Rhubarb Sauce

This simple, tangy rhubarb sauce recipe uses only three ingredients and produces the most delicious rhubarb topping you’ve ever tasted.

By Yankee Magazine

Apr 14 2022


Delicious homemade rhubarb sauce.

Photo Credit : Aimee Tucker

I remember so well the time back in the early 1920s spent with my aunt and two cousins in Salem Depot, New Hampshire, every summer. My aunt was a wonderful cook, and one of the things I remember most is the rhubarb sauce she made. It tasted as though it had been mixed with strawberries. After I was married in 1936, she gave me her rhubarb sauce recipe. I have shared it with many friends, and everyone agrees: Follow the recipe to a T and you will have the most delicious rhubarb sauce you have ever tasted. –Stella Van Vloten, North Easton, Massachusetts


2 cups water
2 scant cups sugar
3 pounds rhubarb cut into 1-inch pieces


Make a syrup with the water and sugar. Boil together a few minutes.

Add rhubarb to syrup when it starts boiling in center. Watch closely and let boil just 1 minute.

Now here is the trick that makes ordinary rhubarb sauce a Sauce Deluxe: Pour into a bowl or pan with a tight cover. Leave tightly covered until cold, and you will find a sauce very different from any you have ever eaten.