Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Recipe for a Springtime Dessert

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You are going to love this strawberry rhubarb compote recipe! So you may remember me telling you about the HUGE rhubarb plant we have.  The thing about rhubarb is that it gets bigger every single year. There is only so much that I can do with rhubarb so I am always on the search for new rhubarb recipes.  While I have made strawberry rhubarb sauce and rhubarb blueberry sauce before, I have never made a strawberry rhubarb compote recipe. Keep reading for one of my most asked for recipes.

Strawberry rhubarb compote recipe

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Recipe

In case you’re wondering, a compote is a dessert that dates back to the 17th century in France. It is pieces of fruit or whole fruit cooked in a sugar syrup.  The word compote is French for “mixture” so you can see how that makes sense. Because rhubarb itself is so tart, it’s always cooked with sugar or another sweetener. So turning it into a compote makes perfect sense to me.  If you have strawberries or other fruit you can add those too.  I’m very fond of apples and rhubarb cooked together too.  I added a few fresh local strawberries into ours to give it a bright red color.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Recipe

You are going to love this strawberry rhubarb compote recipe! It's the perfect springtime dessert.

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 6 cups of rhubarb, ends trimmed & cut into 3/4" pieces (6 cups)
  • 1 cup strawberries, tops removed, sliced in half or quarters
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Put the rhubarb and sugar in a large pan & let stand for about 10 minutes before turning the burner on.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the strawberries and heat for about 5 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Serve on yogurt, ice cream, pound cake or biscuits.



680 cal


2 g


188 g


7 g
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Strawberry rhubarb compote recipe

You can eat compote as is or topped with freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. It’s also great served on top of biscuits, pound cake, or angel food cake. What’s your favorite way to use rhubarb? Have you ever tried a strawberry rhubarb compote recipe?

If you have even more rhubarb to use up, you may want to try this strawberry rhubarb pie. Or, you may want to try my strawberry butter recipe if you find yourself with a lot of strawberries. We love homemade bread topped with fresh strawberry butter. Or, try my strawberry pie recipe at your next summertime picnic.

If you love strawberries, why not try this berry dessert recipe for an easy strawberry galette.

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  1. YUM - I only have the green rhubarb and this seems like it would be perfect!! Thanks Ellen!
  2. Susie B. Homemaker says
    I should definitely try this- I had a huge rhubarb plant in my garden and it grows around here a lot.
  3. This looks yummy! I had my first taste of strawberry & rhubarb a couple weeks ago. It was in a pie. Man, it was good! Thanks for sharing.
  4. This looks so good! We love Rhubarb jam! 
  5. that looks fantastic!
  6. We have a rhubarb plant in out backyard but I never know what to do with it, this looks like an awesome way to use my rhubarb.
  7. Maryann D. says
    I don't believe that I ever had rhubarb before.  That would be wonderful to grow it and also to try this terrific recipe!
  8. Have Sippy Will Travel Mommy Blogger says
    my husband loves pie :)
  9. Jennifer Wagner says
    It looks like such an easy recipe, which is good for me, because those are the only kind I use. I'm just not sure about rhubarb.
  10. I make something very similar and put it over icecream. Very tasty!
  11. Miz Helen says
    I can't wait to try your Strawberry Rhubarb Compote, we love the combination of those two fruits. Hope you have had a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday! Come Back Soon, Miz Helen
  12. Yum! I am saving this recipe for later! Thanks for the post!


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