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Herb-Crusted Prime Rib

Prime rib always makes an impression on a holiday dinner table, and it's actually easy to prepare. This roast is wonderfully flavored with a prime rib rub featuring lots of fresh herbs. —Jennifer Dennis, Alhambra, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 large shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, quartered
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage or 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bone-in beef rib roast (4 pounds)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine or additional reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place the first 6 ingredients in a food processor; cover and pulse until finely chopped. Add oil, pepper and salt; cover and process until blended. Rub over roast. Place on a rack in a large roasting pan.
  • Bake, uncovered, until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°), 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hours.
  • Remove roast to a serving platter and keep warm; let stand 15 minutes before slicing.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring broth and wine to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Remove from heat; stir in butter and salt. Slice roast; serve with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 pound: 338 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 612mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein.

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  • Julie
    Dec 26, 2020

    EXCELLENT!! Only recipe I will use from now on!!

  • JGa2595176
    Jan 1, 2018

    Very tasty, packs a punch! We love garlic, and this recipe fit the bill. Love the fresh herbs and was very easy to prepare with the food processor. Was a little too rich for the kids, but adults enjoyed.

  • IloveTOH
    Dec 21, 2017

    I LOVED this recipe!! This was my first time making a prime rib roast and it was surprisingly easy and SO delicious.

  • covergirl2789
    Dec 13, 2015

    The best prime rib recipe I have ever used/tried/seen. My family raved so much after last Christmas' meal, that I had to make it again this year! One for the traditions list.. for sure!

  • fascinator
    Nov 22, 2015

    Delicious. Make again.

  • Longbeachhotcook
    Dec 29, 2014

    Awesome!!!!!!! The best I have eaten

  • bigbrardedbc
    Dec 24, 2013

    If you add a Liter of Sprite to this Prime Rib Roast it will be Juicier and it will tenderize the meat too.Happy Holiday's

  • dilbert098
    Jun 20, 2013

    Delicious! I started with a great cut of meat and the flavours just melted in your mouth. I might tweak the red wine that I use the next time I make it. Thanks for sharing, I'll serve it again and again and again!

  • NancyRG
    Jun 9, 2013

    I made this twice, Christmas and Father's Day, just to be sure it was not a fluke! Everyone loved it and could not believe it was so tender. I used pepper corns the second time and got an even more favorable review from my husband than he gave first time at Christmas. The price of the meat is well worth it. The satisfaction and compliments of your guests will be one for the memory books of gatherings!!!!

  • zmarie
    May 4, 2013

    I made this roast for Easter dinner. It has an excellent flavor, but turned out a bit on the dry side because I think I should have covered it (I live in high elevation).