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Rhubarb Recipes

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Spring is here, and that means it’s time to celebrate the return of fresh, tangy rhubarb! Whether you grow it in your garden or find it at your local farmers’ market, rhubarb is a versatile ingredient that brings a unique flavor to a variety of dishes. From sweet desserts to muffins, there’s no end to the delicious possibilities when it comes to cooking with rhubarb. In this roundup, we’ve gathered some of the best rhubarb recipes that will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen.

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Rhubarb’s tartness pairs perfectly with sweet and savory ingredients, making it a star in pies, crisps, sauces, and even salads. Whether you’re a seasoned rhubarb enthusiast or a curious newcomer, you’ll find something to love in this collection. Get ready to discover new favorite recipes and rediscover the joy of cooking with this vibrant, springtime vegetable. So grab your apron and let’s dive into these mouthwatering rhubarb recipes that are sure to impress your family and friends!

Tips for Cooking with Fresh Rhubarb

1. Selecting Rhubarb:

  • Look for stalks that are firm and crisp. Avoid any that are limp or have blemishes.
  • Rhubarb comes in various colors from green to deep red. The color doesn’t necessarily affect the taste, so choose based on your preference.

2. Prepping Rhubarb:

  • Wash the stalks thoroughly to remove any dirt.
  • Trim off any leaves as they are toxic and should not be consumed.
  • Cut the stalks into even-sized pieces to ensure uniform cooking.

3. Balancing the Tartness:

  • Rhubarb is naturally tart. Pair it with sweet ingredients like sugar, honey, or fruit to balance the flavor.
  • Consider adding a pinch of salt to enhance the sweetness and depth of flavor.

4. Cooking Methods:

  • Baking: Rhubarb is fantastic in pies, crisps, and cakes. Combine with strawberries or other fruits for a classic combination.
  • Sauces and Compotes: Cook rhubarb with sugar and a bit of water to make a sauce or compote that can be used over ice cream, pancakes, or yogurt.
  • Savory Dishes: Rhubarb can add a unique twist to savory dishes. Try it in chutneys, salsas, or even roasted with meats.

5. Adjusting Cooking Time:

  • Rhubarb cooks quickly, so keep an eye on it to avoid overcooking. It should be tender but still hold its shape unless you’re making a sauce or compote.

6. Storage:

  • Store fresh rhubarb in the refrigerator, wrapped in a damp paper towel and placed in a plastic bag. It can last up to a week.
  • For longer storage, consider freezing rhubarb. Cut it into pieces, blanch quickly in boiling water, cool in ice water, dry thoroughly, and freeze in a single layer before transferring to a freezer bag.

7. Experiment with Spices:

  • Enhance the flavor of rhubarb by adding spices like cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg during cooking. These spices complement rhubarb’s tartness beautifully.

8. Use Rhubarb Leaves Safely:

  • Remember, rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid and are poisonous. Dispose of them properly and keep them out of reach of children and pets.

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Rhubarb Muffins

Bursting with diced rhubarb and topped with a cinnamon topping, these moist and tender Rhubarb Muffins are the perfect way to start the day!


This Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe perfectly combines the tart and sweet flavors of strawberries and rhubarb baked together in a homemade buttery, flaky pie crust. Serve it cold or warm it up and go à la mode style with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. You’ll be hooked after the first bite!

Easy Rhubarb Crisp

Undoubtedly one of the best rhubarb recipes: This easy Rhubarb Crisp is quick to pull together and tastes amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Rhubarb Oat Bars

These Rhubarb Oat Bars are a delicious way to use up fresh rhubarb! With a flavourful oat crust and sweet tangy rhubarb filling, these taste like a rhubarb crumble, but in a bar.

Prize Winning Rhubarb Crumble

Tangy rhubarb combined with sweet strawberries and blueberries makes for a delicious combination. This recipe for berry rhubarb crumble won a $5,000 prize, and after eating it I can see why!

Strawberry Rhubarb Bread

Strawberry Rhubarb Bread has that sweet combination of flavors you love topped with a delicious and simple glaze. Made with fresh diced strawberries and rhubarb, this is a great recipe for rhubarb season and pairs perfectly with coffee or tea.


These easy Rhubarb Scones are a simple recipe that only require 5 ingredients and 30 minutes, for a delicious dessert or treat with the tart flavor of fresh rhubarb.

 Rhubarb Bread 

I can’t think of anything better than a warm slice of this rhubarb bread to welcome spring. Moist and sweet with bursts of tart rhubarb, this quick bread will be a welcome addition to your breakfast table or afternoon snack.

Rhubarb Sauce

This easy recipe for homemade rhubarb sauce is the perfect way to use your yearly yield of rhubarb! This tangy sauce is perfect for spooning on a bowl of vanilla ice cream or drizzling on a stack of fluffy pancakes. 

Brown Sugar Rhubarb Cookies

These Brown Sugar Rhubarb Cookies are the perfect combo of sweet and tart! Soft, yet chewy and so perfect with coffee, tea or to pack in the lunchbox!

Easy Rhubarb Dessert Recipe With Jello

Rhubarb Desserts are a summer favorite. This Easy Rhubarb Dessert recipe with Cherry Jello is absolutely delicious and perfect for a smaller crowd.

Easy Rhubarb Dream Bars

These easy rhubarb dream bars combine a delicious buttery shortbread crust with a luscious rhubarb topping that will have you dreaming about it all day long. With just few a ingredients this recipe achieves the perfect balance of sweet and tangy that makes it so crave-worthy. A yummy way to use up all that spring rhubarb! Perfect to serve at picnics, potlucks, holidays, or any other occasion!

Rhubarb Dump Cake

This rhubarb dump cake is ridiculously easy to make, and it’s a great way to use up any leftover rhubarb you might have. Imagine digging into this warm, bubbling buttery dish featuring tart rhubarb and a sweet cake topping.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake

Sweet and tart strawberry rhubarb cheesecake topped with whipped cream and a strawberry rhubarb compote. It’s filled with strawberries and rhubarb that’s been cooked down to a paste and swirled into the cheesecake!

Cherry Rhubarb Pie

This cherry rhubarb pie is a delicious, comforting dessert. It’s easy to make, and I think it tastes great with either fresh or frozen rhubarb.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

These Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars have a pastry crust, homemade strawberry rhubarb pie filling, and are topped with a brown sugar crumb. Whether topped with ice cream, whipped cream, or a vanilla glaze, these pie bars are a summer staple!

Strawberry Rhubarb Blondies

Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Blondies make use of all those fresh strawberries and rhubarb! The easy cookie bars are sweet, buttery and slightly tangy. Perfect for summer picnics.

Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars

This recipe for Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars will get that last bag of rhubarb right out of the freezer. Pair it with another pantry staple, oatmeal and you’ve got cookies you can make just about anytime.


Looking for a super easy way to enjoy that fresh spring rhubarb? Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake‘s got you covered! Just dump the ingredients in a pan, bake, and enjoy. Loaded with fresh sliced strawberries and rhubarb topped with yellow cake mix, this easy rhubarb dessert is also loaded with deliciousness.


Enjoy the classic Northern combination of strawberries and rhubarb in a decidedly Southern form with this tasty Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler. It’s one amazingly delicious North meets South mash-up dessert!

Best Rhubarb Muffin Recipe

Rhubarb muffin recipe makes a moist sweet and tender muffin loaded with fresh rhubarb under a warm and crunchy brown sugar cinnamon streusel topping.

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Baked until golden, this cake is fluffy and moist with an incredibly fresh topping that has the perfect amount of sweetness and tartness. This is bound to be an all-time favorite rhubarb dessert yet!


Strawberry rhubarb crisp bars are an easy spring dessert with the sweet combination of fresh strawberries and tart rhubarb. The delicious fruit is layered between buttery oatmeal crumble for an amazing treat!


This old-fashioned Strawberry Rhubarb Pound Cake is a simple, moist, lightly sweetened cake loaded with fresh fruit and summertime charm!

Luscious Strawberry Rhubarb Pudding Dessert Recipe

Use your rhubarb in this simple and heavenly Strawberry Rhubarb Pudding Dessert! So sweet, creamy, tart and crunchy all at the same time! Great for parties and potlucks! A new family favorite!

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp

Cherry Rhubarb Crisp is the perfect summer treat! Oatmeal crisp topping, rhubarb and cherry pie filling make for a great summer treat! Perfect for family dinners, picnics or grilling out with friends!

Baked Sticky Rhubarb Pudding Recipe

This non-traditional rhubarb dessert will be a new springtime family favorite! Serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top for an extra treat!

Rhubarb Cheesecake Creams

These little dessert cups are the perfect pairing of a sugary sweet cream cheese filling and a slightly tart and puckering rhubarb compote. Layered in individual serving glasses, these Rhubarb Cheesecake Creams are simply delicious and perfect for all of your summertime desserts!


These Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Cheesecakes are an amazing bite-sized dessert recipe. Rich and creamy cheesecake is swirled with a homemade strawberry rhubarb sauce for the perfect balance of flavors.

Rhubarb Cheesecake Squares

These cheesecake squares can be whipped up in about an hour from start to finish and will make you all sorts of new friends. People cannot get enough of them! And by “people” I mean me. I may have eaten more than one….. quality control, you understand. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Cake

This strawberry rhubarb cake is light, fluffy, and bursting with flavor. There’s something about the tartness of the rhubarb paired with the sweetness of the strawberries that just makes my taste buds happy, and this cake is a great way to satisfy that craving. 

I hope you enjoyed this collection of rhubarb recipes as much as I did putting it together! Whether you’re a seasoned rhubarb enthusiast or just discovering its unique flavor, there’s something here for everyone. From classic pies to innovative savory dishes, rhubarb’s versatility shines through in each of these recipes. Give them a try and let your taste buds embark on a delightful adventure. Don’t forget to share your favorites and any new rhubarb creations you come up with. Happy cooking!

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