Our Very Best Rhubarb Recipes
Though tart and slightly sour when raw, rhubarb is surprisingly sweet and versatile in these delicious recipes. Make the most of it with fresh cocktails, decadent desserts and meaty main dishes.
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Grilled Rhubarb Brown Betty
Rhubarb, the delicious spring and summer treat, shines in this brown betty cooked right on the grill.
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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.
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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.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Ina dresses up the classic spring combination of strawberry and rhubarb with a buttery oat topping and orange zest and juice.
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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."
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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.)
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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.
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Valerie’s 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.
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Serve this oat-and-hazelnut-topped rhubarb crumble warm, with freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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Baked Donuts with Blood Orange, Rhubarb and Blueberry Glaze
Molly’s baked donuts are almost too cute to eat! She tops each donut with a colorful glaze and pretty sprinkles.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Raspberry Rhubarb Crostata
Ina’s beautiful crostata is the perfect treat to serve a crowd. It’s much easier to make than pie, but looks (and tastes) just as delicious.
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Glazed Ham with Grape-Rhubarb Compote
Rhubarb isn’t 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.
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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.
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Geometric Rhubarb Tart
Sliced strategically, a stalk of rhubarb turns into an angular work of art when artfully arranged on a frangipane tart filling.
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Similar to a coffee cake, Geoffrey’s 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.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake
Layer a mixture of cooked rhubarb and strawberries with vanilla cake and freshly whipped cream.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas
A simple syrup helps to cut the tartness of the rhubarb in this refreshing seasonally-inspired margarita.
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Strawberry, lemon juice and rhubarb come together in this rustic crumble. Add a dollop of whipped mascarpone topping for an elegant touch.
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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.
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Stew slightly sour rhubarb with sugar, honey and cinnamon until it's soft enough to spoon over vanilla ice cream.
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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.
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Strawberry Fruit Salad with Rhubarb Simple Syrup
This fresh fruit salad is well worth a trip to the farmer’s market. Assorted berries, mint and basil are tossed together and dressed with a sweet-tart rhubarb syrup.
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Lemon Bundt Cake with Berry Rhubarb Glaze
For a special occasion, dress a simple Bundt cake up with a sweet rhubarb glaze.
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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
The key to Geoffrey’s 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.
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