Beef/ Christmas/ Holiday/ Keto/ Low-Carb/ Main Dishes

Insanely Delicious Rosemary Standing Rib Roast

Thank you The Fresh Market for sponsoring this post. Visit a store near you to get everything you need for a memorable and delicious holiday!

This Rosemary Standing Rib Roast is that perfect bite for me. So simple, so easy. Only 4 essential ingredients are needed to create this insanely delicious main course for your family. If you have never made a standing rib roast, we are going to walk you through it step by step. You, too, will get to take that perfect bite of your perfect meal.

Rosemary Standing Rib Roast

Rosemary Standing Rib Roast

Do you ever take that perfect bite of that perfect meal? The special moment when your eyes roll into the back of your head, your stomach is at once satisfied and insatiably hungry? All the taste buds are feeling good, and you are taking 100 percent total comfort in the fact that you made something utterly amazing?

What a wonderful season full of meaningful gifts and moments. Moments around the tree and table, sharing delicious food, talking about old memories and creating new stories. This year, our family is simplifying our holiday and getting back to the celebration of the time spent together. My goal is to celebrate what the holiday really means to our family.

For my family, like many others, recipes are at the heart of the Christmas celebration.

Recipes like my stepmom’s famous Christmas fudge. Memories of my Grandmother’s boiled custard. Our annual tradition of a big Country Christmas breakfast complete with salty ham and red-eye gravy.

Every family has their own favorites. We hope this Rosemary Standing Rib Roast will become one of yours.


A beautiful prime rib roast on a cutting board


This holiday inspired Rosemary Standing Rib Roast was a success thanks to the team at The Fresh Market. The Fresh Market is a specialty grocery store known for providing a custom seletion of specialty foods.

The Fresh Market offers USDA Prime and Premium Choice Beef. Both options are worthy of being the star of your simple Christmas meal. The certified butchers the The Fresh Market (like Josh at the Brentwood, Tennessee location) are friendly and helpful. They will make sure your standing rib roast is flavorful and simple to prepare and serve.

Find your local store by using The Fresh Market store locator HERE.

TIP from our TFM butcher: One day before cooking, wrap your standing rib roast in two layers of paper towels. Place on a pan and sit it in the fridge. This helps age the beef and get a perfect crust. Also, let the standing rib roast sit at room temperature for 4 hours before roasting.


An overhead shot of a white bowl of olive oil next to fresh rosemary sprigs


The Fresh Market is committed to being your one-stop shop for holiday entertaining. Visit your neighborhood store for unique gifts, inspiring ingredients, gourmet cheese and more. (Can’t wait to share with you our recipe using The Fresh Market Pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla paste we picked up.)

Plus their pre-made food items in the deli and bakery are amazing. They do all the work, you take all the credit. Click here to view The Fresh Market Christmas selection.


A rub made of seasonings, rosemary, and oil being rubbed on a rib roast


We finely chopped half a cup of the fresh rosemary leaves and blended it with extra virgin olive oil. Massage the rosemary mixture over the standing rib roast. (Don’t skip the sides.)

Then take a generous amount of Himalayan salt (also available at The Fresh Market), and sprinkle it evenly all over the rib roast. Press it in with your hands to ensure that it sticks to create an amazing crust.

Get the complete temperature and roasting instructions at the end of this post.

For the first 30 minutes, you want to sear the roast at a temperature of 450 degrees. This will create that gorgeous brown crust and lock in all of the juices. Reduce the temperature and continue to cook until the standing rib roast has reached an internal temperature of 120 degrees.

(This will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes, but actual cooking time will vary based on how large your roast is, your oven, etc.)


A close up shot of a prepared standing rib roast on a cutting board trimmed with fresh rosemary sprigs and cranberries


The Rosemary Standing Rib Roast will continue to cook as it rests. Let it stand for 20 minutes before slicing. You can use those 20 minutes to admire your masterpiece.


This Rosemary Standing Rib Roast is that perfect bite for me. So simple, so easy. Only 4 essential ingredients are needed to create this insanely delicious main course for your family.


How amazing is this standing rib roast? Your family will love it. Serve along with your favorite side dishes and condiments. I love mine with horseradish and caramelized onions + roasted potatoes.


A cooked standing rib roast on a carving board, cut into thick slices with red center


For more holiday-inspired recipes, check these out:

Warm + Cozy Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider

Chili Cranberry Crockpot Meatballs

Veggie Appetizer Pizza

Southern Sausage Cornbread Dressing


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Love this post? Sign up for the Buy This Cook That Newsletter for a weekly email of new content. You can also follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram for our latest + greatest ideas!


Rosemary Standing Rib Roast
5 from 2 votes

Rosemary Standing Rib Roast

This simple yet stunning recipe for standing rib roast will soon be your family's holiday favorite. Rubbed with fresh rosemary and olive oil and roasted to perfection, you won't believe how easy it is.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword standing rib roast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 10
Calories 1131 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

Buy This

  • 8 pounds standing rib roast 4 bones, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup fresh rosemary leaves very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan salt

Cook That

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Sit the roast onto a rack in a shallow pan. Be sure the rib side is down, fat side up. Combine the chopped rosemary and olive oil in a small bowl. Rub the top and sides of the rib roast with the rosemary mixture. Sprinkle evenly with the salt and press in with your hands.
  3. Place the roast in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Cook for 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature has reached 120 degrees for medium rare.
  4. Remove the roast from the oven and let rest 20 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes

Due to variations in oven and cut of beef, cooking times will vary. Please see details in post and use a meat thermometer for best results.

Also, serving size will vary. I listed it will serve 10 people. That will be the case if you are serving with side dishes. However...if you have a family of meat lovers, it won't serve 10. πŸ™‚

Nutrition Facts
Rosemary Standing Rib Roast
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 1131 Calories from Fat 909
% Daily Value*
Fat 101g155%
Saturated Fat 41g256%
Cholesterol 219mg73%
Sodium 859mg37%
Potassium 810mg23%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    Ben Myhre
    December 6, 2017 at 7:38 am

    fyi… I love the way you cook. You are awesome.

    • Reply
      December 6, 2017 at 8:13 am

      You are too kind! Thank you so much. Now can you put in a good word with my kids?

  • Reply
    Patty @ Spoonabilities
    December 8, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    This roast looks absolutely amazing! Perfection!

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much, it really was a treat.

  • Reply
    December 9, 2017 at 2:48 am

    WOW!!! That is one serious showstopper! My fella cooks Xmas dinner, and he always chooses turkey, but honestly, if I could choose, this would be it! Just perfect πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      It is really a welcome change on the holiday table. And so easy. (I’m not waiting until next Christmas to make it again.)

  • Reply
    December 9, 2017 at 3:35 am

    this looks amazing and since we are in the South of France, we have plenty of rosemary in the garden. Tthis is a perfect recipe and the meat is cooked just the way we like it.

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Oh I am so jealous, the South of France…I bet your garden is gorgeous.

  • Reply
    December 9, 2017 at 3:54 am

    What a show stopper of a recipe, this! You make it sound so easy to make too! Yum!

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much. And it is even easier than I listed. (My husband wants to try smoking one soon.)

  • Reply
    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    December 9, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Lovely to spend the holiday season with family, and enjoy your time together. This standing rib recipe sounds utterly delicious, and just perfect for a special meal. I can just imagine all the wonderful aromas while it cooks.

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      I had to keep my husband away from the oven the entire time.

  • Reply
    Pam Brand
    December 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    That does indeed look amazing. And what a great tip on wrapping paper towels around the roast!

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Great butcher tip. I’d never heard of that before, but it worked like a charm.

  • Reply
    December 12, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    What a delicious recipe, and love how easy it is. The photos are making it very tempting. πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      The hardest part is waiting. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    December 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I have always been intimidated to roast a rack like this. You make it look so easy.

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Hard to go wrong with a great cut of beef.

  • Reply
    Dana Sandonato
    December 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    This. looks. phenomenal. I love the presentation, and you can *see* the flavor! I’m pescetarian, but every once in a while I come across a recipe that makes me question my choices. This is one of them. Lol. <3

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Lol, thank you so much. Maybe one bite wouldn’t hurt?

  • Reply
    Patty @ Spoonabilities
    December 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    This roast looks amazing. I was thinking about doing this for Christmas Eve, and now I am 100% convinced! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      It really is such a great entree for the holiday meal. My only regret is that I wish I had sliced it thinner …everyone ate entirely too much. πŸ™‚

    Leave a Reply