Sweet, Crispy and Juicy Broiled Grapefruit

close up of half a grapefruit with slightly blackened edges

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

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It’s glorious grapefruit season right now! I have been eating them until my tongue hurts and inevitably juice runs down my chin. We’ve added the zest to drinks, had ’em in salads, but I still like them best as a breakfast or snack just as they are.

If you’re looking for a really simple way to take a standard grapefruit breakfast and turn it into a spectacular, hot sticky brunch treat, try this broiling method. You can use any kind of sugar or syrup and add some herbs if you’re feeling fancy. I had something similar at a restaurant with thyme leaves sprinkled on top and it was lovely.


close up of half a grapefruit with slightly blackened edges
Sweet, Crispy and Juicy Broiled Grapefruit
Print Recipe
Grapefruit cut in half and broiled with a little brown sugar until it is juicy and caramelized, but still fresh and fruity in the middle.
Servings
2
Servings
2
close up of half a grapefruit with slightly blackened edges
Sweet, Crispy and Juicy Broiled Grapefruit
Print Recipe
Grapefruit cut in half and broiled with a little brown sugar until it is juicy and caramelized, but still fresh and fruity in the middle.
Servings
2
Servings
2
Ingredients
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Turn on the broiler in your oven.
  2. Split a grapefruit in half and place it on a baking tray or in an oven-proof pan. Sprinkle the pink halves evenly with sugar and top with just a tiny bit of salt to bring out the flavor.
  3. Place the grapefruit halves under the broiler until they turn bubbly and a little brown (or even black) around the edges. This usually takes about 3 minutes, but monitor it because every broiler is different. Don’t get distracted! Overbroiling ruins a good meal fast.
  4. If you have maple syrup on hand, use it instead of sugar for even more flavor.
  5. This breakfast will make a grapefruit lover out of you!

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