Prime Rib

Roasted prime rib cooked to medium rare with a warm, pink center

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, it’s time to focus on another holiday meal favorite: prime rib. Prime rib, which is sometimes referred to as a standing rib roast, is definitely the type of meal that’s worthy of being served at a celebration. Considering the final product, prime rib is also pretty simple to pull off. Get ready as I walk you through the steps that will impress your guests.

Prep ahead

There are a couple of things to do ahead of cooking the prime rib that will make your life much easier. The first thing is to let your roast sit at room temperature for about 1-2 hours before you’re going to cook it. The meat will cook much more evenly this way as opposed to putting a cold roast straight in the oven. The next thing that you’ll want to get ahead of can be done while the meat is sitting at room temperature: making the herb butter. You’ll need the following for the herb butter:

  • Softened butter (you can leave the butter out of the fridge for 30 minutes to soften)
  • Garlic
  • Fennel
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper

You can also cater this herb butter to what you prefer. If there’s an herb that you don’t like, then don’t use it. If there is another herb that you really like, go ahead and add it. Be creative – it’s going to come out delicious. Mix all the herbs, seasonings, and softened butter together and then cover the entire prime rib roast with it. This herb butter will give the roast great flavor, a nice crust, and play a big part in the sauce we’re going to make.

Prime rib roast that's completely covered with herb butter and ready for the oven.
Prime rib that’s covered with the herb butter

Time to roast

When it’s time to roast, you’re going to preheat the oven to 500ºF. While the oven is warming, put your prime rib in a roasting pan (with a rack for the meat to sit on) and add bone broth and red wine to the bottom of the pan. This liquid will prevent the melting herb butter (dripping off of the roast) from smoking while also being the base for our sauce. Add the prime rib to the oven and bake at 500ºF for 5 minutes per pound. Example: if your prime rib weighs 5 lbs, you’re going to cook it for 25 minutes. Once that time is up, shut the oven off and leave the roast in there for 2 hours – DO NOT open the oven door during this time. The initial cook at 500ºF will build the roast’s crust while the 2 hours with the oven off will finish the internal cooking. After the 2 hours, your roast should be around 125ºF-130ºF for medium rare.

Perfectly roasted prime rib with a beautiful crust
Perfectly roasted prime rib right out of the oven

The sauce

Once the prime rib is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes. While it’s resting, take the liquid from the bottom of the pan and add it to a pot, straining out any herbs. Warm the sauce on medium heat and slowly whisk in 2-3 tablespoons of flour. This will thicken the sauce up. Once that’s done, carve the prime rib into serving slices, and serve with your favorite sides.

Carved prime rib that is a perfect medium rare. Served with the sauce over it and along side asparagus and mashed potatoes.
One of the best holiday plates

‘Tis the season

How can you not love these holiday meals? Not only are they delicious, but for anyone that likes to cook, they are a lot of fun to make! If you’ve never made prime rib before, I highly encourage you to give it a shot this Christmas, New Years, or whichever holiday that you celebrate. By following the steps in this recipe, you can create an holiday dish for the entire family to enjoy. Give it a shot, and let me know what you think in the comments.

Roasted prime rib cooked to medium rare with a warm, pink center

Prime Rib

Is there a better holiday meal than a prime rib? Sometimes referred to as a standing rib roast, this festive dish is the perfect meal to serve on Christmas, New Years, or whichever holiday that you celebrate. Covered with an herb butter before being roasted at a high temperature to build a fantastic crust, the prime rib is finished in a completely turned off oven where the residual heat finishes the internal cooking. The buttery red wine pan sauce that's served with it is the perfect accompaniment to this savory dish. Cooked to a delicious medium-rare, the pink and warm center is always a show stopper when slicing in front of your guests.
Servings 5 People


Prime Rib

  • 5 lb Standing rib roast

Herb Butter

  • 2 sticks Butter softened
  • 8 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 2 tsp Fennel seed ground
  • 2 tbsp Rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper


  • 2 cups Red wine
  • 2 cups Bone broth
  • 2-3 tbsp Flour


  • Allow the roast to sit at room temperature 1-2 hours before cooking.
  • Allow the butter to soften at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Once softened, mix together with the garlic, fennel, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Cover the entire prime rib with the herb butter. Place the prime rib on a rack in a roasting pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 500ºF.
  • Pour the red wine and bone broth in the bottom of the roast pan (under the prime rib, which is on a rack).
  • Place the prime rib in the oven and roast at 500ºF for 5 minutes per pound. For example, if your prime rib is 5 lbs, cook it for 25 minutes.
  • Once that time is up, shut the oven off but leave the prime rib in for another 2 hours. DO NOT open the oven door during this time.
  • Once the 2 hours is up, the prime rib should have an internal temperature of around 125ºF-130ºF (medium-rare). Remove the roast from the oven and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • While the roast is resting, strain the liquid from the bottom of the pan into a pot. Heat the pot on the stove over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the flour until the sauce has thickened.
  • Once the roast has rested, carve into serving slices. Serve with the sides of your choice. Enjoy!
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