The window for rhubarb is a short one, so having a whole selection of delicious rhubarb recipes to try when the time comes is useful! Luckily there are numerous delicious flavour pairings that work well with this vibrantly pink vegetable (yes, it’s a veggie!), including apple, orange, berries, ginger, vanilla, spices like cinnamon and star anise, and of course custard, ice cream, whipped cream or Greek yoghurt…all delicious!
These rhubarb recipes range from the classic crumble and pie to lunchbox bars and breakfast muffins, and there is lots of scope to ‘make and freeze’ so you can keep your rhubarb creations to enjoy out of season. No time to prepare? Just wash, chop and freeze your raw rhubarb for another day!
Seasonal Rhubarb Recipes
Classic Rhubarb Crumble
James Martin’s classic rhubarb crumble recipe on BBC Food will take you to comfort food heaven in under an hour! It’s so easy to pull together for a weekend family dessert, with only a few simple steps.
If you’re a crumble fan, try some of these delicious variations:
Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble
Give your rhubarb crumble a boost of flavour by adding some grated or chopped ginger to the rhubarb mixture.
Apple and Rhubarb Crumble
Two of my favourite fruits combine here in a great dessert that’s also very easy to make – the ultimate combo! Apple and rhubarb crumble is so comforting, made even better with a scoop of ice cream or a drizzle of custard.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Brighten up the flavour and colour of your crumble by adding some seasonal strawberries. This recipe for strawberry-rhubarb crumble from AllRecipes has more than 1,100 positive reviews and uses an equal split of berries and rhubarb with a crunchy, oaty topping.
Easy Rhubarb Pie
If you’re looking for a classic dessert that is widely popular, an easy rhubarb pie is always a winner. This foolproof recipe from The Kitchn has a double-crust, which looks like a showstopper but couldn’t be easier to make. It’s delicately sweet with a melt-in-your-mouth filling, surrounded by a crisp crust that makes the perfect partner for ice cream or whipped cream.
Rhubarb Custard Pie
This rhubarb custard pie from The Creative Bite is a decadent dessert recipe perfect for a sweet summer treat. A flaky pie crust is filled with a rich egg custard and tart rhubarb for a classic pie you will adore!
This recipe for a super simple rhubarb tart from Top with Cinnamon really lets the flavour shine. It’s possibly the simplest a rhubarb tart can get, with only 5 ingredients needed to bake up the prettiest dessert!
With more than 650 5-star reviews, Oma’s rhubarb cake on AllRecipes is definitely one to try! The addition of sour cream really keeps the cake moist, and make sure to add in some cinnamon too.
Rhubarb Crumble Cake
This rhubarb crumble cake from the Good Housekeeping cookery team combines all the favourite rhubarb desserts – cake, crumble and fruit – and takes just 25 minutes to prepare.
These rhubarb muffins from Spend With Pennies are the perfect treat for breakfast or brunch, and a great addition to coffee time. Delicious chunks of rhubarb and sponge are topped with a cinnamon-spiced crumble – yum!
Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream
Look at the colour of this amazing dessert!
This easy no-churn rhubarb crumble ice cream from Good Housekeeping is a cross between ice cream and sorbet. No ice cream maker is needed, and the nuggets of crumble topping in the ice cream give it a fantastic crunch. Make it now while rhubarb is in season, and keep this fabulously pink dessert to look forward to!
Stewed Rhubarb (Rhubarb Compote)
Stewed rhubarb is delicious for breakfast, snacks or dessert. I love it over Greek yoghurt with some granola, but it’s also delicious with ice cream….we’re not fussy!
To make your own stewed rhubarb, chop 600g of rhubarb into inch-long pieces and add to a saucepan with 100g caster sugar, and the zest and juice of 1-2 oranges, 2-3 tbsp of water (or more orange juice). Bring to the boil, then leave to simmer on a medium heat for 10 minutes until softened. Once cooled, keep in a sealed container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Wondering what else to do with your stewed rhubarb? Make the smoothest, simplest and super speedy rhubarb fool for dessert.
Combine your stewed rhubarb with some whipped cream, and either layer them or swirl them together in a glass to serve. Change up the flavours by adding some grated orange zest, white chocolate shavings, or replace a quarter of the whipped cream with Greek yoghurt.
Rhubarb and Custard Cake
This delightful rhubarb custard cake from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe is a light and deliciously easy dessert – perfect served with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.
Pack a punch with plenty of goodness and deliciousness with these easy and healthy lunchbox bars – they’re perfect for hungry kids!
Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
Take advantage of rhubarb season with this easy dessert. With more than 2,000 5-star reviews, this rhubarb upside-down cake resembles a pale pink mosaic, which makes it a real showstopper.
A crumbly, biscuity cobbler topping is the perfect accompaniment for a fruity filling. This 5-star reviewed rhubarb cobbler recipe on AllRecipes is simple enough for a family dessert, and ready in less than 30 minutes.
Rhubarb Crumble Bars
Baking Mad’s recipe for rhubarb crumble bars is perfect for when you don’t want a whole crumble. Instead, try a delicious crumble slice with tangy rhubarb and a crunchy oat base, perfect for afternoon tea.
Whip up a batch of these rhubarb scones from Taste of Home, they’re perfect for a mid-morning treat or an afternoon bite. You can use fresh or frozen rhubarb for the recipe, and a hit of cardamom really rounds out the flavour.
Donal Skehan’s slow-roasted rhubarb is stunning and packed with flavour thanks to star anise, vanilla, honey, orange and ginger. It’s also incredibly versatile – serve it over yoghurt with granola for breakfast, with ice cream for dessert, or just on it’s own!
Rhubarb Ice Cream
Sweet and creamy with strong rhubarb flavour, this no-churn rhubarb ice cream from Jo’s Kitchen Larder is refreshing and delicious!
The beauty of this ice cream is that it is also suitable for those on an egg-free diet who cannot eat regular ice cream made with egg yolks.
Rick Stein’s Rhubarb Galette
Doesn’t this look amazing?! Rick Stein’s show-stopping rhubarb galette is a crunchy, sweet, delight that looks as impressive as it tastes. Don’t be put off by making your own pastry – the rustic look and feel is what makes a galette so tempting!
A fruity sorbet is easy to prepare with just a few ingredients. This rhubarb sorbet from Jamie Oliver is sweet yet tart, and he serves it with a salty, crunchy pistachio brittle that provides a delicious contrast alongside.