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Get ready to try the Best Prime Rib Recipe of your life! With just 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of simple prep, I’ll show you how to make a slow cooked prime rib in the oven that will be the perfect centerpiece for your holiday table. It’s easy enough for beginners, and so deliciously tender!

Sliced prime rib roast on a cutting board with herbs
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Best Recipe for Prime Rib

Cooking prime rib low and slow locks in all the juices for the best flavor and tenderness. You’ll notice there’s hardly any juice that drips from the roast when you perfectly cook it in the oven – that means all that juicy goodness stays in the beef!

This results in a prime rib roast that is more tender and juicy than any other method. After it’s done roasting, I sear it for a beautiful, crisp brown crust.

This recipe was so easy to make and was the best prime rib I have ever tasted thanks for the inspiration!

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What is slow-cooked prime rib?

Slow-cooked prime rib is a prime rib that has been cooked slowly and at a low temperature in the oven to maximize tenderness and lock in the flavor from the juices of the roast. The ideal oven temperature for slow-cooked prime rib is 200°F (or 93°C) at approximately 40 minutes per pound.

Roast Prime Rib Recipe Ingredients

  • Bone-In Prime Rib Roast
  • Kosher salt or sea salt
  • Olive oil
  • Ground black pepper

If you’d like, you can also add fresh or dried herbs to the seasoning mix. I recommend thyme and rosemary. These pair best with prime rib.

Uncooked prime rib on a cutting board

How to Roast a Prime Rib

  1. Salt your roast all over the day before you plan on cooking it and refrigerate it overnight, uncovered.
    Raw prime rib roast on a rack
  2. When ready to roast, preheat your oven to 200°F and add your prime rib roast to the rack of a roasting pan. Season with pepper and olive oil.
    Prime rib seasoned on a roasting rack
  3. Place the roasting pan in the oven until the center of the roast reads 120°F for medium rare, about 4 hours depending on the size of your roast. Use a meat thermometer.
    Prime rib roast on a roasting rack ready to cook
  4. When ready, remove the roast from the oven and tent it with foil. Rest for 20 minutes and turn up the oven temperature to 500°F.
    Roasted prime rib on a roasting rack
  5. Remove the foil and place the roast back in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until browned and crisp. Remove to a cutting board and let it rest 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Very good. Followed exactly, was cooked perfectly and very tender.

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Best Prime Rib Recipe Tips

  • Salt your roast and keep it uncovered on the sheet pan with a rack in the refrigerator the night before roasting. Bring it to room temperature before adding it to the oven by allowing it to rest for 2 hours outside of the fridge, for best results.
  • Let your prime rib rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving to lock in the juices.
  • Always cut your roast against the grain.

Prime Rib Temps

When cooking prime rib, always use a meat thermometer to get an accurate read on the temperature of your roast. Follow our prime rib temperature chart for best results.

Beef Doneness Internal Temperature
Rare beef temp 125°F – bright red in the middle
Medium-rare roast 135°F – warm red in the middle with slight pink around the edges
Medium roast 145°F – warm pink throughout
Medium-well roast 150°F – slightly pink at the center
Well-done roast 160°F – little to no pink throughout
chart showing slices of beef with temperatures - 125 for rare, 135 for medium-rare, 145 for medium, 150 for medium-well, 160 for well-done

Best Prime Rib Recipe FAQs

What is the best pan to cook a prime rib in?

A roasting pan with a rack is the best pan for cooking prime rib. This allows air to circulate all around the prime rib roast, while the pan beneath collects the drippings.

How long can I keep a prime rib roast in the fridge before cooking?

A raw roast should be kept no more than 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator before roasting.

Should prime rib be at room temperature before cooking?

Bring your roast to room temperature before roasting by leaving it out for approximately 2 hours. Prime rib should be at room temperature before cooking as it will ensure an even temperature throughout the roast.

How Much Prime Rib Per Person

You will need ½ pound of prime rib per person when the roast is part of a holiday spread, or ¾ pound per person if serving it as the main course. Here is a quick reference guide for how much prime rib per person you will need according to your number of guests:

Number of Guests Prime Rib as Main Course (¾ lb. serving) Prime Rib as part of Holiday Spread
(½ lb. serving)
4 3-4 lbs. 2 lbs.
5 4-5 lbs. 2.5 lbs.
6 5-6 lbs. 3 lbs.
7 6-7 lbs. 3.5 lbs.
8 7-8 lbs. 4 lbs.
9 8-9 lbs. 4.5 lbs.
10 9-10 lbs. 5 lbs.
11 10-11 lbs. 5.5 lbs.
12 11-12 lbs. 6 lbs.
13 12-13 lbs. 6.5 lbs.
14 13-14 lbs. 7 lbs.

Prime Rib Seasoning

Season prime rib roast with simple salt and pepper, plus olive oil. You do not need more than that to make the best prime rib recipe. If you want to elevate the flavor, try my simple prime rib seasoning.

How far ahead of time do I need to season prime rib?

Salt your roast all over with kosher salt or sea salt the day before you plan on cooking it, and refrigerate it overnight, uncovered. For best results, do not salt it more than 1 day ahead of time, and only add the pepper when ready to roast.

Au Jus for Prime Rib

You can easily make au jus with drippings to use. Follow these instructions to make your own au jus: Au Jus Sauce. Try any of my Sauces for Beef Tenderloin with this recipe, too!

Easy Prime Rib Recipes

Wondering what to do with leftover prime rib? Use it in this delicious Leftover Prime Rib Pasta! Check out all my favorite ways to use Prime Rib Leftovers.

Try more of the best beef cuts according to your needs and budget by following my guide on the Best Cuts of Beef and our Popular Beef Dishes!

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Learn how to make the Best Prime Rib Recipe in the oven! My slow roasted prime rib is flavorful, show-stopping, and easy for beginners.

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time4 hours

Resting Time15 minutes

Total Time4 hours 25 minutes

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: best prime rib recipe, prime rib recipes, slow cook prime rib, slow cooked prime rib

Servings: 10

Calories: 1085kcal

See our Beef Temperature Chart for helpful tips on cooking any cut of beef!

Notes

  • Always use a meat thermometer to get an accurate read on the temperature of your roast. Follow our beef temperature guide for best results.
  • Salt your roast and keep it uncovered on the sheet pan with a rack in the refrigerator the night before roasting. Bring it to room temperature before adding it to the oven by allowing it to rest 2 hours outside of the fridge, for best results.
  • Let your prime rib rest 15 to 20 minutes before carving to lock in the juices.

Nutrition

Calories: 1085kcal | Protein: 49g | Fat: 96g | Saturated Fat: 40g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 806mg | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 5.2mg

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