Broiled Grapefruit

by Lana Stuart on February 19, 2013 · 28 comments

Broiled Grapefruit from @NevrEnoughThyme

Who remembers this recipe straight out of 1960’s home economics class? Maybe even 1950’s or 40’s. I’m not sure, but I do remember Mama making it for us a few times years and years ago.

I just adore all kinds of citrus. Oranges, lemons, limes, mandarins, tangerines, kumquats…you name it, I like it. But especially grapefruit. I love its tart, bitter tang when combined with a little sweetness.

When broiling grapefruit, I don’t like mine cooked until it’s brown. I know most broiled grapefruit recipes take the cooking further, but I prefer it just barely golden and heated through. And I like a bit of the maraschino cherry juice drizzled over also. Just for good measure.

If you’re tired of the same old, same old for breakfast, try broiled grapefruit to shake things up a bit. I think you’ll like it!

Halved grapefruit for Broiled Grapefruit

To make broiled grapefruit for yourself, just start by cutting a grapefruit in half crosswise. Through the waist so to speak. Not up and down. If you want, you can cut a tiny bit off the bottom of each half so that it sits more securely in the pan, but be sure not to cut so deep that you expose the flesh. It’s also nice to go ahead and remove the seeds.

Broiled Grapefruit prep complete

Preheat your broiler to its highest setting. Place the grapefruit halves in a pan, drizzle them with a little maraschino cherry juice and sprinkle each with a bit of brown sugar. Some people add a tiny pat of butter and you can if you want. I don’t.

Pop the pan under the broiler for 8 to 10 minutes (longer if you want more golden brown fruit). Remove from the oven and top each with a maraschino cherry.


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A vintage recipe still great for breakfast or brunch. We enjoy broiled grapefruit with buttered toast and hard boiled eggs.
  • 1 red or white grapefruit
  • 2 tsp. maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 tblsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. butter (optional)
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  1. Preheat your broiler on its highest setting.
  2. Cut the grapefruit in half crosswise.
  3. Drizzle each half with 1 teaspoon of cherry juice.
  4. Sprinkle with one tablespoon of brown sugar.
  5. Dot with a half teaspoon of butter, if using.
  6. Place in a shallow pan and cook under the broiler for 8-10 minutes. If you want your grapefruit to be more golden brown, increase the cooking time.
  7. Remove from the oven. Top with a maraschino cherry and serve.
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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angie @ Big Bear's Wife February 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

mmmm I love citrus too! Makes me feel like summer is here! Yum!


2 Lana February 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I love it all year round, Angie. Those bright, sharp flavors can lift so many recipes!


3 icakepops February 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

You always have such neat ideas! I have never seen or heard of this method but must try since I also love citrus!


4 Lana February 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Thanks! If you like citrus you’re sure to enjoy this old recipe.


5 Mary Susan Seley February 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Still one of my favorites. Best when have Ruby Red grapefruit. I remember doing as part of 4-H cooking.


6 Lana February 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Yes! It’s definitely an oldie-goldie.


7 Drick February 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I remember momma doing this, but as a kid, I could not eat much grapefruit (acid) so never experienced the taste – maybe now I will go revisit it – Lana, I do so like these prized, by-gone recipes as you well know – thanks for bringing it out again


8 Lana February 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm

You’re welcome Drick! I just feel an obligation to keep these old recipes from completely fading away.


9 Penny Wolf February 20, 2013 at 6:53 am

I love grapefruit this way too! So many people have never heard of this recipe. Thanks for the reminder of it. Watch out for certain meds with grapefruit (statins).


10 Lana February 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I think a lot of people have actually forgotten this recipe, Penny – it’s so old! I didn’t make it for years and then started doing it again. We really enjoy it for a change.


11 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles February 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

I’ve heard of this before, but haven’t tried it. I need to! I love your bright fun photos!


12 Lana February 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Brenda, I hadn’t seen this recipe since I was a child. Then all of a sudden it started popping up in a few places over the past year or so. I think it’s making a comeback!


13 Morgan February 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

I have yet to try broiled grapefruit, but this recipe may change that. Beautiful styling in the first photo! Thanks for sharing :)


14 Robyn | Add a Pinch February 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

These photos have me craving grapefruit!!! So fun and bright! LOVE!


15 Lana February 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Thank you, Robyn. Occasionally, I get the photography right! It’s still hit and miss for me, though :-)


16 Sues February 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Yay! I just made this last week and it’s one of my all time faves :)


17 Lana February 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Mine, too, Sues! It’s one of those recipes that just brightens up your morning.


18 Nancy@acommunaltable February 21, 2013 at 12:17 am

Ok, it’s official – I’ve been living under a rock for the last decade or so… I have NEVER had broiled grapefruit. So it’s clear I have seriously been missing out. I LOVE grapefruit so don’t know how I’ve missed this. Thank goodness I now have found it – c an’t wait to try it!!!


19 Lana February 21, 2013 at 8:24 am

Oh yes, you have to try this Nancy! It’s sweet, tart, bitter, and caramel-y all in one. Most people take the broiling further than I do so that they get a darker brown caramel from the sugar and you might like it best that way as well.


20 Maria February 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

A great breakfast treat!


21 Diane {Created by Diane} February 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm

sounds yummy I’ll have to give it a try!


22 Miss P February 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm

What do you think about this somehow being part of a salad or side dish with poultry or pork? Maybe …..

Miss P


23 Lana February 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I have a great recipe for an avocado and grapefruit salad that goes really well with grilled chicken. I think you could section a broiled grapefruit and use it in that recipe. I’ll dig it up if you want.


24 Kelly February 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Never had this before… just might need to give it a try :) Thanks for sharing, Lana!


25 Lana February 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Hope you enjoy it, Kelly.


26 Akp August 12, 2014 at 12:01 am

Beautiful website! I was wondering where you found the grapefruit bowls? My grandmother used to have ones just like these when I was a kid. I’d love to have a set of my own.


27 Lana Stuart August 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I love those bowls, too. They were a wedding gift over 30 years ago :-) No idea where you could get any these days.


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