Broiled Grapefruit

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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  1. says

    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

  2. Penny Wolf says

    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).

    • says

      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.

    • says

      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!

  3. says

    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!!!

    • says

      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.

    • says

      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.

  4. Akp says

    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.


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