how to cook a beef ribeye roast in the oven

A simple dry rub and 75 minutes in the oven are all it takes to produce a beautifully marbled, flavorful, and juicy ribeye roast.

Theres no need to marinate the meat before cooking, and you can enjoy the leftovers reheated or cold.

Tender, succulent, and flavorful, ribeye is my favorite cut of beef. This tasty recipe for cooking the whole roast is especially easy to make.

Simply rub the meat with seasonings, then cook it in the oven until done. Your only real job as a cook is to avoid overcooking the roast. [feast_advanced_jump_to]

Youll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Heres an overview of what youll need:

Like beef tenderloin roast, the best thing about this recipe is that its so easy. Simply rub the meat with seasonings, roast it in a very hot oven to get the fat cap crispy, then lower the oven and continue roasting to medium-rare.

The detailed instructions for making this recipe are listed in the recipe card below. Heres an overview of the steps and photos to illustrate them:

In a small bowl, use a fork to mix the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, sage, and thyme. Rub the mixture all over the roast, pressing to ensure the rub adheres to the meat.

Place the meat, fat side up, on a rack in a rimmed roasting pan and allow it to get to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 500°F. Insert a meat thermometer into the middle of the roast and set the thermometer to 135°F (medium-rare).

Place the roast in the 500°F oven and cook it for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Keep roasting until the thermometer registers 135°F, about one more hour.

Remove the roast from the oven. Loosely cover it with foil and allow it to rest for 30 minutes, then cut it into thin slices and serve.

How Long To Roast

According to conventional wisdom, after the initial 15 minutes of browning the meat, a 3-pound roast should take roughly one more hour (20 minutes per pound).

But the only way to know for sure is by using a meat thermometer such as the one shown in the photo below. In my oven, for example, after one more hour, the internal temperature usually reaches 120°F, and I need to keep roasting for 8-9 more minutes to reach 135°F.

how to cook a beef ribeye roast in the oven

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.

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.

how to cook a beef ribeye roast in the oven

Fat Cap on Top

When you place the roast on the roasting pan, place it so that the fat cap is on top. This way, the tasty fat will melt into the meat as it cooks. This will also enable the fat to brown and crisp up.

how to cook a beef ribeye roast in the oven

Its important to let the meat rest for 30 minutes before slicing it. This will allow the juices to settle and redistribute, preventing yummy juices from gushing out as soon as you cut into the meat.

Almost, but not exactly. Prime rib is cut from the prime portion of the animal, where the meat is tender and well-marbled. It includes ribs 6 through 12. Its sometimes called a standing rib roast because the bones enable it to stand upright for roasting. But if you cut the meat away from the bones, leaving the “eye” (the large central muscle) and a layer of fat, you get a ribeye roast. Some say its best to cook bone-in roasts because the bones produce a juicier and more flavorful roast. Its true that the meat portions closest to a bone-in steak, for example, taste the best. But getting to them is difficult unless youre willing to gnaw on bones! Thats why many home cooks, myself included, prefer to cook a ribeye roast. It is smaller, and you can carve it easily since there are no bones. It is still very flavorful, and the fat cap is sublime.

A ribeye steak is a prime rib roast cut between the ribs into individual steaks. A roast is slowly cooked in the oven; a steak is typically pan-fried, grilled, or broiled. Many prefer to buy whole boneless roasts and cut them into individual steaks. Costco has excellent roasts; if you do it this way, you could save quite a bit.

You could, but its unnecessary. The meat is well-marbled, beefy, and juicy. It tastes great without any marinade. Unlike tough cuts of beef such as London broil, ribeye is also tender enough that you dont need a vinegary marinade to tenderize it.

Its best to cook it to medium-rare (135°F). However, ribeye is marbled and juicy enough to taste good even when you cook it to medium doneness (145°F), as recommended by the USDA.

No, its not. Since this roast is so amazingly delicious, I always assumed it was not something I would want to tackle at home. I thought it would be too complex. But making this recipe at home in your oven is easy. This is especially true if you have a meat thermometer to help ensure you dont overcook (or undercook) the meat.

I recommend balancing out the richness of this dish by skipping the starch and serving it with simply prepared veggies such as sautéed broccolini, sauteed spinach, or sugar snap peas.

A simple salad such as arugula salad or tomato salad is always good. And if you want a tasty alternative to mashed potatoes, this mashed cauliflower is lovely. Or go all out and make loaded mashed cauliflower!

You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently, covered, in the microwave at 50% power. Unfortunately, reheating takes them from medium-rare to medium doneness, but this cant be helped.

Unless you simply slice them thinly and eat them cold! They are surprisingly good this way, served with Dijon mustard or sriracha mayo, quick pickles, pickled red onions, and fresh-cut veggies. Its like eating cold roast beef.

how to cook a beef ribeye roast in the oven

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how to cook a beef ribeye roast in the oven

  • 2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt or 1 teaspoon of any other salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 pounds boneless ribeye roast USDA Prime grade
  • In a small bowl, use a fork to mix the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, sage, and thyme. Rub the mixture all over the roast, pressing to ensure the rub adheres to the meat.
  • Place the meat, fat side up, on a rack in a roasting pan and allow it to get to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 500°F. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the middle of the roast and set the thermometer to alert you when the roast reaches 135°F (medium-rare).
  • Place the roast in the 500°F oven and cook it for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Keep roasting until the thermometer registers 135°F. According to conventional wisdom, a 3-pound roast should take roughly 1 more hour (20 minutes per pound). But the only way to know for sure is to use a thermometer. In my oven, after one more hour, the internal temperature usually reaches 120°F, and I need to keep roasting for 8-9 more minutes to reach 135°F.
  • Remove the roast from the oven. Loosely cover it with foil and allow it to rest for 30 minutes, then cut it into thin slices and serve.
  • The only way to ensure the meat is done to your liking is to use an oven-safe meat thermometer inserted into the middle of the roast at the start of cooking. This type of thermometer beeps to alert you when the roast is done. Please dont rely on general timing guidelines or an instant-read thermometer. These methods are unreliable.
  • If your roast is bigger than 3 pounds, roast it for roughly 20 minutes per pound after lowering the oven to 350°F. If it seems to be getting too dark on top, loosely cover it with foil and keep roasting until your thermometer alerts you that the roast has reached an internal temperature of 135°F.
  • Its very important to let the roast rest for 30 minutes before slicing it. This will allow the juices to settle and redistribute, preventing them from gushing out as soon as you cut into the meat.
  • The nutrition info assumes USDA prime (fattier), and the fat is eaten.
  • The USDA says we should cook whole cuts of beef to 145ºF with a three-minute rest time.
  • Keep the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently, covered, in the microwave at 50% power. Unfortunately, reheating takes them from medium-rare to medium doneness, but this cant be helped. Unless you simply slice them thinly and eat them cold! They are surprisingly good this way.

Rating 4.8 (201) · 1 hr 40 minMay 24, 2022 · 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

FAQ

How long does it take to cook a ribeye in the oven?

Thinner ribeye steaks about one inch thick generally need about 20-30 minutes in the oven and another 3-5 minutes to sear each side. Standard ribeye steaks that are closer to 1 ½ inches thick or more might need 30-45 minutes in the oven and between 3-7 minutes to sear each side in a skillet.

What temperature should a 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.

Should ribeye roast be covered with foil?

You can cover rib roast when cooking after searing it to help it retain some of its moisture, but it’s not necessary. For the best results, leave the roast uncovered until you remove it from the oven or grill and place it at room temperature for resting.

What’s the difference between a ribeye roast and a prime ribeye roast?

The cut is from the rib roast, aka prime rib. To be considered a ribeye, the steak must be cut before the roast is cooked. The cuts are then sold as ribeye steaks. Prime rib cuts are larger than ribeye cuts since they include the ribeye and the bone.

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