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How to Reheat a Prime Rib Without Harming its Taste or Texture

How to Reheat a Prime Rib
Dry-roasting prime rib with salt and spices at low temperature is one of the most preferred beef cooking methods that can retain its juicy taste. However, reheating the leftover prime rib can be quite tricky as it tends to become dry. This Tastessence post gives you some handy options on reheating prime rib without affecting its taste and texture.
Raksha Kulkarni
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2018
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Did You Know?
April 27th is celebrated as the National Prime Rib Day. So make sure you treat yourself with some tender and rare beef.
Prime rib is also known as a 'standing rib roast'. It is the central part of the rib section of a steer. It is called so because it is cut from the primal rib. The name 'standing rib roast' is because it is kept standing (roast the ribs) and then roasted to avoid the meat from sticking to the pan. The whole rib area includes 6 - 12 ribs but when you cut the prime rib, it will consist of 2 - 7 ribs. It is one of the nine primal cuts of beef. This rib is a part of the loin muscle, which is famous for its tenderness because it has a greater amount of fat.

Cooking prime rib is not only about keeping it in the oven and letting it cook. It needs some research and practice to make it perfectly tender and juicy. Place it in the oven and cook it on a low temperature and after it reaches the final stage, increase the temperature to get the perfect crust with pink and tender meat inside.

It is always painful to see a leftover prime rib, and then you wonder if you'll ever get the same taste after reheating it. However, put your worries to rest. Apart from telling you how to reheat a prime rib, we also instruct you on how to rewarm the prime rib without sacrificing its juicy taste.
Some Tips for the Leftover
Prime rib in freezer
➤ Always remember to store the leftover in the freezer 2 hours after the time it is cooked.
➤ Keep large pieces in the freezer so that it won't dry out very soon.
➤ Remember that you should never refreeze the rib after you've just thawed it.
➤ Do not reheat it for long because the taste will change.
Ways to Reheat Prime Rib
Rewarming a frozen prime rib
Meat wrap in aluminum foil
  • Keep the meat for thawing in the refrigerator.
  • When the meat is completely thawed, wrap it in an aluminum foil. This step is important to not let your meat dry completely.
  • Preheat the oven to 250°F and keep the wrapped meat in it.
  • Check the internal temperature of the meat. It should be 165°F.
  • Remove it and enjoy delicious prime rib.
Reheating a prime rib in the oven
Prime rib on rack
  • Firstly, decide if you want the excess fat.
  • Next, keep the meat on the rack. Also, you can keep some cut vegetables below so that the prime rib will take in the flavor of the veggies.
  • If you want the meat to be rare, cook it for 15 minutes only.
  • If you want it to be medium, then cook it for 30 minutes.
  • Cook for a longer time, like for 45 minutes if you want it to be well done.
  • Remove it and then keep it for sometime for it to regain its juicy consistency.
Reheating the prime rib in a microwave/steamer
Prime rib in oven
  • This process will need the 'au jus' or the curry/broth with which the prime rib comes.
  • Keep the meat on an aluminum foil. Add 2-3 tbsp. au jus to it.
  • Wrap the foil tightly.
  • Keep it in a steamer for 3-6 minutes at a high temperature with a closed lid.
  • If you're using the microwave, cook it till the internal temperature goes up to 120°F for the meat to be rare.
  • You can increase the temperature if you want it to be done well.
  • This procedure is helpful in reheating a boneless prime rib or its slices.
Other Simple Methods
➤ If you want to reheat a slice, dip it in beaten egg and bread crumbs. You can pan-fry it in oil until it gets brown. Remember to cook on a low flame so that the inner part also gets cooked.
➤ Put the meat in a plastic bag and wrap it completely. Keep water for boiling at 130 - 140°F. Remove it in a bowl and submerge the plastic in it. Keep adding hot water to it once in a while. Keep it for half an hour. This method is effective as this will reheat the meat evenly. Try this with some leftover cooked prime rib.
➤ You can choose different methods like broiling or grilling too. Just add some gravy and reheat it.

➤ If you have leftover slices, then you can simply make sandwiches or salads.