Homemade Rhubarb Sauce


Homemade rhubarb sauce is so easy to make and so full of tasty, sweet and tangy flavor. It's a simple sauce recipe that's ready in no time and perfect over desserts or even meats for a bit of extra fun flavor.

Closeup shot of jarful of homemade rhubarb sauce.

I love rhubarb sauces and desserts. Usually, I mix the rhubarb with some kind of fruit, but this time I just added water and sugar and made rhubarb the star of the show. It's as delicious as it is easy, and that's the best combo!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • It's super easy to make.
  • It's a sweet and tangy sauce that's as delicious over ice cream as it is as part of a chicken or chop recipe!

Top Tip

Be sure to stir constantly throughout the cooking process to prevent the sauce from sticking and burning.

Closeup overhead shot of jarful of homemade rhubarb sauce.


It literally only takes a handful of ingredients to make this sauce, and you'll find everything easily at your local grocery store. Be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for exact amounts.

  • ½-inch pieces of rhubarb
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Optional: Red food coloring
Overhead shot of individual homemade rhubarb sauce ingredients on table


This is one of the easiest recipes you'll ever make. You'll be in and out of the kitchen in no time. The highlights are here, but you'll find the exact instructions, such as they are, in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.

Water being poured into saucepan of sugar and rhubarb.

2: Cook on medium heat, mashing the rhubarb and stirring constantly, until the mixture forms a thick sauce.

Overhead shot of spatula in saucepan with homemade rhubarb sauce.
Overhead shot of homemade rhubarb sauce in glass jar.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Add fresh cranberries and more sugar to make cranberry rhubarb sauce.
  • Try adding a blend of white and brown sugar for a slightly different flavor.
  • For a fruity variation, try adding strawberries, cherries, or berries.


  • Measuring cup
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
Closeup shot of spoonful of homemade rhubarb sauce.


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

Freezer: Store for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

Make Ahead: Make this and use it for anything you like for up to a week.

What to Serve with Rhubarb Sauce

I'm a big fan of serving this sauce over ice cream, unfrosted cake, cheesecake, or on toast or biscuits with breakfast. I love to set it out along with my other favorite jam recipes so everyone can choose what they like.


  • Stir constantly while cooking this sauce so it doesn't stick or burn.
  • Adjust the sugar depending on how sweet or tart you like your rhubarb sauce.
  • Try this sauce on your favorite sweet or savory items. It's super versatile!
Closeup shot of spoon in jarful of homemade rhubarb sauce.


What is rhubarb?

Rhubarb is a fleshy, edible stalk of a root vegetable.

Is rhubarb a kind of celery?

Although they look very similar, rhubarb and celery are in no way related.

Can rhubarb make you sick?

You may have heard that rhubarb can make you sick. That's an idea that's been taken out of context. Rhubarb stalks are completely safe to eat, however, their leaves are toxic. Don't eat the leaves, and you'll be totally okay!

Is rhubarb good for you?

It's actually very good for you. Rhubarb is full of vitamin K, which is great for bone and blood health, as well as fiber, which is great for your gut.

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Yield: 16 servings

Homemade Rhubarb Sauce

Homemade Rhubarb Sauce

This homemade rhubarb makes a delicious, sweet-and-tart sauce perfect for any dessert. You can even use it on meats for a kick of fun flavor. This homemade rhubarb makes a delicious, sweet-and-tart sauce perfect for any dessert. You can even use it on meats for a kick of fun flavor. #inspirationalmomma #homemaderhubarbsauce #homemaderhubarbsaucerecipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 4 cups ½-inch pieces of rhubarb
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • Optional: Red food coloring


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Continue stirring, preventing from it burning.
  3. Rhubarb will begin to soften.  Gently smash the rhubarb until it forms a sauce.
  4. This will take about 12-15 minutes.
  5. If the sauce is a bit too thick, you can add a little bit more water.
  6. Also, if you prefer a sweeter sauce, add a bit more sugar.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 73Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 0g

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