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Top Rated Rhubarb Recipes

This pretty homemade pie is perfectly sweet and tangy. It lets the natural flavor of fresh rhubarb shine through without any distractions.Make this pie using store bought pie dough or simply use this recipe and make your own perfect pie crust.This recipe is courtesy of Little Sweet Baker.

My love affair with rhubarb started as a child, and now I look forward to fresh rhubarb every summer as an opportunity to experiment with recipes that go beyond dessert. These wings are sweet and tangy with a hint of herbs.Recipe courtesy of Diary of a Mad Hausfrau

With pantry ingredients like French cornichons and fruit chutney, a classic grilled cheese gets an interesting upgrade.Recipe courtesy of West of the Loop

Layers of softened sponge fingers, rich mascarpone cream, zingy rhubarb, crunchy biscuits, and freshly made custard are piled on top of each other for a stunning springtime dessert.This recipe is courtesy of

A delicious tart from Wade Murphy, executive head chef at The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare, Ireland, that is wonderful to serve in the spring when rhubarb is in season.

With a combination of lime juice, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup, the Up in Smoke from The Writing Room in New York City is the perfect combination of bitter and sweet.

I know most people feel this way about their grandmothers, but my grandmother made the greatest strawberry rhubarb pie in the world. She would pick the rhubarb (or as she called it in her Rhode Island accent, "rhubahhhhb") from her garden every summer, make the pie crust from scratch, and serve it piping hot out of the oven.Pie crust from scratch can be daunting — and we are often not as adept as our grandmothers — so this cobbler is an easy variation on my grandmother's classic recipe.Click here to see Cozy Winter Meals.

This recipe from The SeaShack at The Standard High Line in New York City is reminiscent of McDonald’s apple pies but even more delicious — and you can make them at home!Recipe courtesy of The SeaShack at The Standard Highline

The 10 best rhubarb recipes

Sweet and sour is a classic pairing in Vietnam and more widely in Asia. Rhubarb is a surprising addition to this Asian-inspired soup, but the results are beautiful.

Serves 4
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp crushed garlic
4 tomatoes, quartered
1 tsp gia vi (or a mix of 2 parts sugar, 1 part black pepper, 1 part salt and 1 part garlic powder)
1.5 litres water
3 rhubarb stalks, cut into 3cm chunks
2 tbsp fish sauce
50g okra, halved, deseeded and cut into 1cm rounds
½ pineapple, cut into 2cm chunks
1 tsp sugar
1 spring onion, chopped
1 tbsp chopped coriander

1 In a saucepan, heat the oil and stir in the garlic, cooking until fragrant. Stir in the tomatoes with ½ tsp gia vi. Pour in enough of the water to cover, then bring to the boil.

2 When the tomatoes are soft, add the remaining water and bring back to the boil, then add the rhubarb then cook until very soft. Stir in the fish sauce and sugar, then add the remaining gia vi.

3 Add the okra and pineapple, cook for 15 minutes, then sprinkle with the spring onion and coriander. Serve immediately.

Rhubarb Jam

For an easy, splatter-free jam, make it in the oven. This version adds floral flavors to sweet-tart rhubarb with vanilla bean and rosewater (we recommend Carlo for its fresh flavor). If you don’t care for rosewater, omit it the vanilla will still bring plenty of fragrance. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Jam » Matt Taylor-Gross

Preserving Rhubarb

Even though rhubarb literally takes over in the spring time it&rsquos a very seasonal ingredient. Depending on the weather we start harvesting rhubarb in late-April-May and keep going through late-June or Early-July.

When the weather heats up the rhubarb says peace out and that&rsquos it until the next spring. Assuming you don&rsquot eat so much rhubarb in that 10 week span that you don&rsquot want to look at it for year, you&rsquoll want to preserve some for future use.

The most common ways to preserve rhubarb are through freezing and canning.

How to Freeze Rhubarb

Freezing rhubarb is the most accessible way to preserve it. All you really need is freezer-safe containers and of course, a freezer.

Like most things, rhubarb will be very soft when you thaw it. It doesn&rsquot matter if you&rsquore going to make it into sauce or juice but might affect your baking.

There are two methods to freezing rhubarb, the &lsquowet&rsquo method, and the &lsquodry&rsquo method.

The Dry Pack Freezing Method

The dry pack freezing method is the healthiest, you won&rsquot be adding any sugar or fruit juice. It&rsquos all rhubarb!

Blanching rhubarb before freezing is optional but will give you the best results as far as flavor and color. You can blanch by dunking chopped rhubarb chunks in boiling water or steam blanch by placing the rhubarb in a steamer basket for 1.5 minutes.

After blanching (or not blanching) you can either freeze the fruit laid out on a cookie sheet for 2 hours before transferring to air tight containters (great if you want a gallon bag of rhubarb chunks for smoothies) or by packing the pieces of rhubarb into bags or containers and then freezing.

The second method will likely result in a big old hunk of frozen rhubarb, if you plan on using for a specific recipe freeze it in the appropriate amount.

The Wet Pack Freezing Method

The wet pack method of freezing rhubarb doesn&rsquot require blanching, instead the chunks of rhubarb are frozen in jars or containers with added liquid.

While you can pack the rhubarb with water, it&rsquos more common to use a sugar syrup, honey syrup or fruit juice. The added sugar makes the frozen rhubarb perfect for adding to deserts but might be out of place if you&rsquore planning on making a more savory recipe.

For the wet pack method, combine clean chunks of rhubarb with either:

  • Thin Syrup (2 cups sugar dissolved in 4 cups water)
  • Medium Syrup (3 cups sugar dissolved in 4 cups water)
  • Fruit Juice
  • Honey Syrup (1 cup mild honey dissolved in 4 cups water)

Add rhubarb and cool liquid to freezer-safe containers leaving a 1/2 inch headspace in pint jars and a 1-inch headspace in quart jars. Free

Safety Note: Use Wide Mouth or straight-sided mason jars for freezing and leave adequate headspace (empty room above the food/liquid) to prevent jars from shattering due to expanding liquid

Canning Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a high acid food, making it a safe option for water bath canning. Water bath canning relies on the acidity of food to stop bacteria growth.

Pickles, jellies and jams that contain vinegar, sugar or high acid fruits are shelf-stable after being boiled in clean jars with canning lids. Waterbath canning can be done in any kind of pot as long as it&rsquos big enough to cover the jars with boiling water.

The simplest way to can rhubarb is in syrup, toss 16 cups of rhubarb with 2-4 cups of sugar and let it sit for 3-4 hours to pull out the liquid. Bring it all to to a boil for 30 seconds. Reduce heat to a simmer, fill clean jars leaving a 1/2 inch head space and process in a boiler water bath for 15 minutes (for both pint and quart jars).

There are tons of modern, safe canning recipes for rhubarb, one of my favorites is the Sunshine Concentrate from The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. Check out that book along with my other favorite canning recipes books at your local library for more rhubarb recipes.

Interested in preserving the harvest? Check out my Favorite Canning & Preserving Books

12 Ways to Sweeten Those Stalks of Rhubarb

Mouth-puckering stalks of red rhubarb are best when baked into the perfect pie, topped with a rustic crisp or infused into a sweet-tart drink.

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Mostly Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb and strawberries are recognized as the first fruits of spring and are therefore frequently baked together –– sometimes at rhubarb's expense. Not here! Rhubarb is front and center in these pretty pink crisps, sweetened with just a bit of strawberry jam. Add a pinch of cinnamon to spice up the filling and topping.

Rhubarb Pie

Sweet, ruby-red cherries balance the tangy tartness of rhubarb in this warm-weather pie. Top it off with a homemade lattice crust for a remarkably beautiful summer pie.

Rhubarb Parfait

Look forward to late-spring rhubarb: Its tart stalks cook down into a thick compote that begs to be covered in sweet whipped cream.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Slump

This slump — stewed fruit topped with dumpling dough — is made with seasonal strawberries and rhubarb for a sweet celebration of early summer.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

Zoe's strawberry-rhubarb crisp, brightened with hints of lemon zest and fresh ginger, is adorned with a crispy oat topping that's surprisingly nutty.

Honey-Rhubarb Ice Cream

Combining the mouth-puckering sour flavor of rhubarb with a base of creamy honey ice cream may create the perfect marriage. If you just can't get enough of it, spoon extra ruby-red rhubarb sauce over the top.

Laura's Rhubarb Water

This simple drink tastes like early summer. Infuse water with fresh rhubarb overnight and flavor it with sugar and lemon juice.

Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie

Baking (or at least eating) this classic pie is practically a quintessential rite of spring. Make yours special with a crisp almond-crumb topping.

Spiced Rhubarb-Blackberry Crumble with Pistachio

Ginger and cardamom add an extra layer of warmth to Hedy Goldsmith's outside-the-box crumble, which takes advantage of early summer fruits, rhubarb and blackberries. With pistachios in the topping and spices in the filling, this dessert shows its Indian influence.

Rhubarb Crumble Bars

Tart rhubarb is balanced by all the sweetness of this bar's dough and its nutty caramel almond-oat topping.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Calzone

In lieu of the usual summer pie or crumble, surprise your guests by making Michael Chiarello's dessert calzone. A sprinkling of anise seeds and a fresh vanilla bean coax out the flavor of the strawberry-and-rhubarb filling.

Rhubarb and Muscat Jelly

Nigella takes Jell-O to new, gourmet heights by infusing it with two out-of-the-ordinary ingredients: a concentrated rhubarb "juice" and Muscat, a sweet dessert wine.

Our Very Best Rhubarb Recipes


Rhubarb, the delicious spring and summer treat, shines in this brown betty cooked right on the grill.

Get the Recipe:Grilled Rhubarb Brown Betty

Grilled Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote with Grilled Pound Cake

We start to see giant leaves and shoots of rhubarb in spring. What better way to celebrate the vibrant ruby colored stalks than to grill them in a foil pack? Paired with strawberries and a few other ingredients, the rhubarb cooks down into the perfect sweet and tangy compote for grilled pound cake.

Get the Recipe:Grilled Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote with Grilled Pound Cake

Rhubarb Short Ribs

Dollop rhubarb jam on your short ribs midway through cooking. By the time the ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, the jam will have reduced into a deliciously thick and syrupy glaze.

Get the Recipe:Rhubarb Short Ribs

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Ina dresses up the classic spring combination of strawberry and rhubarb with a buttery oat topping and orange zest and juice.

Get the Recipe:Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb Jam Bars

Although rhubarb and strawberries are a popular duo, Valerie skips the berries for these simple dessert bars. Valerie says it’s because “I think rhubarb deserves to be its own star.”

Get the Recipe:Rhubarb Jam Bars

Rhubarb Gelatin with Cream

This is just the thing to make when spring rhubarb is plentiful, slender and pink. (The rosier your stalks, the prettier the dessert.)

Get the Recipe:Rhubarb Gelatin with Cream

Grandma’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

If you’re a fan of good, old-fashioned pie, you’ll love this recipe. It requires a bit of work to make but is completely worth it. The homemade crust is flaky and buttery, and the strawberry-rhubarb filling is perfectly sweet and delicious.

Get the Recipe:Grandma’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb Spritz

Valerie&rsquos rhubarb spritz is almost too pretty to drink! To achieve the perfectly pink color, she simmers rhubarb with sugar and lemon to form a syrup, which she combines with elderflower liqueur and chilled prosecco or club soda.

Get the Recipe:Rhubarb Spritz

Rhubarb Crumble

Serve this oat-and-hazelnut-topped rhubarb crumble warm, with freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Get the Recipe:Rhubarb Crumble

Baked Donuts with Blood Orange, Rhubarb and Blueberry Glaze

Molly&rsquos baked donuts are almost too cute to eat! She tops each donut with a colorful glaze and pretty sprinkles.

Get the Recipe:Baked Donuts with Blood Orange, Rhubarb and Blueberry Glaze

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Sweet strawberry and tart rhubarb are a pair that always harmonizes beautifully. Serve this cake with a dollop of whipped cream for the perfect spring dessert.

Get the Recipe:Strawberry Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake


You might love rhubarb in your pies, but follow GZ’s lead and use it to make cocktails, too. He boils it down in a sweet syrup, then pairs it with a splash of pomegranate juice and two kinds of rum.

Upside-Down Rhubarb Bread

Turn pretty, pink rhubarb into an incredibly elegant upside-down cake. Simply invert the cake onto a platter to show off the colorful design.

Get the Recipe:Upside-Down Rhubarb Bread

Coconut Pudding with Roasted Rhubarb

Molly balances the tartness of the rhubarb by roasting it with sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt, then serves the fruit directly on top of a sweet coconut pudding.

Get the Recipe:Coconut Pudding with Roasted Rhubarb

Raspberry Rhubarb Crostata

Ina&rsquos beautiful crostata is the perfect treat to serve a crowd. It&rsquos much easier to make than pie, but looks (and tastes) just as delicious.

Get the Recipe:Raspberry Rhubarb Crostata

Glazed Ham with Grape-Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb isn&rsquot just for desserts. When reduced to a sauce with grapes, mustard and just a few spices, it becomes a delicious glaze for tender, salty ham.

Get the Recipe:Glazed Ham with Grape-Rhubarb Compote

Strawberry-Rhubarb Slump

The name may be unfamiliar, but a slump is in the family of cooked or stewed fruit with raised dough on top a cousin to the cobbler, a slump is topped with dumplings instead of biscuits. The effect is like pie, but easier to make.

Get the Recipe:Strawberry Rhubarb Slump

Geometric Rhubarb Tart

Sliced strategically, a stalk of rhubarb turns into an angular work of art when artfully arranged on a frangipane tart filling.

Get the Recipe:Geometric Rhubarb Tart

Strawberry-Rhubarb Buckle

Similar to a coffee cake, Geoffrey&rsquos strawberry-rhubarb dessert is topped with a cinnamon-sugar streusel and baked until golden. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream for a truly decadent spring dessert.

Get the Recipe:Strawberry-Rhubarb Buckle

Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

Layer a mixture of cooked rhubarb and strawberries with vanilla cake and freshly whipped cream.

Get the Recipe:Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas

A simple syrup helps to cut the tartness of the rhubarb in this refreshing seasonally-inspired margarita.

Get the Recipe:Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry, lemon juice and rhubarb come together in this rustic crumble. Add a dollop of whipped mascarpone topping for an elegant touch.

Get the Recipe:Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Rhubarb Custard Pie

Rhubarb, technically a vegetable, is known for its very tart flavor and the fact that only the stalks are edible. There are many varieties of rhubarb which account for how the stalks vary in color from a deep red to a pale green. Although the flavor is delicious on all kinds, this pie looks prettiest with the red-stalked varieties. Look for thinner stalks, they will be more tender and less fibrous than thicker stalks.

Get the Recipe:Rhubarb Custard Pie

Rhubarb Compote

Stew slightly sour rhubarb with sugar, honey and cinnamon until it’s soft enough to spoon over vanilla ice cream.

Get the Recipe:Rhubarb Compote

Rhuberry-Basil Pink Lemonade

This isn’t your ordinary pink lemonade, thanks to GZ’s use of all-natural colorings and flavors: a rhubarb-steeped syrup and a strawberry puree laced with fresh basil.

Get the Recipe:Rhuberry-Basil Pink Lemonade

Strawberry Fruit Salad with Rhubarb Simple Syrup

This fresh fruit salad is well worth a trip to the farmer&rsquos market. Assorted berries, mint and basil are tossed together and dressed with a sweet-tart rhubarb syrup.

Get the Recipe:Strawberry Fruit Salad with Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Lemon Bundt Cake with Berry Rhubarb Glaze

For a special occasion, dress a simple Bundt cake up with a sweet rhubarb glaze.

Get the Recipe:Lemon Bundt Cake with Berry Rhubarb Glaze

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

The key to Geoffrey&rsquos classic upside-down cake? Before baking, he combines a mixture of rhubarb, sugar, honey, lemon and herbs. He sets half the liquid aside, then uses it as a syrup to drizzle on the finished dessert.

Five rhubarb recipes from Michelin starred chefs

1. Raymond Blanc’s strawberry and rhubarb crumble

Chef Raymond Blanc's easy strawberry rhubarb crumble recipe makes use of lots of rhubarb from his garden along with the freshest French strawberries to create a classic English dessert with a French twist. He shows you how to make a lighter version of crumble that can be achieved by anyone at home.

2. Gordon Ramsay’s souffle pancakes with rhubarb compote

The perfect idea for a Sunday brunch, Gordon Ramsay whips up some fluffy pancakes with rhubarb compote.

3. Magnus Nilsson and Pascal Barbot’s rhubarb, strawberry and elderflower dessert

Magnus Nilsson is with Pascal Barbot in the kitchen to create a special strawberry rhubarb and elderflower dessert.

4. Tom Kitchin’s rhubarb cheesecake

Try Tom Kitchin's elegant rhubarb cheesecake with a brown sugar and hazelnut crumble base. The soft, gelatin-enhanced cheesecake is topped with rhubarb jelly made from a rhubarb consomme.

5. Cerea Brothers’ lamb loin with caramelised onions and rhubarb compote

The Cerea Brothers create a succulent lamb dish paired with tangy rhubarb and caramelised onions. The secret to the tender lamb loin here is to cook it sous vide, then finishing it off on the pan. Learn more about sous vide here.

Ingredients in Rhubarb Crisp

Nothing too crazy here! Lots of common ingredients you should already have in your pantry or easy to find at any grocery store. Don’t forget the full recipe directions and increments are at the bottom of this post in the printable recipe card.

  • Fresh or frozen rhubarb, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Lemon juice
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • All-purpose flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

The Best Rhubarb Recipes To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Roasted Rhubarb & Nut Crumble
The humble crumble is given a fresh new edge with this nutty topping which has plenty of crunch and flavour. The hazelnuts and cashews form a good base with coconut oil, and malt syrup sticks it all together and adds a delicious dose of sweetness.

Sponge Pudding With Apple & Rhubarb
This classic pud is the perfect recipe to have up your sleeve next time you need to whip up a fail-safe dessert. Nothing fancy or new-fangled, just pure, simple comfort food.

Flourless Banana & Rhubarb Loaf
This loaf recipe is easy to bake, flourless and goes down a treat with a generous spread of butter. Enjoy it fresh from the oven or, if there is any left the day after, try it toasted. It’s just as good with a sweet or savoury topping.

Buttermilk Pancakes With Rhubarb Compote
Serve up a brunch to remember with these buttermilk pancakes. Rhubarb and apple compote is the perfect topping, along with creme fraiche, yoghurt or even ice cream if you feel so inclined.

Mini Pavlovas Topped with Rhubarb & Coconut Yoghurt
These mini pavs are pure indulgence. Elegant yet easy to assemble, serve with a dollop of coconut yoghurt for a sweet dessert that's sure to please.

Rhubarb & Apple Pie With Crumble Topping
It's mandatory to enjoy this classic with a big scoop of your favourite ice cream. Enjoy on chilly nights when you need slice of warming comfort food.

Peach & Rhubarb Shortcake
These little shortcakes make a dreamy morning or afternoon tea addition. Serve filled with lightly whipped cream and stewed peaches and rhubarb.

Rhubarb Tiramisu
These little desserts are the ultimate dinner party hack. Pre-make and serve up when you please, no stress necessary.

Rhubarb & Vodka Jellies
Get the party started with these sweet little jellies. Made from scratch, these jelly cups are perfect for starting or ending your evening.

Petite Kitchen's Winter Rhubarb Crumble
The magical filling in this delicious crumble is made with tangy rhubarb, ginger and a hint of orange. Rhubarb goes gorgeously well with sweet and rich flavours, making this buttery crumble topping a match made in heaven. Enjoy with lashings of cream, or coconut yoghurt if you feel like something a little lighter.

Almond & Rhubarb Tart
Try this almond and rhubarb tart, which is wonderful with a cup of tea mid-afternoon, and perfect to perk one up on these chilly wet days. A dab of lightly whipped cream on the side is a must. A little of this will go a long way, although it is not overly sweet.

Apple & Rhubarb Crumble Tart
This tart is carefully constructed from scratch, creating a homemade dessert like no other. Serve when warm and golden with a dollop of soft whipped cream.

Rhubarb Cake
Next time an occasion calls for cake, try this simple recipe. It's easy enough to ace, yet delicious enough to impress even the pickiest guest. Serve with Greek yoghurt and enjoy. 

Rhubarb Jam, Chutney, Sauce

Blueberry-Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb adds a pleasant tartness to this jam, and the blueberries provide color and texture.

Photo: Torok-Bognar Renata/Shutterstock.

Rhubarb Sauce

We love this rhubarb sauce. Put it on ice cream, oatmeal, anything!

Rhubarb Chutney

Serve this tangy condiment alongside chicken or turkey. Or, spread on bread or crackers as an appetizer with goat cheese and apples.

Rhubarb Sauce for Savory Dishes

Rhubarb sauce works in savory dishes, too, adding a wonderfully tangy flavor to chicken, pork, lamb, or game. Here is a simple sauce to heat up: