Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring

Paleo-Pork Rhubarb Skillet
Photo: Andy Lyons

Rhubarb's naturally tart flavor makes a perfect addition to sweet treats, but don't limit fresh rhubarb to dessert. Although this spring stalk is often cooked like a fruit, it's actually a vegetable. Rhubarb is delicious when roasted, sautéed, stewed, or pureed in classic spring dishes like pork tenderloin with spiced rhubarb chutney. Savory rhubarb recipes can range from breads to main courses, but our best rhubarb recipes are ready for every meal of the day—from breakfast to dinner—and are always made from a fresh harvest. Rhubarb's peak season is April to June, so now is the time to try our rhubarb sauce recipes, rhubarb bread recipes, and other unique rhubarb recipes.

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Paleo Pork-Rhubarb Skillet

Paleo-Pork Rhubarb Skillet
Andy Lyons

Take some pointers from this simple skillet recipe on how to serve rhubarb. A cup and a half of sliced fresh rhubarb are sautéed alongside wedges of onions and apples to create a saucy base for strips of tender pork. Serve this paleo rhubarb recipe over a bed of cauliflower couscous for a well-rounded meal.

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Raspberry-Rhubarb Waffle Topper

plates waffles aspberry-rhubarb topper
Andy Lyons

Skip the sugary breakfast syrups and swap in this homemade raspberry-rhubarb sauce for your morning favorites. The recipe uses three cups of fresh rhubarb slices and makes three-and-a-half cups of the topper, so there's plenty to use right away and freeze for up to one month. Simply heat over a medium saucepan for 5 minutes, and then serve over waffles.

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Rhubarb Cocktail

Rhubarb Cocktail in talk glass with stalk of rhubarb and lime wedge
Jacob Fox

The homemade rhubarb syrup only takes two extra steps but makes all the difference in this crowd-pleasing rhubarb cocktail recipe. Muddled slices of ginger and fresh rhubarb add the spice and tangy flavors for this vodka-based cocktail. Strain the mixture before pouring into a tall glass and topping with club soda.

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Rhubarb and Rose Petal Jam

Rhubarb and Rose Petal Jam
Andy Lyons

Two unlikely jam ingredients come together to create this springy rhubarb topper. Two-and-a-half pounds of fresh rhubarb combine with sugar and handfuls of edible rose petals to make this spring jam floral and tart, yet delicate and sweet. Try it on toast or serve it on your spring cheese board for an impressive spread.

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Rhubarb Pulled Pork

Rhubarb Pulled Pork sandwich wrapped with tissue paper
Brie Passano

Add tang to savory pulled pork by serving up a double dose in these juicy slow-cooked sandwiches. Cooking rhubarb with a sweet balsamic vinegar mellows some of the tartness and makes a delicious rhubarb pulled pork. But the homemade coleslaw topper (the only condiment you'll need) ensures you still get some tang from slices of fresh rhubarb.

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Rhu-Berry Streusel Muffins

Rhu-Berry Streusel Muffins
Brie Passano

If you're in a hurry in the morning or need a quick afternoon snack, these rhubarb muffins are ready to grab and go. Start with classic blueberry muffins, then dress them up by adding fresh rhubarb to the mix. The streusel topping gets the rhubarb treatment, too, with fresh, finely chopped tart pieces.

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Mustard-Rubbed Pork Loin with Rhubarb-Sauce

Mustard-Rubbed Pork Loin with Rhubarb Sauce
Waterbury Publications

This rhubarb recipe has dinner party written all over it. Rub Dijon mustard, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper over succulent pork loin, then serve the slices with an elegant sauce of orange-infused rhubarb. This will quickly become one of your most requested rhubarb recipes.

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Ginger Rhubarb-Raspberry Punch

Ginger Rhubarb-Raspberry Punch in tall glass pitcher with drinking cups
Brie Passano

Not all recipes using rhubarb are served with a fork. Tangy rhubarb and zesty ginger keep this rhubarb punch recipe from becoming too sweet. Instead, each refreshing sip is loaded with the flavors of fresh rhubarb, raspberries, and ginger.

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Rhubarb-Bacon Jam

Rhubarb-Bacon Jam on scallion toast
Brie Passano

Put a twist on traditional rhubarb jam recipes by adding bacon to the mix. This savory and sweet rhubarb recipe has plenty of sweet and tart flavors thanks to fresh rhubarb and maple syrup, but bacon adds a tasty savory aspect to each bite. Try it as an appetizer on toast smeared with ricotta cheese.

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Tunisian Raisin-Rhubarb Chutney

Tunisian Raisin-Rhubarb Chutney
Karla Conrad

Give rhubarb a fiery kick with our pork tenderloin with spiced rhubarb chutney. Fresh ancho and cayenne chile peppers combine with rhubarb and red onion for a heat-and-sweet chutney recipe begging for a meaty base. Hotter than jalapeños, this sweet and spicy rhubarb recipe brings the fire all spring long.

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Rhubarb Agua Fresca

Rhubarb Agua Fresca
Blaine Moats

Some of the best rhubarb recipes are refreshingly tart, and this fresh spring drink is no different. Our rhubarb agua fresca is made with rhubarb, sugar, and a squeeze of lemon juice, so each sip hits on both sweet and tart flavors. Garnish each glass with a fresh stalk.

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Rhubarb-Cherry Sauce

Cherry-Rhubarb Sauce
Andy Lyons

This rhubarb side sauce will not fade into the background. Fresh rhubarb is always a stand-out ingredient, and this stewed rhubarb recipe is no exception. Serve it on French bread with your favorite cheese, or set out a bowl at your next cookout or potluck for topping all kinds of recipes.

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Pork Rhubarb Skillet

Pork Rhubarb Skillet
Kritsada Panichgul

This quick skillet recipe is what happens when unusual rhubarb recipes turn into your family's favorite recipe. Fresh rhubarb adds just the right amount of tartness, and, like apples, it's a perfect pairing with pork. Serve with couscous, rice, or a dinner roll to complete the meal.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa

Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa
Andy Lyons

This salsa recipe is one of our most requested rhubarb recipes of all time. With only six ingredients, you'll be dipping your chips sooner rather than later. Keep this rhubarb dessert on the sweet side with cinnamon pita chips or add a salty twist with regular tortilla chips.

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Rhubarb Chive Flatbread

Rhubarb Chive Flatbread
Andy Lyons

Full stalks of rhubarb give this rhubarb bread recipe its striking look. Serve it alongside oil and/or honey for dipping to balance the fresh rhubarb's delicate tartness. For the prettiest loaf, use stalks of bright pink rhubarb that are similar in color.

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Rhubarb-Maple Marinated Pork Chops

Rhubarb-Maple Marinated Pork Chops
Jason Donnelly

Marinating pork chops in a rhubarb and maple syrup blend gives them a subtly sweet flavor. The marinade also features a couple tablespoons of horseradish for a bit of peppery kick. Serve this fresh rhubarb recipe with any leftover marinade on the side so you can spoon on more of that unique flavor blend.

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Grain Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

Grain Pancakes with Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce
Karla Conrad

This homemade strawberry-rhubarb sauce is exactly what your pancake recipe has been missing. Making your own pancake topper is easy, simply blend the ingredients and heat it up before pouring it on your pancakes. Try this homemade rhubarb sauce on waffles and French toast, too.

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Linguini with Garlic, Pepper, and Rhubarb

Linguini with Garlic, Pepper, and Rhubarb
Andy Lyons

Pasta and rhubarb may sound like an unusual combination, but so many other veggies are added to pasta dishes, why not rhubarb, too?! Classic olive oil and plenty of Parmesan keep things familiar and comforting for skeptics, but three cups of fresh rhubarb add a spring touch everyone will love. One forkful of the pasta dinner will remove any doubts.

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Oven-Roasted Pork with Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

Oven-Roasted Pork with Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce
Andy Lyons

This eyebrow raising combination is exactly what we love most about fresh rhubarb recipes. Pork and fruit are a natural pairing, but just wait until you try pork with fresh rhubarb and mango. Stuffing this pork roast with that duo guarantees you get a little bit of filling in each bite, and it makes for an impressive presentation, too.

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Ruby Rhubarb Lemonade

Ruby Rhubarb Lemonade
Andy Lyons

Raise a glass to spring with a rhubarb-infused lemonade. Go a step farther and make it a party with the addition of tequila to create a unique cocktail recipe. Muddling the rhubarb gives this drink a gorgeous pink color, so whether you turn it into a cocktail or not, it looks festive enough for a celebration.

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Melty Rhubarb, Goat Cheese, and Peppers

Melty Rhubarb, Peppers, and Goat Cheese
Andy Lyons

This topper of sweet, coriander-spiced fresh rhubarb and pepper bakes to tender perfection wrapped in parchment. Spoon it on a goat-cheese-smeared slice of crusty bread for a fabulous appetizer recipe. This veggie dish also makes a tasty side for a fresh spring dinner.

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