How to Make Rhubarb Sauce At Home

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Rhubarb is one of the most amazing treats during spring and early summers. The long stalks represent the vegetable family. However,  in 1947 the U.S courts listed it as a fruit because of its appearance as a dessert. But that is not the point here. Rhubarb has a tart and tangy taste that makes it ideal for combining it with sweeter fruits, such as strawberries, and transforming it into cakes and pies. While everyone loves a good old gooey rhubarb pie, there is always room for experiment. Enter rhubarb sauce! It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to modify a versatile dessert from the rhubarb stalk. Rhubarb sauce is easily customizable, delicious when spooned over yogurt, poured over ice cream, added to oatmeal, and the list can go on. Here’s how you can go from a rhubarb stalk to sauce in 30 minutes or less!

How to Make Homemade Rhubarb Sauce?

Transforming rhubarb stalks into a beautiful and creamy condiment is a super fun kitchen activity. It is a delectable summer treat and makes for a lovely and delicious dessert. Follow the steps below for a mind-blowing treat.

  • There are plenty of rhubarb varieties available – from bright pink to dark green. Although the color does not represent the flavor, you can easily use either of them as per your preference.
  • Simmer the rhubarb with little water and sugar until it becomes soft. To add a punch, try apple juice or another fluid besides water to make it interesting.
  • Once the rhubarb is soft and the sauce is creamy, serve it as it is or use an immersion blender to make it into a puree.
Spicy rhubarb chutney sauce in a glass jar on a wooden background

Simple rhubarb sauce has a tart flavor with natural sweetness. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Rhubarb and strawberry classic jam in a jar on a red background

Deliciously Tangy Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

This rhubarb sauce is an easy way out to make the most of your dessert toppings!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Appliance: Blender
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24
Author: Sakina Kheriwala

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, add rhubarb, 1/2 cup water, and granulated sugar. Let it simmer over a medium-high flame and then reduce to medium-low.
  • Simmer for about five minutes until rhubarb is tender. With an immersion blender, puree it, or mash it with a potato masher if desired. Taste and check if additional sugar is required.
  • Now, combine equal parts of water and cornstarch and stir into the hot sauce, whisking it continuously until it thickens. Continue adding cornstarch mixture until the sauce reaches the desired consistency. 
  • Serve it warm or refrigerate until chilled. 
    Spicy rhubarb chutney sauce in a glass jar on a wooden background

Notes

  • Try different variations with strawberries, cherries, or blueberries. 
  • You can substitute frozen rhubarb for fresh rhubarb.

How to Use Rhubarb Sauce?

The most basic way to use a rhubarb stalk is as a condiment. You can use the sauce in the following ways:

  • Ice cream topping
  • Layered with yogurt for a yummy parfait
  • Muffin fillings
  • Serve as a dessert with whipped cream
  • As a spread for scones
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A journalism postgraduate from Macquarie University, Sydney, Sakina Kheriwala is a content writer at Organic Facts and an avid blogger who is passionate about health and wellness. Her blog “One in A Millennial” portrays her incomparable passion for writing, particularly on mental health. She believes that reading and writing is free and useful therapy. In her spare time, she is to be found reading books, socializing, and listening to soulful music. Sakina has completed an online e-certificate course on “Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health” from The University of Sydney, Australia.

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