The Best Ribeye Roast Recipe (2024)

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Dec 07, 2022, Updated Feb 13, 2024

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Delicious, perfect ribeye roast is a recipe every home cook should have in their repertoire it is simple to prepare but makes a big impact!

Similar to prime rib, ribeye roast is the boneless juicy, tender show-stopping steak that will be the star of your holiday dinner table!

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  • Easy Baked Ribeye Roast
  • How To Cook Ribeye Roast
    • Recipe FAQ’s
  • What To Serve With Ribeye Roast
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Easy Baked Ribeye Roast

If you’re looking for a delicious, juicy, and incredibly flavorful roast that is easy to prepare, roast, and serve – look no further than this Ribeye Roast Recipe.

Similar to prime rib (but without having to trim any bones!), this ribeye roast is packed with flavor, takes less than three hours total, and is a stunning dish for a holiday dinner.

If you’re hosting Christmas eve or Christmas dinner, you NEED to have this ribeye roast on your menu, especially served with our perfect soft buttery dinner rolls, Perfect Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Butter Roasted Potatoes, The Best Easy Keto Mashed Cauliflower, The Best Air Fryer Keto Rolls and more!

You won’t believe how simple this stunning dish is to make – even beginner cooks can get a restaurant quality ribeye roast – only a roasting pan is needed! If you’re looking for a delicious way to make prime rib outside – try our Rotisserie Prime Rib recipe! It is FULL of flavor and so easy to make!

If you’re confused by what makes a prime rib and what makes a ribeye roast, you’re not alone. In a lot of ways, they are the same – but a ribeye roast refers to the large, central muscle that runs along a cow’s ribs – making up the “eye” of the roast.

If you cut your prime rib roast away from the bones, leaving that eye and a protective layer of fat, you have what’s termed a “ribeye” roast. Ribeye roasts are very similar to prime rib in flavor, but different in how they are cut from the bone.

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How To Cook Ribeye Roast

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Ribeye roast – about 5 pounds – pat roast dry from any packaging liquid and let roast come to room temperature for best results.
  • Butter – for brushing – basting ribeye roast with butter helps herbs and spices stick to meat, helps lock in flavor, and adds fat to develop a crisp, crunchy crust to the outside of meat for a rich and delicious flavor that is hearty and sumptuous.
  • Minced garlic – garlic brings an earthy, rich layer of flavor to meat that can enhance meaty flavor and add more dimension to your dish.
  • Kosher salt – a high quality salt, preferably one with a crunchy texture that won’t melt into the meat is a lovely addition to ribeye roast crust.
  • Italian seasonings – adding layer of flavor from basil, thyme, sage, oregano, rosemary, and coriander give more depth to your meat’s flavor and make it completely irresistible!
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To make a tender, delicious ribeye roast, we will follow this process:

  • Prep. Slather in melted butter and cover in seasonings.
  • Cook at 450 briefly. You will want to bake the roast at 450 degrees for 15 minutes initially to develop a strong crust and lock in the meat’s juice.
  • Roast at 325 – slow and low. Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees and cook till it reaches the desired internal temperature (approximately 20 minutes per pound of ribeye). (NO NEED TO COVER IT WHILE ROASTING)
  • Rest. Let rest before carving to serve.
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Tips to Perfect Ribeye Roast & FAQs

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Cooking ribeye roast is far less intensive than other roasts, we prep it by rubbing with seasonings and coating in butter. Then broil it at a very high temperature for a short amount of time, and roast for about 2 hours.

Just like making tender, juicy prime rib and rotisserie prime rib, making ribeye roast is simple, delicious, and easy enough that even beginner home cooks can confidently make a knockout holiday dinner.

Follow steps precisely. Then the roast sits for a half an hour and we slice and serve… making this recipe crazy easy. Since there are only four steps (prep, broil, roast, rest) they need to be followed exactly.

My Pro Tip

Recipe Tip

Use a thermometer and remove roast 10 degrees early. Always go by a meat thermometer, instead of time, for your roast. When your roast is 10 degrees away from your desired final temperature, remove it from the oven. It will carryover cook 10 degrees after removing, so to get the perfect doneness, you need to let it rest and pull it out of the oven earlier!

Coat ribeye roast well. Be sure to evenly cover your roast with seasonings and butter. Rub salt, pepper, and herbs as well as garlic into any grooves in the meat so you have flavor all over. Get your oven scorching hot before adding roast to broil, and broil for a full fifteen minutes.

Hands off! Lower heat and don’t touch the roast until it’s done – you can check the internal temperature to get to your desired doneness, but otherwise, sit back and enjoy the amazing smell while your oven does the work! The number one way to mess up this roast is to over-fiddle with it.

Let it rest. We’ll talk about this again in a minute because it’s so important – but when your roast is done, let that sucker take a minute to pull itself together. Don’t cut your roast too early. Let those juices get happy to keep your roast tender and juicy!

Do You Have To Tie Ribeye Roast? Often when making roasts and prime rib, people tie the roast to help keep them round, or to keep a stuffing in – but I prefer to not tie my ribeye roast since the meat stays in a great shape even when cooked without tying. For me, less work always equals a win! I am a notoriously lazy cook when it comes to tying things off, I don’t even tie off my Roasted Montreal Chicken or my Paper Bag Roasted Turkey. I prefer to move quickly in the kitchen, and tying off a roast isn’t necessary. However, it can improve the look of the roast if you’re going for an impressive presentation.

How To Carve Ribeye Roast. Even though prime rib and ribeye roast are incredibly similar, the ribeye roast really shines when it comes time to carve. Unlike a prime rib, there is no bone in a ribeye roast so you can cook it whole, and then slice easily to serve. I slice my ribeye roast similar to how I would slice a meatloaf. Cut with a large, heavy knife in a fluid motion to create thick slices, against the grain of the meat.

If your ribeye roast is a bit jiggly, it might still be too warm. Roast is easier to cut after about 20-30 minutes. After that, you can hold it tightly together with one hand as you slice.

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Let Ribeye Roast Rest for 30 Minutes. No matter your carving choices or technique, there is one hard and fast rule you must stick to for juicy and tender ribeye roast: You must let roast rest for 30 minutes before carving. If carved too quickly, the roast will quickly release all of it’s juices and dry out.

Tent with foil. Tent your roast in foil for at least 30 minutes out of the oven before carving.

What Temperature To Cook Ribeye Roast To? Ribeye roast, like prime rib, is best medium rare – which will take about 2 hours 20 minutes roasting time. For each of these cook times, you will actually be looking for 10 degrees under your target for when you pull the roast out of the oven. The roast will continue to cook as you tent it in foil.

The temperature below shows when to REMOVE meat – it will cook another 10 degrees while tented with foil.

  • For rare ribeye roast, the in-oven temperature should be 105-110 degrees.
  • For medium rare to medium ribeye roast, the in-oven temperature should be 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • For well done ribeye roast, the in-oven temperature should be 130 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can adjust your cooktime based on those temperatures. Remember the sides will be closer to well done while the middle will be much more red/pink. You can still serve everyone the slice they prefer.

How To Serve Ribeye Roast – Ribeye roast makes for a fabulous centerpiece for Christmas dinners, Sunday suppers, or other dinner parties especially because it is so easy to make. To serve ribeye roast, I slice into thick slices (similar to prime rib) and serve in a large platter. I set out horseradish, au jus, or other sauce to dip ribeye roast in.

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Recipe FAQ’s

When is ribeye roast done?

For a medium rare ribeye roast (as pictured here), roast is done cooking in the oven at 110-115 degrees.
Remember that the roast will continue to cook after removing from the oven – so cooking over 110-115 in the oven will result in a more done roast.

How long do I cook ribeye roast?

Since ribeye roast can wildly vary in size, you need to go off your digital meat thermometer, not the clock – but plan around 2 hours.

My roast is jiggly and hard to cut – how can I cut it more easily?

If your roast is still a bit jiggly, and hard to get a clean, easy slice, you need to let it rest and set a bit longer. Try 10 minutes, uncovered, to let it rest – and then carve again.

How much roast do I need per person?

Plan on about 1 pound of roast per person.

Is ribeye roast the same as prime rib?

Prime rib is sometimes called a “standing rib” roast, because the bones enable it to stand upright for roasting, even though most people cook them down for better roasting these days. A ribeye roast is cut from the same area as a prime rib roast – but removes the bone before cooking.

While a prime rib roast will include a ribeye roast, a ribeye roast focuses on the marbled ribeye steak meat area – when you buy one, you can easily cut ribeye steaks yourself from the roast – or you can cook as we are here for a rich, juicy, and delicious meaty flavor similar to prime rib and just as indulgent – just with no bones to mess around with!

Do I need to cover the prime rib while it is roasting?

No, in this case you want a nice crust around the prime rib and a soft interior, so you want the moisture from the roast to escape into the oven while cooking. After you remove it from the oven you can lightly “tent” it with foil to keep the meat warm while it cools, and the juices set.

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What To Serve With Ribeye Roast

Ribeye roast, like any roast or prime rib, is great with hearty, rich, and delicious home style sides and is spectacular with perfect mashed potatoes!

This ribeye roast is delicious with hearty side dishes like mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, garlic butter potatoes, and more. It is even better as leftovers, sliced thinly on rye bread for a delicious ribeye sandwich!

Green beans, brussels sprouts, mushrooms,fresh baked artisan bread – they all pair fabulously with this ribeye roast!

To see my favorite sides to serve with a ribeye roast, please check out my list below:

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Garlic Chinese Style Green Beans

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Best Ribeye Roast Recipe

Yield: 8 people

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Additional Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes

The Best Ribeye Roast Recipe - easy and delicious boneless ribeye roast with a crunchy crust and tons of juicy ribeye flavor with almost no work - this recipe is perfect for even beginner cooks!


  • 5 lb ribeye roast
  • 4 tbsp melted butter, for brushing
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp italian seasonings


    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    2. Place roast in a shallow roasting pan with the fatty side up.
    3. Cover ribeye roast with melted butter.
    4. Combine garlic, salt, and seasonings in a small bowl.
    5. Cover roast with the herbs and seasonings.
    6. Place roast in roasting pan into your oven for 15 minutes at 450 degrees.
    7. After 15 minutes, reduce heat to 325ºF and continue roasting for approximately 2 hours (approximately 20 minutes per pound of ribeye). Use a thermometer or digital cooking probe to test the ribeye and continue to cook to the desired internal temperature (see below).
    8. For rare ribeye roast, the in-oven temperature should be 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit. For medium rare to medium ribeye roast, the in-oven temperature should be 120 to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. For well-done ribeye roast, the in-oven temperature should be 130 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
    9. Transfer roast to cutting board or cooling rack and tent with foil and let rest 15-30 minutes.
    10. Slice across the grain to serve.
    Nutrition Information

    Yield 8Serving Size 1
    Amount Per ServingCalories 750Total Fat 83gSaturated Fat 35gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 25gCholesterol 187mgSodium 714mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 64g

    Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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    What temperature should ribeye roast be cooked to? ›

    Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and continue cooking until rib eye is reddish-pink and juicy in the center, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center will read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) for medium. Serve and enjoy!

    How long should a ribeye roast sit out before cooking? ›

    Pull the rib roast out of the fridge and let temper on the counter for three hours. USDA guidelines requires food not be held above 33°F (1°C) for more than 4 hours. A three-hour rest on the counter is well within time constraints.

    Should I sear a ribeye roast before cooking? ›

    The trick to grilling a roast is searing it first and fast over high heat and then moving it to a lower temperature and allowing it to continue cooking slowly. The sear will not only create a perfect barbecue crust, but it will also lock in those juices that you don't want to escape.

    What's the difference between prime rib roast and ribeye roast? ›

    Alright, prime rib and ribeye roast are essentially the same primal cut of beef. The main difference between these cuts of beef are that you will typically find prime rib cooked with the bone-in (also called a bone-in ribeye) and a boneless version of prime rib will be labeled as a ribeye roast.

    Is it better to cook prime rib at 325 or 350? ›

    Prime Rib Roast, at room temperature (very important)

    Sear the rib roast for 15 minutes at the higher oven temperature (450°F), and then turn the oven to the lower temperature (325° F) for the rest of the cooking time.

    How long to cook a 2 lb roast at 325? ›

    Oven Roasting Guidelines
    beef cutSirloin Tip Center Roast
    oven temperature (preheated)325°F
    weight (pounds)2 to 2-1/2
    Approximate Total Cooking TImeMedium Rare: 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours
    Internal TEMPERATURE*135°F

    Should ribeye roast be covered or uncovered? ›

    Cook ribeye roast uncovered for the best results in the oven or on the grill. However, after cooking and during resting time, you can cover it loosely with foil to help its temperature rise and prevent moisture from escaping as it rests.

    How do restaurants make prime rib so tender? ›

    How do restaurants make prime rib so tender? The secret to restaurant-style prime rib is cooking the meat super slow at low temperatures. I recommend cooking prime rib at no higher than 200 degrees F. This cooks the meat very slowly, turning the fat into butter and rendering the proteins juicy and soft.

    Should you salt a prime rib roast before cooking? ›

    For best results, salt your prime rib on all surfaces with kosher salt at least 45 minutes before you start cooking it, and preferably the day before, leaving it in the fridge uncovered overnight. Initially, the salt will draw out some moisture and end up dissolving in it.

    What happens if you don't sear a roast before cooking? ›

    Admittedly, searing isn't strictly necessary for the cooking process. Technically speaking. The meat will cook just fine without searing. (And any surface bacteria will die during cooking anyway.)

    What happens if you don't sear a roast before slow cooking? ›

    While searing meat before slow cooking can enhance flavors by developing a caramelized crust, it's not strictly necessary. If you skip searing, the meat may lack some depth of flavor, but it will still cook and become tender in the slow cooker.

    Why is ribeye roast so expensive? ›

    Expensive Steaks Are Tender Steaks

    The high-end steaks we're talking about are the ribeye, strip loin, tenderloin, T-bone and Porterhouse steaks. These cuts come from high up on the animal, from muscles that don't get much exercise, which is why they're so tender. But those cuts make up just 8% of the beef carcass.

    How many pounds of ribeye roast per person? ›

    ServingsBone-In RoastBoneless Roast
    3–4 adults4 lb. (2 bones)3 lb.
    4–5 adults5 lb. (2-3 bones)4 lb.
    5–6 adults6 lb. (3 bones)5 lb.
    6–7 adults7 lb. (3-4 bones)6 lb.
    2 more rows

    Can you cook ribeye roast the same as prime rib? ›

    Since prime ribs and ribeye steaks come from the same primal cut of beef, the difference in their flavors comes from the way they are cooked. Prime ribs are seared and then roasted slowly under low heat, making them more tender, while ribeyes are grilled quickly over high heat, making them more charred.

    What temperature and how long do you cook a ribeye? ›

    How long does it take to cook steak in the oven? It will take 8 to 10 minutes to cook thick cuts of steak (like ribeye or filet mignon) in the oven at 450°F. During this time, the internal temperatures of the steak should read 125° for rare, 135° for medium rare, and 145° for medium doneness.

    What temperature is medium done for ribeye? ›

    Medium (140°-150°F)

    A steak cooked “medium” will be mostly pink. A small ring of grey may form on the outside and a strip of red will remain in the center. For steaks with more marbling, this will be the temperature where the fat begins to liquefy and add flavor.

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