Broiled Grapefruit with brown sugar and ginger

Broiled Grapefruit with brown sugar and ginger

I’ve learned a handful of things the twenty eight years I’ve been in the world.  Really just a handful of things… the rest I’m just making up as I go along.

One of the things I’ve learned:  serving someone a segmented grapefruit for breakfast has got to be one of the most loving things you can do.  It’s right up there with turning down the sheets or drawing someone a bath.  Real life romance.

I know… I know… it’s just a grapefruit, but if you’ve ever segmented a grapefruit for someone other than yourself than you know… it’s love.  No joke.

Broiled Grapefruit with brown sugar and ginger

Broiled Grapefruit with brown sugar and ginger

I don’t want to be chained to my measuring cups and teaspoons every time I step into my kitchen.

Sometime I just want to add some dashes and sprinkles… you know?  This recipe is not so much a recipe as it is suggestion.

Have you ever had a broiled grapefruit?  It’s like grapefruit creme brulee.  The brown sugar melts and browns beautifully and the flesh warms slightly.  Super simple and super delicious.

Broiled Grapefruit with brown sugar and ginger

So… I definitely ate this warm and straight out of the pan.

Broiled Grapefruit with brown sugar and ginger

serves 1

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1 grapefruit, cut in half and segmented with a grapefruit knife

2 to 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, you can eyeball it

a few generous sprinkles of ground ginger

Set the oven to broil and place a rack on the top shelf of the oven.  You want the grapefruit to be as close as possible to the broiler heat.

Halve and segment a grapefruit.  You may need to trim the bottoms of the grapefruit so it sits up straight.

Place in a broiler safe pan and sprinkle with brown sugar and ginger.  Place in the oven under the broiler.  Bake for 5 to  7 minutes, keeping an eye on it as it cooks.  Feel free to rotate the pan as the grapefruit browns.

Remove from oven and serve warm or at room temperature.  Be sure to squeeze all the juice out when you’re done eating.  It’s the best part!

93 thoughts on “Broiled Grapefruit with brown sugar and ginger

  1. I don’t usually like grapefruit at all, but maybe with some brown sugar and ginger.. it would be worth a try :)

  2. I love grapefruit but have never broiled it before… I can’t wait to try this! My mom used to segment my grapefruit when I was little, it is definitely an act of love!

  3. I just heard a girl at a “farmer’s market” in Somerville this weekend talking about this! I can’t wait to try it! I’m not really a fan of grapefruit but she said this was to die for, and your pictures don’t lie :)

  4. Oh mY Word – that is brilliant! My daughter’s most favourite fruit is grapefruit! I wish we had a grapefruit orchard – she eats tonnes of the stuff!! She told me when she gets older she wants to have a tattoo of a flamingo wearing highland dancing shoes eating a grapefruit! She’s nine! We’ll see if she ever gets that tattoo – in the meantime, I’ll be broiling her a grapefruit!

  5. I usually don’t buy grapefruits because they are so time consuming to cut, but for you I’ll try.
    I’m noticeing that you inspire me to do a lot I would not normally do. :) I like that!

  6. well i never! grapefruit has been one of my breakfast indulgences lately, and to think that you can broil it with a little brown sugar and ginger and have an even more delectable treat! oh my.

  7. You are SO right! It is very time-consuming, and definitely a work of love!!! This recipe looks lovely–thanks!

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