Brown Sugar Broiled Grapefruit

January 5, 2012 by Ali

I have fond memories of grapefruit breakfasts growing up. Every year, the kids in the youth group at church would have a “fruit sale”, and my mom was always that parent you could count on for a fantastic order of grapefruit. Our family loved it!! I remember flying down the stairs many a morning before school, and seeing my dad or mom standing there segmenting out a grapefruit for me to enjoy. (I know, I know, I was a spoiled grapefruit eater!) And then of course, squeeeeezing out every last bit of delicious juice after all of the slices had disappeared. Mmmmm….

Nowadays, of course, I have to segment my own grapefruit! But I still love it, and love experimenting with different ways to enjoy it! Without a doubt, broiled grapefruit is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts. It literally just takes a second to slice the grapefruit, sprinkle on some brown sugar (or some other add-ins I’ve mentioned below, if you want to get fancy!), and then pop it in the broiler or toaster oven for a few minutes. And then a heavenly, warm, and wonderful sweet but tart grapefruit is yours to enjoy.

Healthy, quick, and delicious.

My kind of breakfast or snack anytime! :)

Sugar-Broiled Grapefruit

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 grapefruit, sliced in half
  • 1-3 tsp. brown sugar


Preheat oven to "broil", with the rack on the top shelf (so that the grapefruit will be about 1.5 - 2 inches from the heat).

Arrange grapefruit halves, cut side up, in a broil-safe pan. (You may need to use a knife to slice a small part off the bottom of each half to make sure they are sitting level in the pan.) Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar.

Broil for 5-10 minutes, or until the sugar is melted and the edges begin to brown. Remove and then use a knife to segment the grapefruit slices. Serve at room temperature.

Ali’s Tip:

Some other ingredients you can mix with the brown sugar include:

  • crystallized or ground ginger
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon or other spices
  • agave nectar

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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12 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Broiled Grapefruit

  1. My mother made this a lot, also. We lived near the Austin Highway (now I35) – a major route from the Texas valley north, and in picking season there were always overloaded parked trucks selling large sacks of grapefruit for nearly nothing, trying to get down to weight. Of course, these were *real* grapefruit, not the insipid pink things that seem to be all that are available now.

    - John W. Pierce

  2. We have grapefruit trees and I’m always looking for a new way to eat them. Thanks

    - The Food Hunter

  3. I love, love, love grapefruit, but have never had it like this! Looks amazing!

    - Autumn@Good Eats Girl

  4. This is SO retro 1950′s! I made it for years – long after it fell from food fashion. Thanks for the reminder.

    - Leah

  5. Your picture is gorgeous! :)
    I love grapefruit too its delicious! :)

    - Maggie @MaggieCooks

  6. I have similar memories as a child about eating grapefruit. My dad and I would each segment our grapefruits, he would sprinkle his with salt and I would sprinkle mine with sugar. We would then sit at the table and eat them together. I still absolutely love grapefruit! I have never had them this way but I can’t wait to try it :)

    - Heather

  7. I’ve never heard of broiling a grapefruit before but I’ve seen it on a lot of other blogs lately. I’ll have to try it!!

    - Ali B

  8. If I were there, I’d still segment your grapefruit for you. Love you!

    - Ali's Mom

  9. Alton Brown did a show about sweet/sour and he made grapefruit topped with coarse sugar crystals and heated it with a creme brulee torch. THEN, when it was carmelized, he sprinkled SEA SALT on top! The sea salt neutralizes all the bitter taste and you are left with the crunchy-sweet carmelized sugar mixed with the delightfully sour taste of the grapefruit and NONE of the bitter taste. YUUUM!!!

    - Susan

  10. Looks awesome! And so simple!

    - Blog is the New Black

  11. I want this! I have a hard time finding good grapefruit in my stores right now though. I’m glad they are opening a Whole Foods somewhat near me soon!

    - M.J. Jacobsen

  12. This sounds sooooooo absolutely amazing that I just might have to make it for breakfast tomorrow. . . .after I buy some grapefruit that is =} Thanks so much for this new spin on our favorite sour pink friend!

    - Summer