Broiled Grapefruit:
Three Different Ways to Broil Grapefruit, All Easy!

Time to take on some Vitamin C, people! Here are three ways to broil winter’s best fruit, the grapefruit. My favorite is to mellow a grapefruit's natural acidity with a bare sprinkle of brown sugar and a heady mix of cinnamon and cumin. Weight Watchers, just 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus! Choose Broiled Grapefruit as a healthy breakfast recipe, sure, but for dessert on a deep-freeze January night? Only a lawn chair tucked under the shade of the thick leaves of a grapefruit tree could be more enticing.

First published in 2010. Recipes and photos updated and republished in 2014.

Three ways to broil grapefruit, here Broiled Grapefruit the 'Spicy Way' with Savory Spices

"... it turned out great. I'll make it again definitely ..." ~ Anonymous

I’m hear to tell ya, cooking can be hazardous to your health. Exercise too, but that’s another story.

You see, when you love to cook, it’s easy to fixate on food, plotting lunch while finishing breakfast (who me?), strategizing supper while fixing lunch (who you?).

The upside of focus is Home Management 101, a smart strategy for wellness, balance and frugal living. Thinking ahead ensures there’s milk in the fridge, chicken thawed for dinner and that too-ripe pears don’t go to waste. But. But. BUT. (And Butt.) The downside is that focus places altogether too much attention on food.

So many days, I want food to be an afterthought, not a forethought. Banish, please, the fascination with the breadths (did someone just mention bread?) and depths of food preparation, its origins, its endless variations.

Progress is simple morning grapefruit embellished with only an ingredient or two already in the spice drawer, pantry and refrigerator.

Tis the season for citrus! Starting late in the year, oranges, tangerines and grapefruit roll in from Florida. Texas and other warm climes. Thank goodness we don’t take this whole ‘eat local’ idea so seriously as to forgo citrus!

ALANNA’s TIPS Who uses a grapefruit spoon? It’s one of the handiest kitchen tools, no grapefruit required. I use a grapefruit spoon’s serrated tip to scoop the seeds out of winter squash when cutting up a butternut squash, to carve out the centers of summer squash for Stuffed Zucchini, to scrape roasted eggplant off the skin for Baba Ganoush.
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Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Serves 2
  • 1 grapefruit, halved crosswise
    THE SPICY WAY (my favorite)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (raw ‘demerera’ sugar and cane sugar are especially good, what are these sugars?)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (raw ‘demerera’ sugar and cane sugar are especially good)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (what is Greek yogurt?)

Move an oven rack to the top (or second top) position and set the broiler on high. Line a baking sheet with foil or use an oven-safe dish.

SPICY WAY With a back of a spoon, mash the sugar and spices until a sandy mixture, then spill evenly onto each grapefruit half. Broil for 3 to 6 minutes or until the grapefruit begins to puff and the sugar begins to caramelize.

FRUITY WAY Spoon applesauce over top of the grapefruit. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes until the grapefruit begins to puff and the applesauce warms through.

THE YOGURT WAY Sprinkle the grapefruit with sugar and broil for 3 to 4 minutes until the sugar begins to caramelize. Spread yogurt over top.

Serve and savor!

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Half for Spicy/Fruity/Yogurt: 90/69/93 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 1mg Sodium; 23/17/23g Carb; 3/2/3g Fiber; 17g Sugar; 1g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS: WW Old Points 1 & WW PointsPlus 2 This recipe has been 'Alanna-sized'.
The 'Spicy Way' is adapted from The Spice Kitchen by Katie Luber and Sara Engram. It's just sooo easy to cook from and has the same 'flavor-forward' appeal that readers find in Kitchen Parade recipes. (Please note: Product Disclosure)

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  1. What a way to spice up and sweeten the grapefruit! Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anonymous1/28/2010

    Great recipe, I was a bit skeptic about adding cumin (somehow I relate it to salty things only) and even thinking to leave it out, but I followed the recipe and it turned out great. I'll make it again definitely, thanks!

  3. I love the idea of broiled pink grapefruit halves but mine seldom make it that far as I am happy enough to eat them plain.

    Grapefruit spoons, however, are a pleasure I don't skip. They make eating grapefruit fun. I also use mine to remove seeds from jalapeño and serrano peppers with minimal skin contact.


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