Herb Salt Crusted Prime Rib

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
15 min
1 hr
5 min

4 servings

  • 3 1/2 pounds beef rib roast
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned pepper, salt free
  • 1 (3-pound) box kosher salt
  • 2 packets Italian dressing mix
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (14-ounce) can low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 packet onion soup mix

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil.

Rinse the roast, pat it dry, and bring it to room temperature. Sprinkle with the Worcestershire sauce and seasoned pepper.

In a bowl add the kosher salt, Italian dressing mix, and egg whites and stir to combine. Sprinkle water over the top of the salt mixture until it is well-moistened, but not wet.

Place a 1/2-inch layer of the salt mixture in the middle of the roasting pan, slightly larger than the diameter of the roast. Place the roast, fat side up, on top of the salt. Insert a meat thermometer into the center of the roast. Carefully pack the remaining salt mixture onto the meat, covering it completely.

Place the roast in the oven and reduce the temperature to 425 degrees F. Roast for 14 to 16 minutes per pound, or until the thermometer reads 5 degrees F less than desired temperature. Final temperature for rare will be 130 degrees F; 135 degrees F for medium rare; 140 degrees F for medium.

Remove the roast from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes.

For jus, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the beef broth and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the soup mix, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Remove the salt crust from the roast by breaking it and peeling it away. (You will probably need a hammer to do this.) Slice the meat to desired thickness and transfer slices to a platter. Ladle a small amount of jus over the top of the meat; serve remainder of jus on the side.

Cook's note: Have your butcher remove the ribs from the roast.

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This recipe is easy and the meat comes out perfect every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the perfect "celebration" meal - EVER! If you have a "meat and potatoes" lover in your family, I would highly suggest this delicious (and EASY! recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe! I'v'e made it quite a few times and it comes out great every time. Just be sure to watch the temp if you like it medium rare like us. The roast will continue to cook even after you take it out and let it sit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have used this recipe ever since I watched Sandra demonstrate on TV. Hands down, it has become my family's favorite. This recipe has never let me down. Easy, yummy and a crowd pleaser. Definitely one of the best recipes Sandra offers. Holly M Redlands, CA item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked that it was very easy and simple to make, but I wished it was less salty and more herb flavored. Overall, this was a great recipe and very impressive (my family requested it again. I hope that the more experienced cooks out there will post their suggestions. Looking forward to trying it again with your help, Uyen (ooh-wen item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have used this recipe 5 or 6 time and everybody has loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sandra, Great recipe, I tried this last week with my wife. She had purchased a new gourmet herb salt called Woody's Gourmet, you can checkout their product at www.woodysgourmet.com Using a fresh herb salt made the difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so WONDERFUL!!!! My husband said he would never order another Prime Rib at a restaurant!! The timing is off, as others have said, but we had easy side dishes that could be made while the roast was resting, and we were not on any time schedule. Visiting relatives out of state and have bragged about this recipe to them, so I am going to make it tonight but am making a 6 lb roast instead of a 3.5 one...again, keeping the side dishes easy will be the way to go. MUST TRY THIS!!!! ENJOY!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my favorite for flavor and simplicity. Looking at a "Standing Rib Roast" before cooking, can be very intimidating. Not only does the roast cook completely but it is fun to involve guests and family when breaking the salt crust. I have made this on many occasions and I have never been disappointed. Thanksd, Sandra item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this recipe on a venison roast and it was just as good as the prime rib! Everyone absolutely loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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