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Recipes - Rhubarb Sauces & Compotes

Updated on April 22, 2016

Recipes for Rhubarb Sauces & Compotes

Rhubarb lends itself beautifully to toppings for desserts and meats. It pairs well with other fruits and can be seasoned with spices for a unique taste.

Rhubarb can be served as a delightfully refreshing topping for desserts like pound cake or ice cream (or both). But it's equally delicious served as a savory topping for pork, for example.

I've included a few recipes that really demonstrate the versatility of the humble rhubarb plant.

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Compotes and Sauces - What's the difference?

According to

SAUCE: noun.

(1) A flavorful seasoning or relish served as an accompaniment to food, especially a liquid dressing or topping for food.

(2) Stewed fruit, usually served with other foods.

(3) Something that adds zest, flavor, or piquancy.

COMPOTE: noun.

(1) Fruit stewed or cooked in syrup.

(2) A long-stemmed dish used for holding fruit, nuts, or candy.


Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *salsa, from Latin, feminine of salsus.

Baked Rhubarb with Raspberries on Pound Cake!

A Tasty Weight Watchers Rhubarb Recipe

Photo courtesy of di.wineanddine

I've got the Best Ever Desserts recipe book from Weight Watchers. There are some scrumptious recipes included that won't wreck your best laid weight loss plans. Here's one for a delicious dessert.


1 (6-ounce) container raspberries

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup boiling water

1 pound fresh rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1/2-ince slices or frozen sliced rhubarb

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch salt

6 (3/8-inch thick) slices thawed frozen reduced-fat pound cake.


* Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

* Put the raspberries, brown sugar, and water in a food processor; pulse just until the berries break-up. Pour the mixture through a sieve set over a medium bowl, pressing hard on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible, discard the solids. Stir in the rhubarb, vanilla, and salt.

* Transfer the mixture to a 7 x ll-inch baking dish. Bake until the rhubarb is tender, about 30 minutes, stirring very gently halfway through the baking. Place the baking dish on a rack and cool 10 minutes.

* Meanwhile, toast the pound cake until golden brown. Place 1 slice of cake on each of 6 plates and top evenly with the rhubarb. Serve at once.

PER SERVING (1 slice cake and 2/3 cup rhubarb): Points Value: 5

WEIGHT WATCHERS NOTE: "Rhubarb is more pleasant to eat when its shape is retained, and baking is the best way to ensure this."

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Rhubarb-Strawberry-Ginger Compote

Another of my "newspaper clipping" recipes...

Photo courtesy of tomislevmedak

Serves 6

This compote is tart and fresh, and it's lovely served on pancakes or waffles for breakfast or brunch. Or try it over pound cake, or layered with ice cream or whipped cream in goblets or individual serving dishes.

You can adjust the sugar to your taste but I find that it's just right this way especially if you're serving it with something sweet like pound cake or ice cream.


1-1/2 lb. rhubarb, tops removed and trimmed, coarsely chopped

2 c. water

1/2 c. sugar

1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger

1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half

1 tbsp. chopped fresh mint


Put the rhubarb in a large saucepan with the water and simmer over medium-high heat until it just begins to lose color, about 3 to 5 minutes. It should be fork-tender, but hold its shape.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rhubarb to a bowl.

Pour off and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Return to the saucepan along with the sugar and ginger. Simmer over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves.

Remove, add the rhubarb and the strawberries and stir together gently. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

NOTE: I like to sprinkle chopped pecans or almonds on top. Looks good and adds a nice crunch.

Waterford Crystal Bolton 5-Inch Ftd. Compote
Waterford Crystal Bolton 5-Inch Ftd. Compote

Wouldn't your beautiful ruby red rhubarb sauce be gorgeous served in this beautiful bowl?


Compote by any other name is still a compote!

Compote in English

kompot in Bulgarian.

kompót in Hungarian,

kompot in Polish,

compot in Romanian,

Komposta in Greek,

Komposto in Turkish.

source: wikipedia

Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb-Onion Sauce

This recipe is SO good! It's from The Baxter Bulletin of Mountain Home, Arkansas

4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 to 1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed

1 large sweet onion, sliced

2-4 tablespoons water

2 cups diced rhubarb

1/4 cup red-wine vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup minced fresh chives

Heat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix 1 teaspoon oil, coriander, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture into pork. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork, and cook, turning occasionally, until brown on all sides, 5-7 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven, and roast the pork until an instant-read thermometer registers 145 degrees, 15-17 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 7-8 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water; continue cooking, stirring often, until the onion is soft, 5-7 minutes more, adding water a tablespoon at a time if necessary to prevent burning. Stir in rhubarb, vinegar and brown sugar, and cook, stirring often, until the rhubarb has broken down, about 5 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the sliced pork, and sprinkle with chives.

Serves 6.

"Woe to the cook whose sauce has no sting."

— Geoffrey Chaucer

Sauces & Compotes

The Complete Book of Sauces
The Complete Book of Sauces

Everything you need to know to prepare delicious sweet or savory sauces and compotes.


Another Rhubarb Idea

I don't have a recipe for this but it sure does sound tasty! And this particular sauce needs no cooking...just open the bottle and used as desired.

Thanks for stopping by. I sure hope you enjoyed your visit and maybe learned a thing or two about how rhubarb sauces and compotes can jazz up your meals.

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      Cheryl Kohan 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you! I truly appreciate your feedback.

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      Neetu M 2 years ago from USA

      Cheryl, you have done a great hub with lots of good recipes. It is just the right length and moves briskly from the basics to yummy recipes. Thank you. :)

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      Cheryl Kohan 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for the comment. It's really not too sweet at all. You could definitely start with less sugar, though, and then add to taste.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Compote sounds too sweet for me. But an interesting hub!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @julieannbrady: You silly thing, Julie!! I have to update this lens and do have a couple of other recipes to add but have been traveling, as you know, and just haven't spent much time Squidooing!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @pkmcruk: Thank you, Paul. So sorry I'm just now getting back to you. i appreciate the kind words.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      So, anything gnu with rhubarb? I'm thinking jello shots might be in order and I'd take about half a dozen -- how about you? ;)

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on achieving the well deserved Giant Squid status

      Take care and well done


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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Wow! What's this I spy -- but more delicious rhubarb -- it boggles the mind what one can do with rhubarb! Yumm Yumm.