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Cranberry-Rhubarb Sauce for the Holidays

When you think about it, why haven’t we made cranberry-rhubarb sauce before? It’s sweet, it’s tangy, it’s the perfect crimson-hued addition to a holiday table.

cranberry rhubarb sauce

The other thing about cranberry-rhubarb sauce is that, like cranberry sauce, it is so quick and so easy to make. You can literally make it in just 20 minutes. Then you can chill it and forget about it until you’re ready to serve it.

It makes a lovely addition to any holiday meal. And the day after… and the day after that… and the day after that… You will keep enjoying it because it’s the perfect topper to a turkey sandwich or any other leftover.

Cranberry-Rhubarb Sauce

A beautiful crimson-hued cranberry-rhubarb sauce, perfect for your holiday table.

Course Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberries, cranberry, rhubarb, sauce, side dish, thanksgiving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10


  • 12 ounces cranberries
  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb (about two large stalks) (remove any stringy portions)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until consistency is thick and saucy, and most of the cranberries have "popped." Serve warm, or chill. Store for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Putting It All Together

Let’s take a quick look at what’s involved. First, you have your cranberries. We got these as a gift from our parents, who visited a cranberry farm in New Jersey. But of course you can use regular fresh cranberries from the store.

fresh cranberries from a cranberry farm in New Jersey

Next, you have fresh rhubarb. You can find rhubarb in stores now – just in time for the holidays! This current crop of rhubarb hails from Holland. We received this rhubarb to sample from Melissa’s Produce.


Then you just need to chop it up and put it all in a saucepan with some water and sugar.

cranberry and rhubarb chopped up in the pot

Does anyone else get candy cane vibes from the chopped up rhubarb? That confirms for us that it truly is a holiday fruit. We hope you enjoy this sauce – it is one of our new favorites!

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Other Rhubarb Ideas

Love rhubarb? We have so much rhubarb for you to enjoy… Check out Rhubarb 101 and Basic Rhubarb Sauce, and this fantastic No-Bake Rhubarb Cheesecake. You’ll also enjoy Rhubarb Cake – Three Ways.

Blogger disclosure: Melissa’s Produce gave us rhubarb to sample. We did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are our own. This post contains affiliate links to our Amazon affiliate account.

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