Simple Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

This sweet and juicy Broiled Grapefruit Recipe is an easy way to enjoy tart and tangy grapefruit with caramelized sugar on top. This simple snack is super tasty and healthy, too!

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

Simple Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

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.

What is Broiled Grapefruit?

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!

How do you 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.

What do I do with the fruit flesh still in the rind after cutting it?

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! And if you compost, the leftover rind is perfect for that.

What kind of grapefruit should I use?

The four common types of grapefruits are gold, red, white, and pink. Pink is my favorite and is often the easiest type to find.


Simple Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

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


This sweet and juicy Broiled Grapefruit Recipe is an easy way to enjoy tart and tangy grapefruit with caramelized sugar on top. This simple snack is super tasty and healthy, too!



  • 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.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152 Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 3.6mg Carbohydrates: 38.8g Sugars: 29.4g Protein: 1.9g Vitamin A: 142.7µg Vitamin C: 76.8mg

Keywords: grapefruit recipe, how to cut grapefruit, easy snack recipe, healthy snack recipe, easy healthy snack, healthy breakfast recipe, easy healthy breakfast recipe, quick breakfast

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I love grapefruit and typically eat it as it, but this looks like great way to change things up and satiate that sugar craving.

I love grapefruit any way I can get it, and this is perfect for a sweet treat or guests.

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!!!

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!

Just lovely! The broiling turns the grapefruit such a bright and vibrant color…. I am going to need to go stock up on my citrus.

We had a set of grapefruit spoons with serrated tips to help release the segments out of the pith. My Mom always served grapefruit this way….

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.


This is my favorite way to enjoy grapefruit in the winter. Gorgeous photos, friend!!!

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?!

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

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