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Easy Prime Rib Recipe – Melt In Your Mouth Goodness

Prime Rib has always been a favorite ‘special occasion’ main dish for my husband. Every time we go out for dinner at a nice restaurant for our Anniversary or Valentine’s Day, he always orders the prime rib special.

And the look on his face when it is served at a Christmas party is always priceless. He is like a kid in a candy store.

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Perfectly cooked Prime Rib ready to be served for any special occasion.

However, since we are will not be attending any social gatherings this year I decided that I would surprise him and make Prime Rib for dinner at home.

The first decision I had to make was whether to buy a roast with the bones or without. Although bones in any type of roast give the meat additional flavor, I decided to purchase a boneless roast.

Because there is so much marbling inside this cut of meat, I knew the flavor would still be outstanding. Plus, it would be easier for me to slice it for a beautiful dinner presentation.

prime rib seasoning
When it comes to seasoning Prime Rib keep it very basic. Use a mixture of Montreal Steak Seasoning and ground black pepper.

The Keys to Perfect Prime Rib

It is extremely important when making prime rib to let the beef come to room temperature before cooking. This usually takes 3-4 hours after being removed from the refrigerator.

It is also important to wait to salt the meat until you are ready to put it in the oven. Salting it too early will draw out the moisture, drying out the meat.

butter seasoning
Mix the butter with the seasonings. It will be much easier if the butter is at room temperature.

Then when it comes to the cooking time, you will need to do a little math. Take the weight of the prime rib roast, round it up to a whole number and multiply it by 7.

For instance, if you have a roast that weights 4.76 pounds, you will cook it for 35 minutes. This amount of cook time is perfect to make your roast medium-rare.

However, if you would prefer to have your meat a little more done on the edges, and medium-rare in the middle, increase the cook time to 8-9 minutes per pound.

Finally, once you turn off the oven, DO NOT open the oven door for 2 hours. As much as you will want to check on the prime rib, keeping the heat inside the oven in crucial! Just one little peek will ruin it all.

buttered prime rib
Spread the butter all over the meat and set on a rack in a large roasting pan.

What to Serve With Prime Rib

perfectly cooked roast
The outer surface will form a nice, brown crust. And the interior will be perfectly cooked to medium-rare in the center.
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Restaurant Style Prime Rib Roast

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Melt in your mouth prime rib cooked in your own kitchen that tastes like it was made by an executive chef in a high quality restaurant.


  • Prime rib roast, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • kosher salt


  1. Bring rib roast to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 500° F
  3. In a small bowl combine butter, pepper, and Montreal Steak Seasoning and mix well.
  4. Spread butter mixture evenly over the entire roast.
  5. Season entire roast generously with kosher salt, doubling what you think is too much salt.
  6. Place the roast on a cooking rack in a Dutch oven or roasting pan. Roast the prime rib in the preheated oven for 7 minutes per pound, rounding up to the nearest minute.
  7. Once the cook time is up, turn the oven off and leave the roast in the oven with the door closed for 2 hours. Do NOT open the door for 2 hours.
  8. Remove roast from the oven, slice, and serve immediately.


This recipe is for medium rare prime rib. For medium prime rib, increase cooking time to 8-9 minutes per pound.

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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