Foolproof Rib Roast


Follow this rib roast recipe for a tender, succulent, standing rib roast that will be the centerpiece of your holiday table! The key to juicy, perfectly cooked beef is to let your bone-in roast get to room temperature before cooking. This recipe is for well-done beef so cook yours for less time if you like your beef medium or medium-rare. Rib roast can be expensive, so this is a total splurge or special-occasion dish.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins

Impress everyone at your table with a wonderfully tender and juicy prime rib roast. The best part? Nobody will know just how easy it was to make. Even beginners will love this top-rated standing rib roast recipe.

an overhead view of sliced rib roast on a cutting board dressed with jus and fresh rosemary
Meredith Food Studio

What Is a Standing Rib Roast?

A standing rib roast, also known as a prime rib roast, is a cut of beef from the primal rib. It's called a standing rib roast because it's usually cooked "standing" on the bones (so that the meat doesn't touch the pan).

Prime rib is generally considered a superior cut of beef: It's tender, juicy, and wonderfully flavorful.

How to Cook a Prime Rib Roast

Foolproof Rib Roast

Though this rib roast recipe is incredibly impressive, it's surprisingly simple to make. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

Rub the room temperature roast with seasonings and place it on a rack in a roasting pan with the fatty side up and the rib side on the bottom. Roast in a preheated oven for an hour, then turn off the oven. Let the roast stand in the hot oven for about three hours without opening the door. Heat the oven again and let the roast continue to cook until it reaches an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F.

Rib Roast Seasonings

This rib roast is simply seasoned with salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder. Of course, you can add more seasonings to taste (but make sure not to overpower the meat's natural flavor).

How Long to Cook a Rib Roast

This rib roast recipe should be done in a little under five hours, with about 90 minutes of actual cook time. You'll know the rib roast is done when an instant read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 145 degrees F.

What to Serve With Rib Roast

Looking for crowd-pleasing side dish inspiration? We've got you covered. Peruse our entire collection of the 20 Best Side Dishes for Prime Rib. Or try one of these standout recipes:

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Plus, explore our entire library of Side Dish Recipes.

How to Store Leftover Rib Roast

Wrap leftover rib roast tightly in storage wrap and refrigerate for up to five days. Reheat in the oven, not the microwave, so the roast doesn't get rubbery.

Learn more: The Right Way to Reheat for the Juiciest Prime Rib

Can You Freeze Rib Roast?

Yes, rib roast freezes well. Allow the roast to cool, cut it into the portions you'd like to freeze, and wrap them individually in freezer wrap. Follow it up with a layer of foil for added protection. Place the wrapped rib roast into an airtight freezer bag and freeze for up to 9 months.

Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is by far the BEST recipe I've ever used for rib roast," raves NAUTICOLE. "It doesn't matter what size roast you have, just follow these cooking instructions. I was very skeptical, but this was soooo tender and delicious. I'll only cook rib roast this way in the future."

"Just sat down from cleaning up after our outstanding feast," says Mary Kay Davignon. "I've made prime rib before, always struggling to not overcook and ruin such an expensive cut of meat. This recipe has solved that problem. I followed the cooking instructions to the letter and produced a perfectly cooked, medium rare, tender prime rib."

"The high ratings on this recipe are more for the cooking technique than the actual four ingredients," according to Debbie22. " You can play with the spice mix however you want — I doubled the garlic powder and added Montreal Steak seasoning and rosemary. It came out absolutely perfectly."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 (5 pound) beef standing rib roast, at room-temperature (let sit out for 1 hour before starting recipe)

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place a rack in a roasting pan.

  2. Combine salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small cup.

  3. Place room-temperature roast on the rack in the roasting pan with the fatty side up and the rib side on the bottom. Rub the seasoning onto the roast.

  4. Roast for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Turn the oven off and leave the roast inside for 3 hours, without opening the door.

  5. Turn the oven back on to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and reheat the roast for 30 to 40 minutes. The internal temperature should be at least 145 degrees F (62 degrees C).

  6. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

    a straight on view of a whole tangy honey glazed ham on a white platter garnished with fresh citrus.
    Meredith Food Studio


To ensure your rib roast cooks properly, it must be at room temperature. Remove it from the refrigerator 1 hour before starting this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

576 Calories
46g Fat
1g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 576
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 880mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 539mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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