and the resting steps, so first, let’s walk through the seasoning. This is where most prime rib recipes go wrong, the seasoning just isn’t enough. And, while an extremely tender cut of beef is always good, it’s even better when seasoned to perfection. 

Spreading butter on the outside of a prime rib for the best prime rib ever.

Prime Rib Seasoning

  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh parsley
  • Freshly cracked peppercorns
  • Quality salt
  • Quality butter

Are you sick of the word “fresh” yet?? Ha! But truly, it will make a difference in this recipe. Beef is a strong-flavored meat, which means it can stand up to a substantial amount of flavor.

Seasoning the outside of the perfect prime rib roast.

Remember that in this prime rib recipe, you are only seasoning the outside of the meat and since there is a relatively short cooking time {compared to other slow cooked roast recipes} you need to pack on the flavor for it to carry through the whole prime rib roast. 

Once you have the prime rib seasoned to perfection, you are ready to roast. You’ll notice that this recipe has two different cooking temperatures. The first part of the cooking time is getting that nice crust set on the outside of the roast.

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The second part of the cooking time is slowly finishing off the cooking process. This slower cook time really gives that fat on the prime rib time to render and seep into the meat, which adds a massive amount of flavor. Fat = flavor!

Checking the temperature of the best prime rib recipe.

The exact amount of time you cook the roast for will be determined by how well-done you want your prime rib. I highly recommend you do not cook it above medium!! Pretty please trust me on this. How do you know when it’s cooked to the right temperature? Use a great meat thermometer like the Thermoworks Thermapen. These are my favorite! You can see more options in the recommended products box below. 

Pinky promise and cross my heart that it will change your life if you cook it to medium rare, medium at the most. Here is a handy list of meat cooking temperatures if you need a quick reference!

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Once you have your prime rib roast cooked about 5 degrees shy of the temperature you want it to finish at, take it out and let it rest. I repeat: LET IT REST. Resting meat really does make a difference! It will cook up to temperature as it rests and the juices will redistribute beautifully throughout the prime rib. 

And, resting time is perfect for holiday meals! It lets you get the meat out of the oven and finish last minute prep before calling everyone over to the table and cutting into that perfect prime rib. 

Cutting the strings off of the prime rib roast.

Prime rib will be tied together during the cooking process {it usually comes from the butcher this way} so just cut the strings and remove them before slicing. If you’d like thin slices, simply remove the bottom rack of bones. They typically slide right out from under the rest of the prime rib. 

That’s it! Everything you need to know to make the best prime rib ever for your holiday feast. While a prime rib roast is an investment, it’s well worth the cost! The meat is always tender and amazing, and now you have the tools you need to pull off the perfect prime rib. 

The Best Prime Rib Recipe

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The best prime rib recipe is juicy, flavorful, and so easy to make. Get a perfect prime rib roast every time with this method! Learn how to season prime rib and the right technique for roasting it in the oven so it turns out perfectly every single time. #primeribrecipe #primeribrecipeoven #ovenroastedprimerib #maindish #holidaymenu #holidaymeal
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The Best Prime Rib Recipe

The best prime rib recipe is juicy, flavorful, and so easy to make. Get a perfect prime rib roast every time with this method! Learn how to season prime rib and the right technique for roasting it in the oven so it turns out perfectly every single time. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword best prime rib recipe, easy prime rib recipe, perfect prime rib, prime rib seasoning
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6 People
Calories 81 kcal
Author Alli

Ingredients

  • 3-4 bone prime rib roast boned and tied
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/4 cup garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper freshly cracked
  • 2 teaspoons salt high quality
  • 2 tablespoons parsley fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme fresh, chopped
  • 3 cups water for roasting pan

Instructions

  1. Remove prime rib roast from refrigerator and let come to room temperature for about 20 minutes. Leave the roast tied together.

  2. Preheat oven to 450º F. 

  3. Spread butter over the entire prime rib roast. 

  4. Rub garlic, pepper, salt, and herbs over entire roast, pressing it into the butter. 

  5. Place prime rib roast in a rack set over a roasting pan. You can use 3 balls of foil to elevate the roast in the pan if you don't have a rack. 

  6. Pour 2 cups of the water in the bottom of the roasting pan, being careful not to pour any on the roast. This is just to keep the fats from burning in the bottom of the roasting pan and provide some moisture in the oven. 

  7. Roast at 450º for 20 minutes. 

  8. Reduce the oven temperature to 325º F and continue to roast until medium-rare (130-135ºF), about 1.5 hours. Check the water in the roasting pan and the temperature of the prime rib roast after about 1-hour,adding more water if necessary.

  9. Remove the prime rib roast from the oven and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving. 

  10. Cut and remove the strings and slice the prime rib, or remove the bottom bones (they will just slide off) if you want to serve thinner slices. 

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Nutrition Facts
The Best Prime Rib Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 850mg 35%
Potassium 46mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Vitamin A 8.2%
Vitamin C 6.8%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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The best prime rib recipe is juicy, flavorful, and so easy to make. Get a perfect prime rib roast every time with this method! Learn how to season prime rib and the right technique for roasting it in the oven so it turns out perfectly every single time. #primeribrecipe #primeribrecipeoven #ovenroastedprimerib #maindish #holidaymenu #holidaymeal

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    Alli
    December 3, 2018 at 11:06 PM

    Amazing flavor and easy prep!

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