Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar & Honey

My breakfast world has been changed. Completely changed. Changed for the better.

I think I’ve always been in love with grapefruits. I remember going to my grandparents house when I was little and eating a bowl of cereal with a half of grapefruit as a breakfast staple. I’ve just always thought they were so delicious, and juicy, and yummy.

I never thought I could love a grapefruit more than I already had. But that was before I tried a broiled grapefruit and my world was turned upside down.

Broiled Grapefruit

When Stephen saw me make this he looked at it with a funny face and just said, “Cooked grapefruit?” It was like I was eating this super weird thing, which I guess I was if you’ve never been introduced to it. But broiling your grapefruit brings out an insane flavor and heightens your grapefruit experience.

I’ll have to admit, I was a bit hesitant before trying it. So if you’re hesitant and still reading this with a questionable look on your face, don’t worry, you’re not alone. But you need to trust me on this.

Plus, it’s quite possibly the easiest recipe ever–which you know I love.

First, start by cutting a grapefruit in half. Also, heat your oven to Broil.

Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and HoneyGrapefruits are so pretty aren’t they? That color is just gorgeous. Aurora told me that she thinks a grapefruit looks like a watermelon stuffed inside of an orange–and now I can see her point.

Anyways, mix together 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Sprinkle it on top of both halves of your grapefruit.

Broiled Grapefruit with honey & brown sugar

Then, drizzle with your desired amount of honey. I really love honey so I tend to be a little generous with my honey drizzle, but to each their own.

Broiled Grapefruit with honey & brown sugarNow, place on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 4-6 minutes. I left mine in there for 5 minutes and it was absolutely perfect, but everyone’s oven is different. Make sure to keep an eye on your grapefruit to make sure it doesn’t get burnt.

You want it to ideally come out looking like this delicious grapefruit:

Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and Honey

Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and Honey The warmness, juiciness, sweetness, and tartness of the grapefruit just jump out at you. And on top of that you have the subtle cinnamon flavor which really just sends the flavor over the edge. I’ve fallen in love. I foresee this being a new breakfast staple of mine–especially because it’s such an affordable breakfast and takes a mere 6 minutes to make!

So, what do you think? Have I persuaded you to try broiled grapefruit? I sure hope so.


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  1. says

    I’ve never really had grapefruit any other way than just by itself… and I really, REALLY need to give this recipe a shot because it looks and sounds amazing. I’ve had bruleed oranges before, and if this is anything like those (and I think it will be), I’ll LOVE it!
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  2. Airren says

    these look delicious!! Trying tomorrow!
    FYI- you typed cookie shit instead of cookie sheet..*giggles*. Just wanted you to know before some pride steps in and makes a scene.

  3. Rachel M says

    Ooh. I really wanted to like this. Unfortunately, I felt it still retained too much of its bitterness. And I was liberal with my honey, too. Some parts were sufficiently sweet, but most of it was bitter. Also, it’s a bit difficult to eat. To scoop it out, it’s sort of chewy in places (you know how that happens with an orange?). Maybe it’s because this is off-season for grapefruit and in-season would produce a sweeter fruit?

    • Catherine Elsby says

      Rachel–I think grapefruit are always going to be a bit bitter, that’s just the nature of their taste. But yes, it is off season, so maybe try again when grapefruits are at their prime! I find it’s easier to cut most of the pieces out with a knife as well, unless you have a grapefruit spoon.

    • Karin Wright says

      Use a grapefruit knife to segment in between sections. Take a maraschino cherry in the centre to present over the top for special brunch.

  4. Paulette says

    I tried this this morning… tasty, but something went wrong. Please advise as I’d like to try it again.
    I think I should have segmented the grapefruit first as it would have made eating it easier. I have both a citrus knife and grapefruit spoons.
    Is the topping meant for 2 halves or 4 halves because it looked like way too much topping and the honey sort of dribbled off instead of broiling on the top, and the brown sugar didn’t melt. I had it under the broiler on Low Broil for 5.5 minutes.

    • Catherine Elsby says

      Hey Paulette! It will depend on the size of your grapefruit and how much topping you like on yours. I like a lot of topping! So, maybe halving the topping would work best for you. I also think segmented the grapefruit first is a great idea, to avoid additional headache once it’s fully cooked.


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