Summer Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe - 2 Dads with Baggage
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Summer Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

I am all about the rhubarb and always have been. Ever since we first started growing it in our garden when I was a kid, I have loved that tart woodsy flavor. Since then I’ve learned to cook quite a few things with rhubarb, and it’s remarkably versatile. I mean, did you know you can make rhubarb BBQ sauce or rhubarb-tomato soup? More on that later, but right now let’s talk about this delicious and easy Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp recipe.

strawberry rhubarb crisp baked in oval ramekins and ready to serve
The sweet and sour combo of rhubarb and strawberries is the best thing ever!

This recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is one for those of us that don’t cook much. It’s remarkably easy and no-fuss, and I was able to throw it together in a matter of minutes. So good that even the kids ask for more, my Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp recipe was passed down to me from my mom.

Bright red organic rhubarb stalks shooting from the vegetable garden.
We grew rhubarb in our vegetable garden when I was a kid, but beware the leaves are poisonous. (photo by iStock: cjp)

Rhubarb is an Odd Plant

Although rhubarb is technically a vegetable, it’s classified as a fruit because it is often eaten as a dessert. If you’ve ever tasted it raw it’s disgustingly sour, so no wonder cooks add sugar to the mix in order to make rhubarb palatable.

It grows as stalks with big fan-shaped leaves on the ends, and the leaves themselves are poisonous. Weird that someone figured out to eat the stem and not the leaf, but hey. History.

All I know is that I love it, it grows in Spring and Summer, and it tastes amazing with strawberries. So amazing that if it on any menu anywhere, I will order it. Rhubarb just makes me happy!

rhubarb and strawberries ready to be combined into something delicious
Don’t know who put these two things together in the first place, but they win my undying praise.

Summer Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

My mom’s recipe was passed to me in a stack of handwritten recipe cards. Mixed in with recipes for dishes like Fried Calamari and Better-Than-Sex Cake, this little card stands the test of time. It was fantastic when she made it for me as a kid, and it’s fantastic now.

Serves 4

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Eating time: About 5 seconds flat

a macro image of rhubarb
Rhubarb stalks can be this dark red color, but not always. Green is ok too. (photo by iStock: foodandwinephotography)


For the topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 ounces cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

For the fruit:

  • 2 cups strawberries, quartered
  • 2 cups rhubarb, diced into 1-inch squares
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 white sugar
Chopped Rhubarb isolated on a white background.
Chopped Rhubarb looks a little like celery or chard. (Photo by IStock: AlasdairJames)


Preheat oven to 375°.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, white sugar, butter and cinnamon until butter appears in bits.

Add brown sugar and mix until crumbly. (Careful not to overmix or you’ll end with cookie dough!) Put in refrigerator to chill until needed.

In another bowl, toss together fruit, flour, corn starch and sugar.

Fill four 1-cup ramekins with fruit and pack down.

Pile dough topping over fruit firmly and evenly.

Place in oven to bake for 25 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 325° and bake for another 15 minutes.

Remove and let cool for at least 10 minutes.

strawberry rhubarb crisp baked in oval ramikins and ready to serve
Fresh rhubarb is seasonal to spring and summer.

Serving Suggestions

Duh. Top the still-warm crisp with vanilla ice cream. Nothing more need be said.

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