Deep Fried Prime Rib

Deep Fried Prime Rib

Why, yes…. Yes, I did. I deep fried a prime rib and It.  Was.  Amazing.

Absolutely amazing. 

Like, I start to drool just thinking about it.

You see, I was going to have a big salad for dinner last week. But then, I saw a video of a bearded man frying a prime rib on facebook and basically, that was the end of that. I didn’t have salad for dinner. 😉

Yes, I know it’s not the healthiest thing in the world… but you know what? For once or twice a year for a special occasion, who cares? At least, that’s the way I look at it 🙂

Deep Fried Prime Rib

I actually like this deep fried version just a little bit better than my normal ‘bake in the oven’ recipe just because of the crust.  Oh that crust…

The crust that this thing gets is the stuff fairy tales are written about. If fairy tales were written about prime rib, that is. However – a prime rib fairy tale is the kind of fairy tale I wish to be a princess in 😉

This was quite possibly the best prime rib I’ve ever tasted! It’s all about that crust that it gets – I’m just in love.

There are a few keys to getting this Deep Fried Prime Rib perfect.

  • First off, if you like your prime rib well done – from the center to the crust – this method will not work for you. This method produces a medium rare prime rib. However, if you are serving guests who do like rarer meat, you can always eat from the outside in. Meaning – the folks that like the well done sections can have the outer part & the folks that like the rarer sections can have the center. 
  • Also, you’ll need a turkey fryer. 
  • Make sure you start off with a completely room temperature prime rib.
  • I’ve tried this a few times now (to perfect it) & this method works better on a prime rib roast about 4.5-6.5 pounds. Once you start getting larger than that, the crust gets a little too dark before the inside is cooked.
  • Fry at 350 degrees for 4 minutes per pound – then wrap in til foil & let sit for 45 minutes before slicing. That will produce the nice medium rare results you that you see in my pictures. If you like it a little more cooked, you can add an additional 30-45 seconds per pound to the cook time & let rest for an additional 15 minutes (hour total time). T

prime rib about to be fried

Deep Fried Prime Rib

If you make this, post it on Instagram & tag me @MrsHappyHomemaker in it – I’d love to see your results!


Deep Fried Prime Rib


  • 1 - 4.5-6.5 pound prime rib I prefer boneless for this method
  • 2-3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • salt pepper, & garlic powder to taste (or your favorite steak seasoning)
  • peanut oil for frying
  • turkey fryer


  • First, your prime rib needs to be at room temperature!
  • Place your prime rib in an empty turkey fryer & fill with water to where it's covered entirely with an inch above the roast. Mark the area with a sharpie so you know where to fill the oil up to. Very important! Drain the water from the turkey fryer, remove the roast, dry the fryer pot, & fill to the line with peanut oil.
  • Heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the garlic powder & melted butter. Using a meat injector (you can buy this in the cooking supply aisle or on Amazon), inject the prime rib from all different angles with the garlic butter.
  • Rub salt, pepper, & garlic powder all over the roast to taste - or you can use your favorite steak seasoning.  Using a sharp knife, make a hole right down the middle of your prime rib roast so that you can insert the turkey fryer rack easily. Insert your turkey fryer rack & slowly lower into the hot oil. Fry, at 350, for 4 minutes per pound. Wrap in foil as soon as it's removed & let sit for 45 minutes before slicing.

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Deep Fried Prime Rib