Broiled Grapefruit

I have jumped upon the broiled grapefruit bandwagon.  Because I got a brand new kitchen toy that I had wanted for months-a little brulee torch.  Hooray!


I have actually been eating a lot of grapefruit lately.  Like, at least one a day.  I sprinkle on some sugar, some flaky sea salt, and I am good to go.  I had also been experimenting with my broiler (my apartment oven leaves a lot to be desired), and I had tried broiling them this way, as well.  But I wasn’t getting the results I wanted: you know, that cracked, sweet shell that you would find on top of a brulee.  So I wanted one of these torches in the baddest of ways.  Now, if you have a more reliable oven with a high shelf and a decent broiler (even a toaster oven would work), you can also make these.  Don’t let not having a torch stop you from enjoying one of the best things about winter produce.


I have experimented a little bit with what sort of sweet topping I put on top: I’ve tried maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, etc.  But I think my favorite combination is a mixture of granulated and brown sugars-but feel free to experiment with your own concoctions.


Broiled Grapefruit

Servings: 1 grapefruit, halved


1 large grapefruit (preferably Ruby Red-the redder the sweeter), halved

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons brown sugar

Pinch flaky sea salt, like Maldon

Mint, for garnish



1. In a small bowl, combine the granulated and brown sugars.

2. Evenly sprinkle the sugar mixture over the cut surface of each grapefruit.

3. Using a torch, very carefully and lightly torch the surface of the grapefruit until it is lightly golden brown and the sugar is melted, a few seconds.  If using a broiler (preheated to 500 degrees), broil on the top shelf for about 4-5 minutes, checking the grapefruit frequently.

4. Sprinkle with sea salt and garnish with fresh mint.

Source: A Curvy Carrot original.

January 22, 2012 - 7:20 am

Maureen - I’ve only made these once but they were a big hit at breakfast. Easy to make and plenty of time to finish off breakfast while they’re tucking in to the fruit. 🙂

January 22, 2012 - 9:22 am

Molly - Ha! I have been making myself a broiled grapefruit every day for a month or so, now. So easy and different, and feels a bit of an indulgence on frosty cold mornings.

January 22, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Liz @ Blog is the New Black - Super easy, mostly healthy, and totally delish!

January 22, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Jacqueline - Was totally eating a grapefruit when I read this post, and decided this would be much better. Although with my love of kitchen gadgets I’m afraid I’ll be buying myself a torch soon :-)!

January 22, 2012 - 8:06 pm

Cara - This really makes me wish I had a grapefruit hanging around right now. I’ve never tried broiled grapefruit. I’d totally give it a shot with coconut palm sugar.

January 22, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Ann P. - I love grapefruit for breakfast, but have never had the chance to try it this way! I think it’s about time I got a brulee torch, too 🙂

January 24, 2012 - 1:47 pm

natalie (the sweets life) - i love grapefruit but have never thought to try it with sea salt! i can’t wait to give this a try!!

January 24, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Joanne (Inspired Taste) - I love grapefruit, but never had it like this. Will definitely be giving it a try soon! Thanks for sharing. -Joanne

February 3, 2012 - 4:01 pm

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September 15, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Dan Corrigan - Oh, I love beets and have a beetroot brownie recipe lined up for posting. It took me a while to like mushrooms; I finally turned the corner after entering adulthood. I can see that the grapefruit glaze would really go well with the beets. Thanks!

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