Herb & pepper crusted rib of beef

Herb & pepper crusted rib of beef

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins Plus 30 mins resting

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 8

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Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 1 tbsp rock salt
  • 2 tbsp cracked black peppercorns
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • small bunch rosemary, finely chopped
  • small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3kg rib of beef on the bone

For the gravy

  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 250ml red wine
  • 400ml fresh beef stock

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  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Mix the rock salt, peppercorns, garlic, rosemary, parsley and olive oil. Rub this mixture all over the beef rib then place in a roasting tin. Put in the oven and cook for 30 mins, then turn the oven down to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and cook for a further 1 hr 20 mins. Remove from the oven, transfer the beef to a board, cover with tin foil and rest for 30 mins before carving.
  2. While the beef rests, make the gravy. Pour off all but 2 tbsp of fat from the roasting tin and reserve any juices. Fry the onions in the roasting tin over a medium heat for about 10 mins, then add the wine, stock and reserved juices. Keep cooking for a further 10 mins to reduce to a thick sauce, season well and serve alongside the roast beef.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2011

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karendow's picture

I bought my beef from our local farm shop and followed this recipe to the letter. It was the most delicious beef we, and our foodie guests, had ever tasted. Simply delicious and perfectly cooked.

swgibbons's picture
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This has to be one of my favorite meals for when the family come around and its always a hit.

Good quality meat from the butchers a must

woozle's picture
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Fantastic recipe, i made this for Christmas dinner & it was a huge hit

p1nky32's picture
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absolutely amazing i made this for christmas lunch and it blew everyone away i will be making it again soon for sunday lunch for friends

khaddoroshik's picture
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Buy the beef from The butchery on Maltby Street!! It's the best! This was spot on!