11 Rhubarb Recipes for Spring

May 12, 2014

Rhubarb is spring's biggest challenge and its best reward. On the heels of winter, its stalks emerge bitter and brittle, but no mind -- with a bit of coaxing, it turns sweet and inviting, like spring.

Soon enough, we realize that its tough exterior is just a ruse. Feisty rhubarb loves a stiff cocktail just as much as a tart dessert and a savory main course. It's up for anything -- because really, it's just as happy as you are that it's spring. To prove it, here are 11 rhubarb recipes to let loose with.

Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberries by Ladystiles

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Rhubarb and Rose Ramos Gin Fizz by The Dog's Breakfast


Canal House's Pork Belly with Gingery Rhubarb Compote by Genius Recipes


Rhubarb Almond Crumb Cake by Bob Vivant


Rhubarb and Gin Sorbet with Rose Cream by yossy arefi


Cory Schreiber & Julie Richardson's Rhubarb Buckle with Ginger Crumb by Genius Recipes


Rhubarb Curd Shortbread by Rivka


Rye Shortcakes with Roasted Strawberries and Rhubarb by yossy arefi


Naughty Rhubarb Scones by Midge


Sparkling Rhubarb Lemonade by TheRunawaySpoon


Rhubarb with Earl Grey Tea, Cardamom, and Orange Zest by chez danisse


selena May 22, 2014
I live in Dallas and cant find rhubarb anywhere! What gives? It used to reliably be in frozen foods. Fresh rhubarb here is a luxury in the hot south.
Tammy S. April 21, 2018
Try planting it under a tree with a bit of a cover blocking the direct sun. Use extra dirt and some compost to enrich the soil, if the earth is bare under the tree. Otherwise, don't add a thing as rhubarb loves poor dirt but approves of some drainage, although mine don't seem to care overly much!
Shirley M. May 19, 2014
Yum! I so love rhubarb and can't wait to try some of these recipes!
David C. May 19, 2014
Stunning photography, as always.
Lizthechef May 13, 2014
Thanks for the collection - my husband is a rhubarb fanatic and he will flip for some of these recipes.
Samuel G. May 12, 2014
I absolutely love rhubarb, but because I'm on blood thinners I can't experiment much with it due to the high vitamin k content. I'll be sure to squeeze a few of these recipes into spring for my family and sneak an occasional taste.