Roasting a Prime Rib of Beef for Christmas is an old English tradition. If you are looking for the recipe, this Prime Rib recipe comes from the renowned chef James Beard and it is an absolute sure bet. I have been using it for years for all kinds of roasts of beef, the results are always spectacular! Serve it with Au Jus for Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings for a Sunday night dinner or a festive meal.

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  • Course Beef, Dinner
  • Cuisine British
  • Keyword Christmas, Cold Weather, Delicious, Elegant, Fall-Winter, Family Reunion, Flavor, Holiday, New Year's, Oven Roasted, Roasted, Savory, Special Dinner, Tasty, Two-for-Recipe
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
6 people 5 minutes 60 minutes for a 3 lb rib roast
Passive Time Total Time
10minutes 1 hr and 5 min
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
6 people 5 minutes 60 minutes for a 3 lb rib roast
Passive Time Total Time
10minutes 1 hr and 5 min
The same roasting times may be applied to any cut of roast beef or lamb
Degree of Difficulty
  • 3 lb standing rib roast
  • 1 tbspn garlic salt/garlic powder
  • 2 tbspn kosher salt
  • 1 tbspn coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 whole banana pepper
  • 1 plum tomato
Servings: people
  1. Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.
  2. Remove roast from the refrigerator an hour before roasting and season well using garlic powder, kosher salt and cracked black pepper corns.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°
  4. Place roast in a roasting pan, ideally, standing on the rib. If the roast won’t stand on the rib, I have used a turkey lifter, which has v shape so it holds the rib in place while roasting.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of water to the bottom of the roasting pan and place roast in the middle rack of a pre-heated oven. Roast for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°. Roast for the remaining period of required time.
  6. Remove roast at the end of the roasting period and tent with aluminum foil for about 10 minutes.
  7. Slice into thin slices and serve.
  1. Serve with Sherlock's beans, roasted potatoes, or garlic sprouts and cauliflower
Recipe Notes

This is an absolutely fool proof method for preparing standing Prime Rib of Beef.

The formula is a roasting time of 20 minutes per pound of beef; so a 3 pound rib roast would require 60 minutes of roasting time where the first 30 minutes of time, regardless of the total time, is at 400° and the remaining roasting time, in this case, is 30 minutes at 350°.

Allow the roast to rest under a tented aluminum foil cover for 10 minutes before carving.

This method is guaranteed to result in a perfectly cooked medium rare (pink) standing rib roast! Serve with Sherlock's Beans, Roasted Potatoes or Garlic Sprouts and Cauliflower.

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