Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

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I have always been a grapefruit lover. My grandpa lives in Arizona and used to send us big boxes of grapefruit. They were the best! My grandpa kept sending me boxes until I graduated college, so not only do I love eating grapefruit, but they also remind me of my grandpa. I love how food intertwines with special people, events, and memories.

Last week we bought a ton of grapefruit-it was on sale 8 for $1.00. I made a pink grapefruit yogurt cake, but still had grapefruit to use up. I love eating them plain, I peel grapefruit like an orange-it is easier to eat that way:) I wanted to try something new though, so I broiled a grapefruit for a special mid morning snack.

I cut the grapefruit in half and drizzled the tops with a little bit of agave nectar. I also sprinkled on some turbinado sugar. I placed the grapefruit halves under the broiler for a couple of minutes, until the sugars crystallized.

I normally don’t put sugar on my grapefruit, so this was a special treat. I loved the sugary crust on top. I was worried I wouldn’t like the grapefruit warm, but it was actually quite enjoyable. I gave one of the halves to Josh and he enjoyed it too! If you are looking for a new way to enjoy your grapefruit, give broiled grapefruit a try.

Broiled Grapefruit


  • 1 large pink grapefruit cut in half
  • Drizzle of agave nectar
  • Sprinkling of turbinado sugar


  1. 1. Turn on the oven broiler. I set mine at high temperature.
  2. 2. Using a pairing knife, cut all the way around the grapefruit and between the fruit and the rind. Try not to cut all the way through the bottom rind, you want to keep the juices. Drizzle agave nectar lightly over the grapefruit halves. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  3. 3. Place the grapefruit halves on a baking sheet. Put in the oven, under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, just until the sugar is bubbling and crystallized.
  4. 4. Serve warm.
  5. *Note-you can use honey instead of agave or brown sugar instead of turbinado sugar.*

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 8? For a DOLLAR? And I thought I was getting a good deal paying 50 cents each for them. That’s it. I am moving. This is insane!

    I’m a recent grapefruit lover…I think my tastes have evolved. This looks delicious!

  2. I love broiled grapefruit. Such a great twist and the warmth changes the flavor a bit for me. I top mine with honey and chopped walnuts.

  3. Not wierd. I’ve heard of tons of people who love grapefruit with salt. Will have to try this. And am still trying to get around to making your grapefruit cake. Magic Middle cookies got in the way with the nasty weather.

  4. I’ve never had broiled grapefruit before – I’ve always been concerned they’d be crazy bitter. (All this just from drinking grapefruit juice!) I should try agave nectar too, it looks lovely 🙂

  5. I love putting brown sugar on and broiling it. It really is like a dessert.
    Yum! Thanks for the reminder. Maybe I will go buy some grapefruit today.

  6. Kathy-it’s Friday, you do enjoy a sugar crust:)

    Kalyn-I have never tried salt, thanks for the idea.

    Manggy-give agave a try:)

  7. what a neat idea! i’ve always loved grapefruit straight from the fridge, as cold as can be without being frozen. this would be drastically different, but i suspect i’d still love it!

    1. Laura-Turbinado sugar is an unrefined sugar made from the juice extracted from sugar cane. The sugar is steamed instead of bleached, and has a coarser texture than granulated sugar. It is also called sugar in the raw. If you can’t find it you can use brown sugar.

  8. Thanks for sharing such loving memories of your grandpa with us. I love all the colors in these photos. Wish you were closer, I’m taking photo seminar with Helen from Tartlette today in LA. So excited.
    Awesome clean, healthy, yummy grapefruit!

  9. I would never ever think to broil graperfuit. I do need to start incorporating some into our diet though. You are so creative that I bet your could rock the ‘Eating your Words’ challenge

  10. HELLO! I have missed you! How are you? I hope the weekend is treating you well. So the place we always go to for brunch has this on the menu and I’ve been wanting to try it. I’m totally just going to make it at home now. Deliciousness. Hope to have a post up tonight at some point!

  11. I grew up eating grapefruit this way. It’s been a while. I’ll have to grab a few when I go to the grocery store. Thanks for reminding me.

    I’m off to check out your grapefruit cake. 🙂

  12. had this with my oatmeal this morning, had to have the other half right after. amber agave was the perfect choice. thanks for this!

  13. I love broiled grapefruit, but haven’t thought of it for years. Thanks for the blast from my past. My mother use to have this on special ocassions with brown sugar and cherry in the middle. What a great treat!

  14. You totally inspired me to get grapefruit last week, and I forgot how much I loved it. Even my two year old couldnt get enough. I am going try it broiled next time…yum!

  15. What an interesting idea Maria! I haven’t had grapefruit since I was a little kid and I didn’t like it then, but I bet I might now. I’ll have to keep an eye out next time I’m at the grocery store 🙂

  16. This is beautiful! I have been on a broiled grapefruit craze lately. I love mine with maple syrup and cinnamon. I have yet to try it with turbinado sugar. In fact, I’ve never had turbinado sugar before. I wonder how that will taste.

    I thought it will be nice to share this broiled grapefruit recipe of yours, and have referenced it at the end of my post. I hope you don’t mind 😉

  17. My dad used to peel the grapefruits like oranges for me when I was little. He would give me pieces of the fruit so I wouldn’t have to chew the bitter skin. It was so nice because he and I would have our special moment just sitting under a tree sharing a grapefruit. I would like to pass that on to my kids.

  18. I Love grapefruit like this. Especially when its cold and you want something warm.

    t the commenter about salt on grapefruit..

    Salt on grapefruit doesn’t sound weird…I love salt on makes it taste sweeter…

  19. A wee bit of salt on the broiled sugar crust actually helps block any bitterness or sourness. Alton Brown did a special on it on his salt show.

  20. I Love this recipe and my husband and I enjoy this at least 3 times a week. I have found that placing the grapefruit halves on a canning screw top lid keeps it perfectly upright and steady minimizing how much juice spills over the top of the fruit. Thanks for the perfect recipe!

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