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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!
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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.
How to Roast a Prime Rib
- Salt your roast all over the day before you plan on cooking it and refrigerate it overnight, uncovered.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Rare beef temp
|125°F – bright red in the middle
|135°F – warm red in the middle with slight pink around the edges
|145°F – warm pink throughout
|150°F – slightly pink at the center
|160°F – little to no pink throughout
Best Prime Rib Recipe FAQs
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.
A raw roast should be kept no more than 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator before roasting.
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)
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.
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Best Prime Rib Recipe Ever
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.
See our Beef Temperature Chart for helpful tips on cooking any cut of beef!
- 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.
Calories: 1085kcal | Protein: 49g | Fat: 96g | Saturated Fat: 40g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 806mg | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 5.2mg