The Perfect Prime Rib PLUS a LeCreuset & Certified Angus Beef Giveaway!

Want to make a Prime Rib? Well, this is the BEST recipe! It’s got a great crust that doesn’t fall off when you slice & it’s roasted to juicy perfection!

The Perfect Prime Rib

There is a GREAT giveaway going on at the bottom of this post!!

During the holidays, my family and I are huge prime rib connoisseurs.  Nothing quite says ‘this is a special dinner‘ than a big honkin’ prime rib on the table.

In the past, I would just salt & pepper my prime rib & throw it in the oven.  I had tried making a crust for it, but my crust would always fall off when I went to carve it – so I gave up.  That was until I learned this great little trick during a recent visit to the Certified Angus Brand’s Culinary Kitchen in Wooster, Ohio.  There, I (along with a group of other bloggers) had the pleasure of working alongside of the Certified Angus Chefs…. and it was there I learned the not-so-top-secret trick to making your crust stick.  Cornstarch.  Yup, who would of thunk it?  Certainly not me!  Simply by mixing the cornstarch in with the topping you plan to crust your prime rib with makes it stay put… even when you slice it up!

And, boy do I have the best recipe for prime rib that applies the cornstarch method!  While visiting the Certified Angus Brand’s kitchen – I was able to work in the kitchen there for 3 days! During that 3 days, Chef Peter Rosenberg and I worked side-by-side and created the perfect prime rib!  The crust was flavorful and didn’t budge – and the insides were perfectly cooked & juicy!

Wham bam, thank you ma’am – now this is a prime rib!

The Perfect Prime RibThe Perfect Prime Rib

We need to start off with a prime rib, obviously.  When choosing a prime rib, it makes all the difference to invest in an Angus Prime Rib.  The marbling in the Angus Brand prime ribs is much more prevalent, and it makes a gigantic difference in the flavors!  Angus beef is on an entirely different level – and is always extremely tender, juicy, & packed with flavor.

To make the crust, I took about 2-3 tablespoons each of chopped fresh thyme, rosemary, parsley, & basil & mixed it with a few cloves of minced garlic, salt & pepper to taste, & 1/2 cup of cornstarch.  Then, I brushed the prime rib with a little olive oil, and pressed the crust topping evenly along the top of the roast. Refrigerate the prime rib, & let it sit at least2 hours or up to overnight for the crust to ‘set’.

The Perfect Prime Rib

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.  Place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, making sure it’s not touching bone (if you purchased a bone in roast).  Cook for 15 minutes on 500 degrees.  After this time period, your crust has already ‘attached’ itself to the meat firmly.

Reduce the heat to 325 degrees. To figure out the total cooking time, allow about 13-15 minutes per pound for rare and 15-17 minutes per pound for medium rare. Using a meat thermometer is really recommended for this – I personally love a probe one like this. You’ll want to roast it in the oven until the meat thermometer registers 115°-120°F for rare or 125°-130°F for medium.

Let the meat rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

The Perfect Prime RibThe Perfect Prime Rib

The Perfect Prime Rib
  • one prime rib roast (bone in or boneless)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 4-6 cloves minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  2. To make the crust, I took about 2-3 tablespoons each of chopped fresh thyme, rosemary, parsley, & basil & mixed it with a few cloves of minced garlic, salt & pepper to taste, & ½ cup of cornstarch. Then, I brushed the prime rib with a little olive oil, and pressed the crust topping evenly along the top of the roast. Refrigerate the prime rib, & let it sit at least2 hours or up to overnight for the crust to 'set'.
  3. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees. Place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, making sure it's not touching bone (if you purchased a bone in roast). Cook for 15 minutes on 500 degrees. After this time period, your crust has already 'attached' itself to the meat firmly.
  4. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees. To figure out the total cooking time, allow about 13-15 minutes per pound for rare and 15-17 minutes per pound for medium rare. Using a meat thermometer is really recommended for this - I personally love a probe one like this. You'll want to roast it in the oven until the meat thermometer registers 115°-120°F for rare or 125°-130°F for medium.
  5. Let the meat rest for 20 minutes before slicing.


Now for that giveaway!  It’s an AWESOME giveaway!

Angus Beef Brand Giveaway on MrsHappyHomemaker.comI am just so excited about this giveaway, y’all!! The good folks over at the Certified Angus Beef Brand are gifting to one lucky reader this Le Creuset 5.25 quart enameled cast iron roasting pan AND $170 worth of Angus steaks (a premium selection of four 12-oz. strip steaks, four 8-oz. filet mignons and four 10-oz. ribeyes)!!  Woot, woot!!

Enter to WIN Le Creuset 5.25 enameled cast iron roaster ($290 value!) PLUS $170 in Certified Angus Beef Steaks! #giveaway #roastingseason



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  • Holy WOW that’s beautiful! I had no idea that cornstarch was the secret to making the crust stick! I’ve never severed a successful Prime Rib but I will now!

  • Amy Bettles

    We are planning to make a prime rib this year for Christmas! (Never made one before) Can’t wait to try this recipe out!! Thanks!!

  • Ned McIn

    This looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Shawn

    Our family tradition is a Rib Roast on Christmas Eve! Started by my mom and step dad, and continued on after they are gone by my sister and I!!!

  • Wanda McHenry

    I have never served Prime Rib, it’s so expensive and we love it.

  • reesa lewandowski

    I usually make it for Easter, but I was thinking it would be good for Christmas this year.

  • Seyma Shabbir

    I love Prime Rib but we usually do Turkey or chicken. I would love to do something new!

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    I have only had Prime Rib a couple of times in my life and have never cooked it myself. What a wonderful holiday meal!

  • tammigirl

    I open an email at 10:30 am with a gorgeous photo of prime rib and I’m drooling. This just isn’t fair! We’ll be having Turkey and ham for the upcoming holidays, but I might treat my smaller, at home group – still a big group of 7 or more on a day to day basis – to prime rib soon.

  • tammy S

    We have prime rib at New Year here so special bringing the New year

  • D Schmidt

    I like to serve it with roasted potatoes and parnsips.

  • Michelle Mork

    I love coming home for Christmas. My dad makes a prime rib every year and I always look forward to it. I will definitely have to share this recipe with him. It will take his prime rib from good to great.

  • Elena

    I have never served prime rib, but would love to

  • Cindy Lou

    We do prime rib every Christmas…it has became a tradition in our home. Thanks for the recipe and the opportunity to make it better.

  • libby

    No but I would like to have it for the holiday

  • Diana Grindel

    Oh how wonderful and pretty the prime rib looks, maybe our New Year’s dinner as we are having ham for Tday. Thanks for the chance to win !!

  • Marcy

    I always make Prime Rib on Christmas Eve. My kids would revolt if I even thought about making anything else!! I’m going to try yours this year for sure!!!!

  • Connie Tonn

    Oh, this Prime Rib looks fabulous! I will definitely be trying your recipe! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Glad you have your heat fixed! Oh, and thanks for the sweepstakes!

  • Rust

    Yes, prime rib is one of our favorites for special occasions. Yours is beautiful!

  • Lenore

    Prime Rib has always been a special occasion meat for me, but putting a Prime RIb on the table makes an ordinary nights meal and makes it special.

  • nicole dziedzic

    Yes we love to serve Prime Rib on our families special holidays. It is part of our tradition. Awesome ingredients used to make yours!

  • sandy

    I always order prime rib if they serve it at a restaurant. I’ve never tried to cook on at home. It may be time to change that and surprise our family at dinner

  • Cyndy

    I can’t wait to try this recipe….I would never have guessed cornstarch either!

  • Julie K.

    I never have, but this looks great!

  • Susan Broughton

    We had never served prime rib till a couple of years ago. and we just got tired of turkey and ham twice in a row with Thanksgiving and Christmas. So now we have been having Prime Rib for our Christmas holidays.

  • Marti Tabora

    I don’t normally, but I would love to have the the chance to serve it for holidays.

  • Sandy

    I have never made Prime Rib before but I would love to try it in this pan!!

  • Ashley C

    We typically serve it for Christmas!!


  • Heather

    Don’t freak out, but I have never had Prime rib! I’d love the chance to make it! I think my husband and son would love it!

  • Dawn Lloyd

    I love making prime rib fir the holidays or any special occasion – Dawn Lloyd

  • Jennifer Essad

    Yes, actually, we’re not really ham or turkey lovers, beef it’s what to make for dinner

  • Natalie J. Vandenberghe

    When my parents were still here, I did serve Prime Rib on a holiday and they loved it!

  • wanda ll

    awesome glad to have this recipe

  • froglady

    I have served prime rib and holidays and other special days too. Love it

  • Kris Tin

    I love prime rib!

  • I’ve never served prime rib, but if I did my family would be thrilled!!!

  • Debra Guillen

    I have never served Prime Rib, but I do love it!

  • Elaine

    Prime rib is something we only eat when we go out for something special.

  • Cindy Aiton

    Thank you for offering such a wonderful giveaway! I have never served Prime Rib, but I may change my mind after this.

  • Cheryl Swanson Newton

    No prime rib for this girl. The only beef I eat is ground beef.

  • Heather Hayes Panjon

    I’ve Never Served Prime Ribs For The Holidays, But I’m Open To The Idea.

  • Patty Jensen

    Perfect timing! Our family has Prime Rib Roast every Christmas. Looking forward to trying out your recipe. Thanks!

  • That looks delicious! I will certianly try this the next time we cook up a Prime rib!!!

  • Colleen Boudreau

    I’ve never served prime rib before.

  • Melissa S

    Yes, we love prime rib for the holidays.

  • Pat Nolan

    Yes, its a tradition

  • Laurie Trautwein

    Hoping to try several recipes!

  • Heather Dillion-Lewis

    I’ve never served prime rib before, but this recipe looks amazing and we might just have to have prime rib this week !

  • Chloe Crabtree

    I love prime rib! I have pinned this and I am going to share it over at G+. I am so happy to learn the trick about the cornstarch. I bet it will work on so many roasts!

  • Oh my, oh my. I love prime rib and this looks beautiful. found you on the Lou Lou Girls Linky

  • Kelly Tupick

    I like serving prime rid on New years. We don’t get to eat it as often as we would like so i treat it as a special meal.

  • steve weber

    nope, we go out for prime rib on Christmas Eve instead

  • Birdiebee

    I would like to if I knew how to cook it properly.

  • happyday

    recipes look great. I have tried prime rib a couple of Christmas. Super easy considering the outcome but I admit sometimes it turns out much better than others – not sure why

  • Anne

    As much as I adore prime rib, I have never made it at home. Someday when I’m feeling brave (and a bit richer than I am right now), I’ll try it, but for now, prime rib is a special restaurant treat.

  • We have Prime Rib every Christmas Day. It is our family tradition. I make a garlic, creamy horseradish, salt rust that everyone loves. I do have the problem of the crust “coming off” while slicing so I am going to try your cornstarch trick this year and see if that makes it better.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Kim Daniels Lewis

    This looks amazing! Pinned and tweeted. Lou Lou Girls

  • Deborah

    Love Prime Rib and Will be interested to try your recipe. Sounds like a wonderful crust. Will be giving it a try.
    Thank you!

  • Stephanie P

    No, my family generally serves turkey and ham – I’d love to start a new tradition though.

  • Kelly Methey

    I would absolutely love to win this!

  • Cindyzs

    i would be so blessed to win this!! omg, real beef to eat!! I love prime rib 🙂 and that LeCreuset would be perfect to cook so many things in including that prime rib, which looks sooooo amazing my mouth has been watering and I’m drooling over the picture of that prime rib!! 🙂 yummmmm

  • smfsprout

    My family would love this. They are huge prime rib fans.

  • Danielle

    We’ve always gone with turkey and ham at the holidays, but everyone loves beef, so I know it would be a hit!

  • Denise L

    I don’t really care for prime rib, but we love to serve beef brisket for Christmas.

  • Madonna

    What a great tutorial.


  • Kathy C

    I’ve never made prime rib but I love it. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Karen D

    I would if I could afford to. Maybe this year 🙂

  • Diane Sallans

    I’ve never cooked one myself, only had it at reataurants

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  • Blair @ The Seasoned Mom

    Beautiful photos and a delicious looking piece of meat! Pinned! 🙂

  • T Michelle Trump

    We always serve Prime Rib for Christmas Day and Easter dinner!

  • Deb

    I don’t think I’ve ever made prime rib at all in almost 35 years of marriage. Am I missing out on life? 🙂

  • AnnaZed

    I have served Prime Rib, and we love it. It has to be special guests who deserve it!
    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the Rafflecopter}

  • Susan P

    I’ve never had good luck with prime rib. I think I’m going to try your recipe/technique this Christmas. One question, do you include the 15 min at 500 degrees in the total cooking time? Or do you start the timing of the beef after the 15 min. Dumb question, maybe.

    • I start the timing after the 15 minutes 🙂

  • Jenn

    We love prime rib on the holidays! Absolutely delicious with yorkshire pudding!

  • AmandaSakovitz

    I serve it sometimes.

  • Betsy Barnes

    I have never served Prime Rib on the holidays. We have discussed it a few times, I’m leaning towards preparing it this year. 🙂

  • Kristen

    We do serve beef roasts, but not Prime Rib.

  • After eating turkey for a week for Thanksgiving, I love roast beef for Christmas or New Years.

  • Anissa

    I have never made prime rib. I do love it but have always been scared to try it. This post gives me confidence. Maybe we will have it this December!

  • Sonya_Morris

    I have never served it for holidays but have for other special occasions.

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  • amypugmire

    I love to serve it on new years day.

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  • usnamom2014

    I love to serve it for Christmas dinner.

  • Michelle

    I love to serve Prime Rib for any occasion!!!

  • MissMommy

    This looks really good. I’ve always wanted to try prime rib but I’ve been afraid to mess it up. I’m going to try this if not on Christmas, maybe just during winter. Can’t wait!

  • Cindy8174

    It has been years since I made a Prime Rib! I love using fresh herbs in cooking but never used them on a prime. This is my new Christmas dinner!

  • To be honest, I’ve never tried prime rib before, but I’d really love to give it a try this christmas ^_^

  • claudia

    I do like to serve prime rib on holidays and special ocasions, Thank you!

  • Yes, I’d love to serve them on holidays or any day.

  • Melanie

    Looks mouthwatering!

  • Sara

    I’d love prime rib for the holiday!

  • pam

    Looks delicious! I have only had it once, but would love to try to make it.

  • Tina W

    We usually have Prime Rib on Christmas Day. I love it!

  • Curtis h

    Prime rib is more of a special treat in my family

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    A standing rib roast makes all holidays extra special

  • Sonya_Morris

    My pin link was not correct for my entry today, here is the correct link:

  • beazz5

    This looks so good. I’d love to try this recipe!

  • Billy S.

    Id like to try this for sure

  • Cynthia

    never tried to cook prime rib. Would love to try it!

  • Tracy

    Vegetarian, so no. But I like to make some kind of mushroom or onion vegetarian dish to go with the prime rib that everyone else is eating :-).

  • Sherrie Cruson

    On Christmas we serve either Prime Rib or a New York Roast

  • Priscilla S.

    Yes, prime rib is always a treat!

  • spircles .

    I have never tried a prime rib, but I’m just beginning to experiment with cooking…this looks amazing!

  • Bev

    What a nice gift! The recipes here look great. Trying to find something different for our Christmas meal rather than Turkey. The ideas here are great-so it looks like I’ll find something. Thanks!

  • Thomas Murphy

    I love to have Prime Rib on holidays.

  • Courtney Bella

    yes I love prime rib ALL the time !:)

  • Valorie Gomes

    I haven’t tried to make it yet.

  • Abby

    Do you/can you put the crust over the fat side? We usually cook roasts fat side up so it runs down the meat.

  • Lisa

    do you enter for the giveaway just by pinning it on our pinterest?

  • Susan P

    I followed your recipe and I have to say it was the best prime rib I have ever made. It was outstanding. Every other time I’ve made a rib roast it was just so, so. This roast turned out tender and so flavorful. I used a meat probe and took it out of the oven at 135. It sat for 15 minutes. The center was medium-rare and the outside pieces a perfect medium. However, next time I think I’ll take it out at 130. Many thanks for the recipe. It’s definitely a keeper!

    • YAY!! It’s so great to hear that you loved the recipe & it was a success for you! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know!! 🙂

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