Prime Rib with Horseradish Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Bake: 3 hours


8 servings

Updated: Aug. 26, 2023
To ring in the New Year, we invite friends for dinner and usually serve this prime rib with horseradish sauce. A menu featuring tender prime rib is festive, yet simple to prepare, and the pepper rub and mild horseradish sauce complement the beef's great flavor. —Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah


  • 1 bone-in beef rib roast (4 to 6 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Brush roast with oil; rub with pepper. Place roast, fat side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to 325°. Bake 2-3/4 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°), basting with pan drippings every 30 minutes.
  3. Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Serve with beef.

Prime Rib with Horseradish Sauce Tips

How do you cut a bone-in beef rib roast?

Start by removing the bones from the meat by slicing between the meat and the bone, gliding your sharp knife against the bone side. Take the bone side and cut between each individual bone for ribs. Then take the meat side and slice it against the grain into individual portions.

What other spices can you rub on a beef rib roast?

The more flavor, the better! If you’re looking to add more seasonings to this prime rib recipe, rub them on at the same time you add the pepper. We recommend using fresh or dried herbs, garlic and onion powder, and kosher salt and fresh ground cracked pepper. For another great rib roast recipe, try our Standing Rib Roast.

What side dishes go with prime rib with horseradish sauce?

There are so many options for what to serve with this prime rib dish. You can't go wrong with mashed potatoes, leafy greens, fresh salads or roasted vegetables. Start with Deluxe Mashed Potatoes and a Roasted Vegetable Medley, or chose from these quick and easy side dishes that go with any meal.

How do you store prime rib with horseradish sauce?

Store any uneaten prime rib in the refrigerator by wrapping it tightly in plastic or an air-tight container for up to 3 days. If you won’t eat it within a few days, wrap tightly in plastic and store in a zip-top bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Associate Food Stylist

Nutrition Facts

4 ounces cooked beef: 325 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein.