How to Make My Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

Last Updated on March 23, 2023 by Ellen Christian

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If you’re from New England, you know about rhubarb, but do you like it? Rhubarb is a thick, celery-like plant with reddish stalks that can grow to be more than two feet long. In Vermont, it’s one of the first edibles that grow in our yard.  

How to Make My Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

We have two huge plants at the corner of our property.  Each year, I harvest the stalks, cut them up and store them in the freezer to use throughout the year.

I always end up having more rhubarb than I use up in a year.  Then I start sharing with friends and family because I don’t want rhubarb left in the freezer when I start working on this years’ crop. This post was first published in 2014 and has been redone with better photographs for you to enjoy today.

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

Rhubarb is very tart on its own so I always add a sweeter fruit like strawberries or apples to it to help cut down on the tartness.  When we went strawberry picking, I knew that I had to save some strawberries to make this strawberry rhubarb sauce recipe.  

It makes a wonderful dessert, but I also like it stirred into my homemade yogurt for breakfast in the morning. You can drizzle it over homemade vanilla ice cream or on top of homemade biscuits. You can even just eat it straight from the bowl.

Some people add a sweetener to their strawberry rhubarb sauce recipe because rhubarb is so tart. I find that if the strawberries are a bit overripe, they have enough sweetness that I don’t need to add sugar.

So, if you do feel you need to add a sweetener, try honey or stevia instead of white sugar.

How to Make a Rhubarb Custard Pie With No Milk

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

Strawberry rhubarb sauce canning

I don’t typically can this because it doesn’t take us long to eat it. But, if you have a huge amount of strawberry rhubarb sauce and would prefer to can it, you certainly can.

You will want to use pint jars and leave 1/2 in headspace in each. Finally, process in a hot water bath canner for 15 minutes.

Can you freeze strawberry rhubarb sauce?

Yes, you definitely can freeze this. I find freezing to be so much easier than canning. And, as long as you have freezer room, it’s the simplest thing to do.

I buy the freezer jars with the plastic lids and freeze my strawberry rhubarb sauce recipe that way. It should stay good for at least 12 months. Remember to leave room for expansion when you fill your jars.

How to Make My Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

Other recipes you might like

If you love rhubarb recipes, here are a few others that you might want to try because I’ve made quite a few.

You’ll know that rhubarb and strawberry are pretty much one of my favorite taste combinations. Of course, rhubarb and apple or rhubarb and blueberry are also delicious. So, it all depends on the time of year.

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Now, if you’re looking for a chunky strawberry rhubarb sauce, you might want to try this recipe from Weight Watchers. It’s sweetened with honey and orange juice.

I have this on my recipe list to try this summer because it sounds like a great flavor combination. And, I love that all of the ingredients are natural. I prefer using sweeteners like honey and stevia rather than something artificial when I cook.

And, of course, strawberries are naturally sweet so you really don’t need a lot of sweetener added to your recipe at all.

How do you eat this recipe?

Honestly, I eat it as-is from a bowl. But, if you want to, you can eat it spooned over vanilla ice cream. Or stir a spoonful into your yogurt in the morning.

Or, you could even have it over homemade biscuits with a bit of homemade whipped cream. It’s such an easy rhubarb dessert recipe that it has lots of different uses.

So, I just wish I could harvest rhubarb all year long to enjoy it longer.

Yield: 4

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

How to Make My Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

This delicious strawberry rhubarb sauce recipe is one of my favorite tastes of spring.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cups of rhubarb pieces
  • 1 cup of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Put the water in a pot.
  2. Add the rhubarb and the strawberries.
  3. Heat until the fruit breaks down.
  4. Simmer about 10 minutes until a sauce is formed.
  5. Let it cool and store in the refrigerator.
  6. Eat within 1 week.


You are going to love my strawberry rhubarb sauce recipe!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 1gCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3g

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68 thoughts on “How to Make My Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce”

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  5. I've always enjoyed the strawberry / rhubarb flavor combination!  Great idea to serve with Greek yogurt.  Despite sub-zero temps this morning, there's a light at the end of the tunnel... and I so look forward to early summer & making this!
  6. This sauce sounds great! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Hope your week is great! Can't wait to see what you link up this week! Cindy from
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  8. I'm SOOO SOOO SOOOOOOOOO jealous.. I love Rhubarb and grew up with it in germany.. here in Florida we hardly see it and if we find it at the store it's very expensive like 1/2 pound cut up is like $4 or something crazy like that... LOVE your recipe.. wish me luck in finding a sale so I can enjoy Rhubarb sauce this year, too....
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  10. Looks and sounds wonderful! I love the beautiful and natural color of the sauce. Wish they would Rhubarb to add color to other foods we eat (instead of dyes). will have to give this a try!
  11. Rhubarb was the only thing I could grow very well in Alaska. It's really good, I ate a lot of it when we lived up there. People used it for bread, pie, jam, slushies, you name it. 
  12. I am a huge fan of rhubarb and have found that if I plant it in the shade it will grow here in GA although nowhere near as well as it did in Connecticut!
  13. I have never had rhubarb, but I have always been curious. This looks delicious, I'm tempted enough to pick it up at the store and give it a try.
  14. I can honestly say I have never had Rhubarb before. The sauce sounds really good might have to change that this weekend.

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