A few weeks ago I was working with some beautiful grapefruit (remember that homemade beeswax lip balm that I flavored grapefruit?! So great.) So I put a picture of the grapefruit I used on Instagram and asked how people liked their grapefruit best. I was shocked at how many people had never eaten it! Someone mentioned they liked it broiled and that caught my interest. After a little research I now have a lovely broiled grapefruit recipe to share with you today. It’s also the first #eatseasonal post of the year! So check out the end of the post for all kinds of amazing recipes from some of my favorite bloggers.

Broiled grapefruit is essentially cut and segmented grapefruit that you add a little sugar too and broil it. The broiling caramelizes the sugar, warms the grapefruit, and brings out some of the natural juices and sweetness in the grapefruit. It is delicious! I really like grapefruit and don’t have to broil it to enjoy it in the morning, but the broiled grapefruit would be a really pretty (and a little fancy) addition to a brunch or breakfast date. Try it, you’ll love it.

Simple Broiled Grapefruit plus tips on how to cut a grapefruit!

There were lots of different broiled grapefruit recipes out there. Some used things like butter and spices and I just couldn’t get on board. In the end I settled for just lovely brown sugar to broil on top. I tried and wanted to use honey but I couldn’t get it to do much besides burn. It was a fun natural idea but it just didn’t work for me. I was surprised at how much of the sugar kind of melted right off and into my pan. I think you end up eating a lot less of the sugar than you actually put on the grapefruit. The sugar does help to draw the juices out of the grapefruit though which then caramelize a bit. This is a fun twist on a simple breakfast stable and I think you’ll love it.

Simple Broiled Grapefruit plus tips on how to cut a grapefruit!


Broiled Grapefruit

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Broiled Grapefruit are a quick and easy way to enjoy grapefruit.



  • Grapefruit
  • 4 teaspoons of brown sugar per grapefruit


  1. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up.
  2. Slice the grapefruit in half. Use a sharp paring knife to around the outer edge of the grapefruit to loosen the pieces from the skin and pith. Use a sharp paring to cut in between each segment.
  3. Place two teaspoons of brown sugar on each grapefruit half. Use the back of a spoon to spread the sugar evenly over the entire top of the grapefruit.
  4. Move your oven rack to a high position so that when the grapefruit are in the oven the tops of the grapefruit are just a few inches from the heating element.
  5. Place the grapefruit in the oven and broil on high for 3-5 minutes until the sugar starts to bubble and caramelize. Be close attention to the broiling so that you don’t burn the sugar on top.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve right away.


Simple Broiled Grapefruit plus tips on how to cut a grapefruit!

The key to eating grapefruit is knowing how to cut it. For Christmas breakfast we would have halved grapefruit to eat and my grandpa was always in charge of cutting them. I learned from him and my mom (who also loves grapefruit) how to cut them. You slice the fruit in half so that the segments are sliced in half. Then you use a sharp paring knife to cut around the edge of the grapefruit. You are cutting in between the fruit flesh and the white pith (just inside the peel) to loosen the fruit flesh from the pith. Then do you see the little white lines running to the center of the cut grapefruit? You need to run your sharp paring knife along both sides of that little white skin. You are essentially cutting each segment out into the shape of a triangle. This is a little tedious but when you go to eat it with a spoon the pieces will come right out. If you aren’t going to broil them, just cut the grapefruit the same way and enjoy them with a spoon. I like to eat all of my grapefruit and then squeeze the now empty half of grapefruit really hard into the bowl I was using. A bunch of juice is still in there! I then drink the rest of the grapefruit juice out of the bowl. Delicious!

I hope this encourages you to try this fruit. I like pink grapefruit the best and they are perfect this time of year because they are in season. There’s no better time for your first taste!

Here’s a little diagram of where you should be cutting your grapefruit. It’s not perfect but I hope it will help the visual learners.

Want to know what else is in season right now? Check out Becky’s (from the Vintage Mixer) January produce guide. I LOVE this guide (and it makes a beautiful desktop background)! These are things that will taste awesome and will probably be on sale too. Eating what’s in season is always a great idea.

Now enjoy some seasonal, beautiful, and delicious recipes from some of my blogging friends.

Seasonal recipes for January

Oatmeal and Citrus Smoothie by Floating Kitchen
Butternut Squash, Carrot and Orange Detox Soup by Vintage Mixer
Winter Minestrone Soup with Pancetta by Flavor the Moments
Broiled Grapefruit by Bless This Mess
Gluten Free Gingersnaps with Lemon Cream Filling by Cafe Johnsonia
Meyer Lemon Tart by Kitchen Confidante
Potato and Leek Soup with Kale by Mountain Mama Cooks
Grapefruit and Avocado Green Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette by Food for My Family
Creamy Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts by Foodie Crush
Blood Orange Brûlée Upside Down Cake by Suitcase Foodist
Maple-Cayenne Sausage, Brussels Sprouts and Potato Sheet Dish by Project Domestication
Pink Grapefruit with Burnt Honey Custard by Letty’s Kitchen
Yogurt Brûlée with Winter Fruit by Completely Delicious
Grapefruit Pound Cake with Ginger Marshmallow Icing by Climbing Grier Mountain

Don’t they look awesome! Which one do you think you’ll be making this week? Those lemon filled gingersnaps are looking mighty delicious to me today! Enjoy!

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12 Responses
  1. Trish

    Thank you for a fond memory from my childhood. My mother used to make this for us. She’d put a cherry in the center to make it “special”. I haven’t thought of this in years. Again, thank you. Trish in NJ

  2. I love broiled grapefruit too! Sometimes I top mine with some maple syrup 🙂 I especially love that you segment yours before broiling it… why have I not thought of that?!

  3. Michelle

    I learned to make this in Home Ec with the sugar and a cherry on top to. However several years ago someone told me to put a little salt on grapefruit and that would take away the tart taste. Not a lot of salt just a sprinkle or two. Now I never put sugar on it. Also, a fruit supplier told me to put a little lime juice on Honeydew melons and that would make the taste sweeter. I did and now I have to have the lime juice on Honeydew’s.


  4. deb c

    Broiled grapefruit? Ewwww! Broiled sugar? Slurp! Either I had an amazing grapefruit or with 1t of rock hard brown sugar, this made an amazing grapefruit! I am so doing this again and again…..thanks!!!

    1. deb c

      PS… I ate the other half of the grapefruit yesterday without broiling it. I am now a broiled grapefruit convert….the taste wasn’t even comparable!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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