Prime Rib Roast
If you’re planning to serve a special dinner and have invested in expensive pieces of meat, you really need to get it right! Try our prime rib roast recipe, it’s juicy, tender and cooked to perfection.
It’s easy to succeed with this recipe, but you’re gonna have to be patient. The secret to gourmet-quality prime rib is roasting the meat slowly until it reaches the right temperature. Once you’ve achieved the perfect temperature, you’ll blast it with high heat for a short period of time to get the crispy outer crust that everyone loves. The result is big flavor on the outside with buttery, moist meat on the inside.
If you’re really looking to make a statement with your main course, it’s worth it to invest in a roasting rack. A good quality, non-stick rack will cost around $20, but you can certainly find a decent one for less.
We know that a fancy dinner requires a lot of work, so plan your day accordingly. You can’t rush a roast! You’ll only need about 30 minutes to prep the meat, but you need to plan on 3−5 hours to cook the roast depending on its size.
We can’t wait for you to taste the crispy, salty exterior of this roast—with an interior that’s moist, buttery and produces plenty of au jus. Join the conversation and tell us how your roast turned out on Twitter using #Everyday_Dishes. Go big!
Prime Rib Roast Recipe
- 1 standing rib roast, 6−10 lbs, prime rib
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 Tbsp rosemary, dried or fresh, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
- 2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 cups dry red wine, (if you prefer replace wine with equal amount of beef broth)
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 - 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 handful fresh parsley, stems
- 4 cups low-sodium beef stock, or low-sodium chicken stock
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into chunks
- Adjust oven rack to lower position and preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Pat the rib roast dry with paper towels and season it liberally on all sides with salt, pepper and rosemary.
- Add all of the chopped vegetables into a large roasting pan. Pour in the wine and broth as well as the herbs to the roasting pan. Submerge the herbs in the liquid so they don’t scorch. Place a roasting rack inside the pan so that it sits firmly on the bottom of the pan. Place the seasoned roast on the rack with fat cap facing up.
- Move the roasting pan to the oven and bake until center of roast registers 120 degrees (for medium rare) on an instant-read thermometer. This should take anywhere between 3 and 4 hours. For medium to medium-well, you can remove the roast from the oven when the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees. We really do not recommend cooking the roast much beyond this point, as it will become quite dry, but cook the roast to your family’s liking. When the roast has reached the perfect internal temperature, remove it from the oven, transfer it to a large plate and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Place it in a warm spot and allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes.
- When you are about 20 minutes away from serving the prime rib, increase the oven temperature to 500 degrees (even higher if your oven is capable). Remove vegetables from the roasting pan and discard them. (Although, we really love mushy, salty carrots. If you do too, remove them to a serving bowl or start snacking!) Pour the juices from the roasting pan through a fine mesh strainer into a saucepan. Use a ladle to skim excess fat off of the top of the liquid. Bring the roasting liquid to a boil over high heat and immediately reduce the heat to low and simmer for an additional 2 minutes. Season the au jus to taste with salt and pepper if needed. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the chunks of butter one at a time until it is all incorporated. Keep the au jus in a warm spot, but do not bring to a boil again or the butter will separate and become oily.
- Return the roasting rack to the empty pan. Remove the foil from the prime rib and place the roast back into the rack, once again with the fat cap on top. Place the roast back into the scorching hot oven and cook until the exterior is crispy and very brown, about 10 minutes. Remove the prime rib from the oven and allow it to rest 5 minutes.
- Carve the prime rib into thick slices and serve immediately with plenty of that wonderful au jus that you made. Enjoy!