Prime Rib Roast


For a holiday or special occasion, nothing beats cooking a prime rib in the oven. This spectacular roast is very simple to make; let the meat come to room temperature and season with salt and pepper. Then roast in a heavy-duty roasting pan at 450°F before reducing the temperature to 325°F to finish cooking. Martha loves to serve this beef roast with its traditional side dish, Yorkshire Pudding.


  • 1 three-rib prime roast, first cut, trimmed and tied

  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 3 short ribs, tied

  • 1 ½ cups dry red wine


  1. Place oven rack on lower level. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Rub roast all over with salt and pepper. Transfer to heavy 13-by-16-inch metal roasting pan. Arrange fat-side up. Place short ribs in pan.

  2. Cook 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees, and continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thick end of roast (not touching a bone) reaches 115 degrees, about 1 hour and 25 minutes. If it hasn't, return it to oven; check temperature at 10-minute intervals.

  3. Transfer roast to platter; set aside in warm spot for juices to collect. (As roast rests, temperature will increase about 10 degrees.) Do not tent, or crust will get soggy. The short ribs can be eaten as a snack, or reserved to make flavorful soups.

  4. Pour fat and all dark drippings out of pan into a fat separator; set aside.

  5. Place roasting pan over medium-high heat. Pour red wine into pan; scrape bottom with wooden spoon, scooping up crispy bits to deglaze pan. Add the drippings that have settled to the bottom of the fat separator, making sure not to add the fat. Cook until reduced by half, 5 to 8 minutes. Place a fine sieve in a medium heatproof bowl. Pour juices into strainer. Using a wooden spoon, press down on solids to extract juices. Discard solids. Serve the juices warm with the prime rib.

    prime rib roast
    Reed Davis

Cook's Notes

To ensure even cooking, roast must first be left at room temperature for about two hours before being placed in the oven. Do not use a nonstick pan for this recipe; it will yield fewer cooked-on bits of flavorful juices.

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