Ken's Fresh Meats No Fail Prime Rib Recipe

Total Time
Prep 4 mins
Cook 3 mins

I got this from a butcher in Eden Prairie, MN. His shop is no longer in business, but his recipe lives on. This is the easiest way to make a prime rib roast and it always truns out perfect!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (3 -4 lb) prime rib roast, any size will do
  • 12 teaspoon pepper (optional)
  • 14 teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Season the roast with your favorite seasoning(s) and re-wrap in butcher paper.
  2. Let roast set on counter for at least four hours before cooking to obtain room temperature, (it will not spoil if you leave it on counter overnight).
  3. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Place roast in greased pan, uncovered, in oven and cook for 1 hour. (Size of roast makes no difference. Makes no difference if it is a bone-in or boneless roast). However, if it is a bone-in roast, place it in the pan bone-side down.
  5. Turn oven off (DO NOT PEEK).
  7. Oven must be off a MINIMUM of two hours (DO NOT PEEK).
  8. 45 Minutes before you would like to serve, turn oven back on at 375 degrees.
  9. Roast will be medium to medium rare. If you want your roast a little more rare or a little more well-done adjust one hour cooking time by five minutes accordingly.
  10. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

No fail is right! I added salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, wasabi powder and rosemary for my spices. I put the spices on the night before, and then followed your cooking directions EXACTLY. The result was a perfectly cooked, medium rare prime rib! :-)

landlocked #2 April 04, 2010

Just like the name says...this is definitely a "No Fail Prime Rib Recipe!" Last month, I made my first prime rib and checked out a lot of recipes, but wanted something as simple to follow as this recipe is. My main concern was cooking time. I got a lot of ideas for seasoning my prime, so I rubbed the prime with olive oil, McCormick's meat marinade, kosher salt & pepper, then I rubbed fresh minced garlic and fresh rosemary all over. Once I got it in the oven and followed the cooking directions, it came out superb and my family was "mmmm-ing" with every bite! I really appreciate that you posted this recipe and I will always use it in the future!

LtlBrwnGal February 07, 2010

I did this for Christmas eve with and ELEVEN POUND BONE IN ROAST! It not only shocked me how perfect it was but, I had to repeat the recipe several times because my family and friends couldn't believe it worked. I cooked it for 1 hour at 2pm. Shut the oven off AT 3pm. Went to church. When I came back it was at 125'...I was so freaked out I never put the oven back on and at 7pm it had been at 129' for an hour or more so i just took it out and started slicing since we all like medium rare...EVERYONE WAS SHOCKED at how perfect it was!! Was I a star! I'll never worry about a roast again. THANK YOU!

Chef Pinkie January 13, 2009