EASY PRIME RIB: 5 Step Cooking Instructions

What you Need
1 prime rib roast
kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper
canola oil


Step #1: Preparation
Pat roast dry with paper towel.  If you don't, the roast will not sear well (moisture inhabits the browning of meat.)  Next, sprinkle the roast generously on all side with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

Step #2: Sear the Prime Rib
Turn on a fan because there's going to be a little smoke.  Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

Next, place a little cooking oil in a heavy bottomed skillet.  Make sure that the cooking oil covers the entire pan.  Set it on the stove over medium-high heat.  When the oil starts to shimmer, the pan is hot enough to start searing.

 Pour Olive oil in a Cast Iron Pan

Place the Prime Rib in the pan.  It doesn't matter what side you start with because you're going to sear all sides.

When the Prime Rib is brown on one side, flip it over.  Keep flipping until all sides are browned and don't forget the ends.  It is important to remember that the purpose of this stage is to sear/brown the outside of the product.  The actual cooking process will occur once you place the Prime Rib in the oven during Step #3.

Prime Rib in Cast Iron Pan

Prime Rib in Cast Iron Pan

Step #3: Place the Prime Rib in the Oven
When the Prime Rib is brown on all sides, remove it from the pan.  Place the Prime Rib directly on the oven rack and place an oven pan on the bottom of the oven or bottom rack to catch any dripping.  Set the meat on the rack, fat-side up.  This is important because you want the fat to release juices and baste the meat.

Roast the Prime Rib at 250 degrees.  You will want to cook the prime rib 30 minutes per lb of meat your cooking.  A 6lb Prime Rib should take roughly 3 hours in the oven.  You want to leave it in the oven until the internal temperature of the Prime Rib reaches around 120 degrees for medium rare.

Prime Rib in Oven

Step #4: Remove from Oven and Let Stand
Remove the Prime rib from the oven and tent the roast under aluminum foil for at least 15-20 minutes.  To tent the meat, loosly drape and tuck slightly under the meat.  Don't wrap it tight.  This process lets the juices settle back into the roast.

 Prime Rib Under Foil

Step #5: Slice, Serve & Enjoy!
After the Prime Rib has rested, move it to a serving platter.  Carve it to your preference and enjoy!

Prime Rib