Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

A broiled grapefruit recipe made with pink grapefruit and topped with brown sugar, cinnamon and a Maraschino cherry. Serve as part of a healthy breakfast or brunch menu.

I love grapefruit! But sometimes when it is out of season, it can be quite bitter. Living in the Northern U.S. grapefruit is unfortunately not one of the locally grown crops. So, for us around here, it can be a little bit hit and miss when it comes to citrus fruits.

Not all grapefruit needs to be sour and hard to eat. Broiled grapefruit served warm with a bit of caramelized brown sugar and cinnamon can be a refreshing change from cold cereal. This is quick and easy to prepare and makes 4 servings.

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If you want to make this a bit healthier, you could substitute a product called sucanat as a nice organic alternative to the brown sugar and replace the cherry with a soft date or other dried fruit.

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Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

A broiled grapefruit recipe made with pink grapefruit and topped with brown sugar, cinnamon and a Maraschino cherry.
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broiled grapefruit recipe
Servings: 4
Author: Laura Warnke


  • 2 pink grapefruit
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 Maraschino Cherries


  • Step 1: Slice the grapefruit in half and remove seeds. With a small thin flexible paring knife or grapefruit, carefully cut around all 3 edges of each section to loosen the fruit. (Do this step before the grapefruit goes under the broiler, as the fruit will be too hot afterwards.)
  • Step 2: In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon and spoon this mixture on top of each of the grapefruit halves.
  • Step 3: Place the four sections on a baking sheet or broiling pan. Set your oven to Broil or 550 degrees Fahrenheit and place the pan about 4-6 inches away from the heat. Broil the halves for about 5-10 minutes, until the juice is bubbling, and the brown sugar has slightly melted and is starting to caramelize.
  • Step 4: Serve in individual grapefruit immediately for breakfast or brunch. Top each half with a Maraschino cherry for garnish.


Note: It's okay to pack the brown sugar mixture onto the grapefruit a bit on the heavy side. Once under the broiler, some will run on to the pan.

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