Prime Rib for Two Recipe

Prime Rib Dinner
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Ratings (44)
  • Total: 100 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 1 Prime Rib of Beef (2 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
569 Calories
10g Fat
109g Carbs
18g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple and elegant recipe is perfect for a romantic dinner. It's not easy to find elegant recipes for two people that aren't just steak or grilled chicken breasts. This recipe lets you serve your sweetie something really special and delicious without breaking the bank.

Prime rib of beef is so good because it is taken from the part of the cow that doesn't get much exercise. It's very tender and has a lot of fat, which makes the flavor mouth-watering. And because this cut usually has the bone attached, it has more flavor.

All you need to serve with this recipe is some steamed asparagus or green beans, a fruit salad, and a couple of glasses of red wine. For dessert, chocolate mousse would be perfect.


  • 1 (2-1/2 pound) prime rib of beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 2 potatoes, scrubbed and pricked with a fork
  • 4 carrots, cut into chunks

Steps to Make It

You may need to order the prime rib beforehand from your butcher. The beef must also be frozen before cooking, so plan ahead! Take the rib out of the freezer, unwrap it and rub it with the garlic and then the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and rub the marjoram into the meat.

Place the rib on a baking pan with the potatoes holding it upright. Put the carrots into the pan next to the meat.

Roast the frozen prime rib at 400 F for 1 hour 15 minutes for rare, or 1 hour 25 minutes for medium. The internal temperature should be 130 F for rare or 140 F for medium. 

Make sure to let the rib stand, covered with foil, for 5 minutes before slicing to let the juices redistribute. Serve with the potatoes, carrots, sour cream, and chives.