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How to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

Updated on August 17, 2014

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce is as easy to make as it is tasty. In the spring, fresh rhubarb and juicy strawberries are easy to find in the markets, but this recipe tastes just as scrumptious when made with frozen ingredients.

What's more, the finished sauce freezes well, so you can enjoy it any time of the year!

When my great aunt made this, the biggest challenge was whether to enjoy it over ice cream or over angel food cake. Oh, go ahead - serve it with both!

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2 lbs of rhubarb ribs

1 cup of water

1 cup of granulated sugar

2 lbs of strawberries

1 whole lemon

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce c. bossypants
Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce c. bossypants

Step 1: Prepare the Rhubarb

Clean and trim the rhubarb, removing any leaves.

Cut the ribs into pieces which are one to one and a half inches in length.

Put the pieces in a large pot.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce c. bossypants

Step 2: Cook the Rhubarb

Add the water and the granulated sugar to the pot and stir to combine.

Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer. Cook the it for about 20 minutes, until the ribs have broken down.

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce
Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

Step 3: Add the Strawberries and Lemon Zest

Meanwhile, clean and trim the strawberries. Cut the them in half. Slice large berries into thirds.

Zest the entire lemon.

Add the berries and lemon zest to the cooked rhubarb and stir to combine. Continue cooking the sauce for 5 to 7 minutes, until the berries are softened but not broken apart.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce c. bossypants

Step 4: Finish the Sauce

Remove the sauce from the heat.

Cut the zested lemon in half and squeeze the lemon juice into the sauce. Stir the sauce.

Allow the sauce to cool. Chill it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce c. bossypants

Serving Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

The sauce is wonderful over angel food cake or pound cake and makes a delicious ice cream topping.

But, it's not just for dessert. It's an inspired topping for waffles and pancakes, too.

Don't tell anyone, but you can eat it by the spoonful, as a side dish, just like applesauce.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      A lover of strawberries and of rhubarb would certainly enjoy this sauce recipe - that would be me! I am thinking this would be yummy poured over a baked sweet potato!

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      poutine 4 years ago

      I love that stuff on a plain cake topped with ice cream

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Oh yum yum. I'll have my strawberry rhubarb sauce over ice cream and cake please.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      This looks delicious! My mouth is watering just from reading your recipe.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I'm IN! Sounds delicious and easy to boot.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Strawberry rhubarb sacue is a classic!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Strawberry Rhubarb *anything* has a place at my table ;) This sauce sounds delicious! We just bought an ice cream maker, and I'm thinkin' this sauce would be fabulous on top of some homemade ice cream!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Wow! Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce, that makes a great topping! Thanks!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Sounds good to me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce is the bomb of sauces. :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You've inspired me as my rhubarb is ready to pick, but guess I'll have to use store-bought strawberries. Mine are still green in New Hampshire.

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      WhiteOak50 5 years ago

      Oh, yum. My husband likes this but I am not sure I have ever made it for him. Thanks for the easy directions I suppose now I will have to give it a shot.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This sounds right good! I think my aunt might have made this for a side dish. She was big on sweets with our meals!