Strawberry Rhubarb Compote is Summer’s Most Delicious Sauce

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote is Summer's Most Delicious Sauce

Strawberries and rhubarb are a match made in sweet and tart heaven. Combined, these fruits are delicious in pies, crisps, crumbles, and, of course, a delectable strawberry rhubarb compote.

Strawberry rhubarb compote is versatile in the kitchen; I love to spoon the still-warm sauce over vanilla bean ice cream to make the ultimate spring sundae. Loaded up with dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and nuts, there is no better way to do a seasonal dessert.

This strawberry rhubarb compote is also delicious when used to top yogurt, homemade chia seed pudding, overnight oats, toast, pancakes, or waffles.

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Making the Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Sour rhubarb can venture into savory territory if not sweetened with sugar and additional fruits. This is where seasonal organic strawberries come into play. Naturally fragrant and bursting with flavor, strawberries help to transform bitter rhubarb into a sweet sauce component.

Adding sugar helps to balance out the sourness of rhubarb even more. I prefer to use coconut sugar or brown sugar, which have a darker, more caramel-like flavor. Depending on your sweet tooth, feel free to customize how much sugar to add to the strawberry rhubarb compote. Start off with half a cup of sugar and work your way up from there. I prefer to keep my sauce on the less sweet side to pair alongside ice cream or pancakes.

For extra flavor, I like to add in pinches of nutmeg and cinnamon. Both spices are rich in antioxidants and have flavor profiles that add warmth and natural sweetness to the compote. A squeeze of lemon juice not only acts as a natural preservative, but also keeps the strawberry rhubarb compote even more balanced.

To make the compote, simply cut the stalks into 1-inch pieces. Add the cut rhubarb to a saucepan with a splash of water to allow the stalks to steam and cook. After a few minutes of cooking, the rhubarb will begin to break down.

Add the strawberries and cook for a few minutes longer, until the strawberries are broken down to the consistency and texture you prefer. The longer they cook, the less strawberry texture will remain. Stir in the sugar, spices, and lemon juice and cook for an additional few minutes more to meld the flavors together.

Serve the strawberry rhubarb compote warm or let cool down before storing in the refrigerator in a sealed container where it will keep for three days.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Compote: Spring’s Most Delicious Sauce

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  • 3 stalks of rhubarb, leaves removed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • ½ - 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Add rhubarb to a saucepan and add water. Bring rhubarb to a simmer over medium heat, cover, and cook for three minutes, or until rhubarb begins to break down and soften.
  2. Stir in strawberries, sugar, spices, and lemon juice to rhubarb and cook over medium heat for eight to ten minutes, or until strawberries break down to the texture you prefer.
  3. If compote becomes too thick while cooking, add a splash of water to thin the consistency.
  4. Remove compote from heat and allow to slightly cool before serving.


Serve the strawberry rhubarb compote warm or let cool down before storing in the refrigerator in a sealed container where it will keep for three days.

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Kate Gavlick
Kate Gavlick

Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master's of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she's not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer's markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.