Broiled Grapefruit

Three Different Ways to Broil Grapefruit, All Easy

It's time to juice up with 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. Choose Broiled Grapefruit as a healthy breakfast recipe, sure, but for dessert during a January deep-freeze? Only a lawn chair tucked under the shade of the thick leaves of a grapefruit tree could be more enticing.

Broiled Grapefruit ♥, three different ways, incl the favorite 'Spicy Way' with Savory Spices.

Real Food, Fresh & Seasonal. Mere Minutes to the Table. Budget Friendly. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free.

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

I'm Here 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, served for breakfast, sure, but also for a quick, warm and healthy after-dinner dessert.

'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!

I have the idea that we'd eat more grapefruit, especially, if we embraced a couple of ideas.

HELPFUL TECHNIQUE It's not obvious how to tackle an orange for pretty slices. Here's How to Cut an Orange for Slices. It works for other citrus too, even grapefruit.

HELPFUL TOOLS ESPECIALLY FOR GRAPEFRUIT A regular spoon just can't dig into those pesky grapefruit sections very well, its tip just isn't sharp enough. Enter two special tools for grapefruit, a grapefruit knife and a grapefruit spoon.

  • GRAPEFRUIT KNIFE A grapefruit knife is short and serrated. It's the right choice, say, if someone is readying breakfast grapefruit for the table, for kids or elderly family members, say. Its short, serrated blade cuts between the membranes, leaving the grapefruit half intact, ready for eating with a regular spoon.
  • GRAPEFRUIT SPOON A grapefruit spoon has a serrated tip. In contrast, grapefruit spoons mean that everyone can cut deep into the grapefruit individually by themselves.

Grapefruit knives and spoons (affiliate link) are inexpensive and take up little room. I've owned both for many years. You probably only need one grapefruit knife but you'll want as many grapefruit spoons as grapefruit eaters at your table.

And a grapefrult spoon is 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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About This Recipe

  • This simple recipe shows three ways to sprinkle grapefruit halves with everyday ingredients, then put under the broiler for serving warm.
  • Ingredients = grapefruit + sugar + cinnamon + cumin or grapefruit + applesauce or grapefruit + sugar + yogurt
  • Cooking method = oven broiler
  • Serving time = breakfast or dessert

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Broiled Grapefruit ♥, three different ways, incl the favorite 'Spicy Way' with Savory Spices.


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 the back of a spoon, mash the sugar and spices together 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. Spoon yogurt over the top.

Serve warm and savor!

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Half (assumes the "Spicy" Way): 64 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 0mg Sodium; 17g Carb; 2g Fiber; 15g Sugar; 1g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 1 & PointsPlus 1 & SmartPoints 1 & Freestyle 1 & myWW green 1 & blue 1 & purple 1 & future WW points.
The Spicy Way is adapted from The Spice Kitchen (affiliate link) by Sara Engram and Katie Luber. It's just sooo easy to cook from and has the same 'flavor-forward' appeal that readers find in Kitchen Parade recipes. My Disclosure Promise

More Breakfast Recipes to Warm Us Up in Winter

~ breakfast & brunch recipes ~
Baked Bacon ♥, how to cook bacon in the oven, so easy, soon you'll be bakin' bacon too!

Triple-Banana Oat Pancakes ♥, just wholesome oats, banana and egg. Taste and texture just like ordinary pancakes!

French Scrambled Eggs ♥, eggs cooked low and slow, with a few vegetables. Sumptuous! Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

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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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