Homemade Rhubarb Jam

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This homemade rhubarb jam is made completely from scratch, and it's loaded with the tangy, sour flavor or rhubarb tempered with sugar to create a sweet and sour jam that's perfect with biscuits, crackers, or even on top of ice cream!

Homeamed rhubarb jam in glass container.

I love making homemade jams of all types. From sweet jams like my homemade mango jam to sweet and spicy varieties like strawberry jalapeno jam and sweet and spicy jalapeno jam, I love jam, and I love to get creative with it. That's why I decided to make this delicious rhubarb jam. It came out perfectly!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It only takes a handful of simple ingredients.
  • It's a super easy jam recipe that's ready in just minutes.
  • It's full of sweet and tangy rhubarb flavor.

Top Tip

Stir your mixture continuously as it cooks so it doesn't burn.

Slices of bread topped with homemade rhubarb jam stacked atop one another on plate.


You'll only need five basic ingredients to make this jam, and you'll find them all at your local grocery store. Be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for exact amounts.

  • Rhubarb
  • Sugar
  • Orange juice
  • Orange peel zest
  • Optional: Red food coloring
Overhead shot of individual homemade rhubarb jam ingredients on table


This recipe is as simple as the ingredient list for it. You'll be in and out of the kitchen in just about 45 minutes! That

1: Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Orange juice being poured into pot of rhubarb, sugar, and orange zest.

2: Cook over medium heat, smashing the rhubarb as you go to break it up.

3: Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the rhubarb thickens to a jam consistency.

Overhead shot of plastic spoon in potful of homemade rhubarb jam.

4: Add a bit of red food coloring for redder jam if desired.

Glass jar full of homemade rhubarb jam with bread topped with rhubarb jam on plate in background

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can use brown sugar for a deeper flavor.
  • Try adding fruit like berries, peaches, apples, or even cranberries.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon for a slightly different flavor.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Air-tight container
Closeup shot of spoonful of homemade rhubarb jam


Refrigerator: Store for up to a week in an air-tight container.

Freezer: Store for up to 3 months in an air-tight container.

What to Serve with Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb jam is delicious as part of breakfast, a snack, or over ice cream or other desserts. Pair it with:

  • Biscuits
  • Toast
  • Crackers
  • Ice cream
  • Quickbreads


  • Stir your jam mixture continuously while boiling to prevent scorching.
  • Continue to stir your mixture occasionally while it simmers to prevent scorching.
  • The easiest way to smash your rhubarb for the jam is while it's cooking. It gets soft as it cooks, making it easy to mash.
Jarful of homemade rhubarb jam


What is rhubarb?

Rhubarb is a spring vegetable that is similar in appearance to celery, although they're unrelated.

What does rhubarb taste like?

Rhubarb is incredibly tart. So much so that most people find it unpleasant to eat on its own. However, when sugar or other fruits are combined with it, it makes a sweet and sour flavor that many people enjoy.

Will rhubarb make you sick?

Rhubarb will only make you sick if you eat the leaves. The leaves of the rhubarb plant are toxic and can cause extreme stomach upset. However, the stalks are edible and completely safe.

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Yield: 16 servings

Homemade Rhubarb Jam

Homemade Rhubarb Jam

This homemade rhubarb jam is sweet and tangy and perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. It's also incredibly easy to make!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 4 cups ½-inch pieces of rhubarb
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange peel zest
  • Optional: Red food coloring


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Continue stirring, preventing it from burning.
  3. Rhubarb will begin to soften.  Gently smash the rhubarb.
  4. This will take about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to low and allow mixture to simmer for another 25 minutes or until jam thickens.
  6. Depending on the color of your rhubarb, you may want to add a couple drops of red food coloring to make it a bit prettier.
  7. Transfer jam to a sealable container.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 58Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 0g

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