Sea Salt Rib Roast

Longtime friends James Knappett and Shaun Searley teamed up to deliver this grand rib roast—a crowning moment for any meal. Showering the roast with a handful of English Maldon salt adds an extra layer of crunch to the roast’s crust. The sliced roast is then further seasoned with sel gris, a coarse sea salt with deep minerality that pairs beautifully with beef. Be sure to remove the roast from the oven when the internal temperature reaches 120°F; it will continue cooking during the 40-minute rest time.

Sea Salt Rib Roast
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 (9-pound) boneless beef rib roast

  • 3 tablespoons flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sel gris

  • Morel Cream Gravy


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F with oven rack in lower third of oven. Rub roast all over with sea salt, and place roast, fat cap up, on a wire rack set inside a roasting pan. Let roast stand at room temperature while oven is preheating, about 30 minutes. (Roast may be seasoned and refrigerated, uncovered, up to overnight. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature before proceeding.) Insert a probe thermometer in thickest part of roast.

  2. Roast in preheated oven until meat is lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Without opening oven, reduce oven temperature to 225°F. Continue roasting until internal temperature of meat registers 120°F, about 2 hours and 30 minutes for medium-rare. Transfer roast to a cutting board, and let rest 40 minutes before slicing. Sprinkle slices with sel gris, and serve with Morel Cream Gravy and carving board juices.

Suggested Pairing

Substantial, old-school Bordeaux red.

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