easy pickled rhubarb
For fans of pickles or rhubarb, this recipe for Easy Pickled Rhubarb is right up your alley — no canning needed! Just make a quick apple cider vinegar brine, mix it with the rhubarb, and let it sit in the fridge. In a couple of days, you’ll have a tangy, tart, bright-pink rhubarb ready to put on top all the things.
Attention, pickle lovers! I am one of you people, and I am here for you with this easy pickled rhubarb that you will LOVE with all of your tart-loving tastebuds.
The Start of (Pickled) Rhubarb Season
I know it’s just the veryveryvery start of rhubarb season, but you see, I was at the grocery store the other day and there — tucked between the Swiss chard and the organic carrots that I always want to buy just because they still have those gorgeous long green frond-y stems attached but GARSH are they expensive — was a bundle of bright red rhubarb. Glory glory. Spring is HERE, y’all. The rhubarb said so.
So naturally, I hoofed it over to the display and maniacally shoveled a gigantic handful of stalks into my cart. Onlookers probably thought me insane — they might be right. But RHUBARB, you guys.
Of course, I ended up buying way more rhubarb than I needed for any one recipe, so first, I made a pie (recipe is coming soon!) and with what was left, I made pickles. And it was good.
Truth be told, I’ve never made my own pickles before, not in any variety. But I’ve always been intrigued by the idea, and I do love pickles. In fact, I have a whole back half of one shelf of our fridge dedicated to pickle jars holding dill spears, baby gherkins and bread and butter slices. It’s that tart, vinegar-based tang that renders a pucker, and I just love the flavor. It’s what I love most about kombucha, and vinaigrette and now, these pretty rhubarb pickles.
How to Make Pickled Rhubarb
There are plenty of variations of pickled rhubarb out there, but I kept my version simple: water, apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt. Boil the liquids, pour them over chopped rhubarb stalks in a resealable jar, seal the jar and let it chill in the fridge for a couple of days. The rhubarb will soften just slightly and take on that tangy-tart vinegar flavor with just a hint of sweetness. Eat the stalks straight out of the jar, chop them up and put them on top of yogurt (with a drizzle of honey — SO GOOD, trust), dice them and serve on top of a burger, brat or salad, etc. The options are innumerable, really.
You can even add a few of your favorite spices to the liquid mixture before boiling it — star anise, mustard seeds, peppercorns and cloves are just a few go-to options I’ve seen out there. For me, I like the simple version. It’s all I need to get my tangy-tart fix.
I’m just tickled pink for these rhubarb pickles (get it? Eh?).Print
Easy Pickled Rhubarb
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 7 mins
- Total Time: 17 mins
- Yield: 2 (8 oz) or 4 (4 oz) jars 1x
- Category: Snack
- Method: Cook
- Cuisine: American
A tasty, tangy pickled rhubarb recipe that comes together with just three ingredients.
- 1 lb rhubarb stalks, trimmed to fit 2 8-ounce or 4 4-ounce resealable jars
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Tightly arrange rhubarb upright in resealable jars. In medium saucepan, bring water, vinegar, sugar and salt to boil. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until sugar and salt is dissolved.
- Pour water-vinegar mixture over rhubarb in jars, leaving about 1/2-inch headspace at top of each jar (there may be leftover water-vinegar mixture). Seal jars. Chill 48 hours in refrigerator. Store in fridge up to 1 month.
- Use the pickled rhubarb on top of meats, in salads, as part of a relish or dip, etc.
Keywords: apple cider vinegar, quick pickled rhubarb, apple cider vinegar brine
Oh it must be Spring if rhubarb is showing up already. I can’t wait. I always buy way too much initially because of the excitement so I will need this pickled recipe. Love how simple it is!
I did the same “grab all the rhubarb I can” when I first saw in stores! One of the best parts of spring, for sure 🙂 I’ve never tried it pickled though – sounds SO good! And looks so gorgeous 😀
I haven’t seen rhubarb yet in the stores yet. I’ll have to go take a look. Can’t wait to see your pie recipe!
Zainab — If it’s spring in the areas where we live, it’s spring everywhere. 😉 You should definitely try this!
Rachel — You should definitely give pickled rhubarb a try next time you grab a handful at the store. 🙂
Kari — The pie is so good! Coming soon! 🙂
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Stephanie – this recipe is speaking to me. I can’t wait to try these on yogurt. I’ve been on a quick-pickling bender lately, but rhubarb? Never even crossed my mind.
I’ve never thought to pickle rhubarb, but I’m intrigued now because the color is STUNNING! I’m thinking tacos…
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Always looking for more savory uses for rhubarb so thanks for this! As good as it is, when you get minimum 40 pounds of it every year, crisps and muffins only go so far!
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I was skeptical to give pickled rhubarb a try but since I have an endless supply I thought…why not. I absolutely love it right out of the jar. Can’t wait to try it on a salad.
When you say “seal” jars, does that mean can as in boil or are you talking simply lidding the jars and placing them in the fridge?
I have the same question! Do you seal them with canning methods or just place the lid on and put them in the fridge??
It doesn’t look like she pressure or water bath canned them as they only last in the fridge for a month. At least, that’s my take on it.