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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This strawberry rhubarb crisp is the perfect blend of tart and sweet fruit filling with a crunchy oatmeal topping. It’s absolutely amazing for dessert with some ice cream!

Easy to make fruit crisp dessert.

I think strawberry rhubarb crisp might be one of my favourite desserts of all time.  You know, as far as desserts not involving chocolate go.

That combination of sweet strawberries with tart rhubarb all covered in a crispy, brown sugar, cinnamon and oatmeal topping is just fantastic. Especially when it’s served warm from the oven with a scoop (or two!) of vanilla ice cream.

3 bowls of strawberry rhubarb crisp dessert

It does not get much better then that. 

The only thing that would make this dessert better would be if it was made from rhubarb I picked in the backyard. It was not.

Bowl of ingredients for making strawberry rhubarb crisp

This one was made with rhubarb a lovely friend (who actually does grow it) gave to me. 

I am definitely going to be planting some rhubarb of my own next year though so I can make all the rhubarb things. So good!

Strawberry rhubarb crisp

Do you have to peel rhubarb?

You do not need to peel rhubarb to use it. Cut off the ends of the stalks (about 1/2 inch) as they are usually a bit dry, then wash the rhubarb, and slice it up to use in your recipe.

Strawberry rhubarb fruit crisp

Should you refrigerate strawberry rhubarb crisp?

You do not need to refrigerate strawberry rhubarb crisp if you have some leftovers. Just cover the pan with some plastic wrap and keep it at room temperature. 

Keep in mind that the topping will lose it’s crispness when it is covered, so you will likely want to reheat it in the oven to re-crisp the top before enjoying the leftovers.

Easy to make strawberry rhubarb fruit crisp

How do you reheat strawberry rhubarb crisp?

The best way to reheat this fruit crisp dessert is to put the dish back in the oven at 300 degrees F for 5-10 minutes. This will re-crisp the oatmeal topping and reheat the fruit so it tastes fresh baked again. If the topping is getting too brown before it’s warm enough for you, you can cover it loosely with foil in the oven to prevent more browning.

You can also reheat this dessert in the microwave if you like. This is faster then the oven, but the topping will be a bit soggy instead of crisping up again.

Strawberry and rhubarb fruit filling with a crunch oatmeal and brown sugar topping.

How to make strawberry rhubarb crisp:

  • The recipe is written with fresh lemon juice in the filling, but I have also made it with vanilla instead and this was also delicious, so use your preference, or whichever ingredient you have on hand.
  • Make sure to place the baking pan on top of a baking sheet before putting it in the oven. The dish is quite full, and it may bubble over a little bit, so this will prevent a mess in your oven.
  • If you’re using salted butter in the topping instead of unsalted, reduce the added salt amount to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • We love this dessert served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Easy to make fruit crisp dessert with strawberries and rhubarb
Yield: serves 8

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry rhubarb crisp

This strawberry rhubarb crisp is the perfect blend of tart and sweet fruit filling with a crunchy oatmeal topping. It's absolutely amazing for dessert with some ice cream!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 3 cups chopped fresh rhubarb (1/2” pieces)
  • 3 cups strawberries, quartered
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and salt until well combined.
  3. Drizzle the melted butter over top and stir until everything is combined. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together the rhubarb, strawberries, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and cornstarch until combined. Pour the fruit mixture into an 8x8 inch baking dish.
  5. Spread the oat topping over top of the fruit.
  6. Place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 45-48 minutes, or until the fruit is hot and bubbling, and the topping is browned and crisp.
  7. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


I’ve made this with vanilla instead of the lemon juice and this was also delicious, so use whichever you have on hand.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/8 pan

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 143mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 4gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.


Saturday 3rd of July 2021

If you want your own rhubarb crop, you should plant it this year. I planted healthy plants an the instructions said not to harvest in the first year, to let the plant get well established. I'm eager to begin to get usable rhubarb, remember the leaves are toxic, use only the stems. I googled if leaves are toxic to chickens and other livestock/pets, yes they are. just discard the leaves and the tough end of the stem, use only the stem for eating.

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