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Our Best Rhubarb Recipes For Spring

From mini hand pies to muffins and a classic crisp, there are endless ways to use rhubarb.
Our Best Rhubarb Recipes For Spring

Photo, Erik Putz.

Spring is truly here when those signature pink stalks hit the grocery aisles. Get the most out of the short rhubarb season by starting early, preserving the extras (read more on how to freeze rhubarb below) and making as many tasty desserts and savoury mains featuring this spring vegetable as possible (yes, it's a vegetable, even though it's often used like a fruit). Get inspired with our favourite rhubarb recipes, and read more about rhubarb here, including how to store it:

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Why hide that glorious colour under piles of pastry? Turn dessert upside down so the ruby rhubarb crowns an easy butter cake instead. Get this rhubarb upside-down cake recipe.

Rhubarb upside-down cake on a floral background Photo, Erik Putz.

Vegan Strawberry-Rhubarb Oat Squares

With an irresistible oat crust and fruity, vibrant centre, these plant-based bars are a sure sign of summer. Get this Vegan Strawberry-Rhubarb Oat Squares recipe.

a tin of Vegan Strawberry-Rhubarb Oat Squares, for a recipe (Photography by Erik Putz. Food styling by Eshun Mott. Prop styling by Emily Howes. Art direction by Aimee Nishitoba)
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No-Churn Rhubarb White Chocolate Ice Cream

A touch of lemon and swirls of rhubarb balance the sweetness of the white chocolate. Get our no-churn rhubarb white chocolate ice cream recipe.

A scoop of no-churn rhubarb white chocolate ice cream Produced by Sun Ngo, Photography by Christie Vuong, Food Styling by Sage Dakota, Prop Styling by Nicole Billark.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria

When the sun shines bright, it's time for a little sangria action. This one is spiked with fruity rhubarb and strawberries. Get this strawberry-rhubarb sangria recipe.

Strawberry-rhubarb-sangria in clear glasses on wooden tabletop Photo, Erik Putz.

Spring Rhubarb Salad

A fresh and easy salad packed with colour for the season. Get this spring rhubarb salad recipe.

Spring rhubarb salad in a blue bowl on a wooden table Photo, Erik Putz.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tiramisu

We borrowed from the decadent layers of cream and liqueur-soaked cookies that make up the classic Italian tiramisu. And our pièce de rèsistance is the layers of ruby-red berry and rhubarb sauce. Get our strawberry rhubarb tiramisu recipe.

slice of strawberry rhubarb tiramisu on a white plate Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Roasted Vanilla And Rosemary Rhubarb With Sugared Pistachios

You know that spring has arrived when rhubarb starts popping up at the market or in your garden patch. This easy dessert from recipe developer Haley Polinsky, with its heady vanilla and rosemary bite, is a show-stopping way to celebrate it. Get this braised rhubarb recipe.

Roasted vanilla and rosemary rhubarb with sugared pistachios on a bed of labneh, served on a pink plate

Pink Rhubarb-Lemon Syrup

Make a delicious, fresh pop with this syrup and soda water. (Or add some gin for a more adult beverage.) Plus, variations for homemade ginger ale; lemon-mint; and cream soda syrups. Get this pink rhubarb-lemon syrup recipe.

A bottle of pink soda made with rhubarb-lemon syrup with a red and white striped straw on a blue table with other bottles of soda in the back
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Lattice-Topped Rhubarb Pie

Delight your taste buds with a recipe (shown at the top of this post!) that makes spring’s first produce the star of the show. Plus, our step-by-step instructions make it easy to make a beautiful pie, even if it's your first time. Get this lattice-topped rhubarb pie recipe.

An uncooked, but assembled, lattice-top rhubarb pie with fingers crimping the edge of the pie

Creamy Rhubarb Potato Salad

If you're breaking out your grill this spring, complement your BBQed meat with a classic potato salad studded with crunchy rhubarb and gherkins. Hot tip: to get flavour-packed potatoes, mix them with the dressing while they’re piping hot. Get this creamy rhubarb potato salad recipe.

A bowl of creamy rhubarb potato salad, topped with fresh dill; creamy rhubarb potato salad recipe (Photo: Erik Putz)

Rhubarb Ice Cream

No ice-cream maker required. All you need is: Rhubarb + sweetened condensed milk + 35% cream. Get this rhubarb ice cream recipe.

A scoop of no-churn, no ice cream machine pink rhubarb ice cream on a marble surface (Photo: Erik Putz)
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Rhubarb-Apple Crisp

Rhubarb-apple crisp is the spring version of your favourite fall recipe. Get this rhubarb-apple crisp recipe.

Rhubarb-apple crisp with vanilla ice cream for a piece on the best rhubarb recipes Photo, Erik Putz.

Rhubarb-Vanilla Mille Feuille

Rhubarb adds a pop of colour to this classic French dessert that only needs 5 ingredients. Get this rhubarb-vanilla mille feuille recipe.

Rhubarb-vanilla mille feuille Photo, Erik Putz.

Rhubarb-Buttermilk Tea Cake

Crunchy pecans and tangy rhubarb make this moist banana bread alternative addictively good. Get this rhubarb-buttermilk tea cake recipe.

An overhead shot of a Rhubarb-buttermilk tea cake loaf, with white glazing, with two slices cut off it, on a white cutting board on a light blue background with a bowl of vanilla ice cream above it and two forks to one side (Photo: Roberto Caruso)
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Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Rhubarb coffee cake with a streusel topping is a tasty spring treat. Get this rhubarb coffee cake recipe.

Our Best Rhubarb Recipes For Spring Photo, Erik Putz.

Classic Rhubarb Custard Pie

Rhubarb is the star of the show in this classic custard pie. Get this classic rhubarb custard pie recipe.

Slice of rhubarb custard pie on grey plate Photo, Erik Putz.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

A sweet and savoury pie that will leave you wanting more. Get this strawberry-rhubarb pie recipe.

strawberry rhubarb pie with a slice missing Photo, Erik Putz.
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Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria Jellies

The perfect party-starter! Hand these cute sangria jellies out at your next barbecue for a fun and fizzy cocktail option. Get this strawberry-rhubarb sangria jellies recipe.

strawberry-rhubarb sangria jellies in champagne coupe glasses on a large serving tray filled with ice Photo, Erik Putz.

Rhubarb Muffins

We’ve never been more excited to break out the muffin tin. Get this rhubarb muffin recipe.

rhubarb muffins to illustrate an easy rhubarb muffin recipe Photo, Erik Putz.

Stewed Rhubarb

Laced with real vanilla and cooked with sugar to a syrupy finish, this soft and sweet rhubarb is incredibly quick to make. Serve over ice cream or with a dollop of whipped cream. Get this stewed rhubarb recipe.

stewed rhubarb with vanilla bean Photo, Erik Putz.
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Rhubarb Hand Pies

These golden mini pies have sugary sparkle on the outside, and fruity filling on the inside. Kitchen Tip: It’s best to make the rhubarb filling just before making the hand pies, to prevent the rhubarb from watering out. Get this rhubarb hand pies recipe.

rhubarb hand pies Photo, Erik Putz.

Rhubarb Cranachan

Our take on a traditional Scottish dessert! Whipped cream, whiskey, poached rhubarb and a sweet crispy oat topping make this cranachan irresistible. Get this rhubarb cranachan recipe.

Rhubarb cranachan in a glass with a spoon stuck into and another glass of the same desert behind it on a white counter with crumbs Photo, Erik Putz.

Rhubarb Crisp

A golden crunch on top, and sweet-tart rhubarb perfection on the bottom. Serve with vanilla ice cream. Get this rhubarb crisp recipe.

rhubarb crisp Photo, Erik Putz.
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Buttermilk Pannacotta With Poached Rhubarb

This Italian-inspired spring treat is the silkiest, sweetest spring dessert (watch out—you’ll be making it again and again). Get this buttermilk pannacotta with poached rhubarb recipe.

Buttermilk pannacotta with poached rhubarb Photo, Erik Putz.

Spring Salad With Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Delight your taste buds with a fresh salad, topped with a vinaigrette that adds a sweet-tart kick. Get this spring salad with rhubarb vinaigrette recipe.

A spring salad with mixed greens, strawberries and toasted almonds topped with rhubarb vinaigrette on a blue and white platter with salad tongs next to a pitcher of rhubarb vinaigrette recipe (Photo: Erik Putz)

Raspberry-Rhubarb Compote

Serve this compote over yogurt at breakfast, or over a cream scoop of vanilla ice cream after dinner. Get this raspberry-rhubarb compote recipe.

A bowl of yogurt topped with raspberry rhubarb compote next to a jar of compote with a spoon in it on a marble tabletop (Photo: Sian Richards)
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Crispy Duck With Tangy Rhubarb Sauce

A sweet-and-tangy sauce tops juicy duck breast for a perfect melding of flavours. Serve with ginger and garlic beans and wild rice pilaf. Get this crispy duck with tangy rhubarb sauce recipe.

Crispy duck with tangy rhubarb sauce on a pink plate with green beans and pilaf on a white charger plate on a blue placemat trimmed with white lace (Photo: Erik Putz)

Rhubarb Curd

This genius idea was inspired by lemon curd—just sub in rhubarb. Spread it on pancakes, top on oatmeal, spoon it into little meringues, fold it into whipped cream—or eat it from the jar. Get this rhubarb curd recipe.

A jar of rhubarb curd on a table next to a spoon covered with curd and a cooling rack with meringues filled with rhubarb curd and sliced rhubarb in the background (Photo: Sian Richards)

Strawberry-Rhubarb Granita

Whip up this Mediterranean frozen-fruit dessert, like a sorbet, only with a more crystalline texture. Get this strawberry-rhubarb granita recipe.

Two strawberry-rhubarb granitas on a tray, the drinks are layered with green kiwi granita on top then orange granita then the strawberryy rhubarb granita at the bottom with spoons next to them on a pink background (Photo: Michael Graydon)
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Rhubarb Sour

This rosy sipper brings rhubarb’s kick to any happy hour. Get this rhubarb sour recipe.

Two rhubarb sour cocktails on a tray with swizzle sticks beside a bowl of cocktail cherries (Photo: Erik Putz)

Pickled Rhubarb

A savoury alternative that will leave you tickled pink. Delicious served with roast chicken or fish. It’s also perfect for cheese boards. Get this pickled rhubarb recipe.

A jar of pickled rhubarb on a plate next to a spoon on a blue table (Photo: Roberto Caruso)

Raspberry-Rhubarb Pavlova Cupcakes

Another afternoon tea favourite, these pretty cupcakes are as delicious as they are delightful. Get this raspberry-rhubarb pavlova cupcakes recipe.

Raspberry-Rhubarb Pavlova Cupcakes on a clear plate with pink background (Photography: Michael Graydon)
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Rhubarb Semifreddo

The classic combo of strawberries and rhubarb gets an Italian twist of citrus, for a cool and refreshing dessert you’ll be making well into summer. Get this rhubarb semifreddo recipe.

Strawberry rhubarb semifreddo on a blue and white plate next to a coupe glass filled with rhubarb gummies in front of a vase of pink tulips (Photo: Erik Putz)

Roasted Halibut With Rhubarb-Bacon Jam

Roasted asparagus and a savoury rhubarb sauce make dinner a quick, healthy and colourful ode to spring. Get this roasted halibut with rhubarb-bacon jam recipe.

Roasted halibut topped with rhubarb-bacon jam on a bed of asparagus on a white dinner plate (Photo: Erik Putz)

Rhubarb Spritz

Sparkling wine and fresh rhubarb juice are a terrific combo. A touch of sugar rounds out the tart taste. Get our rhubarb spritz recipe.

Our Best Rhubarb Recipes For Spring (Photo: James Tse)

Things To Know About Rhubarb

Don't Eat Rhubarb Leaves

Safety alert! Rhubarb leaves are high in oxalic acid, which can be poisonous. Simply chop them off, discard and the rest of the stalk is then ready to use.

How to Freeze Rhubarb

If you're lucky enough to have rhubarb growing in your garden, chances are you have more rhubarb than you can use. Thankfully, frozen rhubarb will keep well for up to a year. To freeze, discard the leaves, chop stalks into 1-inch pieces and fill zip-top bags with 2 cup portions (easier for future use).

Watch: How To Make Stewed Rhubarb (Also Known As Poached Rhubarb)

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