Rhubarb 5 Ways

by in In Season, April 13, 2010
Rhubarb Crumble Recipe
Spring Rhubarb Crumble - Photo by Con Poulos/Food Network Magazine

I’ve always been fascinated by nutrient-packed rhubarb. It looks like a large piece of red celery, is incredibly tart and is a frequent dessert star.  But don’t limit rhubarb to the sweets table — there are quite a few things to do with this quintessential spring goodie.  If you’ve never experienced this pleasingly sour plant, try it! Here are 5 different ways.

Classic Rhubarb Crumble
Sweet strawberries are a common foil for tart rhubarb, but a hazelnut topping adds sweetness to this springy crumble. A few spoonfuls of this warm, crunchy dessert is all you need.
RECIPE: Rhubarb Crumble (pictured)

Brownies! (Yes, Brownies)
Chocolate and rhubarb – what a fantastically unexpected pair. Cut brownies into small squares for bite-sized portions. This recipe is at the top of my list when I bring rhubarb home from the farmers market!
RECIPE: Mexican Rhubarb Chocolate Chunk Brownies


Leave it to Claire Robinson to come up with such a simple (and low calorie) rhubarb-infused sauce. Drizzle on grilled fish or roasted veggies.
RECIPE: Roasted Asparagus with Rhubarb Vinegar

This spicy condiment is sweet, tart and full of bold flavor. Serve it with pork, chicken, shrimp or cheese and some crusty whole grain bread.
RECIPE: Sautéed Pork Chops with Sherry-Berry Pan Gravy

Grown-Up Milkshake
This decadent cocktail is made with sugar, vodka, cognac and ice cream. Keep servings to just one of these babies or save some calories and share with a buddy.
RECIPE: Cool Rhuby Cordial

TELL US: What’s your favorite rhubarb recipe?

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (37)

  1. C Wojo says:

    Try Rhubarb Slush: Cook 8 cups of rhubarb in 2 qts of water with 2 cups of sugar and 1/2 cup lemon juice until rhubarb is tender. Strain the juice and dispose of the pulp. Add 1 small box of strawberry jello and 2 cups of vodka or apricot brandy. Freeze in an ice cream pail. Scoop into glasses until half full and fill with your choice of strawberry pop, 7-up or ginger ale. (Can make it child friendly by deleting the addition of the alcohol.) This is really good in the summer – refreshing).

  2. Would also like the rhubarb bread recipe. Sounds great. Please post it or e-mail me a mcclean96@yahoo.com

  3. Liren says:

    I adore rhubarb, and am so intrigued by the Rhubarb Brownie recipe – I can't wait to try it!

    My family's favorite way of preparing rhubarb is Rhubarb Cake, and I actually just posted the recipe on my site. When I make it, the cake literally disappears in just a few hours!

  4. Patricia says:

    I like preparing rhubarb by cooking it in some splenda, cinnamon and after it's almost cooked through, I throw in some sliced strawberries. I put this on my oatmeal in the morning and top it off with a dab of lite whipped topping and sprinkle milled flax seed on top, yummy! My favorite way to eat oatmeal. I like it hot or cold. It's a healthy desert done this way.

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