Impress your guests and get ready for prime rib perfection! Prime rib is perfect for a holiday dinner or special occasion, but when you spend that kind of money on a good piece of beef, you want it to be perfect and full of flavor. For Perfect Prime Rib, my foolproof method is fast and easy, and you’ll get tender, juicy beef with a flavorful crust cooked to a perfect medium rare - even a first-time cook is promised mouthwatering results! This closed-oven method “sears” the roast at a high heat of 500 degrees, helping it develop a heavenly herb butter crust, then cooks for two hours using the residual heat from the oven until it reaches a perfect medium rare. Served with warm au jus, each bite is juicy, tender and amazing!
WHAT IS THE SECRET TO PERFECT PRIME RIB?
IN SEARCH OF PRIME RIB PERFECTION: Imagine sinking your teeth into a tender, perfectly cooked prime rib that melts in your mouth. The key to achieving this level of culinary bliss lies in selecting the right cut of meat. Opt for a well-marbled, USDA Prime grade prime rib, which boasts excellent flavor and tenderness.
SIZZLING SEASONINGS: While a classic blend of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper works wonders, even a few flavorful seasonings will really kick up the flavor. Try adding minced garlic and a touch of your favorite savory herbs to create a tantalizing crust. The possibilities are endless, and your taste buds are in for a treat!
SEAL & SIZZLE TECHNIQUE: Start by searing the meat at a high temperature to lock in those delicious juices. Preheat your oven to 500°F and sear the prime rib for exactly 5 minutes per pound. This will create a beautiful caramelized exterior that adds both texture and flavor to your masterpiece.
CLOSED OVEN SECRET: After the initial roasting time, turn your oven off and don't peak for two hours!
TEMPERATURE TANGO: Achieving prime rib perfection requires a delicate dance with the internal temperature. Invest in a reliable digital meat thermometer and monitor the temperature throughout the cooking process. For a tender, juicy result, prime rib is best served rare to medium rare, but if you prefer otherwise:
REST AND REVEL: As the enticing aroma fills your kitchen, resist the temptation to dig in immediately! Allow your prime rib to rest covered for 30 minutes after removing it from the oven. This crucial step lets the juices settle and ensures a tender, flavorful result. Use this time to create a flavorful Au Jus for serving!
RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS FOR PERFECT PRIME RIB:
5 lb prime rib
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1 Tablespoon herbes de Provence
2 teaspoons dried rosemary (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
½ cup beef roasting pan drippings
2 cups beef broth
Salt & pepper to taste
HOW I MAKE THIS:
RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS FOR PERFECT PRIME RIB:
Original recipe created December 2015; revised and reposted January 2023.
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