Are you looking to serve up some Prime Rib? Are you wondering what sauce to have with it or that works particularly well? Here are your main options.
So, what sauce goes with prime rib? Horseradish is the sauce typically served with Prime Rib, as it does work very well alongside this particular beef cut. Creamy variations are delicious too. However, blue cheese sauce, a port wine sauce, or a bearnaise sauce are other great options to consider.
Now there is one other thing to consider here.
The ‘Au Jus’ (French for ‘With Juice’).
Now, if you are not familiar with it; it is merely a light broth or gravy, typically made from the fluids secreted by the beef as it is cooked.
Technically it’s not a sauce, but it is sometimes referred to as one.
And whether you want to use Au Jus or make some up, is going to be a decision you need to make.
And you can serve this alongside those sauces recommended above, or in place of.
It’s ultimately down to you and the flavors you seek.
Nevertheless, let us now take a look at why horseradish is the sauce of choice for this particular beef cut.
We will then be looking at some simple, delicious recipes for it and the Au Jus, should you decide to go for them.
Why Is Prime Rib Served With Horseradish?
Prime Rib is typically served with horseradish due to the alignment of the flavors; they pair together nicely. At the same time, horseradish is known to support digestion – which is needed for this particular cut of beef.
Horseradish, as a sauce, is typically paired with fattier, richer cuts of beef (not just Prime Rib).
This is because the astringent taste is known to “cut through” the richness, making the beef feel less heavy and easier to eat.
At the same time, horseradish can help to stimulate peristalsis (a series of wave-like muscle contractions that move food through the digestive tract.) too.
In other words, this is the reflex that supports the digestion process.
A heavy meal and a lot of meat can result in indigestion. Whereas horseradish can offset and prevent this from occurring.
Creamy Horseradish Sauce For Prime Rib
This creamy sauce with a subtle hint of heat is ideal for prime rib.
- ½ Cup of Mayonnaise
- ¼ Cup of Sour Cream
- 2 Tablespoons of Prepared Horseradish
- 2 Teaspoons of Ketchup
- ½ Teaspoon of Ground Paprika
- ¼ Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Pinch of Dried Oregano
- 1 Pinch of Ground Black Pepper
- ¼ Teaspoon of Salt
Step One: Add all of the ingredients together into a bowl. Stir well to combine.
Step Two: Add to the fridge for 1-2 hours prior to serving, to give the ingredients a chance to infuse.
Step Three: Serve alongside your prime rib and enjoy!
Au Jus For Prime Rib
Au jus can be purchased pre-made, but the following recipe is delicious and pretty easy to make.
You simply need to work from the pan you used to cook your Prime Rib.
- 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ Cup of Red Wine
- 1 ½ Cups of Beef Broth (preferably from the juices of your cooked Prime Rib).
Step One: Remove your cooked Prime Rib, and add the Worcestershire sauce and red wine. Reduce slightly, by about a 1/3rd.
Step Two: Add the beef broth and simmer until it reduces and you reach your desired consistency.
Step Three: Remove any floating excess fat with a spoon.
Step Four: Carve/serve your Prime Rib along with the au jus!
Horseradish; is going to be one of the best sauces you can look to serve with Prime Rib.
Assuming you and your diners like it, of course.
Nevertheless, this is the condiment typically paired with this beef cut
But if you do want to try something different you do have options too.
Cheese sauces or red-wine-based sauces will naturally pair together nicely too.
Just consider whether or not you plan to serve with an Au Jus.
That can be a great addition of flavor or it can be excessive (in the case of using a port wine sauce).
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Hi there. I’m Jeremy – a passionate food technologist with several decades in the food industry. With a love for sauces, food, and nutrition, I decided to create WeWantTheSauce. Here I share my experience, knowledge, and recommendations; from ingredients and recipes to storage all the way through to nutrition for every sauce imaginable.