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

  • 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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  • 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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