Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb and strawberry are a magical combination. It's among the gifts that spring gives us for having put us through winter. This simple strawberry rhubarb compote stays out of the way of that magic, while accentuating it just slightly with a bit of intense, brooding Muscovado sugar.


Check out this post for a versatile compote recipe to help use up an abundance of fruit.

When spring takes its time

London made us wait a hella long time for spring this year. So long, in fact, that someone coined the term “springter.” I didn’t really appreciate the excellence of “springter” until I said it out loud a few times in a row. Springter. Springter. Springter.  Sounds a lot like that whole circular-muscular-orifice situation, correct? Sounds like someone’s saying springter has been positively assy. I wonder why anyone would say that.

The good news about London is that the rhubarb here is forced — grown inside in carefully controlled conditions, locally, to boot — and it springs right up independent of the weather. Pun intended, since spring puns are all the spring I’ve got in this world. It’s actually the end of the rhubarb season here, not to gloat.  And the good news about strawberries is that they’re always in my freezer.

Make strawberry rhubarb compote

So. While we’re waiting for actual spring to settle in, and maybe while you’ve got an abundance of actual spring produce, I’ll be making this delicious and super-easy strawberry rhubarb compote. Next week I’ll share a suggestion for using it.

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

The bright flavor of this simple, versatile compote is deepened by a bit of intense, brooding Muscovado sugar. Substitute regular brown sugar if you can't find it.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serves 12


  • 1 pound rhubarb stalks, diced
  • 1 pound strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup Muscovado sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium pot with a heavy bottom.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer briskly, uncovered, until thickened, about 20 minutes.
  3. Cool slightly and serve as a condiment for yogurt, porridges, ice cream, you name it — or straight from the spoon.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 43 Total Fat:: 0.2g Carbohydrates:: 10.5g Fiber:: 1.4g Protein:: 0.6g