Rhubarb Sauce is a simple three-ingredient recipe that's delicious enjoyed over ice cream, pound cake, pancakes and so much more!Jump to Recipe
If you're anything like my family, when rhubarb season rolls around, you can't wait to get out and grab that first batch to make all the delicious rhubarb recipes! We'll make my favorite jam, Rhubarb Custard Bars and rhubarb pie. But one of our favorite (and easiest!) ways to utilize rhubarb?! This delicious fruit sauce (or I suppose it's really vegetable sauce, ha!)!!
Not only is it one of the easiest ways to use rhubarb, it's also one of the most versatile. It's the best rhubarb sauce recipe for sweet treats and even a few savory dishes! Who's ready to get cookin?!
- Red Food Coloring (Optional)
How to Make Rhubarb Sauce
When I say that this is a simple recipe, I'm talking just three simple ingredients and 10 minutes time!
The first thing you'll do is prepare the rhubarb. Pick the stalks from the rhubarb plant and then cut and discard the green leaf (which is actually poisonous!). Wash the rhubarb stalks and then cut into 1-inch pieces.
When your rhubarb is ready, you'll add it to a saucepan along with a half cup sugar and a splash of water. Place the pan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
You'll let it cook for a few minutes, or until the rhubarb starts falling apart and creating a lovely sauce. If you want your sauce to be more red, add a couple drops of red food coloring and give it a stir. Bring the sauce to room temperature and then refrigerate.
How to Serve Rhubarb Sauce
My favorite way to serve homemade rhubarb sauce is over vanilla ice cream (or over strawberry ice cream!). I also love to spoon the sauce over a slice of warmed pound cake with a dollop of whipped cream.
This homemade sauce is also a great addition to pancakes, angel food cake, peanut butter sandwiches, cheesecake and plain Greek yogurt. However, it's not just limited to sweet desserts....try it on savory dishes such as a grilled pork tenderloin or roasted chicken!
Rhubarb Sauce Variations
Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce - Simply replace half of the rhubarb with sliced strawberries (use 2 cups each) and follow the instructions the same as you would for the regular rhubarb sauce. If the strawberries don't break down as easily as the rhubarb, you can use a food processor to smooth it out. The sweetness of the strawberries brings a perfect balance to the delicious sauce!
Extra tangy - This sauce certainly have a tangy flavor (thanks to the rhubarb), but adding a splash of lemon juice or a tablespoon of lemon zest would add just a bit more tang and flavor, too!
Vanilla Rhubarb Sauce - I love the flavor vanilla adds to this tangy sauce! Simply stir in 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract or one seeded vanilla bean.
Lower Sugar - If you're diabetic or are simply trying to cut sure, you can certainly decrease the sugar and even use a sugar substitute.
I store it in the fridge in an airtight container, such as a glass jar with a lid.
It'll last up to one week in an airtight container in the fridge.
Yes! Freeze in a plastic container or in a freezer bag for up to 1 year.
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- 4 cups diced rhubarb
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- red food coloring optional
- Add the diced rhubarb, sugar and water to a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Boil for 3-5 minutes or until the rhubarb is soft.
- Stir in a couple drops of red food coloring, if desired.