We Love This Prime Rib

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 1h 15m
Ready In

"This is one of our favorite prime rib recipes. Love this during winter and makes for a fantastic Holiday dinner served along with popovers, baked, or mashed potatoes, a yummy plate of veggies, and a glass of wine. I'm getting hungry already!"

Original is 8-10 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (405.9 g)
  • Calories 997.6
  • Total Fat - 76 g
  • Saturated Fat - 30.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 249.3 mg
  • Sodium - 1143 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 2.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.7 g
  • Sugars - 0.1 g
  • Protein - 71.4 g
  • Calcium - 47.4 mg
  • Iron - 9.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a small bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients (Dijon mustard - black pepper). Smear this mixture evenly all over the prime rib. Place in a bowl or tray and cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight.

Step 2

Once it has marinated, remove from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.

Step 4

Place the roast on a roasting pan, either on a rack or not. You can also make your own natural rack by placing whole celery, carrots, halved onions if you want the additional flavor to your gravy. Insert a meat thermometer into the roast, making sure it reaches the middle-center of the roast. This is super important and well worth the investment. I would never go without it.

Step 5

Place roast into the 450-degree F oven and roast 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 200-degrees and roast 25 minutes per pound for rare, 30 minutes per pound for medium-rare, and 35 minutes per pound for medium to the desired temperature in the center of the roast according to the following reading per thermometer reading: 125-degrees-F (rare), 130-degrees-F (medium-rare), 135-degrees-F (medium). Forget about cooking it to a higher temperature to making it well-done, because it will defeat the purpose of a tender prime rib.

Step 6

Make sure that the bottom of the roasting pan is not drying out especially if you are planning on making Au Jus Gravy. Add a bit of beef stock to the bottom of the pan which will intermingle with the drippings to result in a gravy. Be though careful to not add way too much so as not to result in a “wet” prime rib because you want some toasty edges.

Step 7

Remove roast from the oven and carefully place it on a platter or roast cutting board. Tent it loosely with foil. Allow it to rest 15-30 minutes.

Step 8

If making au jus, place the roasting pan on the stove burners over medium-high heat. Add 2 1/2 - 3 cups beef stock (refer to Note). If you used a natural rack of vegetables, swirl the stock around with veggies to exude and release flavors, scraping up any and all brown bits. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper, if necessary. Remove veggies (if used). Strain the sauce through a sieve to remove the solids before serving. De-grease, if necessary.

NOTE I: I like to use beef bouillion rather than canned here because I find it has more flavor than the canned and not as washed out., but it's all up to you.

NOTE II: I have also used prepared Au Jus packet (such as Knorr brand which is pretty good), following package directions of which the drippings are added to the prepared Au Jus. Also, a combination of the beef broth noted above and prepared Au Jus is also pretty good.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews

Get In My Belly!

Something different for us for Easter and I pat myself on the back for copying this roast recipe! It came out of the oven and I let it rest for about 30 minutes tented in aluminum foil. The roast was very juicy and tender and the flavor was fantasic! My family couldn't get enough at serving time!


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(6 Apr 2021)

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