Favorite Rhubarb Recipes

Rhubarb Pie, Bread, Chutney, and More!

June 5, 2019
Rhubarb Leaves

Ready for rhubarb recipes? We love the classic rhubarb pie, but you also can’t go wrong with a rhubarb crisp, crumb, cake, muffins, or bread! We also have recipes for rhubarb sauce, jam, chutney, and soup!

Rhubarb is a perennial plant with stalks that resemble celery. But here, the difference ends. The tart, sour flavor of rhubarb is like nothing else. In pioneer days, rhubarb was literally called the “pie plant” (for obvious reasons if you’ve ever enjoyed rhubarb pie!). It was a ready source of vitamin C to prevent scurvy, not to mention delicious.  

In the garden, rhubarb is an ornamental vegetable, however it’s cooked and eaten as a fruit in the kitchen thanks to how well it works as a complement to sweet ingredients. Many folks combine rhubarb with strawberries, blueberries, or other fruits to balance its tartness. (Some of us, however, prefer rhubarb straight with a little sweetener.)

Our Favorite Rhubarb Recipes

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

We can’t skip over this beloved classic. When both rhubarb and strawberries are in season, this is the pie you have to make!

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie. Photo by Africa Studio/Shutterstock.
Photo: Africa Studio/Shutterstock

Rhubarb Chutney

Serve this tangy condiment alongside chicken or turkey or as an appetizer with goat cheese and apples.

Rhubarb Chutney. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
Made and photographed by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Blueberry-Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb adds a pleasant tartness to this jam, and the blueberries provide color and texture.

Photo by Torok-Bognar Renata/Shutterstock

Rhubarb Bread

A very moist quick bread best suited for breakfast or tea time. After baking, let loaf sit for 10 to 15 minutes before turning it out of the pan. Cool completely—preferably overnight—before slicing.

Photo by Timolina/Shutterstock

Rhubarb Muffins

These pack ‘n go rhubarb muffins will make your day a little brighter!

Photo by Brooke Becker/Shutterstock

Rhubarb-Cherry Crunch

Though rhubarb and strawberries are a classic combination, we think cherries will pleasantly surprise your taste buds.

Made and photographed by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Rhubarb Sauce

We love this rhubarb sauce!!! Put it on ice cream, oatmeal, anything!

Photo: Shutterstock

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

What better way to start the morning than with a steaming mug of coffee and a generous slab of tangy rhubarb coffee cake with cinnamon-sugar topping?

Photo by Westend61/Shutterstock

Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup

This special blend of flavors works as well in soup as it does in pie.

Photo by Lesya Dolyuk/Shutterstock

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Coconut Crumb Topping

In this slight twist on the classic: Strawberries, rhubarb, orange zest, coconut, and slivered almonds meld beautifully to make an unforgettable dessert. Chill the dough while you make the filling, and make the topping while you bake the pie!

Photo by Gabczi/Shutterstock

Apple-Rhubarb Crunch

See our video on how to make this delicious Apple-Rhubarb Crunch recipe!


Rhubarb Trivia

Did you know that the word “rhubarb” has other meanings?

  • It’s known that mumbling “rhubarb, rhubarb” when you have nothing else to say at parties will get you by (it closely mimics background chatter).
  • “Rhubarb!” is also an expression of exasperation used especially on the baseball field.
  • Perhaps you’ve seen “Rhubarb,” the 1951 film starring a cat that inherits a baseball team?
  • Rhubarb is an ancient plant traced back to China in 2700 BC. It was used for medicinal purposes—as a laxative, to reduce fever and cleanse the body. 
  • Rhubarb leaves are poisonous, so ONLY use the stalks in recipes. 
  • Try growing rhubarb in your garden! See our Growing Guide for Rhubarb.

Share your favorite rhubarb recipes in the comments below!


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Rhubarb Recipe from "OldenDays"

Looking for the recipe for stovetop rhubarb 1/2 hour pudding, like my mother made years ago. It starts out by cooking rhubarb in a saucepan, with sugar & cinnamon. THen adding a flour mixture, covering with a lid and removing from the burner.

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Love raspberries? Rhubarb does too! Try substituting raspberries in a crisp! It’s delish!