Prime rib steak is my husband’s favorite food. The one that best suit his taste is when I bake the prime ribs in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooking time is very important here. Now you may ask. How long to cook prime rib in oven at 250 degrees? In this post, I would like to share about baking prime rib in oven, from cooking times and temperatures to seasonings and side dishes.
It takes 30 minutes to bake prime rib at 250 degrees in the oven per pound. That being said, a 5 lb prime rib will need to bake for 2.5 hours. Use this rule if you want to achieve a medium-well doneness which means an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. If your goal is medium-rare, remove the rib from the oven 10-15 minutes earlier when it hits 130 degrees F. For well done prime ribs, the internal temp is to reach 150 to 160 degrees F. Given that the temperature rises slowly, the meat turns out extremely tender no matter the chosen doneness.
Another temperature you can go for is 350 degrees. You will have to stick to the 20 minutes per pound rate to ensure the rib gets tender and succulent. At this temperature, the meat cooks uniformly from center to outer edge. This result is unlike when you choose to roast the prime rib at 425 degrees which gives you a crispy exterior but undercooked pink meat. In fact, we wouldn’t recommend you to cook prime rib at 425 degrees even if it gives you shorter cook time benefits. Instead, go for a lower 400 degrees to get the desired crisp. This is a better temperature that gives you both a crispy crust and renders the rib more evenly cooked. At 400 degrees, the prime rib will need to bake for 15 minutes per pound.
Being a big cut of beef, prime rib requires a long and slow baking process so that the center cooks just as well as the exterior and the meat in its near vicinity. If you choose a high temperature, the top will cook faster than the center, so you will get a pink flesh inside. Of course, if you love rare meat, just fast cooking is your go-to option. However, if you prefer medium and well-done, you should stick to slow cooking. Both 350 and 250 degrees provide an uniformly cooked rib. There are minor differences in texture and tenderness though. Rib steak cooked at 250 degrees will appear slightly more tender and moist while rib baked at 350 degrees will have a more pronounced crisp. You decide which one suits you better.
Here’s the recipe to cook prime rib in the oven.
The convection fan can help you to cut down the cooking time of any roast including prime rib by circulating the hot air around the meat. The nice thing about convection is that it keeps the temperature inside the oven the same, so there is a lower risk for the rib surface to get too dry and smoked.
You can also bake the prime rib wrapped in aluminum foil for about 30 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking until proper doneness is reached.
There are many sauce you can use and it’s really up to your personal preferences. But I would say that prime rib combines really well with horseradish sauce, creamy mustard sauce and red wine sauce.
As far as side dishes are concerned, the classic grilled veggies, baked potatoes and fresh salad will definitely fit the bill. One of my family’s favorites is roasted broccoli with garlic and parmesan cheese. The broccoli and garlic add a touch of freshness to the rib while the creamy parmesan cheese makes the meal more filling and richer. Not to mention the numerous layers of flavor that this dish brings to your dinner.
We couldn’t pass by mushroom risotto either which is a dish we have recently discovered that makes a great pairing for prime rib. The earthy mushrooms integrate excellently into the rich rice, creating an eye-catching, flavorful and hearty delicacy that gets even better with savory prime rib.
Prime rib is cut from the meat in the cow’s primal rib. This piece of meat contains a large piece of meat in the center that looks like an eye. As the cow doesn’t use the muscles in this part much, the meat is really juicy and tender with lots of fatty muscles around it.
Prime rib is beef and not pork. For pig, the meat in the same area of the cow is called a pork loin.
The prime rib internal temp should reach 150 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit for well done meat. This temperature should be probed at the thickest part of the meat where it takes longer to cook.
To get medium rare prime ribs, its internal temperature is to reach 130 degrees Fahrenheit before removing it from the oven.
I normally prepare 1 pound of prime rib with bone-in per person. For boneless roast, it will be about 3/4 pounds. However, when i prepare dinner for my family of 4 adults, I usually prepare an extra pound sliced into 4 parts so that we can have some extra helpings.
The prime rib comes from the meat on the primal rib cage of the cow.
It takes 35 minutes to bake prime rib at 225 degrees in the oven per pound to a medium-well doneness. Remove the ribs when the internal temperature hits 145 degrees Fahrenheit.