Our Best Rhubarb Recipes
Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
A hint of fresh thyme gives this rustic cake a faint herbaceous quality that complements the warmth of cardamom and ginger and the tang of rhubarb. Be patient when turning the cake out of the pan; it may take several minutes for it to fully release. The surprise ingredient in the batter (mayonnaise) is an old-school trick for creating a supermoist cake. A dollop of Greek yogurt cuts through the richness of the cake—but you can omit it if you’d like.
Mini Rhubarb Ginger Crostatas
The filling in these pies is on the tart side, so they're especially good with vanilla ice cream. Semolina flour in the dough is optional but adds complexity and crunch.
Roasted Rhubarb with Red Wine and Spices
This dessert gets its exotic touch from star anise, a licorice-y seasoning that's used in Vietnamese cooking. Find it in your supermarket's spice aisle.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars
These delicious crumble bars are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Tangy rhubarb and sweet raspberries mingle in a portable, make-ahead dessert.
Blend low-fat yogurt, Strawberry-Rhubarb jam, frozen berries, and bananas to make this simple breakfast smoothie.
Roasted Spring Lamb With Fennel, Rhubarb, and Strawberries
Lamb’s pleasantly gamey flavor pairs beautifully with tart rhubarb, sweet strawberries, and anise-scented fennel. “Frenched” racks of lamb are trimmed so that the bones are cleaned of fat and meat; if you can’t find pre-frenched lamb racks, ask your butcher to french them for you. Look for big stalks of rhubarb at the market; they’ll hold their shape better than smaller ones, which can easily get too soft when cooked.
Try this gently spicy relish alongside roasted or grilled meats, or with a cheese plate.
Rhubarb-Basil Shrub Cocktails
Rhubarb and basil offer sweet and earthy notes to this elegant cocktail. Garnish this lavish glass with a fresh basil leaf for a sophisticated presentation, and is yet another reason to start an herb garden this year!
This salad is a delightfully unexpected way to use the fresh rhubarb and berries that are just coming into season. The dressing on this bright, beautiful salad is a happy meeting between sweet and tart flavors, the almonds add a nice crunch for variety of texture, and a hint of mint makes a fresh dish feel even more so. Avoid overcooking the rhubarb; it should still have some crispness. This colorful salad would make a beautiful addition to any brunch, luncheon, or even everyday lunch, and it can be served at room temperature or chilled. Fresh rhubarb and strawberries are available through the spring and into the summer months, so this quick, easy side dish can be on your recipe rotation all season long. Reserve leftover rhubarb syrup for sweetening iced tea or drizzling over ice cream.
Rhubarb Jam Cheesecakes
Pull a cake out when you start making dinner, and it'll be ready for dessert. Now that's sweet!
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pretzel Pie
Remember that strawberry-pretzel salad that showed up at every church supper? We’ve turned it into your new favorite pie with a salty-sweet pretzel crust and added zip from rhubarb. We all love our classic desserts, but sometimes it is fun to change them up a bit and create something new. The frozen strawberries used in the traditional recipe are fine if it is the middle of winter but, since plump, fresh berries available at the Farmers’ Market, we thought they would make a delicious change to this pie.
Raspberry- Rhubarb Crisp
The irresistible buttery, spiced oat topping and perfect balance of sweet to tart in the fruity filling make this a recipe we reach for every summer. Carolyn Beth Weil, author of Williams-Sonoma Pie & Tart (Simon & Schuster, 2003), created it for Sunset years ago. Serve this fresh raspberry-rhubarb crisp with lightly sweetened softly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Lattice-Topped Rhubarb Pie
If you don't feel like weaving the dough strips through one another for the lattice topping, just arrange 6 dough strips over the pie; lay the other 6 strips perpendicular to the first strips without weaving.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Freezer Jam
Mom's Rhubarb-Apple Crisp
Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples hold their shape well and won't get too mushy after baking. Brown sugar lends deep molasses flavor to the topping.