Easy "no Peek" Prime Rib

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

It doesn't get much easier than this for making a perfect medium rare rib!


  1. Preheat oven to 500º.
  2. Mix seasonings together and pat all over the roast.
  3. It probably won't stick very well to the fat side but that's ok.
  4. Put the roast in a Dutch oven, preferably on a small rack to lift it off the bottom of the pot.
  5. Bone side up (fat side down).
  6. Place a meat thermometer in the middle of the roast being careful not to get too close to the bone.
  7. Cover with lid (you need a fairly large Dutch oven so the lid will fit on properly).
  8. Cook the roast in the oven for 5-6 minutes per pound, then shut off the oven.
  10. ****The 2 hours starts as soon as the roast is put in the oven****.
  11. After two hours, take it out and check the temperature.
  12. If it's 140º, it's perfect!
  13. If it's cooler, put back in oven at 375º until it reaches 140º.
  14. This procedure will yield a PERFECT MEDIUM RARE PRIME RIB.
  15. Don't ask how to do medium or well done because cooking prime rib past medium rare is a felony.
Most Helpful

This recipe is FABULOUS! I had a 4.7 lb roast that - on the night before I cooked it - I covered with olive oil and seasoned with McCormick's Steakhouse Grill seasoning. I took the roast out of the frig for about 45 min, and preheated the oven to 500 for about 30 minutes. Cooked the roast uncovered for 35 minutes, cut the oven off, and 1 hour & 25 minutes later (no peeking), I had a medium but more rare roast. I put it back in the oven at 375 for about 10 minutes, and when I took it out and let it rest for 20 minutes, it was perfect - medium, juicy, and really tender. This recipe is a keeper!

lorincyn January 05, 2009

This was the most tender Prime Rib I have ever eaten! Didn't need a knife. But, my oven must be too hot because it was medium to well, not medium rare. I mixed kosher salt, seasoned salt, thyme, garlic powder, and seasoned pepper with homemade garlic oil to make a paste. Spread that over the roast and it was wonderful!

snuqueen April 05, 2003

I tried this with a Buckhead Beef Rib (a whole one) and it came out great! I rubbed the rib with Kitchen Bouqet, fresh chopped garlic,pepper and sea salt. This is wonderful if everyone in your house wants rare to medium rare.

Teri November 18, 2002