Creative rhubarb recipes can be hard to find, and you really only need so many strawberry rhubarb pies in a season. We harvest it by the wheelbarrow load each spring, and we’re always on the lookout for new ways to use rhubarb.
These rhubarb recipes are some of the best the internet has to offer, both savory and sweet.
A spring staple for northern gardeners everywhere, rhubarb is one of the very first plants to bear after the snow melts. While strawberry rhubarb pie is the most well-known way to cook rhubarb, the sky is the limit.
Rhubarb has an acidic, tart flavor with just a hint of sweetness. That high acid content is what makes it great for desserts, but it also means that rhubarb complements meats and savory dishes.
Rhubarb is pretty forgiving…
Chopped into chunks, it can hold its shape in muffins and remain firm in pies.
Cooked in a pan with a bit of gentle stirring and it’ll disintegrate into an easy stewed rhubarb to top ice cream.
Roasted in whole stalks on a sheet pan, rhubarb makes a particularly dramatic presentation and the roasting brings out its sweetness.
Easy Rhubarb Recipes
Spring is a busy time of year, and you may not have time for big kitchen projects with all that’s going on in the garden. These easy rhubarb recipes give you a delicious treat without all the fuss.
For the absolute simplest use, try rhubarb compote, which goes wonderfully over just about anything!
- Rhubarb Compote
- Rhubarb No-Bake Cheesecakes
- Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes
- Rhubarb Slab Pie
- Baked Rhubarb with Whipped Cream
Rhubarb Breakfast Recipes
Breakfast is the perfect time for rhubarb and the sweet/tart flavor works wonderfully in all manner of baked goods.
Personally, I’m a fan of a scoop of rhubarb jam on top of a bowl of plain yogurt, with gives you a way to enjoy rhubarb for breakfast without turning on the oven. But that’s not nearly as decadent as these tasty rhubarb recipes…
- Marscapone Rhubarb Stuffed French Toast
- Rhubarb Blueberry Cardamom Muffins
- Rhubarb and Strawberry Whole Wheat Muffins
- Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins
- Rhubarb Breakfast Cake
Sweet Rhubarb Recipes
Even though rhubarb is technically a vegetable, most people cook it as a fruit. When you add sugar to balance the tart flavor it can work wonderfully anywhere you’d use fruit in a dessert.
The colors in the stalks allow you to really play with designs, provided you have the patience. Try a geometric design as I do in this rhubarb upside-down cake.
Of course, you can always just chop the rhubarb without fussing with intricate designs.
I promise it tastes just as good!
- Rhubarb and Pear Crumble
- Strawberry Rhubarb Fool
- Rhubarb Custard Cake
- Rose Rhubarb Layer Cake
- No Churn Rhubarb Ice Cream
- Strawberry Rhubarb Dream Bars
- Raspberry Rhubarb Almond Bars
- Rhubarb Blackberry Cobbler with Cornish Clotted Cream
- Rhubarb Meringue Cups
Old Fashioned Rhubarb Recipes
These days, we have all manner of cakes and pies, but a few decades ago other specific types of desserts were well known.
Custard pies were a lot more common than they are today, and everyone would know what you meant if you said you were making a “Grunt” or “Buckle” for the church supper.
Don’t let the strange names fool you, they really are good!
- Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake
- Rhubarb Buckle
- Old Fashioned Rhubarb Grunt
- Old Fashioned Rhubarb Custard Pie (Amish Recipe)
Savory Rhubarb Recipes
In the US, we almost always treat rhubarb as a fruit and use it in sweet recipes. It’s more commonly used as a vegetable in the east and middle east, and there are plenty of exotic savory rhubarb recipes.
My favorite is Khoresht Rivas or Persian rhubarb stew. It mixes savory herbs and lamb with the bright crunchy flavor of rhubarb. The rhubarb is left in large chunks, and just barely cooked so it doesn’t fall apart.
Cooks have begun to come around to savory uses, and you’ll sometimes see it used as a sauce for chicken, in a salsa, or in a crunchy relish on top of tacos.
I really love the idea of adding rhubarb to coleslaw, both to add crunch and incredible fresh flavor.
- Persian Lamb and Rhubarb Stew (Khoresht Rivas)
- Rhubarb Chicken
- Rhubarb Soup with Bacon Omelet
- Goat Cheese Crostini with Rhubarb Chutney
- Savory Rhubarb Sauce
- Fish Tacos with Strawberry & Rhubarb
- Rhubarb Coleslaw
- Pan-Fried Rhubarb Chicken
- Rhubarb Baked Beans
Homemade jams and jellies are a great way to preserve the flavors of the season for year-round enjoyment. I’ll often freeze rhubarb for wintertime pies, but I love the convenience of a ready-made rhubarb jam.
No need to bake a pie or do anything fancy, just spoon out a bit of rhubarb preserve onto toast or yogurt and you’re magically transported back to spring.
It’s perfectly fine to make jam as a refrigerator jam, where it’ll keep for 3-4 weeks. Make a freezer jam and it’ll keep around 6 months. For longer than that, you’ll need to learn the basics of water bath canning, and then you can store rhubarb jam on the pantry shelf.
- Rhubarb Jam
- Rhubarb Jelly
- Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
- Rhubarb Butter
- Strawberry Rhubarb Pineapple Jam
- Rhubarb Orange Marmalade
- Rhubarb Chutney
- Rhubarb Berry Jam
- Pickled Rhubarb
- Rhubarb Curd
Healthy Rhubarb Recipes
Sweet or savory rhubarb recipes aside, this vegetable is healthy fresh from the garden. It’s everything we choose to do with it once it’s in our kitchen that turns it into a dessert or a heavy fatty savory dish.
Keep it light this spring with these healthy rhubarb recipes!
- Carrot Rhubarb Soup
- Rhubarb and Greek Yogurt Popsicles
- Low Carb, Gluten-Free Rhubarb Crisp
- Strawberry Rhubarb Spinach Salad
- Rhubarb Coconut Milk Popsicles
Rhubarb Drink Recipes
With all the beautiful spring weather that comes during rhubarb season, there’s no reason not to enjoy a rhubarb drink in the yard as the bees buzz around spring flowers.
Most rhubarb drink recipes play on its natural tart flavor and use it as you would lemon in cocktails. The bright pink color that comes from the rhubarb peels keeps things visually interesting too.
- Rhubarb Moscow Mule
- Rhubarb Mint Mojito
- Rhubarb Sour
- Homemade Rhubarb Liqueur
- Rhubarb Spring Fling
- Honey Rhubarb Ice Tea
- Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail
- Rhubarb Lemonade
- Strawberry, Lime, and Rhubarb Sparkler
Rhubarb Cordials and Wine
These are technically rhubarb drinks too…but they require a bit more commitment than just mixing up a quick cocktail.
Rhubarb wine is a lovely way to preserve rhubarb in a bottle, and it’s wonderfully refreshing at the picnic table all summer long. You’ll need a bit of equipment for making homemade wine, but don’t let that stop you, it’s actually a lot easier than you think.
For something simpler though, stick with a rhubarb-infused cordial, which just takes rhubarb and infuses the flavor into existing alcohol like vodka.
What’s your favorite way to cook rhubarb? Have I missed any great rhubarb recipes?
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