How to Cook the Perfect Standing Rib Roast

Everyone wants to know how to cook the perfect standing rib roast. Just a few simple prep steps, a garlic-herb rub, and the proper cooking temperature will have you turning out the most moist, tender and delicious standing rib roast every time! It’s the perfect dinner for the holidays.

Perfectly cooked prime rib roast on cutting board with greenery in background.

A Prime Rib Roast is easier than it looks!

I love having my husband take a day a week, if he isn’t too busy, and cook up something special for us. It is really pretty cool because he chooses dishes that I hadn’t thought of trying and it always comes out so delicious that we add it to our favorite “to-make-again” list.

Since we are spending the Christmas holidays at my daughter’s house, my husband decided to practice up for the big family dinner and make a trial run of the main dish – a classic Standing Rib Roast. Believe me when I say, it turned out to be a delicious gourmet, truly gastronomic delight. I’m going to let him tell you about it. Introducing my husband, Chuck.

Standing Rib Roast prime meat

Chuck here. Being it was going to be an extra special day, I decided that I should cook and give my “2 Cookin’ Mama” a day of rest. We don’t normally eat a lot of beef, but it seemed a good day to make an exception. I looked up this recipe from one of my favorite chefs Emeril Lagasse. He is known for very delicious recipes that may take a bit more than the usual preparation.

Here are the simple steps on how to cook the perfect Standing Rib Roast!

First purchase a prime cut of a standing rib roast, if possible. If not, opt for the premium choice cut. Rule of thumb is 2 people per rib or 2 ribs for 4 people and 4 ribs for 8.

How to Cook the Perfect Standing Rib Roast with roasted garlic and herbs

The really cool preparation was the creation of a garlic rub to go on the roast. The rub is actually super simple. It’s roasted garlic mixed with rosemary and thyme. I roasted the garlic the night before and that was the beginnings of the great smells and tastes that emanated from the kitchen.

How to Cook the Perfect Standing Rib Roast cut fat back and apply garlic herb paste

To prepare roast, Emeril suggested cutting the piece of fat on the top of the roast away from the meat. I was a bit leery about being able to do that in one piece but it wasn’t as hard as it looked.

Rib Roast showing fat pulled back and garlic herb paste spread on meat.

Next, mix the roasted garlic with the chopped herbs and smash into a paste. Spread the garlic-herb paste over the entire top of the prime rib roast then pull the fat back over the paste.

Securing flap over garlic butter and adding red wine to bottom of roasting pan.

Secure the fat by tying with twine, but being a guy, I just used toothpicks to hold it in place. Add the red wine and beef stock to the bottom of the roasting pan.

Standing Rib Roast ready to bake with potatoes around it.
I embellished the recipe by adding small potatoes around the roast. Depending in the size of the roast and cooking time, the potatoes should be added about 1-2 hours before roast is done.

How to Cook the Perfect Standing Rib Roast ready to carve

Roast the meat for 20 minutes at a high temperature, 450 degrees, to sear in the juices in then turn the oven down to 350 and cook 18 minutes a pound for rare, 20 minutes for medium-rare and 22 minutes per pound for medium. You don’t want to overcook this meat to enjoy it at it’s best.

You never want to overcook a prime piece of beef.

When that roast came out of the oven I was extremely impressed with the result.  It was beautifully browned on the outside with juices running out to hint at the moist delicious meat underneath. Let it sit 5 minutes and rest before carving.

How to Cook the Perfect Standing Rib Roast slicing meat

I was so proud of my husband. When he began carving that meat, it was the most gorgeous medium rare, and so moist I was licking my lips just anticipating the taste.

He knew he did a good job when all I could do was offer a few umms and awesomes while I savored (read that as devoured) the best prime rib roast I’ve ever had! I know this Standing Rib Roast will be a hit come Christmas Day dinner. I can’t wait until the family tastes the deliciousness. Way to go honey!

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5 from 4 votes
How to Cook the Perfect Standing Rib Roast
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Roasting Garlic
35 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 50 mins

Everyone wants to know how to cook the perfect standing rib roast. Just a few simple prep steps, a garlic-herb rub, and the proper cooking temperature will have you turning out the most moist, tender and delicious standing rib roast every time! It's the perfect dinner for the holidays.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: how to cook standing rib roast, prime rib roast, standing rib roast cooking time
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 698 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Roasted Garlic
  • 2 heads garlic roasted
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Garlic-Herb Rub
  • 2 heads roasted garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
Standing Rib Roast
  • 6 1/2 lbs standing rib roast
  • Garlic-Herb Rub
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
Roasting Garlic (good to do the day before)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Take fresh garlic bulbs and remove loose skin. Cut 1/4″ off the top of the garlic bulbs so that you can see the individual cloves. 

  3. Place each bulb on a square of aluminum foil that is large enough to wrap around the clove. Pour olive oil over the bulb so that it is well coated. Sprinkle with a small amount of salt and fresh ground pepper.

  4. Wrap bulbs tight and place on cookie sheet in oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Garlic-Herb Rub
  1. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of each clove and place in a small bowl.

  2. Mash the garlic until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and chopped rosemary and thyme. Stir to blend. 

Standing Rib Roast
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a roasting pan by lining with aluminum foil. Place a roasting rack in center.

  2. Take rib roast and cut the fat back from the top of the roast, leaving it intact at the bottom. Pull fat back.

  3. Pat the garlic-herb rub over the top of the roast. Place the trimmed strip of fat over the garlic-herb mixture and tie with kitchen string in several places to secure the fat onto the top of the roast.

  4. Pull the fat over the rub and secure with toothpicks.

  5. Season the roast all over with salt and pepper. Place the roast in prepared roasting pan.

  6. Pour red wine and  beef stock into bottom of pan. 

  7. Roast on high temperature for 20 minutes. Reduce to 350 degrees and continue to cook about 18 minutes per pound for rare, 20 minutes per pound for medium-rare and 22 minutes per pound for medium.

  8. Remove from oven and let rest at least 5 minutes before carving. De-fat the pan juices and serve alongside the beef.

  9. I like to serve the pan juices on the side. Just skim the fat off the top and pour into a gravy boat.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe by Emeril Lagasse

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook the Perfect Standing Rib Roast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 698 Calories from Fat 549
% Daily Value*
Fat 61g94%
Saturated Fat 25g125%
Cholesterol 137mg46%
Sodium 1119mg47%
Potassium 540mg15%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 5.1mg6%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe has been updated. It was first published December 16, 2018. 

How to Cook the Perfect Standing Rib Roast


  • Reply
    Ashley F
    12/05/2019 at 2:30 pm

    5 stars
    This looks incredibly good and cooked perfectly! Love that garlic butter rub!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/05/2019 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks! It sure put this roast over the top!

  • Reply
    12/05/2019 at 2:02 pm

    5 stars
    How long can the rib roast sit before serving? I want to make it an hour ahead if I can so I’m not running around when guests arrive.

  • Reply
    12/17/2018 at 11:13 am

    5 stars
    Delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Reply
    12/17/2018 at 9:11 am

    5 stars
    Great tutorial. I am planning to cook rib roast for holidays and was looking for great directions.

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