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Wow guests with spectacular prime ribs, cleverly rubbed then brushed with spiced salt, and served with garlic mayonnaise for an all-rounded gastronomical experience. This is one recipe you wouldn’t reserve for the festive season alone.


  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • ½ cup (60 g) sea salt flakes
  • ¼ tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 3 kg beef standing rib roast (about 4 ribs)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • 1 cup (300 g) whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tsps lemon juice
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 200 C (180 C fan-forced).


Using a mortar and pestle, grind the seeds together until coarsely crushed. Add salt, mixed spice and pepper, mix well. Remove a third of the spice mixture and reserve. Brush beef with oil, rub remaining spice mixture all over beef.


Roast beef, uncovered, about 1½ hrs for rare, or until cooked as desired. Cover, stand, 15 mins, before carving. Meanwhile, toast remaining spice mixture in a dry pan until fragrant, allow to cool.


For garlic mayonnaise, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Serve beef with garlic mayonnaise and toasted spice mixture.

TIP Ask the butcher to tie beef with string between ribs to retain a neat shape while cooking.

Photo: bauersyndication.com.au

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