Prime Rib is the Best Christmas Dinner Idea

Today, I want to share one of my favorite recipes for entertaining. This is a great Christmas dinner idea for those of you who are still working on on your planning for the holiday. For clarity, Morgan Ranch gave me this Wagyu beef in exchange for me showing you how easy it is to make an awesome prime rib dinner. I’ll do another post very soon about Morgan Ranch and their Wagyu Beef, but for now, just know they are top notch and will deliver right to your door.

Wagyu is one of the best cuts of meat I have ever had. I was very excited to dive in and start cooking. I have the video here. Below is the written step by step directions:

First – Order a prime rib from Morgan Ranch, they will ship to your house in about 2 days. When I received mine, it was packaged well and still frozen. They include recipes and handling instructions. It is important to know that you will need to thaw your prime rib in the refrigerator for a couple of days prior to cooking it, so keep that in mind when ordering.

Then, you will need to get a little olive oil, a head of garlic, and some seasoning. They recommended using some crushed sea salt and ground pepper. I just used Montreal Seasoning.

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When the day comes to cook your prime rib, make sure you bring it to room temperature before doing anything else. A prime rib will cook much more evenly and consistently this way. Now, place the prime rib on a rack. With a small kitchen knife cut small slits in the top that are just big enough for a garlic clove. Put one whole garlic head into the roast.

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After the garlic is in drizzle the meat with olive oil and sprinkle with your seasoning. It should look something like this:

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When you bake the prime rib, you will want to bake it on very high heat for about about 15 to 20 minutes then cool it down. Morgan Ranch suggests 500 degrees for 20 minutes. I did 450 for 15. Then, reduce the temperature and bake low and slow. Turn the temperature down to 275 degrees and continue to bake until the center of the meat is 120 degrees. Plan on about 15 minutes for every pound. It will take approximately 1:45 to 2:00. But make sure you check it before that. It’s always ok to keep cooking longer if it is undercooked when you check it. But is considerably harder to un-cook it if you leave it in too long.

When we finished cooking ours, we pulled it out of the oven. You will want to let it rest for 15 minutes. Some people recommend making a loose tinfoil tent over the top so it cools slowly.

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After resting, slice the prime rib. I have a knife just for this, but any sharp knife will work just fine. I tried to cut them each about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. You can cut it as thin or thick as you like.

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I served this in a copper pot we got in Paris. The copper is a wonderful complement to this awesome meat and made the Wagyu so pretty we almost didn’t want to eat it.

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Plating a Wagyu prime rib is very easy. Here’s what we did:

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We also have some other Prime Rib recipes. Check these out too:

Restaurant Style Prime Rib:

Coffee Rubbed Prime Rib:

Tips for Perfect Prime Rib:

Garlic Prime Rib:



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Chris Ashbach is one of the founders of Dan330. Chris is a pilot and avid outdoorsman who loves fishing, hunting, camping, and exploring. He loves taking kids (especially his own) on trips to share his passion of the outdoors. Chris is also a gardener, volunteers at Let's Go Fishing, and teaches Sunday school. Chris holds a MA in Organizational Leadership and is faculty at a local university in Minnesota; teaching undergraduate business classes.