Easy Prime Rib Roast Recipe -Melt In Your Mouth Goodness

Prime Rib has always been a favorite ‘special occasion’ meal for my husband.

He would order it when we would go out to a restaurant for our anniversary and Valentine’s Day. And the look on his face when it is served at Christmas party is always priceless.

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Easy to make prime rib served with a baked potato and asparagus.

So this year I decided that I would surprise him and make Prime Rib for dinner at home.

The first hurdle was trying to find a Prime Rib Roast at the grocery store. Beef is categorized into three grades: prime, choice, and select. It is very difficult to find prime cuts of beef in the common grocery store, as these cuts are of superior quality and are sold primarily to high-end restaurants.

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Apply a thick layer of butter and seasonings before cooking your prime rib.

So, off to the butcher I went in hopes of finding a true Prime Rib Roast.

Because the meat is of such high quality, the price per pound can be costly. So I decided on a 2.5 pound cut of beef.

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.

The exact cooking time will require a little math. Take the exact amount of pounds of the

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Carved medium-rare prime rib

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 your delicious dinner, keeping the heat inside the oven in crucial! Just one little peek will ruin it all.

The recipe instructions below will result in traditional medium-rare prime rib. If you like yours a little less pink, you will want to increase the cooking time.

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Restaurant Style Prime Rib Roast

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.
Course Main Dish


  • 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


  • Bring rib roast to room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F
  • In a small bowl combine butter, pepper, and Montreal Steak Seasoning and mix well.
  • Spread butter mixture evenly over the entire roast.
  • Season entire roast generously with kosher salt, doubling what you think is too much salt.
  • Roast the prime rib the preheated oven for 6 minutes per pound, rounding up to the nearest minute.
  • Once time is up, turn the oven off and leave the roast in the oven with the door closed for 2 hours.
  • 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 minutes per pound.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
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Easy Prime Rib Roast Recipe -Melt In Your Mouth Goodness
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