This Prime Rib Roast recipe lets the flavor of high-quality beef shine through for an impressive main dish. You only need a few ingredients to cook this standing rib roast in the oven, and it will come out so tender and flavorful. Serve it for any holiday or special occasion and impress your dinner guests!
What’s in this Standing Rib Roast Recipe
- Prime Rib Roast: When selecting a roast, plan for 1 rib for very 2 people, or a little under 1 pound per person. For the best quality, make sure there is plenty of visible marbling (aka fat)–you want the extra flavor and juiciness it adds.
- Seasonings: You’ll need salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and smoky paprika to season the prime rib.
- Serving Sauce: The brandy sauce in the recipe card is my favorite to serve with this roast, but you can use something else. Horseradish, au jus, Bearnaise, mustard cream sauce, or a creamy mushroom sauce are all good options.
When making a recipe like this and you really want to wow, I recommend heading to your local butcher instead of making the typical grocery store run. They’ll have high-grade cuts and can help you select the best option for your meal.
Prime Rib Temperature Chart
Check the chart below to find out what the internal temperature will be for each level of doneness. I recommend cooking your rib roast to medium-rare for juicy, tender, delicate flavor!
- Rare: 125°F
- Medium Rare: 130°F
- Medium: 135°F
- Well Done: 140F
Note, you should pull the roast out of the oven about 5 degrees before the desired temperature because it will continue to rise as it rests.
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Let it cook in the oven uncovered. You will cover it loosely while it rests, but not while it is cooking.
Yes, these are the same cut of meat, so the terms will be used interchangeably.
Yes, or close to it. Remove the roast from the fridge and let it sit out at room temperature for an hour before putting it in the oven.
Check the internal temperature chart above. You’ll want to pull the roast from the oven about 4-8 degrees before it hits your desired temp because it will continue to rise while it rests.
Yes! It it one of the most tender cuts of beef.
Once in the oven, it will take about 3-4 hours to cook, depending on whether you prefer rare, medium rare, or well done beef.
Yes! Ideally, you’ll salt up to 48 hours before cooking, but I recommend doing it at least overnight (8 hours). This gives salt time to penetrate the surface of the meat, which will make it much more flavorful.
This 7 pound rib roast will serve up 8-10 people.
How to Store Leftovers
Let prime rib cool before storing. I recommend only cutting slices as you serve, so you should have most of your roast intact when it comes time to store leftovers. Fully wrap it in plastic wrap, then store in the fridge up to 5 days.
Cut and reheat slices in the oven as you need them. The beef makes for great sandwiches if you aren’t planning for another formal dinner in the following days.
Can you Freeze Prime Rib?
Yes! Tightly wrap it in plastic wrap, then wrap in aluminum foil for an extra layer of protection. If it’s already cut into slices, place them in a freezer-safe bag to store. Otherwise, place the wrapped roast in the freezer as is.
Freeze it up to 3 months, then defrost in the fridge before heating and serving.
What to Serve with Prime Rib Roast
With this roast at the center of the table, you can’t go wrong no matter what sides you choose. I love to serve it with Instant Pot scalloped potatoes or parmesan creamed potatoes and plenty of veggies. I like it with these creamy green beans or Air Fryer roasted vegetables. It will also taste great with these creamy garlic mushrooms, and you can round out the meal with homemade dinner rolls.
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