The Best Rhubarb Recipes

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From savory breakfast dishes to tart and sweet desserts, rhubarb is the star of our ultimate recipe collection. Get ready to awaken your taste buds with our comprehensive guide to all things rhubarb. From muffins to cocktails, I’ve got you covered. You’re going to love these scrumptious rhubarb recipes!

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Rhubarb is a perennial that I associate with summer, the season when I often harvest it fresh from the garden. In this post, I’ve rounded up my favorite rhubarb recipes to delight and inspire.

On its own, rhubarb reminds me of sour celery. However, when you cut it up, add sugar, and cook it, you get a tangy wonderfulness that’s truly impossible to describe. In this collection of rhubarb recipes, you’ll find a variety of pies and cakes, a syrup, and even a libation. There’s something for everyone!

What Makes Rhubarb Special

Rhubarb is a unique vegetable that has been utilized in a variety of dishes over the years. It’s especially popular in baked goods, and there are several reasons why. One of the biggest reasons is its tartness, which stands out among other fruits and vegetables. This tartness is what makes rhubarb such a perfect pairing with sugar and other sweet ingredients, creating a harmonious blend of flavors. Additionally, rhubarb’s bright red color and crisp texture make it a visually stunning addition to any recipe.

Moreover, rhubarb is a seasonal ingredient, which adds to its appeal. Bakers eagerly await the arrival of rhubarb in the spring and early summer months, making it a special treat to incorporate into their recipes. Its limited availability makes it all the more precious to those who love to bake.

Another reason why rhubarb is so popular in baked goods is its versatility. It can be used in a variety of recipes, from pies to muffins to bread. Its flavor profile pairs well with a wide range of ingredients like strawberries, cinnamon, and oats. The possibilities are endless, making it an exciting ingredient to experiment with in the kitchen.

Why You’ll Love Rhubarb

  • It packs an incredible punch, adding a tangy and sweet flavor to any dish, making it a popular ingredient for baked goods.
  • Its unique tartness pairs perfectly with the sweetness of sugar and other ingredients, creating a perfect balance of flavors.
  • Its bright red color and crisp texture also make it a visually stunning addition to any recipe.

Once you try these rhubarb recipes, you’ll understand why it’s a favorite ingredient among bakers and cooks alike. So, get ready to fall in love with rhubarb all over again!

Ready to get into some of the best rhubarb recipes? Me too! Let’s do it!

Perfect Pies

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie  

This classic rhubarb recipe has long been a celebration staple in my family. Whether it’s someone’s birthday, a major holiday, or another event that brings us together, you’ll probably see this Strawberry Rhubarb Pie on our table. No matter the time of year, we relish these quintessential flavors of summer.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie in a plate with a fork.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie

Since rhubarb is among my favorite things to bake with, I have multiple strawberry rhubarb pie recipes. What’s special about this version is the crumble topping that’s made with butter, flour, brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon. The texture and taste of the crumble contrast wonderfully with the strawberry rhubarb filling.

Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling in a bowl.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling

One of my favorite flavor combinations is strawberry and rhubarb, which is why I love this Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling Recipe. It’s easy to make and has a variety of tasty use including:

  • Warm it up and serve it on ice cream. (Crazy delicious!)
  • Spoon it on shortcake or biscuits and top with freshly whipped cream.
  • Use it as a filling for hand pies, turnovers, donuts, or a layered cake.
  • Spread it on toast.
  • And so many more!

Crumbles, Crisps, and Cobblers

Amazing Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp in a pan and served in a bowl.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is a quintessential summer dessert. This recipe for this dessert is bursting with bright, fruity summer flavor and finished off with a crisp oatmeal topping. The combination of strawberry and rhubarb is a favorite. What’s not to love?

Strawberry Rhubarb Mason Jar Cobblers served in a jar.

Strawberry Rhubarb Mason Jar Cobbler

I love me some cobbler, especially when it’s served in a mason jar and topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. This rhubarb recipe is easy to make and a fun alternative to pie. The single-serving size also makes it ideal for stashing in lunchboxes or gifting to fortunate friends.

rhubarb cobble in glass dish.

Rhubarb Cobbler

Tart rhubarb pairs perfectly with a decadent cake-like topping in this delicious and easy-to-make Rhubarb Cobbler. Serve warm with a dollop of homemade whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream for the ultimate dessert treat.

Muffins, Breads, and Cakes

Blackberry Rhubarb Cake on a plate with a fork

Blackberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

There’s something about pairing rhubarb with sweet berries. For this coffee cake, I use blackberries. It’s one of those rhubarb treats that works for a brunch, a dessert, a snack – well, to be honest, almost anytime!

Easy Homemade Rhubarb Muffins on a plate.

Rhubarb Muffins

This recipe for Rhubarb Muffins is a classic. Made with brown sugar and lots of diced rhubarb, these tart and sweet muffins are a winner for breakfast, dessert, or anything in between.

piece of strawberry rhubarb coffee cake on a plate with a pan in the background.

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Made with layers of moist cake, a delightful strawberry rhubarb filling, and a heavenly crumble topping, this Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake recipe is the perfect combination of fruity goodness and irresistible texture. 

Rhubarb Streusel Quick Bread with butter and strawberry jam on a plate.

Rhubarb Streusel Quick Bread

This Rhubarb Streusel Quick Bread is a wonderful and easy treat that’s filled with fresh rhubarb flavor and boasts a sweet crunchy topping. It’s a quick bread recipe you’ll be making again and again.

Stunning Strawberry Rhubarb Cake on a cake stand decorated with flowers.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cake

With fresh flowers on top, this naked cake is a showstopper. It also has incredibly rich flavor thanks to buttercream frosting and strawberry rhubarb syrup-soaked layers. But be warned: Waiting to cut this cake will test your willpower!

Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes on a plate with a fork.

Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes

You’re going to love these Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes. These are made with homemade shortcake, strawberry rhubarb pie filling, and freshly whipped cream. It’s a delicious rhubarb twist on a classic recipe!


Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Bars stacked on a plate.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Bars

You can also use that Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling to make these Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Bars! They are basically Strawberry Rhubarb Pie in handheld form. The combination of flavors, combined with a moist cake may make these your new go-to summer sweet.

Amazing Strawberry Rhubarb Bars stacked on a plate.

Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

You’re going to love this recipe! These delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Bars are basically a handheld Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. The rolled oat crust pairs beautifully with the sweet strawberry and tart rhubarb. You’re in for a treat!

Drinks and Cocktails

Refreshing Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas on a cutting board with a hand holding one.

Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita

Welcome the weekend in style with this strawberry rhubarb margarita cocktail! Made with strawberry-berry rhubarb syrup, tequila, triple sec, and citrus juices, it’s an imaginative take on a margarita. My favorite way to serve it is over ice in a salt-rimmed glass garnished with a sprig of mint. Beautiful and delicious.

Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup in a bottle on a table.

Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup

This is the syrup I’ve used in a couple of these rhubarb recipes. You can make it by simply cooking strawberries and rhubarb with sugar and water. After you strain out the pulp, what remains is pure gold. That’s no exaggeration. You’ll be looking for ways to use it.

strawberry rhubarb old fashioned in glasses with strawberry garnish.

Strawberry Rhubarb Old Fashioned

A classic bourbon old fashioned gets an upgrade for summer with the help of homemade strawberry rhubarb simple syrup. This strawberry rhubarb old fashioned combines the timeless charm of an old-fashioned with the bright and tangy notes of strawberries and rhubarb.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re new to cooking with rhubarb, you may have some questions about how to handle this versatile ingredient. Here are some commonly asked questions:

Can you eat rhubarb raw?

While rhubarb can be eaten raw, it’s quite tart and fibrous. It’s best to cook it with sugar or other sweeteners to balance out the acidity.

Do you need to peel rhubarb?

No, you don’t need to peel rhubarb. Just wash the stalks and trim off the ends.

Can you freeze rhubarb?

Yes, rhubarb can be frozen for later use. Just wash and chop the stalks and freeze them in an airtight container.

What are some other ways to use rhubarb besides desserts?

Aside from desserts, rhubarb can be used to make savory dishes like chutneys, salsas, and sauces. It can also be roasted, grilled, or sautéed as a side dish.

What does rhubarb taste like?

Rhubarb is a unique vegetable (or sometimes fruit, depending on who you ask) with a flavor profile that is difficult to describe. Some compare it to a tart and sour apple, while others say it’s similar to a lemon or grapefruit. Ultimately, the taste of rhubarb is one of those things you simply have to try for yourself to fully appreciate.

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Wrap Up

In conclusion, rhubarb is a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from sweet to savory. This ultimate recipe collection showcased the many ways rhubarb can elevate your culinary creations, from tangy muffins to refreshing cocktails. Don’t be afraid to experiment with adding rhubarb to your favorite dishes and let your taste buds be amazed.

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  1. Your rhubarb recipes look and sound delicious. So nice to learn about different ways to use easy to grow rhubarb that just springs out of the garden each spring!

  2. I love rhubarb, it cuts against the sweetness that most other ingredients add to desserts rather than contrast with it, rhubarb pie is my favorite but appreciate all of these recipes including and maybe especially the drinks, rhubarb margarita wow, thank you