Rhubarb Sauce

April 27, 2015 (Last Updated: January 10, 2021)

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Homemade Rhubarb Sauce is perfect served over ice cream!

Homemade rhubarb sauce in a small glass crock.

Have you ever had rhubarb sauce?  It’s like no other sauce I’ve ever had.  It’s tart, yet sweet.

It can be used on pancakes instead of syrup, drizzled over vanilla ice cream, or even used like jam on toast.  It so delicious and very easy to make! 

Cut rhubarb for in a white bowl.

Rhubarb sauce is made by cooking fresh rhubarb along with sugar and fresh orange juice and orange peel.

How do I use this sauce?

  • Spoon over vanilla ice cream
  • Use in place of syrup on pancakes or waffles
  • Spoon over a bowl of oatmeal
  • Use like jam on a toasted English muffin.

Rhubarb is one of my favorites.  It is a perennial that just seems to get bigger year after year without having to give it much care. The first green buds can be seen as soon as the snow melts.

By mid April (in my area) the stalks are ready for harvesting!  That makes it the first harvest of the year for us.  Rhubarb stalks are tart.  When I was a kid, I loved just eating a stalk of rhubarb by itself.  I loved the tart taste.

A jar full of cooked rhubarb with fresh stalks of rhubarb next to jar.

This rhubarb sauce is super simple to make.  It only needs 4 ingredients.  You throw them all together and boil until it’s a soft jam like consistency.

It’s delicious eaten right away, but it’s even better if you give it a chance to chill in the fridge.  It doesn’t get much easier than this recipe, and yet no one will know how easy it was.

Just think how you can “Wow!” all your guests with just this simple sauce!  You’ve got to try this rhubarb sauce! This delicious sauce can be made with fresh or frozen rhubarb

Fresh cut rhubarb on a cutting board.
A rhubarb plant filled with large green leaves in the garden.

If you are looking for other great rhubarb recipes try these Rhubarb Muffins, Rhubarb Bread, Rhubarb Jam, Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake or this Rhubarb Crisp.

Vanilla ice cream topped with a chunky sauce.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

A glass crock filled with a chunky rhubarb sauce.

Rhubarb Sauce

Quick, easy sauce perfect for ice cream or pancakes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 58 kcal


  • 3 Cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • Zest from one orange
  • Juice from one orange


  • Put everything together in a sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer 15-20 minutes until all rhubarb chunks have disappeared. The sauce will be the consistency of apple sauce or jam.
  • Place into a covered container and refrigerate.


  • Spoon over vanilla ice cream
  • Use in place of syrup on pancakes or waffles
  • Spoon over a bowl of oatmeal
  • Use like jam on a toasted English muffin.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 58kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 47IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
Keyword rhubarb dessert, rhubarb orange sauce, rhubarb sauce
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  • Reply
    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    April 30, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Mmmm! Rhubarb sauce sounds delicious. I’m all in. 😀

  • Reply
    Emily @ SageRecipes
    April 29, 2015 at 5:30 am

    I’ve only used rhubarb in pie before, but this sounds so easy to make – and would be so good on pancakes! Love this idea!

  • Reply
    Lori from LL Farm
    April 27, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    This sounds delicious! As an adult, I still eat rhubarb like you did as a kid (I add with salt).

    • Reply
      April 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Oohhh….I’ll have to try with salt!

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    Annie @ The Garlic Diaries
    April 27, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    5 stars
    This is so cool! I haven’t ever had rhubarb before, but I love trying new and unique things. This needs to go on my list!

    • Reply
      April 27, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      You must try rhubarb! Simply delicious in so many ways!

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    [email protected]
    April 27, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Rhubarb is one veggie I suppose most neglected in my kitchen! This sauce totally wants me to buy some rhubarb today so I can make this!

    • Reply
      April 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Yep, you must try making this sauce!

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