Broiled Grapefruit

by NikkiG

Last week was tough. The weather was bitter cold. We were all sick and confined to the house. On the rare occasion we left, it was to stock up on cough syrup, soup, tissues, and grapefruits. Needless to say, cooking was not at the top of my to do list.

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Instead, I dreamed of driving south to the Florida coast. I could almost hear the ocean waves, smell the salt air, and feel myself drift off to sleep beneath the glistening sun. It was an impossible dream, but one that got me through the week along with a few grapefruits that became the inspiration for this recipe.

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Grapefruit is not a fruit that I usually crave in winter, however broiled grapefruit dusted with granules of vanilla sugar is an entirely different story. It’s lip puckering sour flavors soften beneath a caramelized vanilla sugar top, it’s like a sparkling sun ray in your mouth. Better still, this recipe is as easy as turning on the oven, cutting the fruit, and sprinkling sugar and berries on top.

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Broiled grapefruit is a no-fuss kind recipe and it can be eaten any time of day, but it’s especially good anytime you need a little winter pick-me-up. Now I can start planning that much needed vacation.

Broiled Grapefruit
adapted from Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker

Yield 4 servings

2 grapefruits (pink or red)
¼ cup of sugar (1 tablespoon for each grapefruit half)
½ vanilla bean (seeds only, scraped from bean)
¼ cup of berries (blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries)

Cut one vanilla bean in half, lengthwise. With the flat side of a knife, gently scrape the vanilla seeds from the pod. Add the seeds to the sugar and whisk until well blended.

Place broiler rack about 4 inches below the heating element. Preheat the broiler.

Cut grapefruits in half, horizontally. Remove any large seeds along with the white centers. Cut along the membranes and skin with a serrated knife to loosen each section.

Cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and add the grapefruits. Sprinkle each half with 1 tablespoon of the vanilla sugar mixture.

Broil the grapefruit about 5 minutes or until the tops begin to brown and the sugar caramelizes with a thin crust on top. Garnish with 4 berries for each half and serve at once.

Nikki writes about food, art, and story at art and lemons.

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1 Kirsten T. February 4, 2010 at 6:31 am

This sounds wonderfully perfect!!! Can I find the vanilla beans in a regular grocery store?


2 Serendipity is Sweet February 4, 2010 at 7:57 am

Wow, I’ve never heard of trying grapefruit that way. I bet it is yummy! I have fond memories of Christmas and grapefruit. My grandparents lived in FL and used to bring a couple of big bushels for the holidays. We’d always have it for breakfast…a taste of FL…yum.
Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ll have to try it :D


3 Pink Haird Momma February 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

This sounds amazing. My H4L would love it. Thanks for saing. I am gonna pick up some grapefruit on my next grocery run.


4 Susie's Homemade February 4, 2010 at 9:24 am

Huh…I have broiled lemons but never grapefruit???


5 Jeannie February 4, 2010 at 10:08 am

I have never heard of broiled grapefruit. I just might have to add that to our Menu plan one of these days.


6 Terresa Wellborn February 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Unusual way to eat grapefruit. I think I like it!! :)


7 Pamela February 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Okay…. So not only do I live in Florida but I also have the luxury of a grapefruit tree in the backyard. Cannot wait to try this!


8 Cascia February 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

That sounds delicious! I didn’t know you could boil grapefruits.


9 Believer February 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

This is something I have to try. :) Thanks!


10 Tasha, The Stamping Lady March 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I am definitely intrigued. Never heard of broiling citrus, but will definitely try it!


11 Erica Mueller March 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I love the smell of grapefruit. I think I’d try this, even if I didn’t eat it. haha You think I could modify the recipe a bit and make a grapefruit sugar body scrub????
No one else in my family will eat grapefruit, but I do like them fresh!
I might try and broil one and see if I like it.


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