Herb-Crusted Beef Rib Roast with Roasted Fennel and Horseradish Cream Sauce

Sometimes you just need to impress your friends. The classic Rib Roast gets the royal treatment with a fresh herb crust, a creamy horseradish sauce and roasted fennel.

Herb-Crusted Beef Rib Roast with Roasted Fennel and Horseradish Cream Sauce


  • 1 beef Ribeye Roast Bone-In (4 ribs), chine bone removed
  • 6 quarts water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly ground peppercorn medley
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 4 large fennel bulbs (about 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 recipe Horseradish Cream Sauce

255 Minutes

8 Servings

562kcal Calories

34g Protein


  1. To prepare brine, combine water, salt and sugar in 20-quart food-safe container; stir to dissolve salt and sugar. Cool water 1 hour; add beef roast. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove roast from brine; discard brine. Pat dry roast with paper towel. Combine Seasoning ingredients in small bowl; press evenly onto all surfaces of roast. Place roast, fat-side up, in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat or touching bone. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 350°F oven 2-1/2 to 3 hours for medium rare; 3 to 3-1/2 hours for medium doneness.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare Roasted Fennel, if desired. Trim off and save fronds from fennel bulbs; cut off stems to within 1 inch of bulbs and discard stems. Cut each bulb lengthwise into quarters. Place on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil; toss gently to coat, keeping fennel pieces intact. Season with kosher salt; arrange cut-sides down. About 1-1/2 hours before roast is done, place fennel in lower third of oven. Roast for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until tender and lightly browned, turning and rearranging once. Just before serving, toss fennel with 1/4 cup chopped fennel fronds.
  4. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to 15°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)
  5. Carve roast into slices; season with salt, as desired. Serve with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Roasted Fennel, if desired.


Serv Size Calories Total Fat Cholesterol Total Carbs Protein
8 562kcal 45g 135mg 4g 34g

* The % Daily Value tells you how much of a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. 19g Saturated Fat; 18g Monounsaturated Fat; Carbohydrates; 0.4g Fiber; 5mg Niacin; 0.4mg Vitamin B6; 3.6mcg Vitamin B12; 3.5mg Iron; 32mcg Selenium; Zinc; 124mg Choline;

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