Charred Rhubarb Compote

by0| PUBLISHED Apr 21, 2015 10:10 PM
Charred Rhubarb Compote
Photography by Christina Holmes

Rhubarb gets a smoky makeover when broiled briefly before being cooked down into a jammy compote. Use it as a topping for this rich strawberry cheesecake or drizzle on ice cream.

Yield: serves 10-12

Time: 1 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> lb. rhubarb, trimmed and sliced 1/4" thick
  • 1 <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice


  • Heat oven broiler. Arrange rhubarb in a single layer on a greased, foil-lined baking sheet; broil until slightly charred, 6–8 minutes, and transfer to a 4-qt. saucepan. Add sugar and vanilla bean and seeds; cook over medium-low until rhubarb breaks down and sauce thickens to a jam-like consistency, about 30 minutes. Stir in lemon juice; let cool and discard vanilla bean.