How To Reheat Prime Rib

One of the main things that gets us through the week is the thought of Prime Ribs on Sunday evenings. 

There's nothing better than indulging in a few slices of tender, juicy Prime Rib… I'm sorry, what were we talking about? 

The thing about Prime Rib is that it's too good to only have on Sunday night, why not Monday night too?! 

If you've cooked Prime Rib before then you will be fully aware of the struggles of reheating Prime Rib without reducing it to a bland, rubbery mess.

Luckily for you, reheating Prime Rib well is an area of expertise for us. 

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We have put together this article to share with you the knowledge we have gathered over our many years of experience and experiments.

We're covering three popular ways to reheat Prime Rib, as well as the best way to store your leftovers.

We have also sprinkled in a few key Prime Rib Dos and Don'ts. 

To reheat Prime Rib well, you have to store it well.

The key to getting good leftovers is to store them well.

Without a good foundation to work on you might as well give up. 

Below is a guide to storing leftover Prime Rib correctly.

Guide

Begin by allowing your meat to reach room temperature before doing anything with it. Once the meat has cooled down slice it up. Try to make the slices as thick as possible. The thicker the piece the better it will retain moisture. 

Take 3-4 tablespoons of the dripping from the pan you cooked the meat in. Dribble this over the meat. This adds moister and flavor. This step should not be skipped. 

Next, you should wrap the meat up, making sure it is airtight before it goes into the freezer or fridge. You can use saran wrap or baking parchment to do, as long as it is airtight.   

If you are planning to use the leftovers within a few days (which we recommend doing) then you should keep hold of the pan you cooked your Prime Rib in. Don't wash it as you can use the drippings to make the leftovers taste even better. 

Where to Store Prime Rib 

There are two main places where you can store your cuts of leftover Prime Rib; the freezer and the fridge.  

Keeping Prime Rib in the Fridge 

If you're looking for a tasty set of leftovers then we recommend keeping your Prime Rib in your fridge.

For the best tasting leftovers, you should use them within a day or two. But you can technically store Prime Rib in the fridge for 6 days.

Every day they are left in the fridge they will get drier and drier.

Keeping Prime Rib in the Freezer 

Like most meats, Prime Rib lasts well in the freezer.

It can be stored in the freezer for up to six months.

We would recommend putting the date you cooked the Prime Rib on the airtight container you store the meat in.  

To reheat Prime Rib… 

Here is a list of the three most popular ways to reheat Prime Rib. Despite being popular not all these methods work very well. 

The most important piece of equipment you will need for all three of these methods is a meat thermometer.

It is crucial that the meat is cooked all the way through before eating it.

The ideal internal temperature you're looking for is 120F -160F depending on the type of meat you are looking for. 

120-125F for rare meat 

130-135F for medium-rare meat 

140-145F for medium meat 

150-155F for medium well-done meat 

160F+ for well-done meat 

#3 - How to reheat Prime Rib in the Microwave 

The third most popular method of reheating Prime Rib is to do it in the microwave. This is our least favorite method of reheating Prime Rib.

 However, we all have days where we barely have enough time to eat, let alone cook. On days like these microwaving meat can be incredibly useful. We can't teach you how to get fantastic leftovers from a microwave (we're not sure it's even possible) but we can teach you how to do it safely. 

Use the leftover dripping to make a small cup of fresh beef broth. Mix half a cup of boiling water with the drippings, mixing thoroughly.

Cut your pieces of meat into small, equal pieces then drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of the broth over the meat. Only cook enough for one portion at once. Place the pieces in a microwave-safe bowl. 

Place the meat into the microwave and cook it for 30 seconds. Check the temperature of the meat. You are looking for at least 160F. 

If the meat is not hot enough, add it to the microwave and cook for another 15-30 seconds. Check the temperature again. Repeat those steps until the meat is safe to eat. You may have to add more broth to the bowl.   

It is very easy to overcook the meat using this method, so please gauge readiness by temperature and not the look of the meat. 

#2 - How to reheat Prime Rib in the Steamer 

Reheating Prime Rib in the steamer is a great option if you have lots of little scraps left to use up. Pieces like this would easily burn in the oven but will remain juicy in the steamer.  

Use the leftover dripping to make a small cup of fresh beef broth. Mix half a cup of boiling water with the drippings, mixing thoroughly.

Remove the meat from the saran wrap and rewrap them in aluminum foil. Add 5 tablespoons of the beef broth onto the meat before sealing it. As steaming is a quick-cooking process, any way you can add extra flavor to the meat, the better. 

Wrap the meat loosely in aluminum and seal at the ends. Place the meat into the steamer for 2-7 minutes. The bigger the meat pieces the longer this will take, big pieces of meat may take even longer. 

Use a thermometer to check the meat temperature before serving. Transfer the meat and all its juices directly to the plate. 

#1 - How to reheat Prime Rib in the Oven 

Our favorite way to reheat Prime Rib is in the oven. This is the method to use if you're trying the get the meat as close as possible to its original quality. 

Preheat your oven to 270. 

Transfer the meat and all the leftover drippings to a small frying pan. Cover the top of the frying pan with aluminum foil and place inside the oven once it is fully heated. 

How long you cook the meat will depend on how rare you want it and how much you are trying to cook at once. 

Cook for between 6-12 minutes before transferring the meat to a skillet with hot butter, garlic, and rosemary. In the skillet brown the meat on their side for a few minutes before serving.

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