Simple Rhubarb Compote

Jul 8, 2021dessert, Easter / Spring, snack, Summer

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Everyone who has rhubarb in their garden knows rhubarb grows like crazy. Sometimes we simply don’t have the time to preserve it, cook it, bake it etc. In those cases, simple rhubarb compote comes to the rescue.


Delicious rhubarb

Rhubarb on its own has a very sour taste. That’s why rhubarb recipes call for sugar and other sweeteners. When prepared well and sweet enough, rhubarb has a refreshing taste to it. It’s a proper summer fruit everyone loves. The sweet and sour combination can remind us of a lemonade.

Rhubarb can be used in a thousand ways. We can prepare muffins or cupcakes, cakes, compote, breakfast bowls, pies, galettes, cream cakes, etc. I think the most summery is compote as it is light, just sweet enough, and very refreshing when cold.


overhead shot of rhubarb compote


Simple rhubarb compote for any time of the day

Needless to say, rhubarb compote is a very simple and easy recipe. It is indeed a fool-proof dessert anyone can make. Taking only 20 minutes to prepare, we can take the time and prepare it almost anytime we want. What’s more, we can make a lot of it and store it in the fridge for a few days.

It might be because I was creating the photos, but I realized rhubarb compote pairs incredibly well with vegan vanilla ice cream. I bet whipped cream would do, too. Anyways, I highly recommend adding a bit of ice cream to the bowl of simple rhubarb compote and enjoy a hot summer day in the shade.


close-up shot of rhubarb compot with vanilla ice-cream


Do you like simple recipes? Check out my wild garlic pesto pasta recipe that only takes 15 minutes or maybe tiger nut chocolate power balls (you can use any nut butter you wish).

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close-up shot of rhubarb compot with vanilla ice-cream

Simple Rhubarb Compote

This simple rhubarb compote is a delicious homemade treat for hot summer days. It only takes 20 minutes and I bet it will become your new summer hit.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course dinner, Snack
Cuisine european
Servings 4


  • 500 g rhubarb stalks
  • 75 g sugar
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 500 ml water


  • Clean and peel rhubarb stalks. Cut them into 1.5 cm thick pieces.
  • Put rhubarb into a pot, pour over the water and add sugar and spices.
  • Slowly bring to boil. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. After that, turn the stove off.
  • Let it cool down a little. You can serve it hot, but I prefer it cold from the fridge.
  • You can serve it with coconut whipped cream, vegan vanilla ice-cream, or some fresh strawberries.


If you don't peel rhubarb, it will not soften well and it will have a lot more woody fibre texture to it. You can try without peeling but I do not recommend it.
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