Made with only 5 ingredients, Mom’s Rhubarb Sauce Recipe is sweet, tangy and perfect for topping buttered toast, ice cream, or even to top your grilled chicken!

Mom's Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

My Love of Rhubarb Recipes

I have always been a fan of rhubarb. As long as it is cooked and sweetened! The rhubarb stalk itself is extremely tart and not all that tasty standing on its own. Mom’s Rhubarb Sauce Recipe is so versatile and can be eaten on it’s own or used in recipes such as Rhubarb Cheese Danish, or Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Pudding. Once those stalks start poking out of the ground, I am watching and waiting patiently for them to get big enough to use!

Mom used to make Rhubarb Sauce often when I was growing up. This plant was always plentiful back those days. More so than it has been for me in recent years (unless I visit home!). However, I really hate to buy it. It doesn’t matter if it’s from a roadside stand or a grocery store, it is so expensive!

Mom's Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

Growing Rhubarb in your backyard

Three years I’ve attempted to have my own plants in our new home. Two years we were unsuccessful. However, last year, I put  my foot down and told Grumpy he had to listen to me when it came to growing rhubarb.

I may not know much about growing plants and have a brown thumb, but you pretty much have to pay no attention to this stuff! After all, it grew up along the shed at my Uncle Jimmy’s farmhouse I used to live in, and I did nothing to take care of it! Ever!

This year, I was rewarded with gorgeous red stalks. Not a ton of it, but as the years go by, it will spread and flourish. As long as Grumpy lets me take care of it…by doing nothing to it! 😉

Mom's Rhubarb Sauce Recipe
Mom's Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

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Mom's Rhubarb Sauce Recipe

Mom’s Rhubarb Sauce Recipe is so simple! It only has 5 ingredients and takes mere minutes on the stovetop to be cooked and once cooled down, is ready to eat!

Do you love rhubarb as much as I do? Then be sure to check out some of my favorite rhubarb recipes below and be sure to follow my pinterest board dedicated to this spring delight!

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Yield: 16 servings

Mom's Rhubarb Sauce

Mom's Rhubarb Sauce

Mom’s Rhubarb Sauce Recipe is sweet, tangy and perfect for topping buttered toast, served over top of ice cream, or even to top your grilled chicken! This 5 ingredient recipe is so easy to make. It is also great in pastries and muffins. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 cups rhubarb, diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Place Rhubarb, water, salt, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract in heavy bottomed sauce pan over high heat. Bring to a boil and turn down to medium-low heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes. 
  2. Remove from stove top and let cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week. Can freeze for up to 3 months.


One serving equals 2 tablespoons.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.
Rhubarb Sauce Recipe