Because it's very tart, rhubarb is always cooked with sugar (or other sweetener). It is often combined with red fruits, such as strawberries or raspberries, to enhance the color and complement the flavor.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Stir together rhubarb and sugar in a large saucepan (off heat); let stand until rhubarb releases some liquid, about 10 minutes.

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  • Bring rhubarb mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb has broken down but some whole pieces remain, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Place ginger in a fine-mesh sieve set over a small bowl. Press down firmly with a spoon until juices are released (to yield about 1 teaspoon). Discard solids. Stir ginger juice into rhubarb mixture.

  • Let sauce cool completely before serving over ice cream, yogurt, or pound cake, or using to make parfaits.

Reviews (4)

135 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 32
  • 3 star values: 43
  • 2 star values: 30
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2014
My Dearest Martha, I hereby forgive you for those horrific waffle iron Christmas cookies because of this genius rhubarb compote. Yay. Yours Most Sincerely, Ann
Rating: Unrated
05/12/2013
Hi, I add lemon juice,to the rhubarb, and berries sometime, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, a little grand mariner if you like put over angel food cake. it seems I have rhubarb all summer long! Love it
Rating: Unrated
05/18/2012
I would love to can this, is it possible?
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06/30/2009
This is one of the best Everyday Food recipes I have ever used, and it is wonderful. Probably the simplest and most effective recipe I've ever made.