Prime Rib for Two

Prime Rib Dinner
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
2284 Calories
161g Fat
66g Carbs
135g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 2284
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 161g 207%
Saturated Fat 63g 315%
Cholesterol 471mg 157%
Sodium 604mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 135g
Vitamin C 30mg 148%
Calcium 170mg 13%
Iron 17mg 97%
Potassium 3530mg 75%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

It's not always easy to find elegant recipes that aren't scaled for a dinner party, especially when it comes to beef, but this simple and elegant recipe is perfect for a romantic dinner for two, allowing you to 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 gives it a mouth-watering flavor. And because this cut usually has the bone attached, it has even more taste. You may need to order the prime rib beforehand from your butcher if you can't find the small size in the meat case at your supermarket. The beef should also be frozen before cooking, so plan ahead.

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


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  2. Rub the frozen prime rib with the garlic cloves.

  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the meat and rub to coat. 

  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Rub the marjoram into the meat.

  6. Place the potatoes in a baking pan to create a bed for the meat to sit on.

  7. Place the rib on top of the potatoes 

  8. Scatter the carrots around the meat and potatoes.

  9. Roast the frozen prime rib 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. 

  10. Let the rib stand, covered with foil, for 5 minutes to let the juices redistribute.

  11. Slice into 1-inch pieces.

  12. Serve with the potatoes and carrots, and sour cream and chives on the side if desired.

  13. Enjoy.

Why Start With Frozen Beef?

Beginning with a frozen piece of meat is a useful method when you plan on cooking the roast to medium-rare as the interior will stay nice and pink. You do need to double the time in the oven (which was done in this recipe), taking it from 15 minutes a pound to 30. However, if you have concerns over food safety, or prefer a roast that has very little color inside, then start the recipe with a room temperature prime rib. Make sure to cut the roasting time in half.