16 Rhubarb Recipes Beyond Dessert

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Like so many people, for years I thought that rhubarb was just for dessert. I made rhubarb pie, rhubarb cake, and rhubarb crisp. But that’s a lot of sugar! And when you have several rhubarb plants in the garden, you realize that you really should not be eating that much dessert day after day! 

When we visited Alaska a few years ago, I was surprised to discover that they were famous for their rhubarb, and I purchased a rhubarb cookbook. When I came home, we started making all sorts of dishes and drinks from rhubarb soup to rhubarb mojitos! Although I can’t share that whole cookbook with you, I can share some pretty amazing rhubarb recipes that are on the web.

Rhubarb main dish recipes

strawberry rhubarb tilapia tacos
Fish Tacos with Strawberries and Rhubarb

Tilapia Tacos with Strawberry + Rhubarb I love fish tacos! In fact, this is one of the things I often get when eating in a restaurant because I want to see what kind of special spin each chef gives to something that can be pretty boring. I especially love seasonal variations on fish tacos. So it should come as no surprise that I was immediately intrigued by the idea of adding rhubarb to tacos. 

Ground Pork Burger with Apple and Rhubarb Chutney Even though I prefer pork over beef, I admit I don’t have a lot of pork burger recipes. And I feel like I’m pretty adventurous with my burgers, but I never thought about adding chutney to one! 

Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb Chutney I am pretty much a one-trick pony when it comes to pork tenderloins. I usually cut them into medallions, marinate in soy sauce, and then stir fry with veggies. So, it felt like a double win when I found this recipe that expands not only my rhubarb recipe stash but also provided a new pork tenderloin recipe.

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce – On Pork Chops Not only does this barbecue sauce use rhubarb, it also uses no tomatoes, tomato paste, or ketchup, so it is pretty unique. I kept going back and forth between whether to put this in the condiment section or main dish section, and finally decided to leave it here because it does clearly state that this is a good sauce for pork chops. 

Persian Celery Stew with Mint and Rhubarb (Khoresht Karafs ba Revas) I was immediately drawn to this recipe because I love cooking a variety of ethnic dishes, but I have no Persian recipes in my collection, so again, I got another double win here! In addition to learning about Persian cooking, I have another use for all of that rhubarb in my garden. This can be made with meat or vegetarian. 

Late Spring Salad with Roasted Rhubarb If you love main dish salads, check this out. It includes a lot of options so that you could do a different rhubarb salad every day of the week. You can also make it vegan by omitting the cheese.  

Rhubarb condiment recipes

Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce
Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Rhubarb BBQ Sauce One of the great things about most of these recipes is that they are quick and easy — because who wants to spend a lot of time in a hot kitchen this time of year, right?! In only about 20 minutes, you can whip up a batch of this barbeque sauce that tastes great on chicken or pork. 

Rhubarb Chutney Recipe If you know you have more rhubarb than you can possible eat before it rots, then this recipe for canned rhubarb chutney for you. You can cook up as much of this as you want, and once it is canned, it will last for a year or longer.

Homemade Rhubarb Vinegar Recipe For those who like flavored vinegars and oil on their salads, here’s an easy recipe for making rhubarb vinegar.

Elderflower Rhubarb Jam with No Pectin Ever wanted to experiment with cooking with flowers? This rhubarb recipe also uses elderflowers and provides a lot of great info on cooking with flowers in general. 

Small Batch Raspberry Rhubarb Jalapeno Jam Without Pectin Having made jalapeno jam and raspberry jam in the past, I was really excited to see this recipe that includes both of those delicious ingredients plus rhubarb! 

Easy Rhubarb Relish This rhubarb relish is simple and can be used to compliment a variety of main dishes or snacks, from meats to simple breads.

Rhubarb Chutney with Strawberries and Ginger Love ginger? I admit that’s what caught my eye about this recipe. In only about 20-30 minutes, you can make this simple chutney.

Rhubarb snack recipes

Goat Cheese Crostini with Rhubarb Chutney I thought I had a great repertoire of goat cheese variations and presentations, including serving it with things like jalapeño jelly, but combining it with rhubarb is not something I ever thought about. 

Spicy Sweet Pickled Rhubarb I discovered years ago that cucumbers and jalapeños are not the only things that are great for pickling. I also love pickled okra and pickled green beans. And I’m really looking forward to trying this pickled rhubarb recipe. And if you have a fear of canning, no worries! This recipe is for refrigerator pickles, so no boiling water or pressure canner required.


Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita – Got more rhubarb than you can eat? Check out this recipe for a strawberry rhubarb margarita! It also includes a link to rhubarb syrup, which is used in the margarita recipe, so you’ll be getting a second recipe when you click on this one.

Rhubarb Recipes


6 thoughts on “16 Rhubarb Recipes Beyond Dessert”

  1. I have rhubarb gin ‘cooking’ right now. yum…also make rhubarb/raspberry jam…have lots of both, like it a lot!

  2. a member of a edible gardens group shared this link with me. I had actually asked how to use rhubarb other than in desserts- just loved the different ideas. thank you

  3. Exactly what I have been looking for. Thank you for these wonderful recipes! I can’t wait to try them! I am especially looking forward to the ones using our home raised pork!


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