Insanely Delicious Prime Rib Recipe

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Garlic butter herb prime rib is melt in your mouth tender, cooked to medium-rare perfection, and marbled with fat. The seared garlic butter herb crust is incredible!

Impress your family with this beautiful cut of meat! When making this prime rib add Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, and Rolls for a complete meal.

A slice of prime rib served with sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, and broccolini.

The Best Prime Rib

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a prime rib roast. Well, I am here to bring you the best prime rib recipe with a few tips and tricks for cooking the perfect tender and juicy meat every single time. You are going to bring your A-game to Christmas dinner with a flavorful and bold beef rib roast that is actually really simple to make! Cook up some grilled asparagus or some Brussels sprouts. They will go so well with this!

With these easy-to-follow steps, you will have a perfect Christmas dinner that will be loved by all. Prime rib is top-of-the-line meat that tastes just as AMAZING as it looks. The marbled cut and beautiful bone structure are just what you need to have this slice of heaven on your plate. Cooking this beef does not have to take long. It is best to have a crispy outside and a tender, juicy inside. With this garlic butter herb prime rib recipe you will have the PERFECT decadent holiday dinner!

Herb Garlic Butter Prime Rib Ingredients

I always buy my roast with the bone. The butcher at our local grocery store cuts the bone but leaves it partially attached and ties it onto the roast. This makes it easier to carve the meat and the bone creates a rack for the meat to cook on. See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Prime Rib: I like to get a cut that is bone-in and tied.
  • Butter: Make sure that the butter is softened so that it will blend well with the herbs and seasonings.
  • Garlic Cloves: If you don’t have any fresh garlic cloves on hand then you can use minced garlic! ½ teaspoon equals about 1 clove.
  • Thyme, Oregano and Fresh Rosemary: I like to use freshly chopped herbs to make the flavor taste top notch!
  • Salt and Pepper: Use these to taste!

How to Cook Prime Rib

Preparing steakhouse-worthy prime rib isn’t as tricky as it seems. Enjoy this decadent recipe this holiday season with friends and family!

  1. Prepare the Meat: Remove the meat from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before to bring it to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix Together Garlic Butter Herb Sauce : In a small bowl mix butter, garlic, thyme, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper. Then, rub all of the butter on the outside of your prime rib and place in a roasting pan or large skillet with the fat side up.
  3. Cook Prime Rib: Cook for 15 minutes and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees. It is about 15 minutes per pound of meat. Bake until it reaches an internal temperature of 110 degrees.
  4. Let the Meat Rest: Remove from oven and let it rest with foil for at least 20 minutes. The temperature will rise to 130 degrees for a medium rare prime rib.
4 pictures showing how to prepare raw meat.

What Cut Of Meat Is Best?

A prime rib roast (or a standing roast) is cut from the back of the upper rib section of the steer. It usually is a total of 7 ribs. To make this slow-roasted prime rib then you will need a 3 bone rib roast. This is cut from either the chuck or the loin end of the rib sections. Here are some tips on how to choose the best meat!

  • Bone IN: You will want a bone in prime rib. On average a 2 to 6 pound prime rib has 2 to 3 bones.
  • Tied: When ordering from a butcher, ask to keep the strings on it if possible. This will ensure cooking it evenly and keeps its form while cooking.
  • Deckle: If possible, ask to have the largest deckle. The deckle is tender and the most flavorful piece of meat.
A cooked prime rib garnished with herbs.

Cooking Information Per Pound

The bones create a natural roasting rack for the meat. Cook the prime rib at a higher temperature of 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 325 degrees and continue to cook until the thermometer reads 110 degrees. About 15 minutes of cooking time per pound.

Prime rib cut open to reveal a medium rare center.

Cooking Tips

Melt-in-your-mouth garlic herb prime rib is just what you need to celebrate the holidays this year! These quick and simple tips will help cook it to perfection!

  • Use a Thermometer: Using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat is the best way to ensure a perfect prime rib every time.
  • Take it Out of the Fridge: Take your prime rib out of the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to let it rest before cooking. This will ensure an even cook time.
  • Keep the Bone In: You can remove the bones before cooking, but it is unnecessary. The bone in adds to the flavor and helps keep the prime rib tender and juicy.
  • Let it Rest! Remove your prime rib from the oven when it is about 5 degrees lower than the temperature you want. Cover your meat and let it rest. It will slowly cook as it is resting.
Rib meat cut into slices.

Cooking Temperatures

Prime rib can be a little intimidating to make because you are trying to achieve the perfect medium-rare temperature. The closed oven method is where you roast the meat at 500 degrees for 5 minutes per pound. Then, you leave the oven closed for 2 hours and it slowly cooks. If using this method then I highly recommend putting a thermometer inside of the meat so that you can check on it without opening the oven while it cooks.

  • Rare: 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium-Rare: 130 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium: 135 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium-Well: 145 to 155 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Well-Done: 155 degrees Fahrenheit
Top-down view of sliced prime rib in a skillet.

Storing Prime Rib

Having leftover meat is just another way to enjoy it a little longer! You still have all the tender, juicy flavors infused into the prime rib. Enjoy another slice of heaven a second time around with these storing ideas.

  • How Long Does Prime Rib Last in the Refrigerator? It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.
  • Can You freeze Prime Rib? Yes! Let it rest until completely cooled. Once it’s cooled then place in an ziplock freezer bag, letting all the air out. Lay flat in the freezer for 1 month. When ready to warm it up to eat it then place in the refrigerator overnight until thawed.
  • Reheating: If it’s been frozen, let it thaw completely. Place in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until it has reached the desired internal temperature. Enjoy!

A Reader’s Review

This was absolutely amazing! The flavor was phenomenal. I like my meat well done and it was still super tender.
Patricia

Garlic Butter Herb Prime Rib Recipe

4.80 from 142 votes
Garlic butter herb prime rib is melt in your mouth tender, cooked to medium-rare perfection, and marbled with fat. The seared garlic butter herb crust is incredible!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2-6 pounds bone prime rib boned and tied
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon thyme finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Remove the prime rib from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before to bring it to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • In a small bowl mix butter, garlic, thyme, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub all of the butter on the outside of your prime rib and place in a roasting pan or large skillet with the fat side up.
  • Cook for 15 minutes and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees. It is about 15 minutes per pound of meat. Bake until it reaches an internal temperature of 110 degrees.
  • Remove from oven and let it rest with foil for at least 20 minutes. The temperature will rise to 130 degrees for a medium rare prime rib.

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Notes

Updated on December 9, 2022
Originally Posted on November 17, 2017

Nutrition

Serves: 8

Calories548kcal (27%)Carbohydrates2g (1%)Protein16g (32%)Fat53g (82%)Saturated Fat27g (135%)Cholesterol130mg (43%)Sodium1126mg (47%)Potassium278mg (8%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A769IU (15%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium36mg (4%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword prime rib, prime rib recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. Because prime rib is so delicate, I highly recommend putting a thermometer inside of the meat so that you can check on it without opening the oven while it cooks. To achieve medium well, your prime ribs needs to be at 145-155 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need to watch the thermometer closely so that you don’t overcook it.

  1. LOVE this recipe…having been using it for the last 5 years! One question: I see all of the nutrition information listed “per serving” but can’t find a “serving size”. Can you please share serving size in ounces?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve used this recipe the past two Christmases and my family is begging for it again! This recipe is fantastic and I will be using it for years to come.

  3. Hi Alyssa, Is this recipe for 2 Prime Ribs that are 6 lbs.? Here is the 1st ingredient as it is listed: 2-6 pounds bone prime rib boned and tied. Can you help me? Thank you so much.

  4. How would this rub work for a cast iron cooked Prime Rib steak?? basically, seared in the pan, and placed in the oven for a few mins to finish cooking.

  5. 5 stars
    I have used this recipe several times. It turns out perfect everytime. Will be using it again on Easter.

  6. Looks so tasty.
    I plan to try this next weekend as family members will be attending.
    My Question: Do you cook the roast in a pan covered or uncovered?
    Love your recipes. They never fail.

  7. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe, a little concerned because every no other recipe I have ever used included Oregano. But it turned out amazing! i served 20 people and eveyone said it was the best prime rib they had ever had. My only suggestion is i was serving a 13 pound prime rib and so I doubled the sprices, I would not double the spices maybe 1 1/2 as the seasoning was a little heavy on the top. I followed the cooking directions and the middle was medium rare then we had medium and medium well when cutting! Just perfect

  8. 5 stars
    Best Prime Rib you’ll ever eat.
    I used a Prime Cut (18 lb) and made homemade horseradish sauce
    (Prime rib cost 400 dollars so didn’t want to skimp on the the sauce!
    (Even grated the horseradish from root)

    You will not be disappointed !!

  9. Love this recipe Herb Garlic Butter Prime Rib!!!
    Have made it “deliciously” several years.
    However, we haven’t done well making gravy from it for the mashed potatoes.
    Any recommendations?

    1. JUST LIKE YOU MAKE REGULAR GRAVY, INSTEAD OF WATER USE BEEF BROTH
      OR BONE BROTH OR BROWN GRAVY
      ALSO CHECK OUT YOUTUBE WHERE THE CHEFS GIVE TIPS AND WATCH THE VIDEOS 2-19-22 FOR INSTRUCTIONS

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe was PERFECT. My dad, who is typically and medium well guy ate this at the medium rare it cooked at. The garlic herb butter made me house smell delicious! Look forward to making this every Christmas!

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