If you’re looking for a delicious way to enjoy leftover prime rib, reheating it properly is key. Knowing how to reheat prime rib can make all the difference in ensuring that it remains juicy and tender, without overcooking or drying out. In this guide, we’ll explore the best methods for reheating prime rib, so that you can savor every last bite of this delectable cut of meat. Whether you’re planning a family dinner or hosting a dinner party, these tips will help you bring your leftover prime rib back to life.
What is prime rib
Prime rib comes from the rib section of the beef. It includes ribs 6 through 12. The most prized cuts are from the loin end of the rib section, especially ribs 10 through 12. Prime rib can either be bone-in or boneless. Bone-in prime rib includes the rib bones, while boneless prime rib has the bones removed. Bone-in prime rib is more flavorful, while boneless is easier to carve. Prime rib is a very tender cut of beef due to the natural marbling of fat throughout the meat. The fat also helps provide a lot of flavor.
Prime rib gets its name from the fact that it comes from the “prime” section of the beef. However, only the top USDA grades of Choice and Prime are suitable for prime rib. Lower Select grade has too little fat marbling for prime rib. Prime rib should be cooked by roasting in the oven. It needs to be cooked slowly to medium-rare or medium doneness. Overcooking will result in a tough, dry roast.
When cooked, prime rib can be cut into individual ribeye steaks to serve each guest their own steak, or it can be carved into slices to share. Prime rib is often served with au jus (the natural juices from the roast), horseradish sauce, and Yorkshire pudding or bread to soak up the juices.
How to make Prime Rib
To make prime rib, start with a high-quality 3-bone or larger standing rib roast. For the best flavor, choose a roast that is USDA Choice or Prime grade, with good marbling throughout the meat. Trim off any excess fat, leaving just a thin layer covering the roast. Season the roast all over with salt and pepper or your favorite spices. Place the roast bone-side down on a rack in a roasting pan and let sit uncovered overnight in the refrigerator.
Two hours before cooking, remove the roast and let it sit at room temperature. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 F. Once preheated, place the roast back in the roasting pan and cook for 15 minutes to sear the outside. Then reduce the heat to 325 F and continue roasting. For medium-rare, cook 13-15 minutes per pound. Use a meat thermometer – the internal temperature should be 135 F for medium-rare.
Baste the roast with the juices at the bottom of the pan every 30 minutes. When done, the roast should be browned and the bones should have darkened and separated slightly from the meat. The juices should also be richly browned.
Once cooked, remove the roast from the oven and let rest for 30-60 minutes before carving and serving. Spread pieces of crusty bread around the roasting pan to soak up the flavorful juices and serve immediately. The jus also makes a wonderful accompaniment for the prime rib. Enjoy your delicious prime rib with your friends and family! The long, slow cooking and natural flavors of the beef will make for an outstanding meal.
How to Reheat Prime Rib (4 Quick Methods)
Reheating prime rib can be a bit tricky as it’s easy to overcook or dry out the meat. However, there are a few methods that can help you reheat prime rib while still maintaining its juicy and tender texture.
How To Reheat Prime Rib In the Oven
Reheating prime rib in the oven is one of the best methods to ensure that it remains juicy and tender. Follow these simple steps to reheat your prime rib in the oven:
To reheat prime rib in the oven, start by placing the leftover roast fat side up on a wire rack in a roasting pan. Add about 1/2 inch of beef or chicken stock to the bottom of the pan – this will add moisture to prevent the roast from drying out as it reheats. Cover the roast tightly with aluminum foil to help retain heat and moisture.
Preheat the oven to 300 F. Place the roasting pan with the roast into the preheated oven. Cook for about 10-15 minutes per pound until the internal temperature reaches 110-115 F for medium rare, about 125 F for medium.
To check the temperature, carefully peel back the foil covering one end of the roast and insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. Be very careful of the hot steam – you may want to use oven mitts and turn your face away as you lift the foil. Re-seal the foil tightly after checking the temperature.
Once the proper temperature is reached, remove the roasting pan from the oven and let the roast rest for 10-15 minutes before uncovering and slicing or serving. The internal temperature will continue to rise slightly as it rests. If the roast was originally seasoned before cooking the first time, there is no need to add additional seasoning before reheating. The resting time allows the juices to redistribute and helps retain moisture in the reheated meat.
To serve, slice or shred the reheated prime rib as desired. You can strain the juices from the roasting pan to make a quick au jus to serve with the reheated roast for dipping. Prime rib reheated in the oven will have a slightly different texture than when first cooked but still quite delicious when prepared properly. Enjoy your leftover prime rib!
How To Reheat Prime Rib Using a Steamer
While reheating prime rib using a steamer is not a common method, it can be an effective way to reheat the meat without losing its moisture. Here’s how you can reheat prime rib using a steamer:
To reheat prime rib using a steamer, start with leftover cooked prime rib slices or a small roast. Cut the meat into slices 1 to 2 inches thick for quicker reheating. Place the meat in a single layer in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam until the internal temperature reaches 110-115 F for medium rare or 125 F for medium slices. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the beef.
For slices, this will take 3 to 5 minutes. For a small roast, estimate 10 to 15 minutes total cooking time and check the temperature after 10 minutes. Be very careful when removing the lid to check the temperature, as the hot steam can cause burns. Wear oven mitts and lift the lid away from you to allow the steam to escape. Re-seal the lid after checking the temperature.
Once the proper temperature is reached, remove the steamer basket from the pot. Let the meat rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute. The internal temperature will rise slightly as it rests. Do not discard the boiling water – you can strain it and serve the resulting beef broth with your reheated prime rib for extra flavor.
The steam reheating method will not produce the browned, roasted results that oven reheating will. However, steaming is a gentle way to reheat prime rib that retains moisture and can be a good choice for reheating prime rib that may dry out easily with other methods. While the appearance may be pale, the meat will be heated through and still flavorful.
Serve your reheated prime rib immediately with your favorite sides, au jus, or horseradish sauce. Enjoy your prime rib – reheating in a steamer allows for a quick, simple way to savor every bite of your leftover roast!
How To Reheat Prime Rib In the Microwave
While reheating prime rib in the microwave is not the ideal method as it can result in uneven heating and loss of texture, it can be a quick and convenient way to reheat small portions of prime rib. Here’s how to reheat prime rib in the microwave:
To reheat prime rib in the microwave, start with leftover cooked prime rib slices, pieces or a small roast. Cut the meat into slices or pieces of even thickness to ensure even heating. Place the meat on a microwave-safe plate in a single layer without overlapping. Do not cover the meat, as trapping too much steam will make the meat mushy.
For medium rare slices, reheat at 30 percent power in 30 second bursts, flipping the meat over in between. This will take 1 to 2 minutes total cooking time. Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer – it should reach 135 F.
For a small roast, estimate 3 to 5 minutes total cooking time, reheating at 30 percent power. Flip the roast over halfway through. Check the internal temperature in multiple spots – it should reach 140 F for roast beef. Be very careful removing the plate from the microwave, as it will be extremely hot. Wear oven mitts and remove slowly.
Let the reheated prime rib stand for 2 to 3 minutes before serving. The internal temperature will continue to rise slightly and the standing time allows the juices to redistribute. Do not add any extra seasoning before reheating in the microwave.
Microwaved prime rib may turn slightly brown on the bottom where the plate touches the meat. Microwaving can produce variable results and the meat may be slightly dried out. However, in a pinch it allows you to reheat prime rib quickly. Serve the reheated prime rib immediately with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes to enjoy as a quick leftover meal.
How To Reheat Prime Rib In An Air Fryer
Reheating prime rib in an air fryer is a great way to achieve a crispy outer crust while keeping the meat tender and juicy. Here’s how to reheat prime rib in an air fryer:
To reheat prime rib in an air fryer, start with leftover cooked prime rib slices, pieces or a small roast that will fit in your air fryer basket. Cut the meat into evenly sized slices, cubes or pieces so it reheats thoroughly. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil or mist and place the meat in a single layer in the basket without crowding.
For slices, set the air fryer to 400 F and reheat for 3 to 5 minutes, shaking the basket once during cooking, until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 135 F. For pieces or a small roast, set the air fryer to 400 F and cook for 10 to 15 minutes total, shaking twice during cooking, until the internal temperature reaches 140 F.
Carefully check the internal temperature by opening the air fryer basket – hot air and steam will release, so wear oven mitts. Re-seal the air fryer immediately after checking the temperature. Let the reheated prime rib stand for 3 to 5 minutes before serving. The temperature will continue to rise slightly and standing allows the juices to redistribute.
Spritz the reheated prime rib slices or pieces with fresh lemon or lime juice for extra flavor before serving, if desired. The reheated prime rib will have a texture similar to roast beef, with browned and crispy edges from the circulating hot air. Air fryer reheating works well and produces prime rib that is evenly heated through and still juicy. Enjoy your reheated prime rib immediately with your favorite sides and sauces.
The intense heat of the air fryer can quickly overcook the prime rib, so keep a close eye on the meat and check early. Be very careful when handling and removing items from the air fryer. Let me know if you have any other questions! I can provide tips to improve air fryer reheating results if needed.
How To Store Prime Rib
Properly storing prime rib is essential to ensure it stays fresh and safe to eat. Here are some steps to follow when storing prime rib:
To store prime rib, start with a whole uncooked roast. Pat the roast dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel before storing. Place the roast on a platter or tray that will catch any juices as it sits. Cover the roast completely and tightly with plastic wrap, or vacuum seal for longer storage.
For short term storage up to 2 to 3 days, keep the covered roast in the refrigerator. The cool temperature will maintain freshness. Remove the roast from the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking to allow it to come to room temperature before roasting.
For longer storage up to 1 month, keep the sealed roast in the freezer. When ready to use, thaw the roast completely in the refrigerator overnight or for 24 hours per every 5 pounds of roast. A 3-bone roast may take 3 full days to thaw completely. Make sure the roast is in a container to catch any juices during thawing. Cook the roast immediately after thawing and do not refreeze.
When thawing and storing meat, keep raw meats separate from ready-to-eat foods to avoid cross-contamination. Always wash hands, utensils, and surfaces thoroughly after preparing raw meats.
For cooked prime rib, refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking. Slice prime rib before storing to allow for quicker cooling. Keep in an airtight container or tightly wrap in aluminum foil, plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Vacuum sealing and freezing in portions allows you to enjoy your prime rib roast for up to 3 months – simply reheat right before serving.
When reheating leftovers, make sure the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 F to ensure safety. Reheat meat and gravy separately, then pour gravy over meat before serving. Never reheat leftovers more than once. Use caution when tasting leftovers to check seasoning – burns may occur. Hope you enjoy your delicious prime rib leftovers!