Chinese New Year Prime Rib: Best Recipes, Ingredients, and Ideas

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Chinese Marinated Prime Rib Roast


Youtube Video: Chef John’s Prime Rib Cooking Method (apply to our recipe for Chinese Prime Rib)



  1. Let rib roast sit at room temperature for a few hours. A warmer roast will decrease cooking time.
  2. Preheat over to 500 degrees.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine ginger, marmalade, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, hot sauce and mustard. Mix well and gently stir in pineapple juice.
  4. Prick holes in the roast with a two-pronged fork. Place roast in a large bowl or plastic container.
  5. Substitute your marinade in place of Chef John’s butter mix. Pour marinade over roast; cover and let marinate at room temperature, basting twice.
  6. When the roast is ready for cooking, place it in the roasting pan.
  7. Leave about one cup of the marinade in the roasting pan. Pour the olive oil over the roast and cover roast with black pepper.
  8. Baking time is calculated as follows from Chef John: Weight of entire roast in pounds (ie 5.5 lbs from label) x 5 minutes = 27.5 Minutes baking time. Round up to the nearest whole number to be sure, which is 28 from our example.
  9. Important: Make sure your roast and marinade are both at room temperature, or else you will have to cook them much longer! (remember, leave your roast out for a few hours before preparing it).
  10. Bake for the amount of time you calculated using the middle of the oven.
  11. When time is up. Turn OFF the oven, but DO NOT OPEN it. Leave it inside the over for another 2 hours. The heat trapped within the oven from the initial searing at 500 degrees will cook the meat to a nice rare to medium-rare. (Lock door if you have curious kids! 🙂 )
  12. Remove after 2 hours and serve. There is no need to let it “rest”, since it has already rested inside the oven.

Serving Suggestion: Serve sliced Chinese marinated prime rib roast with steamed or fried rice and broccoli or pea pods. Add a splash of soy sauce to each slice if desired.


Cantonese Spareribs

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We realize spareribs are different than a traditional rib roast, but decided to include this delicious recipe anyway. Variety is the spice of life! 🙂
Catonese Spareribs



  1. Pre-heat over to 450 degrees.
  2. Place ribs meaty side DOWN in a shallow roasting pan.
  3. Roast, uncovered, in a 450 degrees F oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven; carefully drain fat from ribs. Turn ribs meaty side UP.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F; continue roasting ribs, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  6. Remove from oven again; carefully drain off fat.
  7. In a medium bowl combine the marmalade, water, soy sauce, garlic or garlic powder, ginger, and pepper; stir thoroughly.
  8. Pour mixture over the ribs.
  9. Roast ribs, uncovered, for 30 minutes more or until tender, spooning sauce over ribs occasionally.
  10. If desired, serve with orange wedges and garnish with green onion brushes. (see photo above)


Easy Chinese Spareribs Recipe

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Here’s another great Chinese spareribs recipe!
Chinese Spareribs



  1. In a shallow glass dish, mix together the Hoisin sauce, ketchup, honey, soy sauce, sake, rice vinegar, lemon juice, ginger, garlic and five-spice powder.
  2. Place the ribs in the dish, and turn to coat.
  3. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or as long as overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  5. Fill a broiler tray with enough water to cover the bottom.
  6. Place the grate or rack over the tray. Arrange the ribs on the grate.
  7. Place the broiler rack in the center of the oven.
  8. Cook for 40 minutes, turning and brushing with the marinade every 10 minutes.
  9. Let the marinade cook on for the final 10 minutes to make a glaze. Finish under the broiler if desired.
  10. Discard any remaining marinade.


Happy New Year and Happy Chinese New Year! We hope you’ll enjoy these recipes.

14 thoughts on “Chinese New Year Prime Rib: Best Recipes, Ingredients, and Ideas”

  1. Wow thanks primeribdinner and Chef John for that easy cooking time calculation.

    5 minutes per pound of roast at 500 degrees, assuming the roast is already at room temp. Then leave in the oven for 2 hours to fully cook and rest.

    Great info!

    • The first recipe is for prime rib. The second 2 are for variety. Most people typically think of Chinese spareribs before Chinese prime rib.

  2. For those wondering what “sake” is (Chinese spareribs second recipe), it’s actually an alcoholic beverage with Japanese origins.

    So the recipe is actually cross cultural. See here: Wiki on Sake .

    The official “sake” site – – has a good page here.

    • Thank’s Chef Jim! I found myself pronouncing it like the English word “make”. Whoops. 🙂

      I guess it’s similar to Western cooking’s use of wine and sherry for making various dishes.

  3. Re: Cantonese Spareribs recipe makers…

    Definitely serve it with the orange wedges, the presentation is much more appealing, and it adds a subtle flavoring that is very palatable.


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