The Ultimate Guide to Effortless Holiday Prime Rib Roast

Hosting a beautiful Christmas meal or any other festive food-filled occasion? Make a prime rib roast the centerpiece for a traditional holiday meal that’s sure to impress your guests. But cooking a standing rib roast can be intimidating, especially for a special holiday. Learn how to make a perfect prime rib roast with three simple tips and our easy prime rib recipe. You’ll be serving the best prime rib of your life in no time.

Don’t overdo the rest of the meal when you’ve learned to make easy prime rib. Serve it with classic holiday sides like creamed spinach or a green bean casserole, scalloped potatoes, and dinner rolls.

Holiday Prime Rib Roast by Casey Barber

How much prime rib per person?

Whether bone-in or boneless, a bone-in roast is best for guaranteed juicy succulence. Estimate that your guests will eat about 1/2 pound per person when the roast is part of a holiday buffet, or 3/4 pound per person if it’s the main course for a smaller holiday dinner.

Have your butcher order a roast in the weight range you need, and ask for it to be trimmed and tied. He or she will cut the bones away from the roast, french them, and remove excess fat before tying the bones back to the roast.

How do you season prime rib?

Rub the roast all over with olive oil and generously sprinkle it with one of the following seasoning blends. If seasoning in advance, place the roast uncovered in the refrigerator overnight and let it come to room temperature for two hours before cooking.

  • 1/4 cup black pepper and 1/4 cup kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, and 1 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika

  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 tablespoons herbes de Provence, and 2 large minced garlic cloves

  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 1 tablespoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, 1 tablespoon dry mustard, and the zest of 2 lemons

  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary, and 2 large minced garlic cloves

How do you cook prime rib?

For a perfectly cooked prime rib, use a digital meat thermometer. Preheat your oven and cook the roast at 450 F for 15 minutes, then reduce to 325 F. Continue cooking until the thermometer reads 120 F, estimate 15 minutes per pound. Let the roast rest for 20 min prior to serving.

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