This prime rib recipe is a family favorite and always a holiday hit on the FlavCity YouTube channel. It’s perfect for feeding 10-12 people and could not be any easier to make. You just need to follow a couple techniques and you will roast the best prime rib roast ever. If you need some side dishes for your holiday table, try my ultimate creamy mashed potatoes and my skillet cornbread.
How To Cook Prime Rib
The first thing you need to do is buy a 8-10 pound high quality prime rib roast from the store. You can buy boneless or bone-on, but keep in mind boneless is a bit easier to make.
Here are three steps for making the perfect prime rib recipe at home:
- Season the prime rib with salt, pepper, and herbs and allow it to sit uncovered in the fridge over night. This will help the meat marinate and the salt will bring some moisture to the surface and get infused with the herbs. When it is time to cook the prime rib, make sure to let it sit at room temperature for 1.5-2 hours. If you put a cold prime rib in the oven, it will cook unevenly and be tough. It is completely safe to allow the meat to sit out that long.
- Once the prime rib goes into a 325 degree F oven, insert a digital probe thermometer into the deepest part of the meat and keep it in there while the prime rib cooks. This will allow you to monitor and pull the prime rib from the oven when it hits 120 degrees F for medium-rare. Otherwise it is too hard to know when the meat is done and you will most likely overcook it.
- Once the prime rib comes out of the oven, loosely cover it with tin foil and allow it to rest for 35-45 minutes. If you cut into the meat too soon, the juices will run out and the prime rib will get dry.
How To Make Herb Butter
While the prime rib is cooking in the oven, make the herb butter by combining 1 stick of room temperature butter with fresh or prepared horseradish, grated garlic, lemon zest, and herbs. This can be made ahead of time and once the prime rib is sliced, dollop some of the butter on top and enjoy!
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6 thoughts on “Herb Crusted Prime Rib Recipe”
Outstanding! Great way of presenting the Recipe. Very appetizing, you made it look very easy to do thanks! Rick
Thank you, Rick! Glad you enjoyed!
Great tips! Letting the meat come to room temperature by sitting for 2 hours is so important as well as those seasonings. I would add that if you don’t have fresh, use dried, especially thyme. Thyme makes a huge difference in meat flavor. I’ve heard that fresh horseradish, when grated, gives off powerful fumes, but it’s worth it for the intense flavor it brings. Can’t wait to try this. Website is very well done, thanks for all the information!
Hey Celeste, glad to hear it! Yes, horseradish has a powerful flavor so you don’t need that much of it.
What if my roast is 4.5 lbs — how long to cook?
Generally it requires 20 minutes per pound, but a probe thermometer is a MUST to make sure you nail the temperature.