When it comes to the deliciously tart and sweet flavors of spring and early summer, there’s one vegetable that stands out — rhubarb. Although often paired with sweet ingredients and treated as a fruit, rhubarb is a versatile vegetable that works in both sweet and savory dishes. Today, we’re sharing 25 of the best rhubarb recipes so you can see how adaptable this vibrant, tangy stalk really is.
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25 Best Rhubarb Recipes of the Year
This recipe is a treat that lives up to its name. With a buttery crust, a layer of tart rhubarb, and a creamy topping, these dream bars are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Rhubarb isn’t just for dessert — it can also lend a unique flavor to savory dishes. In this recipe, it serves as a wonderful addition to a simple, savory chicken dish, providing a delightful tanginess that complements the meat perfectly.
These muffins are a delightful way to start your day or enjoy a mid-afternoon treat. The tartness of the rhubarb contrasts beautifully with the sweet muffin base, resulting in a delightful taste sensation.
This is a traditional German recipe that features rhubarb in a simple yet delightful cake. It’s a great option for a summertime dessert or a coffee companion.
Rhubarb’s tanginess perfectly balances the sweetness of these brown sugar cookies, making them an irresistible treat that’s perfect for any occasion.
These muffins combine the tartness of rhubarb with a sweet, crumbly streusel topping. They’re a delightful treat that works well for breakfast, dessert, or a snack.
The classic pairing of strawberries and rhubarb shines in these crumble bars. The fruit mixture is sandwiched between a sweet crust and a crumbly topping, creating a delicious and satisfying treat.
This classic dessert is a crowd-pleaser, featuring a juicy rhubarb filling topped with a crispy, buttery crumble. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an unbeatable dessert.
Give your barbecue sauce a unique twist with this recipe. The tartness of the rhubarb works surprisingly well with the sweet and smoky flavors of traditional barbecue sauce, creating a delightful blend of flavors.
This cake is a perfect way to enjoy rhubarb in its simplest, most delicious form. The tanginess of the rhubarb balances beautifully with the sweetness of the cake, resulting in a delightful treat.
This recipe combines rhubarb and oats for a deliciously unique cake. It’s a perfect mid-morning snack or an after-dinner treat.
Just like lemon, rhubarb can be used to make a delightful, tangy curd. This bright and flavorful spread is perfect on toast, biscuits, or mixed into yogurt.
This pie is all about the rhubarb, enveloped in a sweet, creamy custard. Without a crust to distract, the tartness of the rhubarb truly shines.
These bars pair tart rhubarb and sweet blueberries with a creamy cheese filling, all set on a buttery crust. They’re as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat.
If you’re a fan of the classic strawberry-rhubarb combination and love cheesecake, this is the recipe for you. These bars feature a creamy cheesecake layer swirled with a sweet-tart strawberry rhubarb compote.
Perfect for breakfast or as a sweet treat, these rhubarb oatmeal bars balance the tartness of rhubarb with the sweetness of brown sugar. The crumbly oatmeal topping adds a delightful contrast to the juicy rhubarb filling.
Give your classic scones a rhubarb twist with this delightful recipe. The tartness of the rhubarb pairs beautifully with the sweet, flaky scones, resulting in a treat that’s perfect with your morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Combining the decadence of chocolate with the tartness of rhubarb, these brownies are a unique dessert that will delight your taste buds. The rhubarb adds a refreshing tang that beautifully offsets the richness of the chocolate.
This delicious cake is perfect for a leisurely brunch or an evening dessert. The tart rhubarb is complemented by the sweet, buttery cake and the streusel topping adds an additional layer of flavor and texture.
This elegant tart pairs the tartness of rhubarb with the nutty, creamy sweetness of almond frangipane. Encased in a flaky shortcrust, this tart is a sophisticated dessert sure to impress.
Rhubarb isn’t just for baking. In this recipe, rhubarb syrup adds a unique, tart twist to a classic gin and tonic. It’s a refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for a warm summer evening.
This refreshing iced tea is a delightful way to use rhubarb. The tart rhubarb balances the sweetness of the tea, creating a refreshing drink that’s perfect for hot summer days.
Cool and tangy, this rhubarb sorbet is a refreshing palate cleanser or a light dessert. The vibrant pink hue, derived naturally from the rhubarb, adds a delightful touch to any meal.
This savory dish beautifully showcases rhubarb’s versatility. The tart rhubarb sauce adds a burst of flavor that complements the richness of the salmon, creating a balanced and delicious meal.
Preserve the taste of spring with this easy homemade rhubarb jam. It’s a delightful spread for toast, biscuits, or even as a filling for pastries.
Which one of these top rhubarb recipes is your favorite? And did we miss any you think should be included in this guide? Please leave a comment below – I’d love to hear!!
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do with my rhubarb?
The sky’s the limit when you’ve got plenty of rhubarb on hand! Whip up some rhubarb desserts, jams, or even sauces. The tartness of rhubarb makes it perfect for sweets like crumbles and pies – strawberry rhubarb crisp is a classic!
You can also make rhubarb coffee cake for brunch or rhubarb compote to spoon over vanilla ice cream is a treat. Trust me, there’s a rhubarb recipe for every craving!
Do you need to peel rhubarb before cooking?
No, you usually don’t have to peel rhubarb stalks before cooking. Just wash them well and chop them up. If you notice the stalks are super stringy, then maybe give them a light peel. But generally, you’re good to go!
Is there a healthy way to eat rhubarb?
Yes! While rhubarb often stars in sugary desserts, you can go the healthy route too. How about some rhubarb compote sweetened with a dash of honey? Or, make a rhubarb sauce with lemon juice and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Super tasty and way lighter on the sugar.
What’s the best way to cook rhubarb?
Cooking rhubarb doesn’t have to be complicated. You can slow-cook it on the stove to make jams. If the oven’s more your style, bake a rhubarb tart, rhubarb crumble, or a rhubarb upside-down cake. And let’s not forget grilling it for some smoky flavor!
What are the benefits of eating cooked rhubarb?
Besides being super yummy? Cooked rhubarb is packed with fiber and vitamin C. The cooking process actually makes it easier for your body to absorb these vitamins.
Can you freeze rhubarb?
Yes! Freezing rhubarb is super easy. Just chop the stalks, lay them on a baking dish, and freeze. Once they’re solid, move them to a zip-top bag and keep in the freezer. Perfect for impromptu rhubarb recipes later!
How do you preserve rhubarb?
Jam it or freeze it, your choice! Rhubarb jam is a classic way to keep that tartness year-round. Or freeze as I mentioned above. Either way, you’re set for tasty treats for months!
How do I make my rhubarb more flavorful?
Wanna kick it up a notch? Add sweet strawberries or a dash of lemon juice. Cinnamon also pairs nicely with rhubarb. Get creative! Spices, sugars, and even gin can be used to up your rhubarb recipes.
Is it better to freeze rhubarb pie baked or unbaked?
You can go either way, but freezing an unbaked rhubarb pie gives you that “freshly baked” taste when you’re ready to eat it. Just assemble the pie, wrap it tightly, and freeze. When you’re ready to bake, you can even cook it straight from the freezer! Just add some extra bake time.
What is the best way to sweeten rhubarb?
Brown sugar is your best friend here. But a simple syrup or even vanilla ice cream on top of your rhubarb treat can do wonders too. If you’re cutting back on sugar, a drizzle of honey or a sprinkle of Stevia works as well!
25 Best Rhubarb Recipes To Try This Week
- Rhubarb Dream Bars
- Rhubarb Chicken (Savory Rhubarb Recipe)
- Rhubarb Muffins
- Oma’s Rhubarb Cake Recipe
- Brown Sugar Rhubarb Cookies
- Rhubarb Streusel Muffins
- Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars
- Easy Rhubarb Crisp
- Roasted Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce
- Traditional Norwegian Rhubarb Cake
- Lazy Daisy Rhubarb Oatmeal Cake
- Rhubarb Curd
- Crustless Rhubarb Custard Pie
- Blueberry Rhubarb Cream Cheese Bars
- Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars
- Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars
- Rhubarb Scones
- Chocolate Rhubarb Brownie
- Rhubarb Coffee Cake
- Easy recipe for rhubarb tart with almond cream (frangipane)
- Rhubarb Gin & Tonic Cocktail
- Iced Rhubarb Tea
- Rhubarb Sorbet Recipe
- Baked Salmon with Rhubarb Sauce
- Easiest Homemade Rhubarb Jam
- Click the rhubarb recipe you’d like to make for its full list of ingredients and directions.
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