Easy Rhubarb Sauce Recipe
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Easy Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

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Celebrate spring with the sweet-tart taste of rhubarb in Jackie Hutshing’s simple sauce. The Sonoma, California cook enjoys it on toast, English muffins and pancakes, but it’s just as good drizzled on pound cake or ice cream.
Recommended: Top 10 Rhubarb Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2-1/4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pound cake or vanilla ice cream

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 64 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Add rhubarb; cook and stir for 5-10 minutes or until rhubarb is tender and mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon peel and nutmeg.
  2. Serve warm or chilled over pound cake or ice cream. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1-1/4 cups.
Editor's Note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.
Originally published as Rhubarb Sauce in Cooking for 2 Spring 2008, p26

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BilliePock User ID: 8314002 249276
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2016

"This is a great recipe! I used a little lemon juice instead of the juice. I made a lemon sponge cake to put it on."

Deanswifey User ID: 7313233 160209
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"Very tasty. I always used orange zest in my rhubarb. There are many varieties of rhubarb and Victoria Cherry Rhubarb is one of the best with deep red stalks. If you over sweeten your rhubarb you can counter act it by adding 1/2 tsp or more of citric acid. I keep a supply in the freezer. Rhubarb purists never mix strawberry in with it......"

patricia turgeson User ID: 1514531 209702
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"Made this, used Splenda in place of the sugar, was wonderful with low fat ice cream, topped with a crushed small mini-cone, or a few crushed cinnamon graham cracker crumbs. Wonderful old fashioned flavor dessert, and best of all simple & convenient to have on hand for unexpected coffee guests."

lisamc User ID: 304985 85855
Reviewed May. 14, 2011

"I don't usually add the nutmeg or lemon peel because we like the simplicity of the recipe without those ingredients."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 176013
Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"My mother used to make this. We had it on toast instead of jam in the morning."

Emmy Mae User ID: 4250804 171111
Reviewed May. 10, 2010


mommom7 User ID: 4130370 85368
Reviewed May. 8, 2009

"My great grandmother passed this recipe down to all the generations to follow her. It's been a select member family fsvorite ever since. Some like it more don't but the ones that do share a special bond. The only change is no lemon or nutmeg and served like applesauce. Use as much rhubarb as you can find (it's few and far between) and enough sugar to taste. Also "strawberry rhubarb" is the preferred type. The other is more bitter.and uses alot more sugar."

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