The Ultimate Prime Rib Recipe

Prime rib is the crown jewel of beef roasts, a cut that’s synonymous with celebration and indulgence. Cooking the perfect prime rib may seem like a daunting task, but with the right technique, it’s well within your reach. This ultimate prime rib recipe will guide you through the steps to create a show-stopping roast that’s juicy, tender, and packed with flavor. Whether you’re planning a special occasion or simply want to treat yourself to a sumptuous meal, this recipe will help you achieve prime rib perfection.


For the Prime Rib:

  • 1 bone-in prime rib roast (choose your preferred size, typically 4-7 pounds)
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil

For the Au Jus:

  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


Step 1: Prepare the Prime Rib

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Using a sharp knife, make small slits all over the prime rib roast. Insert slices of garlic and small sprigs of rosemary into the slits.
  3. Rub the roast with a generous amount of olive oil, ensuring it’s well coated.
  4. Season the roast with salt and black pepper. Make sure to season all sides evenly.

Step 2: Sear the Prime Rib

  1. Place the roast on a rack in a roasting pan, bone side down.
  2. Put the roast in the preheated oven and roast for 15-20 minutes at 450°F (230°C) to get a good sear on the outside. This initial high-heat sear will help lock in the juices.

Step 3: Roast the Prime Rib

  1. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F (160°C) after the initial searing.
  2. Continue roasting the prime rib, allowing approximately 13-15 minutes per pound for medium-rare doneness. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your roast reaches an internal temperature of around 130-135°F (54-57°C) for medium-rare. Adjust the cooking time if you prefer a different level of doneness.

Step 4: Rest the Prime Rib

  1. Once the roast reaches your desired level of doneness, remove it from the oven.
  2. Tent the roast loosely with aluminum foil and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and juicy roast.

Step 5: Prepare the Au Jus

  1. While the prime rib is resting, prepare the au jus. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until they become tender and fragrant.
  3. Stir in the flour to create a roux. Cook for a few minutes until it’s lightly browned.
  4. Gradually add the beef broth and red wine (if using), stirring constantly to avoid lumps.
  5. Simmer the mixture until it thickens to your desired consistency. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Step 6: Slice and Serve

  1. Slice the prime rib and serve it with the au jus on the side.


This ultimate prime rib recipe is your ticket to a show-stopping, restaurant-quality roast in the comfort of your own home. By following these steps, you’ll create a prime rib that’s juicy, tender, and full of flavor, perfect for special occasions or whenever you crave a truly indulgent meal. So, preheat your oven, gather your ingredients, and get ready to savor the ultimate prime rib experience.

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