Wonderful Roasted Prime Rib

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

This method makes the BEST roasted prime rib. It never fails to produce a tender/juicy prime rib for me. Don't worry, the salt mixture will not affect the taste. It's purpose is to seal in all the flavor and juices.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (3 lb) boxof morton kosher salt
  • 4 -6 lbs prime rib roast


  1. Slowly add a little of the water to the Kosher salt and stir; then add a little more water and stir. Continue until the salt becomes the consistency of "snow" so that you can "pack" it on the roast and it sticks like snow (Sometimes you may need a little more or less of the water) -- YOU DO NOT WANT TO DISSOLVE THE SALT.
  2. Pat some of the salt mixture in a foil-lined pan in a rectangle big enough to put the roast on.
  3. Place the roast on the salt and pat the remaining salt mixture on the roast, covering completely.
  4. Inset a meat thermometer.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for about 2 hours.
  6. (140 degrees for rare, 160 for medium).
  7. Remove the roast when the thermometer registers 5 degrees BELOW desired doneness.
Most Helpful

Hi Merlot!! As you know I fixed your prime rib and it didn't work. Well the reason it didn't work I didn't "do" it right--lol Had the butcher cut me a 5 lb roast,used the whole 3 lb box of kosher salt.I did have a bit of trouble keeping the salt on the sides of the roast.Anyway it came out perfect.The salt looked like a mold when I cracked it off the roast--cool :0) I will never make my prime rib any other way. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe:0)

Chef 920429 April 15, 2003

Perfect Prime Rib! This method produced a tender and juicy piece of meat. I will never do prime rib any other way. I agree with Laurita, its like packing snow on a piece of meat. What a riot!

Linda R April 06, 2003

I want to report that this works wonderfully with other cuts of beef besides prime rib. I had a piece of eye round, just short of four pounds, and gave this a try. It was far and away the BEST beef I have ever roasted! This is a fun and effective cooking method and really gives such great flavor and tenderness and juiciness to the meat. Great recipe, Merlot!

Sudie February 18, 2003