How To Cook Ribeye Roast in the Oven

Making a ribeye roast is an easy dinner to prepare. You might be surprised at just how easy it is to make an amazing centerpiece. This ribeye roast recipe is perfect for Christmas dinner or anytime you want to have a special dinner.

slicing a prime rib ribeye roast.

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Why this is the perfect recipe for you to try!

This prime rib recipe is my favorite cut of beef for a flavorful roast. Home cooks can make this recipe, it is super easy to prepare an eye of ribeye roast. You don’t need to wait until a special time of year to make this tasty recipe.

Bone-in Ribeye Roast

One thing you must know, it is easy to make a delicious prime rib roast. Now, we are going to roast the ribeye in the oven. This is not a pot roast. There is no need to cook this cut of beef in liquid, and you do not need to cook it in a slow cooker. Roasting is the ideal cooking method for a ribeye.

Season for Best Flavor

Since we are not marinating this roast, we are going to season the outside. It is best to season the crust of the roast liberally, and then brown the roast, and place it into the oven.

I like to season my roast simply with salt and black pepper. Everyone has salt and pepper on hand, so chances are you have everything you need to prepare this roast. If desired, you could add a little crushed fresh rosemary, and I have even added crushed garlic before.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Ribeye roast – you can find these at your local grocery store.
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil – this is what you will use to sear the roast.
  • Salt – Kosher salt is recommended
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
prime rib ribeye roast ingredients.

Ribeye Roast Buying Tips

If you want to learn how to buy a ribeye roast, you should consider grades of meat. There are many different grades of roast. In the grocery store, you will find three main grades of beef.

You will find select, choice, and prime. Less than 5% of all beef is graded as prime; it has the most marbling. Choice has the second most marbling and then select.

All grades of meat are tender and juicy. They can vary broadly in price, with the most expensive being prime, and select being the less costly.

How to Cook a Ribeye Roast

  1. If your roast has bones, cut the bones off then tie them back on. This makes for easier slicing after it is cooked.
  2. Drizzle a little olive oil or vegetable oil over the roast and liberally season it with salt and pepper.
collage of prime rib ribeye roast recipe steps 1 to 4.
  1. Brown the roast on all sides in a skillet.
  2. Place the browned whole roast on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet or a shallow roasting pan with the fat cap or the fat side up.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes for each pound of meat. Use an instant read thermometer to check for doneness. This moderate oven temperature means your beef will slow cook and develop lots of flavor.
  4. When you remove the roast from the oven be sure to let the roast rest for about 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
collage of prime rib ribeye roast recipe steps 5 to 8.

How long should you cook a ribeye roast?

The answer is pretty easy. Look at the weight of the roast, this will help you determine the cooking time.

Your next concern may be how long you should cook the roast? You shouldn’t worry about how long to cook a roast.

There is a time guide on how long to cook a roast and you should always invest in an inexpensive meat thermometer. The internal temperature of the roast should be your guide for when to remove this from the oven.

I like to pull my roast out of the oven a degree or two before the roast reaches the exact temperature as listed below. The meat will rise a degree or two while it is resting.

Ribeye Roast Cooking Time Chart

Rest Meat Before Carving

The meat should rest before carving. Put a sheet of aluminum foil over the roast and wait for about 15 minutes before cutting. This way the juice will redistribute through the meat.

slices of prime rib ribeye roast and two potatoes.

How do you cook a bone-in ribeye roast?

Bone-in ribeye roasts cook faster. The bone conducts heat. So plan on the roast cooking 10 to 15% faster.

Begin to check the temperature with a meat thermometer at about 80% of the cooking time to ensure your roast is cooked to perfection.

What to Serve with Ribeye Roast

You might wonder what you should serve with this roast. I suggest homemade mashed potatoes, roasted Brussel sprouts, green beans, or English Yorkshire Pudding.

I hope you give this recipe a try! This standing rib roast is one of my favorite recipes for the holiday table. Boneless ribeye roast is a favorite to serve for all of the holidays.

What sauce goes with a Ribeye Roast?

Horseradish sauce is one of my favorite sauces for a ribeye roast, but the Outback Steakhouse Tiger sauce is also another favorite. You could use the beef drippings to make a delicious gravy if you desire.

overhead view of prime rib ribeye roast slices and potatoes.

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Ribeye Roast Recipe

Learn how to cook a delicious ribeye roast.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword How to Cook a Ribeye Roast, Ribeye Roast Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 473kcal


  • 6 pound ribeye roast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 3 tablepoons vegetable oil truffle oil is recommended


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Drizzle a little oil over the roast. Rub the oil over the entire roast.
  • Coat the roast liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a skillet to medium-high, and add oil to skillet.
  • Brown the roast on all sides by sautéing it for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  • Place roast on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.
  • Bake approximately 20 minutes for each pound of meat. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. I usually check the temperature after 90 minutes.
  • Refer to the ribeye roast cooking chart and take into account the amount of meat. There is no set time for cooking any size of roast. The cooking time is dependent upon the size of meat that is used.
  • Loosely cover the roast with aluminum foil and allow the roast to rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing it.



Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 607mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 3.9mg

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