Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and Ginger

I have a short and sweet little post for you today. I am running a bit behind schedule with all my school work, but that's expected, since midterms are coming up next week (ugh).  I just need to find the time to actually do all the reading I need to do, and catch up on the sleep that I totally did NOT get last night (hooray for staying in studio until almost 7 am this morning, and then having a presentation at 9!).  Sigh, but anyway.  Since I am a bit sleep deprived and beginning to realize that I may have been taking my procrastination a bit too far, a short and sweet little post will just have to suffice.  There's nothing wrong with short and sweet and little posts though.  They can be really, really delicious, and sometimes, that's all you need!

Grapefruit has never really been my thing.  I've always thought the fruit itself was just "ehhh" and grapefruit juice??? Psh.  I don't think there's anything anyone can say to convince me to ever drink a glass. There's something about grapefruits that just doesn't work for me. What I really do like about grapefruits though, is slicing through one and seeing that really beautiful coral/red flesh beneath its yellow exterior.  I find that pretty exciting, so I decided to use grapefruit in a manner that would leave it as in-tact as possible and also disguise that odd "grapefruity" flavor that I can't seem to appreciate.  The solution was as simple as sprinkling some brown sugar over them and then placing them under a broiler for a couple of minutes. Super easy.  Super delicious too. 

This isn't really very much of a recipe at all.  I mean, I can't tell you exactly how much of anything I used, because I honestly don't know.  But that's really not a big deal.  This is the kind of thing that you make for a really easy and delicious breakfast, or when you just want something a little bit sweet at the end of a meal. There's no science behind it.  Just take a grapefruit that has been cut in half, crumble some brown sugar over the top, add a couple sprinkles of cinnamon and ginger and broil, until the grapefruit becomes beautifully caramelized on top.  This dish is so NOT a recipe, that you can change out the ingredients to whatever you want; there's no wrong combination!  Honey and agave nectar would be really nice, and if you don't like ginger, then you can just omit it.  The ginger added a nice little spice though, that seemed to balance out the flavor of this lovely winter citrus.  

Broiled grapefruit with brown sugar and's totally a good thing. 

Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and Ginger


brown sugar
ground ginger


Begin by turning on your broiler to its "high" setting, and position an oven rack at its highest level; you want the grapefruits to be as close to the broiler as possible. 

Slice each grapefruit in half.  With a small knife, segment the grapefruit. You may find that you need to trim one end of the grapefruit so that it can sit up straight. 

Arrange the grapefruit halves in a baking dish.  Sprinkle the tops of the grapefruits with brown sugar (about a tablespoon or so for each), and a couple generous sprinkles of cinnamon and ground ginger.  Place the grapefruits under the broiler for about 7 minutes.  Keep an eye on them as they are in the oven, and remove them once the brown sugar has begun to become caramelized and golden brown. Rotate the baking dish if needed to ensure even browning. Serve the grapefruits while they're still warm. 


  1. This may be a short write up, but I am sure I am loving what I am seeing...This is a must try. Citrus treat comin up in my household! Thanks!

  2. You had me at ginger. I'm going to have to bum some fresh grapefruit from my friend's backyard tree. This looks like the perfect way to start the day.


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