Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Gorgeous red fruit bubbling away beneath a crunchy oat streusel topping — this strawberry rhubarb crisp is one of the easiest and best desserts I know.

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This strawberry rhubarb crisp is one of the easiest and best desserts I know. It’s perfect for a spring night, served warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Leftovers are also delicious for breakfast.

What You’ll Need To Make Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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If you’ve never cooked with rhubarb, now is the time to start! Technically, it’s a vegetable but you treat it like fruit. It’s very tart but when you add a little sugar and cook it down, it becomes deliciously sweet, like berries. To prepare it for this recipe, trim the leaves (they should not be eaten) and rough ends and wash the stalks, then cut them into 1/2-inch pieces.

While fruit desserts like this one tend to be flexible, be sure to keep the ratio of rhubarb to strawberries the same. If you add more strawberries (which I know is tempting!), you’ll end up with fruit soup, as they release a ton of juice.

How To Make Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Quarter the strawberries and combine them with the rhubarb, sugar, cornstarch and vanilla. Stir until the fruit is evenly coated with the sugar mixture, and the sugar mixture is no longer white.

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Transfer the fruit mixture to a 2-quart baking dish (no need to butter it) and set aside while you prepare the topping.

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In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar and salt.

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Process until well combined, about 30 seconds. Add the cold butter.

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Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, with a few pea-sized clumps of butter within.

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Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the oats and chopped pecans.

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Stir to combine.

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Spoon the topping evenly over the fruit without packing it down.

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Bake for 45-55 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling around the edges and the topping is golden brown. Cool for 20 minutes before serving, then spoon into shallow bowls and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Gorgeous red fruit bubbling away beneath a crunchy oat streusel topping — this strawberry rhubarb crisp is one of the easiest and best desserts I know.

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Filling

  • 1 pound rhubarb stalks, trimmed and sliced ½-inch thick
  • ½ pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with a knife
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¾ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

For the Filling

  1. In a large bowl, combine the rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla. Stir until the fruit is evenly coated with the sugar mixture, and the sugar mixture is no longer white.
  2. Transfer the fruit mixture to a 2-quart or 8-inch baking dish (no need to butter it) and set aside while you prepare the topping.

For the Topping

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar and salt. Process until well combined, about 30 seconds. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, with a few pea-sized clumps of butter within. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the oats and chopped pecans.
  2. Spoon the topping evenly over the fruit without packing down. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling around the edges and the topping is golden brown. Cool for 20 minutes before serving. Spoon into shallow bowls and serve with vanilla ice cream.
  3. Note: If your baking dish is shallow, place it on top of a foil-lined sheet pan to catch any spills that might bubble over the edges.
  4. Note: Don't be tempted to increase the strawberries in the recipe, or you'll end up with fruit soup (they release a lot of juice).
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The crisp can be frozen tightly covered for up to 3 months. Before serving, reheat it, uncovered, in a 300°F oven until heated through and crisp on top.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Calories: 332
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Sugar: 32g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Sodium: 81mg
  • Cholesterol: 23mg

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Comments

  • Wow, made 2 batches yesterday and 3 today. Today I thought I’d add a few blueberries as I didnt have strawberries. Fast easy and delicious.

    • — Janet O on August 6, 2022
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  • I would like to make this tomorrow for dessert. I have fresh strawberries but frozen rhubarb. Can I use frozen rhubarb? If yes, should I defrost it first?
    Thanks!

    • — Kelly on July 31, 2022
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    • Hi Kelly, Yes, using frozen rhubarb is fine — just defrost it first and drain any excess liquid.Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 1, 2022
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  • Jenn, your strawberry-rhubarb crisp was a huge hit!! (But then, all of your recipes are.). I followed the recipe as-written, and it was absolutely perfect. Served it with some homemade strawberry ice cream. Delish!!

    • — Janice Y on July 22, 2022
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  • This was the most delicious strawberry rhubarb crisp (or dessert for that matter) that I’ve ever had. I have made it twice now. The first time I didn’t have enough rhubarb so against the author’s advice, I added more strawberries. Having done so, I omitted the cornstarch and used 3 TBLS of tapioca to soak up the juice.
    The next time I made it, I used a bigger pan which I didn’t like as much. It made the dessert a little thin. It was still delicious though. I think an 8×8 is a good size for this dessert.

    • — Terri Tyler on July 16, 2022
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  • This recipe sounds wonderful, but there’s no instructions on how much flour to use or any of the ingredients that are needed. Could you please share the amounts please.

    • — Sharon on July 14, 2022
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    • Hi Sharon, It sounds like you are just looking at the portion of the page that has the pictures with some instructions underneath. If you scroll down a bit to under the pictures, you’ll find the full recipe. Alternatively, at the very top of the page, to the right of the recipe name, you’ll see an orange/red button that says Jump to Recipe – if you click on that, it will take you directly to the recipe. Hope that clarifies!

      • — Jenn on July 15, 2022
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    • I made this for a friend and he said it was GREAT!

      • — Cindy C on July 20, 2022
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  • Can not stop making this. Everyone loves it and keeps asking for more. Huge bonus is it’s so EASY to make. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • — Windy on July 9, 2022
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  • Loved this recipe! Just made it tonight and partner and I devoured most of it in one go. I did not measure the fruit, I just used up what I had as it was about to turn; but it filled the dish nicely so was probably close to accurate. I had no brown sugar so just used all white and it still turned out amazing! This one’s a keeper for sure.

    • — Babs on July 8, 2022
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  • I have made this recipe many times, always with positive results! I alter slightly to make it gluten free (using GF flour and GF rolled oats) and dairy free (using margarine instead of butter). I also cut down on the sugar as we like a tart crisp. In fact I just made it tonight for dessert after making your beef stew with carrots and potatoes for dinner! Both are go-to favourites in my house! Thanks for these (now) family traditions!

    • — Susan on July 5, 2022
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  • how many cups is 1 pound of rhubarb? How many cups is 1/2 pound strawberries?

    • — Jan on July 3, 2022
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    • Hi Jan, When you slice the rhubarb, the volume should fill approximately 4 (measuring) cups. The sliced strawberries would be the equivalent of about 1-3/4 cups. Hope that helps and you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on July 3, 2022
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  • This was by far and away, the best crisp I’ve ever had. However, I did add more strawberries (I just HAD to). To compensate, I added 3 TBLS of Tapioca and omitted the corn starch.

    • — Terri Tyler on July 3, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn,
    Is it possible to substitute steel cut oats instead of rolled oats? Will it affect the taste/texture? And would you suggest altering the bake time? Thanks so much, hope you and your family have a wonderful Fourth of July!

    • — Jade Rezvani on July 1, 2022
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    • Happy 4th to you! I wouldn’t recommend steel cut oats here — sorry!

      • — Jenn on July 1, 2022
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  • Too sweet. W

    • — Lisa on June 27, 2022
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  • I followed the recipe exactly. It turned out great. Perfect combination of sweet, tart and nutty.

    • — Diane on June 23, 2022
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  • I am a guy that gets a little tired of store bought deserts. This recipe is one of the best I have ever followed. The directions were so clear and easy to follow with an outcome that is to die for. I have now added you to my favourite list and to be sure I will be trying more of your recipes.

    • — Bob Price on June 23, 2022
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  • I doubled the recipe for a crowd and it was excellent as are all of her recipes.

    • — Joyce on June 22, 2022
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  • Amazing!!! So delicious, the perfect blend of sweet and tart. The nuts in the topping are an excellent addition! It comes together pretty easily and is a huge crowd-pleaser. Would 100% recommend!

    • — Olivia on June 22, 2022
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  • So delicious, the best strawberry rhubarb I’ve ever had

    • — Bari on June 19, 2022
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  • If freezing, do you recommend baking prior to freezing? Or freeze the crisp unbaked?

    • — Janine on June 11, 2022
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    • Hi Janine, I’d bake it before freezing. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 13, 2022
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  • I made it last night. Delicious!! My daughter said it was even better for breakfast this morning 🙂

    • — Jennifer on June 8, 2022
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  • This turned out super good. I did modify a bit to make a lean towards Keto. Partial almond flour and erthritol sugar (about 1/3 of total). Yum.

    • — Geoffrey Vogel on June 6, 2022
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  • Made recipe exactly as written and it was the best strawberry rhubarb crisp ever! Not too sweet, or too tart….and the consistency was just right! Thanks for a great recipe.

    • — JWood50 on June 5, 2022
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  • Love love love this recipe – super easy and delicious! Perfect for summer picnics and potlucks. Question for you, Jenn – if I’m looking to make this gluten free, could I just swap the all-purpose flour for a gluten free flour (e.g. Bob’s Red Mill GF 1-to-1 baking flour)? Thanks!!

    • — Natalie on June 3, 2022
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    • Definitely (and glad you like it)!

      • — Jenn on June 4, 2022
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  • Delicious!! Best Strawberry Rhubarb dessert ever made.

    • — Redheadgreeneyes on May 30, 2022
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  • This is my husbands new favorite dessert. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No modifications necessary.

    • — Natalie on May 30, 2022
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  • Perfect!!! I’ve eaten this for dessert with ice cream and for breakfast with vanilla siggis yogurt! Delightful

    • — Jenn on May 30, 2022
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  • This was a great recipe. For the filling, I doubled the rhubarb and strawberries and increased the cornstarch to 4 T. For the topping I reduced the flour to 1/2 cup plus added 1/2 cup ground almonds, increased the salt to almost 1/2 tsp., and, increased rolled oats to 1 cup. Added 1 stick or 8 T butter. Everything else remained the same including the sugar. All was placed in a (coconut oil) greased glass 9 x 13 pan. My family loved this recipe, not to sweet and not to tart. A definite keeper. Thank you!

    • — Theresa on May 29, 2022
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  • I must have misunderstood because you said leave ratio of fruit the same, but the recipe calls for twice as much rhubarb.

    • — Chef Carlo's on May 27, 2022
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    • Hi, I’m not sure I understand your question. Did you make a larger quantity, for example, double it? If so, what I mean by that is that you would double all the ingredients and use 2 pounds of rhubarb and 1 pound of strawberries (and double all the other ingredients). Please LMK if I can help in any other way.

      • — Jenn on May 30, 2022
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      • I wondered the same thing: I thought I needed to keep the fruit 1:1 ratio or you’ll have fruit soup, but then the recipe says 2:1 rhubarb:strawberries (1 lb rhubarb:1/2 lb strawberries?
        Sheila

        • — Sheila on July 1, 2022
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        • Hi Sheila, I’m sorry if what I wrote was confusing. What I meant was that the ratios should remain the same as the original recipe (in that you’ll use twice the amount of rhubarb versus the amount of strawberries. Hope that clarifies!

          • — Jenn on July 2, 2022
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  • Once upon a Chef is my go to cooking site for everything and there is nothing I don’t love or anyone I cook it for (vegetarian household) and I could leave a 5 star review for so many recipes, but I chose this one, because nobody in our house would eat cooked strawberries and rhubarbs were frowned upon, but grow in our backyard and now, my teenagers beg me to make this crisp, it’s everyone’s breakfast and dinner and my co-workers ask me for the recipe, all the time since I brought it to School and it’s just perfect, in every way.

    • — Joana on May 25, 2022
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  • Excellent!

    • — Dorothy Eminhizer on May 22, 2022
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  • I made this exactly as the recipe reads. There was way too much topping. We could hardly taste the strawberry/rhubarb for the overwhelming sweetness of all of the sugars and other ingredients in the topping.

    • — Pam on May 21, 2022
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  • This recipe is great! I followed it exactly and it turned out perfectly!! Thanks so much!!

    • — Caitlyn on May 18, 2022
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  • I really want to make this recipe in 8 ramekins for our Supper Club this weekend. Have you ever done that? Not sure about the baking time or if I need to modify the recipe at all.

    • — Cindy on May 16, 2022
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    • Hi Cindy, that would work. I’d start checking them at 25 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the fruit is bubbling around the edges and the topping is golden brown. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on May 16, 2022
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  • I have made this couple of times now and everyone at home loves it. I even used the same recipe with quince and it turned out really well. Thank you

    • — Van on May 9, 2022
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    • Absolutely wonderful. After I had everything ready to go except for adding the oats for the topping, I discovered I was out of oats. Boo. I substituted plain panko crumbs, and it worked perfectly! Next time I’m using oats, though. Thanks for your consistently outstanding recipes.

      • — Susan Blanton on June 17, 2022
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