Rhubarb sauce is so easy to make! A perfect way to prepare the first fruits of spring (or maybe I should say vegetable!). 

Light red rhubarb sauce in an oval shaped white bowl, with a silver spoon. A floral linen is also pictured on a white background.

Fruit or vegetable, rhubarb is making a comeback. Found in many home gardens, a rhubarb plant is the plant that keeps on giving, and giving, and giving. It’s pretty impossible to kill a rhubarb plant — not that you would ever want to!

Rhubarb is a harbinger of spring. Just when we think winter is going to last forever, the snow melts, the ground warms up a bit, and up through the ground, pink knobs of rhubarb emerge. The stalks grow so rapidly, you can literally see the change overnight. Stretching toward the sun, long stalks with gigantic leaves beckon to be made into delicious spring time treats.

Low in calories, rhubarb is high in Vitamin K and fiber. It’s sort of like a spring tonic. Here in Michigan, it’s absolutely the first crop to be harvested in the spring, and it’s always so welcome. Rhubarb is also known as a pie plant. This classic rhubarb custard pie by The Spruce Eats is just delish!

My mom always made rhubarb sauce with rhubarb fresh from her garden. It’s so easy and flavorful. Since it’s really quite sour on its own, you need to add a fair amount of sugar to make it palatable. Experiment a little and you’ll find just the right balance of tart/sweet for you. 

Overhead view of red rhubarb sauce in an oval shaped white bowl, with a silver spoon. A floral linen is also pictured on a white background.

About rhubarb sauce

Think of rhubarb sauce like applesauce. It’s basically cooked fruit with a little sweetener, in this case, sugar.

Preparing the stalks to cook is easy. Simply cut off the leaves. Don’t be tempted to eat the leaves because they contain a substance that is toxic when eaten in large quantities. Wash the stalks thoroughly, and chop with a really sharp knife into one inch pieces. 

Put the chopped rhubarb into a large saucepan, add a splash of water (not too much, rhubarb is pretty juicy on its own), and sugar. Cook over medium to low heat until the rhubarb chunks have broken down and formed a nice sauce. 

You can double or triple this recipe easily since there are only a couple of ingredients. It just depends on how much rhubarb you’re lucky enough to have. You could also add some strawberries. It’s a very forgiving recipe!

Light red rhubarb sauce in an oval shaped white bowl, with a silver spoon. A floral linen is also pictured on a white background.

How to serve rhubarb sauce

Serve rhubarb sauce at room temperature or chilled. You can easily make a big bowl of it and keep it in the fridge for a week. It’s ready to eat any time you are.

Eat a bowl of rhubarb sauce for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Serve it as a delicious sauce for pancakes or waffles for breakfast. Stir it into plain yogurt. Top vanilla bean ice cream with rhubarb sauce for dessert.

Can you freeze rhubarb sauce?

Yes, definitely! It freezes well and is best thawed overnight in the refrigerator. You can also freeze rhubarb raw.

To freeze rhubarb raw:

Wash, dry, and cut into small pieces (about 1-inch). Spread out on a sheet pan and freeze for about an hour until frozen. Then, move to an airtight storage container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. This method prevents the pieces from sticking together.

More rhubarb recipes

Looking for more delicious rhubarb recipes? Try:

 

Light red rhubarb sauce in an oval shaped white bowl, with a silver spoon. A floral linen is also pictured on a white background.

Rhubarb Sauce

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Rhubarb sauce is so easy to make! A perfect way to prepare the first fruits of spring (or maybe I should say vegetable!). 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups roughly chopped rhubarb (about 1 inch pieces)
  • ½ cup sugar, more to taste
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions

    1. Put all ingredients into a large saucepan. Cook on medium heat, for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently, until rhubarb chunks are soft and sauce is desired consistency.
    2. Taste and adjust sweetness. Serve at room temp or chilled.

Notes

  • Recipe can be easily doubled or tripled depending on how much rhubarb you have.
  • If desired, add a couple drops of red food coloring.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g

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Verdict: I love rhubarb, but I think it is one of those things that people either love or hate.
Husband’s take: He doesn’t care for it; it is too sour no matter how much sugar is added.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Super easy.