Prime Rib for Two

Prime Rib for Two

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
2287 Calories
162g Fat
67g Carbs
136g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 2287
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 162g 207%
Saturated Fat 63g 315%
Cholesterol 471mg 157%
Sodium 604mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 136g
Vitamin C 30mg 148%
Calcium 175mg 13%
Iron 18mg 98%
Potassium 3547mg 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.


  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) prime rib of beef, frozen

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black 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

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

    Prime Rib for Two ingredients

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  2. Rub the frozen prime rib with the garlic cloves. Drizzle the olive oil over the meat and rub to coat. 

    steak rubbed with garlic and oil

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  3. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Rub the marjoram into the meat.

    steak rubbed with seasonings

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

    potatoes in a baking dish

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  5. Place the rib on top of the potatoes 

    Place the rib on top of the potatoes

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  6. Scatter the carrots around the meat and potatoes.

    Scatter the carrots around the meat and potatoes

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  7. 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. 

    baked meat and vegetables, meat thermometer

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

    meat and vegetables covered with aluminum foil

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  9. Slice into 1-inch pieces.

    prime rib sliced on a wood board

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

    Prime Rib for Two on a plate

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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.