Looking for rhubarb recipes? Want to make the most out of this seasonal ingredient? Try our ideas below then check out our rhubarb cake recipes and chutney recipes.


British rhubarb season runs from February until May. Forced rhubarb has a short shelf life, so store in the fridge with the leaves attached to keep it fresher for longer.

We have some great dessert ideas to use this vibrant, tart fruit, including classic pie, spiced crumble and indulgent rhubarb and custard pudding. If you want some afternoon tea inspiration for rhubarb season, try our delicate rhubarb and custard slice, or pretty pink shortcakes. For early risers, we have low-calorie breakfast rhubarb, and for night owls we’ve created some rhubarb cocktails to try.

Rhubarb recipes

Rhubarb and custard eton mess

This summery dessert, packed with juicy rhubarb, can be whipped up in record time. The secret is buying ready-made meringue and custard to speed up the process. We have lots more summer desserts right here.

Rhubarb and custard eton mess

Apple and rhubarb crumble

Rhubarb pieces and chopped apples are roasted before being topped with a buttery crumble, baked in the oven until golden.

A bowl of crumble and ice cream next to a baking dish of crumble and stack of bowls

Rhubarb compote

In-season rhubarb is mixed with zesty orange and aromatic cardamom to make this oven-roasted compote. Try it dolloped on pancakes and porridge, or served with a dessert.

A tray of baked rhubarb with vanilla pods in an oven tray, next to two bowls of rhubarb-topped porridge

White chocolate panna cotta with stewed rhubarb

The sharpness of the rhubarb provides a seriously good contrast to white chocolate in this sophisticated panna cotta recipe.

Plates of panna cotta with stewed rhubarb

Rhubarb and apple pie

Make the most of rhubarb season with this tangy fruit pie with latticed shortcrust pastry. Serve with cream, custard or ice cream (or all three!) and you’ll have yourself a hug in a bowl.

Two black bowls filled with a slab of rhubarb pie and a side of vanilla ice cream

Spiced rhubarb crumble

A classic rhubarb crumble is the easiest of puddings to make and perfect for making use of seasonal fruit. This crumble is filled with sweet, tangy rhubarb and warming spices. After you've tried this, take a lot at our other crumble recipes.

Rhubarb crumble in an oval bowl with a spoon taken out

Pork and rhubarb traybake

Turn forced rhubarb stalks into an aromatic pork traybake, served with steamed veg and rice.

Traybake of rhubarb, pork chops, red onion and star anise

Rhubarb and ginger upside-down cake

A pink patchwork cake, flavoured with sweet forced rhubarb, two types of ginger, and white chocolate. Delicious served with thick clotted cream.

Rhubarb and ginger upside-down cake

Rhubarb brown sugar cobbler

Make the most of sweet, vibrant rhubarb in this comforting pud and serve with cream for extra indulgence.

Rhubarb Cobbler Recipe with Brown Sugar

Rhubarb, ginger and chilli jam

Give this seasonal rhubarb preserve an aromatic lift with the addition of fiery ginger and punchy chilli. Check out our guide to preserving.

Rhubarb Jam Recipe with Ginger and Chilli

Flaky rhubarb tart with star anise custard

Put rhubarb at the centre in this pretty afternoon tea idea. Puff pastry makes this tart extra flaky, with sharp rhubarb and a creamy star anise custard.

Rhubarb Puff Pastry Tart with Custard

Rhubarb and ginger cake

Bake our easy ginger traybake recipe with moreish Bonne Maman rhubarb compote, perfect with your afternoon cuppa.

Rhubarb and Ginger Cake Recipe

Rhubarb and custard bread and butter pudding

Check out our indulgent, creamy and super moreish rhubarb and custard bread and butter pudding. This recipe is a glorious mash-up of two classic British puds.

Vibrant Rhubarb and Custard Bread and Butter Pudding served in a rectangle white dish on a grey wooden table

Breakfast rhubarb

Yoghurt or porridge served with poached fresh fruit makes a great healthy start to the day. Try poaching rhubarb in honey and orange for a quick breakfast topper. Here are our other low-calorie breakfast ideas.

Stewed Rhubarb Recipe

Pink rhubarb shortcakes

American shortcakes are more like scones than biscuits. Usually filled with strawberries and cream these pink rhubarb ones are a great British twist. Here are more scone recipes.

Rhubarb Shortcakes Recipe

Rhubarb and custard slice

Rhubarb-themed afternoon tea, anyone? We’ve taken a classic flavour combination and given it a modern twist with this recipe for rhubarb and custard slices.

Rhubarb and custard slice recipe

Rhubarb and custard pavlova

Rhubarb and custard are always a winning combination but as a filling for a pavlova they become a special dinner party pudding. You can make all the elements of this ahead then just assemble to serve. This one serves up to 10 people so is perfect for a crowd.

Rhubarb and Custard Pavlova Recipe

Rhubarb pound cake

This recipe for rhubarb pound cake is guaranteed to please. We’ve hidden white chocolate chips in the middle, too, for an extra treat. Try our fruity cake recipes to make the most out of all of your fruit.

Rhubarb pound cake

Rhubarb pie

This classic rhubarb pie makes a perfect comforting dessert. The orange zest adds a nice freshness and lifts the flavour. Forced rhubarb is available from January to March. More sweet pies over here.

Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Rhubarb and ginger fool

Rhubarb and ginger are a delicious combination – try them in this creamy fool. Rhubarb is in season from February until May, but you may be able to find it a couple of months either side.

Rhubarb and Ginger Fool Recipe

Rhubarb, pistachio and soured cream cake

If you find yourself stuck for ideas to use rhubarb, this delicious cake with pistachios and soured cream is just the thing.

Rhubarb and Pistachio Loaf Recipe with Soured Cream

Rhubarb bakewell tart

This is a modern twist on a British favourite made using rhubarb. It’s easy to make but looks impressive. Fancy trying out a classic bakewell tart? We have just the recipe.

Bakewell Tart Recipe with Rhubarb

Rhubarb mess with candied rosemary

This is a delicious new twist on the classic Eton mess, made with rhubarb instead of strawberries. Rhubarb partners perfectly with rosemary.

Rhubarb Mess with Candied Rosemary Recipe

Rhubarb, cinnamon and brown sugar muffins

If you love muffins as much as we do, you’ll always be on the lookout for new recipes. This one is a cracker – rhubarb, cinnamon and sugar with a sprinkling of demerara to give them that crunchy topping. Got you thinking about muffins? Check out our best muffins recipes.

Rhubarb Muffins with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar

Rhubarb and apple chutney

You won’t retain the lovely bright pink colour of the forced rhubarb that’s around in winter, but you will end up with a delicious tart and slightly sweet chutney that goes brilliantly with cheese, oily fish and roast pork.

Rhubarb and Apple Chutney Recipe

Rhubarb cocktails

Rhubarb gin

For a new weekend project, why don't you try this make-it-yourself pink gin. Take trimmed rhubarb, add sugar and gin, then reap the rewards neat over ice or in a pink-tinged G&T.

Rhubarb gin and tonic in a glass with a jar of rhubarb behind

Rhubarb and rose gin fizz

We’ve given a classic ramos gin fizz an update, swapping the usual orange blossom water for rose water and adding a touch of homemade rhubarb syrup to give it a blush of pink. It’s delicate in flavour and creamy enough to replace dessert and is bound to impress.

Valentines Cocktail For Gin Fizz With Rhubarb Syrup

Rhubarb and ginger negroni

This update on the classic negroni using rhubarb and ginger is a great shout for spring. It comes from Black Dice, a 1960s rock ‘n’ roll-inspired bar tucked away beneath Moroccan restaurant MOMO in Mayfair.

Rhubarb and Ginger Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Rhubarb cordial

Tart rhubarb, sugar and lemon are all you need to make this refreshing soft drink, ideal for summer sipping in the garden or picnics.

Rhubarb cordial

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