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6 Easy Prime Rib Sauce Recipes

6 Easy Prime Rib Sauce Recipes

Looking for the perfect Prime Rib Sauce to compliment your holiday prime rib? You’ve come to the right place. We specialize in prime rib recipes here at Foodie and Wine, so naturally we have multiple sauce options for prime rib to choose from.

From creamy horseradish sauce to dreamy au jus to buttery dipping sauces, this list has something for everyone. Even your pickiest eater!

First up, pick your poison! What prime rib recipe will you be making this year? Whether you’re looking to make it in the oven, grill or sous vide machine, we have you covered. Maybe you already have one you love. No worries! All of these options are well suited to a variety of different rubs and cooking methods.

Cooked Prime Rib Recipe - with two slices of pink prime rib and roasted garlic next to it.

Prime Rib Roast

Check out our collection of standing rib roasts to choose from. You can’t go wrong when you pick any of these bad boys. The first listed is one of the oldest and highly rated recipes online! Read the reviews! We’ve had readers make this recipe for the last 10+ years. 

Garlic and Herb Prime Rib 

Smoked Prime Rib

Sous Vide Prime Rib

Dry Rub

Of course the foundation of the flavor profile starts with a great dry rub!! Check out our popular prime rib rub recipe. This dry rub is loaded with sliced garlic, rosemary, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and kosher salt.

Feel free to replace the dried herbs with fresh herbs, if that’s what you prefer to use.

Raw prime rib on a black cutting board surrouned by garlic, black pepper salt and rosemary.

Sauces For Prime Rib

Finally, pick a sauce or two to serve with your slab of rib roast. Sauce with prime rib is a marriage made in beefy heaven. Most are so easy to make they can be made a few days in advance. It also makes it easy to make a few options to serve to satisfy the array of different palettes. 

Horseradish Sauce For Prime Rib

Prime rib horseradish sauce is the gold standard when it comes to prime rib sauce. It’s creamy, tangy and brings the heat. For those who don’t care for horseradish we have a plethora of choices!

When making, you can use fresh horseradish root or grab a jar of prepared horseradish.

Sliced beef in a white serving dish.

Prime Rib Au Jus

This au Jus recipe for prime rib is our favorite sauce to serve with prime rib, without question. It’s lends a nice salty and beefy flavor to the melt in your mouth prime rib roast only a beef au jus can provide. We also serve it with our leftover prime rib sandwich or even tri tip sandwich.

To make, you can use beef drippings from the roast or replace with butter.

Close up picture of rare prime rib sliced on a black cutting board. Au jus is next to it in a white cup.

Red Wine Au Jus

We created this red wine au jus for our individual beef wellingtons recipe, but it’s killer on a standing prime rib roast as well. Might we suggest making both au jus recipes and alternate your dipping between bites!

As with all recipes with wine, don’t use wine you wouldn’t drink, as you’ll be able to taste come dipping time!

Beef Wellington Sauce

Prime Rib Gravy

News flash! Gravy and au jus are two different sauces. If you’re looking for a traditional thicker sauce, check out this gravy for prime prime rib gravy recipe. If you’re into the thin consommé type sauce, either of the au jus recipes listed above is what you want.

The upside of using gravy as the sauce is the ability for it to serve as double duty for the potato recipe you’re probably planning on making.

White bowl of prime rib gravy.

Dipping Sauce

While not as common as creamy horseradish sauce or au jus, these dipping sauces would make great additions to your table. Bonus – make a double batch and use to toss your vegetables in!

Garlic Butter Sauce

Butter Garlic Prime Rib. Did your tastebuds just salivate cause ours sure did. You can never have too much garlic or butter, so creating a butter garlic sauce recipe for prime rib roast wasn’t even a question. Plus it takes just 5 minutes to make. It’s the same dipping sauce we use for seafood recipes

Garlic Butter sauce in a white ramiken.

Cajun Sauce

Cajun butter sauce is exactly what it sounds like: bold and spicy seasonings mixed with melted butter and lemon. If you’ve ever had Morton’s cajun ribeye with au jus, you know what a treat the pairing is.

If using store bought cajun seasoning, you only need 2 more ingredients: butter and lemon. Plus it takes just 5 minutes to make.

white bowl full of cajun sauce with a silver spoon.

Other Recipes To Use These Sauces

These sauces are too good not to use elsewhere. In fact, we make at least one from the list each week. Here are ways to utilize them:

Cooked Prime Rib Recipe on cutting board

We’ve been making prime rib for 20 years, so ask any questions you may have below or send a quick email our way via the contact us form. We’re here to help!

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