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Garlic & Herb Crusted Boneless Prime Rib

Need to impress someone this Christmas season? Why not invite them over for a holiday dinner and serve this gorgeous masterpiece? #primerib #howtoroastprimerib #bonelessprimerib #christmasdinner

Evenly cooked boneless prime rib with an amazing crispy crust - guaranteed! #primerib #howtoroastprimerib #bonelessprimerib #christmasdinner

Need to impress someone this Christmas season? Why not invite them over for a holiday dinner and serve this gorgeous masterpiece? #primerib #howtoroastprimerib #bonelessprimerib #christmasdinner

You’ve been cooking prime rib all wrong! Try this reverse-searing method to cook your next boneless prime rib and enjoy evenly cooked juicy slice of roast!

You've been cooking prime rib all wrong! Try this reverse-searing method to cook your next boneless prime rib and enjoy evenly cooked juicy slice of roast! #primerib #howtoroastprimerib #bonelessprimerib #christmasdinner

Need to impress someone this Christmas season? Why not invite them over for a holiday dinner and serve this gorgeous masterpiece?

I mean, how can you not be impressed, right? Unless he/she is vegetarian, or VEGAN!! Ouch, that would be bad! Don’t serve a huge chunk of beef to a vegan. 🙂 Ok, all jokes aside…

You've been cooking prime rib all wrong! Try this reverse-searing method to cook your next boneless prime rib and enjoy evenly cooked juicy slice of roast! #primerib #howtoroastprimerib #bonelessprimerib #christmasdinner

Prime rib should be a centerpiece of your Christmas table. And if you ever intimidated to cook it, I’m here to guide you through entire process. It’s really not difficult and the result is basically foolproof!

If you’ve seen my how to roast a perfect prime rib tutorial, you know I love reverse-searing technique. It’s not the usual method of cooking prime rib, where you cook it at high temperature first, then cook low and slow.

Our method is, actually, exact opposite.


  1. We cook the roast low and slow first. And I really mean low, low temperature, like 200°F!
  2. And then when the roast reaches 120-130°F, depending how you like it done, we’ll sear it at a very high temperature to create a beautiful crust.

This method ensures juicy, evenly cooked prime rib with an amazing crispy crust.

And while you’re at it, make some delicious roasted garlic too! Simply cut a head of garlic horizontally, drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle some salt. And then wrap it in a foil and throw into the oven with the roast. They come out golden brown, soft and tasty!


Roasted garlic is so deliciously mild, sweet and almost nutty. And because it doesn’t have that sharp pungent taste of raw garlic, it really goes great with pretty much anything.

Simply serve it along with your prime rib, or smeared on a roll/toast. And here’re many more ideas to use roasted garlic.

Roasted garlic prep

Don't ruin your perfect prime rib! Try this reverse-searing method to cook your next boneless prime rib and enjoy evenly cooked juicy slice of roast! #primerib #howtoroastprimerib #bonelessprimerib #christmasdinner

You've been cooking prime rib all wrong! Try this reverse-searing method to cook your next boneless prime rib and enjoy evenly cooked juicy slice of roast! #primerib #howtoroastprimerib #bonelessprimerib #christmasdinner

Yeah, paired with some prepared horseradish and scalloped potatoes, this prime rib would make your holiday even more special!


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Garlic & Herb Crusted Boneless Prime Rib

Evenly cooked prime rib with an amazing crispy crust – guaranteed!

Yield: 10-15 people

Prep Time:15min

Cook Time:5.5 hours

Total Time:6 hours


  • 10-15lbs boneless prime rib
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • 2 sticks (225gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • A few garlic heads, optional


  1. Place an unwrapped boneless prime rib on a baking sheet. Generously salt all over and refrigerate overnight to air-dry the outside of the prime rib.
  2. Bring the prime rib to room temperature before roasting. It usually takes about 2 hours out on the counter.
  3. In medium bowl, mix together butter, garlic, thyme, rosemary, black pepper and garlic powder. Smear the mixture over the top (fat side) and sides of the roast. Transfer the roast onto a roasting pan, buttered side up. (I use this beautiful roaster, and highly recommend it.)
  4. If roasting garlic, slice the top off, drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle some salt. And then wrap in a foil.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C).
  6. Roast the meat in the oven until the center of the roast reads 120-125°F (50°C) on a meat thermometer for medium-rare, or 130°F (55°C) for medium doneness, about 5-5.5 hours.
  7. Remove the prime rib from the oven, cover with a foil and rest for about 30 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, increase the oven temperature to 500°F (260°C).
  9. Once the oven reaches 500°F, put the prime rib into the oven, uncovered, and cook it until it’s nice and brown, and crisp on the outside, about 10 minutes. Rest the roast for at least 15 minutes before slicing.
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  1. My brother who is a cattle rancher sent me a “rib roll” of his Angus grass fed beef for Christmas. It is boneless and appears leaner with not much marbling. He told me that there are only 2 of these per steer, so it’s pretty special. I am searching for a good way to cook it without drying it out. How long should I cook this 5 pound roast? Any other suggestions for this particular type of rib roast? Thank you!

    • Hi, Madelaine. It sounds like you’ve got a nice roast!! It’ll take about 3.5 hours at 200°F for 5lbs roast to come to 120°F internal temp for perfectly medium rare finish. And please use a meat thermometer to track the internal temp so it doesn’t overcook. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out. Merry Christmas!

  2. How well do you think this would work with a bone in prime rib.

  3. Can I cook it to 120 in advance and then cook my turkey, then pop this back in at 500 several hours later ? If so does it go in the fridge?

  4. I have an almost 20 lb roast to make for our family this weekend. About how long do you think I will need to slow roast. We will be having it for Christmas lunch (around 1230) & I don’t want it to wind up being dinner instead.

    • Hi, Rhonda. For 20lb roast, I’d estimate about 5.5 hours at 200°F to reach 120°F internal temp. Make sure to bring it to room temperature before putting it in the oven, about 2 hours on the counter. I know it sounds crazy, but if I were you, I’d take the meat out of the fridge around 3-4am, and put it in the oven no later than 6am to be able to serve by 12:30pm. Hope this helps. Let me know how it goes.

  5. What did you do with the garlic?

    • Hi, Russ. I usually serve it with the meat. It can be spread on the meat, bread, or even on its own. Roasted garlic is very mild and has almost sweet taste to it. Hope you’ll give it a try.

      • Did you cook the garlic with the meat? For how long

        • Rina, yes, I throw the wrapped garlic head in the oven with the meat. And cook it pretty much the same amount of time as meat. If you want to cook it separately, you can bake wrapped head of garlic at 350°F for about 45 minutes. Hope this helps.

  6. Following this recipe gives as good a result as if it were fixed in the best of restaurants!

    Rating: 5
  7. Prime rib can be intimidating, as it’s not a cheap cut of beef you want to mess up. I’ve used this recipe on several occasions and my prime rib has consistently come out stellar. Everyone I’ve cooked this for has always raved about it.   Cooking this again for Mother’s Day this weekend.  Thank you Shinee!

    Rating: 5
  8. This made the best prime rib that I have ever tasted. Thank you so much for the recipe. We don’t eat much beef as my husband has an allergy to it, but my kids are here and we made him something else. It was wonderful and very very tender. Thanks again.

    Rating: 5
  9. This recipe is so yummy!!!!!   I made it for my family for our New Years Day meal.   My first time to cook Prime Rib I might add.  I followed the instructions as directed and it was cooked to perfection.  Thank You

    Rating: 5
  10. To Whom It May Concern:  Can I apply a rub prior (1 – 2 days) cooking the ribeye roast or would that damage it?  

    • Hi, David. It won’t damage it, but I prefer to dry exterior of the roast overnight for crisp crust. Hope you’ll enjoy your prime rib. Let us know how it turns out. Merry Christmas!

  11. Happy Holidays , I too am eager to try this Recipe and method. I have a 16lb bone in , I read many comments and wanna be very sure that it’s all about getting the meat to correct temp bone in or bineless?

    • Hi, Tony. You’re correct, it’s all about getting the desired internal temp. Bone-in and boneless both work great with this method. For your 16lbs roast, it’ll take about 5.5 hours at 200°F to reach 120-125°F internal temp. Let us know how it turns out. Merry Christmas!

  12. Will this recipe work with a bone in? I think I accidentally bought a bone in roast for my Christmas dinner!! 

  13. Perfection!!  Never made a prime rib in my life. Read a lot of recipes on Pinterest and Google. Really concerned because of feedback. Found this recipe and process last minute and decided that it was the only one that made sense to me. Family raved!!  Never want turkey again, they want prime rib to be our new thanksgiving tradition. Highly recommend for perfect prime rib. 

    Rating: 5
    • Husband just ate a prime rib sandwich. Said it just melted in his mouth. I am pretty much feeling like a rock star. Of course good cut of meat, a great recipe and cooking method made it happen. 😍

    • Ah, so happy you ran into this recipe, Debbie! Thank you for your feedback. And I love the prime rib for Thanksgiving idea!

  14. Just made a small less than 3 lb boneless rib roast for my husband and I. This recipe was delicious, thank you! It took about 2.5-3 hours to cook to just under 130 for a perfect rare throughout. Awesome recipe and instructions. Next time I need to remember to salt the night before but it was still amazing.

    Rating: 5
  15. Maybe this is the year I need to try fixing a prime rib at home. Great recipe!

    Rating: 5
  16. Wow! That prime rib is absolutely gorgeous!

    Rating: 5
  17. I vote this prime rib for the holidays! It’s such a show stopper!

    Rating: 5
  18. This will be my second attempt at making prime rib roast, the first time was just okay. I wanted to try again. I will be purchasing a 5 pound boneless roast and needed to know, how long should I cook it at 200 and can I use a regular oven instead of a convection oven?

    • Hi, Celeste. Sorry about my tardy response. Hope it’s not too late. It’ll take about 3.5-4 hours for 5lbs roast to reach 130°F internal temp. Hope you’ll love the result.

  19. My Family like our meat medium well so how long should I cook it and the oven temp?

    • Hi, Shantrell. The cooking time will depend on how big of roast you have. You’ll need to use meat thermometer and cook it until internal temperature reaches 140-145°F for medium-medium well prime rib. For 10-15lbs roast it takes about 5-5.5 hours to reach 130°F, so it’ll probably take about additional hour or so to reach 140°F. The oven temperature is the same, 200°F. Hope this helps.

  20. Hi Shinee, I am going to make this roast hopefully tomorrow but I have one question. I noticed the recipe calls for a tablespoon of coarse salt. Does that go in the butter mixture with the other spices? And is that in addition to rubbing the roast with salt the night before? Also what kind of salt do you rub it down with? Thanks cannot wait to try this!


  21. I posted the comment below on the “bone in” prime rib recipe page, and then found this page so I’m pasting here also to share my outcome with others.
    Warren Robertson April 15, 2018 –
    I purchased a 13.8 lb boneless rib loin and was planning on roasting this morning with the “sear first” process that all the other websites recommend. After reading this and watching the video from Kenji, I decided to use this method instead. I seasoned it heavily last night with a slurry paste made up of Montreal Steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, brown sugar and minced garlic, and left it out all night to come to room temp. I just loaded it in the oven at 220 degrees at 8:00 am, and we have company coming to eat at 1:00. I have an internal thermometer in it to monitor, but also have a instant temp I will us to verify. I’ll let you know how it comes out later this evening….(most likely after my nap from the “beef coma” I’m going to put myself in!!)

    • Thank you for keeping us posted, Warren. Looking forward to hear your result. 😉

      • Hey Shinee!! I made it home from church at exactly 12:30, and the roast was dead on 130 degrees (exactly 4.5 hrs @ 220). I immediately pulled it out as my goal was 120 degrees for a more rare finished product. I let it rest for 30 minutes and it peaked at 138. I increased the oven to 500 and put the roast back in for exactly 10 minutes for the sear, and it worked perfectly. I sliced it almost immediately, and it was a beautiful, juicy medium rare from outside to center. Honestly, IMO the 130 degrees ended up working perfectly for the 8 guests as everyone doesn’t like a true rare finish, but doesn’t want to tell you that! There were 10 adults total, and I ended up with about a 2 lb piece (about 6″) that I can’t wait to use for a French dip for dinner tomorrow night!!Thanks for the recipe, and I hope the details I provided help others in their decisions when making their own prime rib!!

        Rating: 5
        • Warren! So glad you got perfect result!! And thank you so much for sharing all the details, it’s definitely really helpful!

  22. This Christmas I cooked our 14.5 lb. boneless Prime Rib and it was perfect! There were several other cooks in my kitchen with different ideas but I prevail and we all enjoyed a lovely meal.   Thank you.

    Rating: 5
  23. Made this for Christmas dinner. It took a bit longer to cook than I expected. About 3.5 hours for a 4.5lb roast. Was definitely the best prime rib I have ever had. The family raved about it and my sister in law had to have the recipe!!

    Rating: 5
  24. If you are roasting at 200 degrees want it to cook to 120 internal , how many minutes per lb if you are cooking a 14 lb roast

  25. Hello 
    Do you think the roasted garlic mixed in the butter mixture would be to much?

  26. Hi.. I was wondering how long I would cook a 10Ib Bone in roast in a roaster oven.. Help 😬

  27. Well your Garlic and Herb Crusted Boneless Prime Rib was a big hit for Christmas dinner (2:00 pm).  Letting the meat stand after heating in a 500 degree oven is a must.  The liquid stayed in the meat instead of ending up in the bottom of the pan.  The big surprise was when everyone was hungry again around 6:00 pm.  The meat was absolutely delicious cold.  

    Rating: 5
  28. I made this recipe for Christmas Eve dinner and it was a hit. My 12 pound prime rib cooked in just under 5 hours in my oven, and that was even after letting the internal temperature reach 132 degrees for a nice medium roast. I liked this better than another recipe I had tried for Thanksgiving because the butter-based spread stayed on the roast whereas the oil-based spread in the other recipe tended to slide off the meat as it cooked. Your recipe was also more flavorful. Thank-you for a great recipe!

    Rating: 5
  29. My family said it was the best prime rib they ever had! They could not believe how good it was! Unbelievable!!!

    Rating: 5
  30. I just took roast out of 200 degree oven an hour early because it reached 125 degrees.   Dinner not for another2 hours, any suggestions?  I really don’t want to over cook again this year

    • Hi, Jim. It’s totally fine. Simply wrap it tightly with a foil and keep it in a warm place until ready for the final sear. Hope you enjoy it! Merry Christmas!

  31. Can you cook the 200 in convection or just bake?

  32. Shinee!!!! My 14 ib rib roast was perfection!! Thank you so much!! Will do this every year now that I know how easy it is and came out perfectly… and I’m not so nervous!.. Slow and Low, blast at end.. yummmm

  33. I forgot to salt the roast overnight. Now what

  34. Hi, Do you cook bone side up or down?

  35. Can this recipe and method be used with a beef tenderloin?

  36. I have a 6.5 lb roast with the bone, I have always used the drippings/fat to make Yorkshire Pudding while the roast rests. Do you think this method would make the drippings/fat to be too burnt to use? This sounds amazing!

    • Hi, Malia. So with this exact recipe with compound butter, I did get quite a bit of drippings. When I cooked my prime rib with dry rub, it didn’t yield any drippings. Hope you’ll enjoy! Merry Christmas!

  37. Do you cover the roast while cooking on low(200 degrees) or uncovered?

  38. So this technique can be used for a roast with bones in also.i was thinking of poking some holes and putting some garlic pieces in meat what do you think 

  39. and… if it comes to correct temp before time..does it matter how long you leave it to rest before final blast of heat?

    • Hi, Kim. Yes, you’re correct with your math. But you can put it in earlier, say 11a-12p, just to give yourself some time, and let the roast rest until ready for the last searing. You can rest the roast before searing for up to 1.5 hours. Make sure to cover it foil well. Hope you enjoy! Merry Christmas!

  40. so a rib in 13 lb at 5 -5.5 hours with additional rest and sear time + 30 min ..roughly 6 hrs… If I want to eat around 7pm I should put it in around 1PM correct? Sorry.. basic math, but at this price I need to ask a professional!

  41. Hello Shinee,

    I have a 6.6lb roast de-boned, but tied back to the roast, How long do I cook it for?

  42. On a smaller size roast like 4-5lbs do you still cook at 500 for 10mins At the end? Or do you reduce that time too?

  43. How long would I cook an 8-10 pound prime rib roast this way??

  44. 5 lb. roast. About four hours do you thinkg?

  45. I’ve been looking for a prime rib roast recipe that cooks the roast slow and low.  Can you tell me approximately how many minutes per pound to cook the roast as described above?  Then, I can check the temperature before taking it out.  thanks.

    • Hi, Janice. It’s hard to say how many minutes per pound. But generally, 5-10lb roast will take about 3.5-4 hours at 200°F, and 15lb roast took 5.5 hours at 200°F to reach 125°F. Hope this helps.

  46. Hi!  Since there is only 2 of us and I didn’t want to spend $75 for a giant roast, we bought a 4 1/2 lb roast.  Do I need to adjust the cooking time?

  47. How long would you cook a 5lb. bone-in roast?

  48. I have a 22 lb bone in prime rib roast. Vacuum sealed aging in my refrigerator since the day after Thanksgiving. I usually sit it on counter in the morning until room temp before putting in oven. Stinky when first opened, right before seasoning and routing, but always delicious. I’ve never opened the night before and salted…do you think I could?

    • Hi, Ellen! Sounds like delicious Christmas dinner is awaiting. 🙂 Yes, I definitely recommend opening the package the night before and salt it and refrigerate overnight without cover. That way salt will penetrate all the way in, and meat will dry out a bit on the outside, which helps to create a nice crust. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

  49. Not sure what’s to be done with the roasted garlic?

    • Hi, JoAnne. You can use it any which way. It has kind of sweet caramelized taste. I love smear it on a toast, or with the meat. I also like adding it mashed potatoes. Hope this helps.

  50. It’s basicly the same concept as to preheat oven to 500 degrees put in 15 lb rib and shut oven off and go to bed preheat cook at 350 for 45 min before serving well on outside med rare center the only thing I disagree. With you recipe is than meat out of refrigerator the season immediately because as meat is coming to room temp it is pulling all the spices in to the meat as warming up rather than season before cooking

  51. I have a 13 lb bone in roast on order for Christmas…
    This recipe sounds delicious! How long would you cook at 200?

  52. Will this work with a bone in roast?

  53. How big of a boneless roast for 15 people?  I’ve done the bone in but want to try boneless this year. 😊 Looks delish!!!

  54. How  long to cook 6-7 lbs. roast. Is it 1 table spoon of kosher salt used to spread or more?
    Thank You

    • Hi, Nick! Great question. I usually salt the prime rib the night before (about 1 tablespoon). And I then add just a little (maybe about 1 teaspoon) of salt into the butter. 6-7lb roast will cook for 4-4.5 hours.

  55. How long of a cook time for two 20 pound roast on one roasting pan?

  56. Hey shinee, I made this delicious roast recipe yesterday as per your instruction! And it was simply delicious. My hubby liked it so much!

    Rating: 5
  57. Could the prepared roast be put in a smoker (200 degrees; same time) instead of the first oven “visit” as suggested here; and then finished in the 500 degree oven?

  58. I’ve made a slit right through the middle and place asprig of rosemary down the middle. Works great. Tastes great to.

    Rating: 5
  59. How long does the garlic cook? The whole 5.5 hours?

  60. Why can’t you use anything other then rosemary? Every recipe that I’ve used with it had a very strong aroma and flavor following instructions. Now I’m completely against using rosemary any suggestions? It really looks divine but rosemary, eck!