Standing Rib Roast Recipe

As you're planning your holiday dinner menu, you may be looking to include a hearty main dish. Of course, a beautiful ham is delicious, or you could even serve a roast duck or goose. But if you want something truly eye-catching to wow a crowd, a standing rib roast will be your best bet.

This cut of beef is hearty and tender and truly makes a statement thanks to the textured bones that pop out from the meat. And luckily, recipe developer and food photographer Petar Marshall has a simple recipe to put it together. "While it may look complicated, this roast only requires a few minutes of prep work," he says. "Then, you can let the oven do the rest of the work to create an impressive centerpiece," he adds. With just a handful of ingredients, you can pull off a striking dish to place on your holiday table this year. 

Gather the ingredients for the standing rib roast

To dive in and make this standing rib roast recipe, you'll first want to check that you have all of your ingredients. For this recipe, you'll need one 10-pound rib roast, an entire head of garlic, one container of fresh thyme, two containers of fresh rosemary, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Be sure to mince the garlic, thyme, and rosemary. According to Marshall, the addition of rosemary and thyme adds a beautiful, herbaceous flavor to the exterior of the roast. "If you end up with a larger or smaller roast, that will be fine," says Marshall. "You may need to slightly adjust the amount of herbs and oil used, but it will be very similar."

Cover the roast in olive oil

With your ingredients prepped, it's time to assemble the roast for the oven. First, preheat your oven to 375 F to give it time to warm up to the proper temperature while you get the meat ready. Using a pastry brush or rubber brush, cover the top, bottom, and sides of the roast with olive oil. Be sure to thoroughly coat the entire roast. "This will help the herb mixture stick to the meat," says Marshall.

Season the roast with the herb mixture

Once the roast has been thoroughly coated in olive oil, it's ready for seasoning. In a bowl, mix together the minced rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Then, mix in salt and pepper to taste. Use your hands to rub the herb and garlic mixture all over the roast. Be sure to thoroughly cover the roast and use all of the seasoning mixture for best flavor results. Once the roast is covered, wash your hands before moving on to the next step.

Cook and serve the standing rib roast

After the roast has been prepped, cook the meat in a roasting pan in the oven for about 2 hours. "You'll want a meat thermometer to reach at least 120 degrees for a rare roast," says Marshall. Once the roast is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. To dress it up for serving, place it on a platter and garnish it with additional sprigs of fresh rosemary.

Standing Rib Roast Recipe
5 from 38 ratings
This impressive standing rib roast recipe is far easier than it looks. Wow your guests this holiday season with this delicious meat-focused main course.
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standing rib roast
Total time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • 1 (10-pound) rib roast
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 (⅔-ounce) container of fresh thyme, minced
  • 2 (⅔-ounce) containers of fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Brush the olive oil all over the roast, covering the top, bottom, and sides.
  3. Combine the minced rosemary, thyme, and garlic and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Rub the herb and garlic seasoning all over the roast.
  5. Transfer the meat to a roasting pan, and cook it in the oven for about 2 hours until it reaches an internal temperature of 120 F.
  6. Once cooked, remove the meat from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve the roast on a platter and garnish it with additional fresh rosemary if desired.
Calories per Serving 1,567
Total Fat 135.2 g
Saturated Fat 54.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 334.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 4.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
Total Sugars 0.1 g
Sodium 1,361.5 mg
Protein 77.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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