Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream & Sorbet ~ Savory Simple

I’ve always been an indecisive person. As I’ve grown older and more confident in my ways, my indecisiveness has become less about concern over making the wrong decisions and more about making sure I always make the best decision in any given situation. Does that sound ridiculous? Yes, I thought so.

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream & Sorbet ~ Savory Simple

For example, let’s discuss the fact that I’m sharing not one, but two strawberry rhubarb recipes today. Ice cream or sorbet? Rich and creamy or tart and intense? You can’t really go wrong with either but how does one possibly choose which to make after a delicious strawberry rhubarb puree has been created out of amazing seasonal fruit?

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream & Sorbet ~ Savory Simple

It’s just not possible! I polled readers on Facebook and Twitter and the results were pretty much split evenly down the middle. Half of you wanted ice cream and half of you wanted sorbet. So as you see I had no choice but to make both desserts.

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream & Sorbet ~ Savory Simple

And they’re really both equally fantastic. To make one or the other simply cut the recipe for strawberry rhubarb puree in half. But I suggest making both and serving them together. Because life is short.


Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream and Sorbet
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 1 quart each of ice cream and sorbet
Strawberry Rhubarb Puree
  • 3 stalks rhubarb, ends trimmed and sliced
  • 2 cups sliced hulled strawberries
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream
  • 1¾ cup half and half
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1¾ cup strawberry rhubarb puree
Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1¼ cup strawberry rhubarb puree
Prepare Strawberry Rhubarb Puree
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the rhubarb, strawberries, water and sugar over low heat. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb and strawberries have broken down and the liquid is thick, 10-15 minutes.
Prepare Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream
  1. Heat the half and half on medium heat in a medium saucepan. While the cream is heating, whisk the egg yolks and ½ cup sugar together. Once the cream is simmering, slowly pour it into the egg yolks and sugar while whisking.
  2. Pour back into the saucepan and turn the heat down to medium low. Stir in a figure 8 motion for several minutes until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in 1¾ cups of the strawberry rhubarb puree.
  3. Allow to chill completely in the refrigerator. Prepare in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.
Prepare Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet
  1. Add sugar and water to a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow it to simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool briefly, then stir in 1¼ cups of the strawberry rhubarb puree. Allow to chill completely in the refrigerator. Prepare sorbet in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.
To prepare only the ice cream or sorbet (as opposed to both), simply prepare half of the puree recipe.


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  1. I would say yes to any roasted strawberry dessert too. Both the ice cream and sorbet look fantastic. And it was so great meeting you yesterday one the test kitchen tour. I’ve been browsing your blog and there are so many great recipes here to try! Hope to see you at another food event in the future, whether it’s in NY or DC or somewhere else!

  2. Love it, I’m glad you shared both. Gorgeous snaps! :)

  3. BOTH is always the right answer :) These look so refreshing!

  4. Wow, your ice cream looks amazing. And those photos are stunning!!!

  5. You take the best pics of ice cream! I am always a shaky mess, knowing its going to melt, then I do worse b/c of the ‘pressure’…lol

    I need a big scoop of this!

  6. Rhubarb and strawberries go lovely together.. i have a tea with this combination and it’s great!

  7. Rhubarb is in my kitchen non stop during the season so I definitely need to make ice creams out of it as well.

  8. This ice cream looks wonderful and the combination of flavors is so good!

  9. Carolyn says:

    I love strawberry rhubarb ice cream and sorbet. I also love these photos!

  10. I love this ice cream and you photos! Way to go!

  11. I love that you made both the sorbet and the ice cream, they both look absolutely gorgeous!

  12. Happy Friday, Jen! What a beautiful sorbet to celebrate the weekend with! You even make melting sorbet look incredible!

  13. I’m so excited to see this post! I’ve recently fallen in love with rhubarb after trying strawberry rhubarb pie for the first time, and this recipe sounds amazing! Must try it!

  14. You know something… I’ve never had anything with rhubarb! That must change with this amazing sorbet… Looks scrumptious!

  15. Beautiful! I’ve been obsessed recently with both strawberries and rhubarb :)

  16. Yum, looks wonderful! It’s weird is that I haven’t seen any rhubarb anywhere this year, even at the Farmers market. I’ll keep looking. You got me wanting to try it!

  17. I love your pairing of strawberries and rhubarb is genius! Love the shots!

  18. I love rhubarb so much! It pairs perfectly with strawberries and I’m so into homemade ice cream and sorbet. I can be indecisve too but it seems like in this case it paid off :)

  19. sounds delish! i love strawberry rhubarb pie!

  20. Looks perfect for the hot weather we have been having!

  21. Hmmmm, well, I guess I’ll just have to make both! ;}

  22. Smile. I’m very indecisive too. And these recipes are perfect! My sister couldn’t eat dairy as a little girl, so we always grew up eating both ice cream and sorbet. I’d love to try both! Thank you for sharing. The pictures are jus gorgeous!

  23. Jen,
    When it comes to dessert, both is always the right answer!
    Now that my rhubarb-despising spouse is away, I am open to any rhubarb that comes my way (but I’m not going to seek it out!). I believe I saw rhubarb plants at the farm last year, so hopefully I’ll be getting some in the farm share and can treat the kids with these desserts.

  24. I love that you made two. I like a good sorbet when I want to quit dairy for a week or two, plus it tastes better to me when its screaming hot outside.

  25. I love that you shared both recipes. When indecisive, you just do them all!

  26. Oh wow! Both of these look so perfect :) I love strawberry rhubarb!

  27. This looks like the perfect dessert for a hot day like today! YUM!!

  28. Hehe i love the fact that you made both! I think I would have too ;)

  29. Jen, these pictures are gorgeous!! I am horrible at taking pictures of frozen anything. PS: I love strawberry + rhubarb desserts!

  30. I can see why you might be indecisive with these desserts – they both look equally delicious and refreshing!

  31. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    I say bring them all on! I gotta find me some rhubarb, haven’t seen much at all here ;( Great pics as always Jen!

  32. Um, not ridiculous at all. I’m right there with you trying to maximize every darn decision I make and driving myself and everyone around me a little crazy in the process too.

  33. It’s a tough choice when we have to pick either one with same flavor, but I always like ice cream a tiny bit more. :) Strawberry and rhubarb – what a fabulous match! You take such a beautiful ice cream/sorbet shot. Love the board too!!! :)

  34. Can’t go wrong with strawbs and rhubarb!

  35. Gorgeous photos and recipes, Jen. I love the fact that you made both versions to please everyone. And I wish we had such nice green strawberry punnets in Australia – ours are just clear plastic. Not nearly as photogenic as yours!

  36. mmmm the sorbet is kind of hitting the spot right now. I’m such an indecisive person. Thank god my husband is here to make any major decisions with things because I can’t even decided on what to wear in the morning.

  37. At what point do you add the lemon juice when making the sorbet? I’m guessing maybe when you add the puree?

  38. This looks perfect…. How can we go wrong with both of these together.. Right!
    Lovely shots!

  39. Lovely colors and flavors! I think sorbet is the perfect light and refreshing end to a summer meal!

  40. Julia | says:

    Gorgeous photos!!! And I love recipes that use strawberries more than just in strawberry shortcake!

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