Rhubarb with ice cream in bowls

Stewed rhubarb

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4

Make the most of this vibrant veg with our easy stewed rhubarb recipe. Perfect for serving over vanilla ice cream for a simple, elegant dessert

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal119
  • fat0.1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre2g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.1g


  • 500g rhubarb, cut into inch long pieces



    Botanically, rhubarb is a vegetable (it's related to sorrel and dock) but its thick, fleshy…

  • 1 orange, zest and juice



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 100g caster sugar


  1. Put the rhubarb into a saucepan with the orange zest, juice, sugar and 2 tbsp water. Bring to the boil then simmer for 8 mins until the rhubarb is cooked but still holds its shape.

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Nicholas Porter's picture
Nicholas Porter
7th Jul, 2020
I use warm water and dissolve demerara sugar into it. Gives it a slightly richer flavour and removes a bit of the tartness.
31st Mar, 2020
Sounds lovely, but unfortunately I have 400g of rhubarb, this recipe is for 500g, does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do, or a link to a recipe for 400g, I'm in a real puggle
22nd Jul, 2020
Divide all the ingredients by 5 then times by 4 - so 80g sugar and about 1 1/2 tbsp water
7th Apr, 2020
I just add the sugar in a five to one ratio. As with most recipes, it's not the actual weight that matters but the relative proportions
24th Apr, 2019
20% sugar seems very high
Katherine Verso's picture
Katherine Verso
26th Mar, 2020
What can you use if you don’t have an orange?
Barney Good Food's picture
Barney Good Food
1st Apr, 2020
Simply leave it out or use lemon peel if you have it.
Melanie Lloyd's picture
Melanie Lloyd
8th Jun, 2018
Can I do this with rhubarb that has gone to seed?
goodfoodteam's picture
13th Jun, 2018
Thanks for your question - yes, you can still use the rhubarb stalks.
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