Easy Broiled Grapefruit

With no refined sugar, this 2 ingredient recipe for broiled grapefruit is an easy way to bring out the sweet-tart flavor of ruby red grapefruit.

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Broiled Grapefruit on a plate

Did you grow up with a mom who ate half a grapefruit every morning for breakfast? I did not. But. Somewhere along the way, I got the message that grapefruit is for dieting. And honestly, I avoided it. That’s just how non-diet I’ve been all my life.

Luckily, I know better now and appreciate the flavor, nutrition, and beauty that grapefruit provides! This recipe really celebrates grapefruit simply.

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Use the broiled grapefruit for a simple breakfast, snack or dessert. Or pluck out the grapefruit segments to add the charred, juicy fruit to a salad for a roasted grapefruit salad. There are so many ways to use caramelized grapefruit in desserts too. Add it as a topping for pannacotta or swirl it into yogurt.

Health benefits of grapefruit

  • It’s great for hydration. Grapefruit is more than 90% water so it’s an easy way to help you stay hydrated with a little flavor!
  • Like other citrus fruits, soluble fibers in grapefruit has been shown to help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol levels.
  • Grapefruit is high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a critical nutrient for nourishing the skin and keeping the immune system in tip-top shape.
  • Ruby red grapefruit gets its brilliant color from lycopene, an antioxidant which may help fend off heart disease and otherwise protect our cells. It’s also high in potassium, which can help keep blood pressure levels lower.

Now that you know the health benefits, here’s how I made this easy recipe step by step. Once it’s sliced in half, take a paring knife to cut the grapefruit flesh from the pith. Then, cut between the segments. This will make it easy to spoon each segment out once it’s broiled.

Cut the grapefruit & Sprinkle with sugar

Tips to make the best broiled grapefruit

  • Slice it in half crosswise – with the blossom end facing up. This way gives you full access to all of the juicy fruit segments.
  • Broil your grapefruit with any type of sugary sweetener. I tried it with honey and it turned out OK. You don’t get the same color but it’s still very tasty. This would be perfect for anyone following a paleo diet, for example.
  • Unless you’re using a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, line the pan with foil to avoid stuck-on, burnt sugar.


How to use grapefruit in recipes

Yes. Grapefruit is tangy but it’s the kind of tartness that adds a unique and desirable flavor to recipes. It pairs well with fish and can add a pleasant acidic flavor to smoothies and salads.

You can add cinnamon. Or add a bit more sugar (or brown sugar) to create a sweeter version of this recipe that would be more like brúleed grapefruit!

Broiled Grapefruit on two plates

Ok. That’s it. How will you top your broiled grapefruit?

Ready to dig in? Get the super simple recipe below and let me know how it goes!

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Easy Broiled Grapefruit

With no refined sugar, this 2 ingredient recipe for broiled grapefruit is an easy way to bring out the sweet-tart flavor of ruby red grapefruit.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broiled grapefruit
Servings: 2
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Marisa Moore


  • 1 ruby red grapefruit
  • 2 tbsp turbinado or other unrefined coarse sugar


  • Preheat the broiler to high.
  • Slice the grapefruit in half crosswise - so that the blossom end is facing up or touching the cutting board. To make eating a lot easier, use a paring knife to cut down and along the segment membrane lines. This will make the finished broiled grapefruit a breeze to scoop out to eat!
  • Sprinkle each grapefruit half with a tablespoon of sugar each. Broil 5 minutes or until the top is a tinged with a deep golden brown color as shown. Serve warm.


(Unless you're using a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, I recommend lining the pan with foil to avoid stuck on burnt sugar.)


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1415IU | Vitamin C: 38.4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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