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{Recipe: Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and Ginger}

During a season when we are forced to eat heartier fare to stay warm, it can be refreshing to break things up with a little citrus.  The produce section of the store has been loaded with lemons, blood oranges, and grapefruits… all of which are at the top of their game

Besides purchasing crate after crate of clementines (they never seem to last more than a couple of days in our apartment), Eric and I don’t typically buy citrus.  That’s the joy, I guess, of being a part of a CSA.  We don’t have a choice in what we get and it’s a pleasant surprise when we find that our produce box has been filled with things we wouldn’t normally pick up.

The grapefruit that we received last week only sat in our fridge for a few days before I knew what I wanted to do with them.  While many people find them to be too tart, I am well aware that is not always the case… and with a sprinkle of sugar and a pop in the oven, you could probably convince anyone that grapefruits are heavenly (especially the sweeter, red varietal)

I couldn’t bring myself to post a recipe that told you to just toss some sugar on top of a grapefruit half and bake it in the oven.  But brown sugar and ginger… that is something to write about.  The result is revelatory, a blend of sweet, sour, with a punch at the end.

This changed the way I look at citrus.  While I was  chowing down on one of these grapefruit halves, my brain was frantically coming up with other concoctions.  Maybe a little cayenne pepper on top (too crazy)?

The one thing I am still uncertain of is whether this constitutes as breakfast or dessert.  On one hand, you’re eating a piece of fruit that is full of wonderful vitamins.  On the other, it’s quite sweet and somehow I can’t see doctors recommending this as a viable way to start your day.

But I did (I’m an adult, I can do that from time to time) and I plan on doing it again in the future.

Before I go, congratulations are in order to Shulie from Food Wanderings, who won the Walkers Shortbread giveaway!  She’ll be getting some delicious treats sent to her.  Enjoy Shulie!

Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and Ginger

(from Joy the Baker)

serves 1-2


1 grapefruit, cut in half and segmented with a grapefruit knife

2 to 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, you can eyeball it

a few generous sprinkles of ground ginger


Set the oven to broil and place a rack on the top shelf of the oven.  You want the grapefruit to be as close as possible to the broiler heat.

Halve and segment a grapefruit.  You may need to trim the bottoms of the grapefruit so it sits up straight.

Place in a broiler safe pan and sprinkle with brown sugar and ginger.  Place in the oven under the broiler.  Bake for 5 to  7 minutes, keeping an eye on it as it cooks.  Feel free to rotate the pan as the grapefruit browns.

Remove from oven and serve warm or at room temperature.  Be sure to squeeze all the juice out when you’re done eating.  It’s the best part!

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  • Angie's RecipesDecember 13, 2010 - 9:09 am

    Brian, you are a genius! I love grapefruit, but I would never thought of broiling them! Brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyDecember 13, 2010 - 11:59 am

    Wow, I have to say I usually eat my grapefruit plain.
    After seeing this I can't wait to try.
    Never thought of brown sugar!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethDecember 13, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    I just had my first grapefruit of the season yesterday. I'm not sure that I've ever had cooked grapefruit, so I'm definitely intrigued. The photos are gorgeous, as usual.ReplyCancel

  • eatgreek.netDecember 13, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    it looks vary tasty!!! I love grapefruit! :-)ReplyCancel

  • leaf (the indolent cook)December 13, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    Mmmmmm, simple and so tempting. Good stuff!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsDecember 13, 2010 - 1:51 pm

    Thanks Brian & yay shortbread cookies!! Got some grapefruit in the fridge, S's HS friend who moved to Colorado Jr. year had grapefruit for the first time in his life at our house and fell instantly in love. When S visited him in Colorado they called me to ask how to pick a perfecct one as they were at the supermarket. lolReplyCancel

  • Fun and Fearless in BeantownDecember 13, 2010 - 2:13 pm

    I would never think about broiling grapefruit but this sounds fantastic. I think this is perfect for breakfast or dessert!ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESDecember 13, 2010 - 2:36 pm

    So perfect for when you want just a little something sweet and like you said, when we're so overloaded on goodies this time of year! Plus it's a seasonal dish with all that gorgeous citrus at the market now!ReplyCancel

  • MeganDecember 13, 2010 - 2:44 pm

    I saw Maria (Two Peas and Their Pod) broil her grapefruit and I've wanted to try it ever since. But she didn't add the ginger which is a fantastic idea. Thanks for the reminder. I will be trying this soon!ReplyCancel

  • motherrimmyDecember 13, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    I really have to try this. I've seen it on other blogs and it looks like a great way to start my day!ReplyCancel

  • RJ FlamingoDecember 13, 2010 - 3:27 pm

    I love treating my grapefruit like this – just lovely, Bri!

    And congrats, Shulie!ReplyCancel

  • katDecember 13, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    Now I think a little cayenne sounds good.ReplyCancel

  • Kudos KitchenDecember 13, 2010 - 3:43 pm

    I'm not a huge grapefruit fan but I'll bet broiling them with brown sugar would make me change my mind.ReplyCancel

  • tastesbetterwithfriendsDecember 13, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    I love grapefruit in the morning with a little brown sugar and i've broiled it too, but I never thought to add anything else to it!ReplyCancel

  • EmilyDecember 13, 2010 - 4:19 pm

    Ooh, I have two grapefruits waiting for me to do something with them. This sounds like a great idea for tonite!ReplyCancel

  • KimDecember 13, 2010 - 4:56 pm

    I'm not a grapefruit fan to be honest but I can admit I'd be willing (and eager) to try this. It looks delicious and such an interesting flavor combination. Well done!

    I think it can be both breakfast AND dessert, oddly enough. I say take your pic depending on your mood.ReplyCancel

  • SamanthaDecember 13, 2010 - 4:57 pm

    What an amazing idea and such beautiful pictures. I will have to get on making that soon.ReplyCancel

  • ElianaDecember 13, 2010 - 5:18 pm

    Hmmm – what a lovely flavor combo! I could grow seriously addicted to this. (Beautiful photos too.)ReplyCancel

  • Green Girl @ A little bit of everythingDecember 13, 2010 - 5:53 pm

    I never had cooked grapefruit but now that you mention it sounds good. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you'll have a great dayReplyCancel

  • MonetDecember 13, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    Just gorgeous. Ryan and I happen to love grapefruits (we share one every night during the winter) and I can't wait to surprise him with this delicious and sophisticated treat tonight. He will be thrilled (and I"ll be pretty happy too!) Thank you for sharing, my sweet friend. Have a beautiful day full of love and joy!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Liv LifeDecember 13, 2010 - 6:27 pm

    My husband's favorite fruit is a nice juicy ruby red. I made a similar recipe for him last year and he loved it, but I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - bell'alimentoDecember 13, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    That looks delightful & totally breakfast appropriate ; )ReplyCancel

  • NancyDecember 14, 2010 - 1:15 am

    Delicious!! My mom used to make this for me – what a great change from the "sugar and butter" heavy fare of the holidays!!ReplyCancel

  • Chow and ChatterDecember 14, 2010 - 2:08 am

    wow I adore grapefruits great idea I am going to make this for sure RebeccaReplyCancel

  • sara @ CaffeInaDecember 14, 2010 - 2:58 am

    I'm already in love with grapefruit but this recipe brings them to a totally higher level! Next time at the store I won't just buy clementinesReplyCancel

  • Anna JohnstonDecember 14, 2010 - 3:11 am

    Now that's an interesting thing to do with these awesome blood red grapefruits, would have jazzed them up so fine. Good idea.ReplyCancel

  • Hester ChangDecember 14, 2010 - 4:09 am

    Hahaha, dessert or breakfast? Breakfast… dessert? Thanks for sharing this, Brian. I'd never have thought to do this to a grapefruit!ReplyCancel

  • Ravenous RowieDecember 14, 2010 - 4:11 am

    I've never tried this, but always wanted to. It sounds divine!ReplyCancel

  • JeanDecember 14, 2010 - 4:23 am

    I like grapefruit but I find myself not buying them too much. I'll have to remedy this problem pronto so I can try this myself. Looks delish–for breakfast or dessert!ReplyCancel

  • Cake DuchessDecember 14, 2010 - 11:52 am

    Grapefruit are not my favorite fruit…hard to believe when we have gorgeouss ones here.But these i would devour! I love this recipe Bri!I can just imagine how tasty it is!ReplyCancel

  • JackieDecember 14, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    I would happily eat this for breakfast!…if I ate breakfast, that is. I saw some lovely looking grapefruit the other day – I'll have to pick some up and have a go at this. Also, put some cayenne on! I bet it'd be awesome.

    Also, YAY on the competition! Well done Brian ;) Sorry I'm a bit late on the congrats, clearly I'm useless.

    Jax xReplyCancel

  • TiffKeyDecember 14, 2010 - 4:19 pm

    This is great! I bet the juice would be great in a vinaigrette! This also makes me think of one of my favorite Brazilian treats –grilled pineapple!ReplyCancel

  • blackbookkitchendiariesDecember 14, 2010 - 5:38 pm

    i really love how good this looks. i am going to try this out with my mom. thanks for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • DaisyDecember 14, 2010 - 8:50 pm

    I used to sprinkle my grapefruits with sugar as a kid! now I prefer them in a juice form with vodka. But this I would try. awesome photos!ReplyCancel

  • JayPDecember 15, 2010 - 10:45 am

    I absolutely detest grapefruit but as you said, citrus fruit is in its prime at the moment. The markets here in Fethiye are absolutely brimming with citrus fruits – including grapefruits. They're always cut in half to show the customers the juicy centre and they do look so tempting – but I don't like them. Or do I? Maybe we could buy one and try this idea. It's certainly original and I can almost imagine enjoying it. :)ReplyCancel

  • JoanneDecember 15, 2010 - 2:36 pm

    Personally, I call this breakfast, lunch, AND dessert. Grapefruit are my favorite part of winter! I start craving them the second the cold hits. It's insane.

    I love this spruced up recipe. Usually I just dribble on a bit of sugar and call it a day. But this is something way more intriguing.ReplyCancel

  • PeggyDecember 15, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    I haven't eaten a grapefruit in a loooooong time, but broiling them? With brown sugar? AND ginger? I need to get some a.s.a.p.!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara l Vino Luci StyleDecember 15, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    I always eat grapefruit with brown sugar but the ginger is a nice touch…and browned? I'm dying here I want some so bad now!ReplyCancel

  • Sippity SupDecember 16, 2010 - 12:22 am

    You love grapefruit. I am remembering a salad from this summer with blueberries and feta you did. Oh I think it involved a trip to Israel too. GREGReplyCancel

  • MeganDecember 16, 2010 - 1:11 am

    I love putting honey on my grapefruit… I wonder how that would work out under the broiler.

    Ginger sounds really interesting with grapefruit!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet }December 16, 2010 - 3:11 am

    Grapefruit on its own is wonderful but you have brought it to another level – love it!! I can just taste it now. Happy Holidays!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsDecember 16, 2010 - 3:21 pm

    Wow I would have never of thought of putting grapefruit under the broiler and sprinkling ginger on the grapefruit?! I love the addition of ginger (obviously! :) ). I absolutely love this idea and will be trying it very soon.
    And of course, absolutely gorgeous photos! I'm always amazed at how much of an incredible photographer you are.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanDecember 18, 2010 - 4:11 am

    Mmnnn. . . I loves me some Grapefruit especially when it's been grilled up.

    Sé que esto no es realmente el foro para hacer una pregunta, pero siento que debo, "¿Cuál es la función primaria de los alimentos?" Para la mayoría de la población mundial es para alimentar el cuerpo y asegurarse que hay suficientes calorías para vivir otro día. Mientras que para muchos en circunstancias más ricos, es una oportunidad artística y la salida para la creatividad. Lo que la musa de esta noche es, ¿Cómo cada uno de estos escenarios a los demás? ¿Qué responsabilidades tienen los individuos en lo que respecta a la inequidad?ReplyCancel

  • AliciaDecember 19, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    This is genius!ReplyCancel

  • MadhuJuly 10, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    I rarely have grapefruits …..never liked them …. thought they tasted bitter. Your photographs were so stunning that I couldnt help myself buying a couple of grapefruits when I chanced upon them in the local store. The simple broiling and they came out to be so juicy and sweet and wonderful. Never imagined grapefruits could taste this good.ReplyCancel

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