Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

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Ready to whip up some spring and summertime dessert recipes? Then make room for Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble! It’s a tangy, delicious mixture of strawberries and rhubarb, topped with a buttery, sweet crumble.

Ice cream and crumble in a pan.


Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble, also known as a crisp, is a quick and easy-to-make springtime dessert! There truly is no better fruit combination than tart rhubarb and sugary strawberries. This homemade, buttery crumble will melt in your mouth and solve your sugar cravings! I have a funny story about that actually…

What do you think happens when there’s a Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble on your countertop, and you’re left alone? If you’re like me, you end up eating half of this crumble pie. I’m not exaggerating. I ate half of it. I left a spoon inside the pie plate and every time I had to pass by, I would stop and grab a bite. Lesson learned – don’t leave me alone with a pie. Especially this pie. It’s way too good!

Baked strawberry rhubarb crumble.

What is the Difference Between a Crumble and a Crisp?

Crumbles and crisps are very similar – and both are delicious – but there are differences between the two. For one, a crumble has a layer of streusel crumbs (hence the name crumble) that consist of sugar, flour, and butter. Crisps also have a kind of crumble on top, but oats are added into the mix.

Ingredients for strawberry rhubarb crumble.

Recipe Ingredients

Let’s talk strawberry rhubarb crumble ingredients! There are quite a few that you’ll need to gather:

For the Topping

  • Flour: I like to use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
  • Baking Powder: Is a base that will balance out the acidity of the lemon.
  • Sugar: You’ll need both regular granulated sugar and sugar in the raw.
  • Lemon: This crumble requires the zest of one lemon.
  • Butter: I like to use unsalted butter, melted.

For the Filling

  • Rhubarb: You’ll need 1-1/2 cups of sliced rhubarb (about 1-inch slices).
  • Strawberries: Hulled and quartered.
  • Lemon: Use the juice of the lemon you zested!
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch: Will keep the filling from becoming soupy.
  • A Pinch of Salt: To balance out the sweetness!

How to Make a Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

This crumble comes together in a snap – it will only take you 1 hour, tops. Most of that time is cooking time, too, so really the hardest part is waiting to take the crumble out of the oven!

  • Preheat Oven to 375: In a mixing bowl add in the flour, baking powder, sugars, lemon zest, and the melted butter. Mix until clumps form; set aside.
Streusel topping for strawberry rhubarb crumble.
  • Combine the Filling Ingredients: In a deep 9-inch pie-plate combine rhubarb, strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch and a pinch of salt.
Strawberries and rhubarb in a pan.
  • Layer the Filling & Topping: Add the previously prepared topping over the fruit mixture.
Streusel on top of strawberries and rhubarb.
  • Bake: Place the pie plate on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake the pie for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. Serve.
Pan full of strawberry rhubarb crumble.

Tips for Success

As you can see, strawberry rhubarb crumble is a breeze to put together! And, here are some tips to make it even easier:

  • How to Know When the Crumble is Done: The fruit should bubble a little bit, and the topping should be a crispy golden-brown. Do not over-bake!
  • Plan Making this Dessert Ahead of Time: Rhubarb is very much seasonal in most places, making it pretty difficult to find at times. I strongly suggest doing some research ahead of time on the local farmers markets or stores near you to see who carries it.
  • Lemon Zest Substitute: Don’t have a lemon? Use an orange instead!
Strawberry rhubarb crumble with ice cream.

Serving Suggestions

Wondering what to serve with your crumble? The options are practically endless! Here are a few:

  • Ice Cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream is heavenly, and frozen yogurt will work too!
  • Fresh Fruit: Add in some more berries! I love fresh raspberries or even blueberries with this dessert.
  • Whipped Cream: As long as you already have the ice cream out…

How to Store and Reheat a Crumble

  • Store this crumble in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
  • For the best results when reheating, warm up your oven and pop in the leftovers until they are heated through. Don’t forget another scoop of ice cream, too!

Can I Freeze This?

  • Absolutely! This strawberry rhubarb crumble can be frozen in an airtight container for 2 to 3 months.
Vanilla ice cream with strawberry rhubarb crumble.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble – A tangy and delicious mixture of strawberries and rhubarb topped with a buttery and sweet crumble. This buttery, homemade crumble is heavenly!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings


For the Topping

For the Filling

  • cups sliced rhubarb, (about 1-inch slices)
  • 4 cups of strawberries,, hulled and quartered
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
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  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugars, lemon zest, and the melted butter. Mix until clumps form; set aside.
  • In a deep 9-inch pie-plate combine rhubarb, strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch and a pinch of salt. Mix until incorporated.
  • Add the previously prepared topping over the fruit mixture.
  • Place the pie plate on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve.


Thanks to the wonderful blog, Smitten Kitchen, this really is the best version of strawberry-rhubarb crumble pie that I have tried. I have been making it for the past three years, and as soon as rhubarb appears, this is the first recipe that I make with it.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Brad Trevors says:

    Beautiful recipe, followed it to the T, except I swapped apples for strawberries and I swapped some persimmon for rhubarb, and instead of baking it with a crumble I made it into a nice salad with some Bulgarian yogurt on the top sweetened by some local honeycomb. Yum!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank YOU! I am very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. bhavani/ameanderingmango says:

    Looks fantastic! The combination of rhubarb and strawberry is perfectly sweet and tangy. I hope you enjoyed your time alone with your pie!

  3. Britne @ says:

    Oh! I just had the most amazing little strawberry rhubarb tart at Nougatine in NYC and loved it! This looks like a great way to recreate those flavors. Also, interestingly, Nougatine served the tart with – get this – basil ice cream!!! It paired sooooo well with the strawberry and rhubarb.

  4. Lori says:

    Perfection! Love strawberries, love rhubarb, love crumble!! love this dish!!

  5. Sandra says:

    Don’t feel bad Kate, sometimes Crumbles, Cakes and Cookies just call your name and you have to answer. Over and over again!

  6. Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd says:

    A crumble in the summer with ice cream is something I have dreams about. Your pictures are beautiful!

  7. Claudie says:

    Had you left me alone with this pie, I wouldn’t have eaten half of it. I’d have eaten it all, it looks that good 😉

  8. Firefly says:

    Yummy 🙂 I think I would do the same thing 😉 On days like that I usually clean ROFL

  9. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    Hahaha! Hey just think it was a nice way to celebrate your alone day! Aww I wish my parents or my husband parents or someone live near us so I can take a break!!!! But then I don’t know what to do – I would probably eat half of “store-bought” desserts…or maybe I might bake this fabulous strawberry rhubarb crumble for the first time!!!

  10. Liz says:

    LOL, I do the same thing, but I eat by slivers…just trimming off a slice…and then trimming again. I’d do better taking a full slice!! This looks like one incredible pie…I would have been tempted, too 🙂