Caramelized Grapefruit

As a kid I only ever ate grapefruit when my grandmother was visiting.  I would dose it in sugar to hide the actual grapefruit flavor, which pretty much counteracted any good nutrients in the fruit.  I was amazed people would eat these straight up.  As an adult I don’t make too much of an effort to eat grapefruit beyond fresh squeezed Ruby Red margarita or combined with prosecco but I figured those are not really appropriate breakfast options.

I had a few grapefruits on hand so I thought I would try something new for breakfast today, caramelized grapefruit.   Technically I broiled them since I don’t have a kitchen torch, but either method it was delicious.

caramelized grapefruit

Caramelized Grapefruit

1 large grapefruit, halved
4 teaspoons sugar (or to taste)

Preheat broiler
Place grapefruit halves, fruit side up, on cookie sheet
Sprinkle sugar to cover each half
Broil for about 5 minutes
Alternatively, you can use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar

The sugar melts right into the grapefruit without being sickly sweet.  The heated grapefruit is unexpectedly like butta baby!  The bitterness of the fruit completely disappears and the juice is plentiful.  The only thing missing was a grapefruit spoon, it would have been easier to eat.  I am going to try this in a salad, I think the juice with a bit of avocado oil will make a perfect dressing.  I foresee many grapefruits in my future, the four year-old even ate half of one straight up.  He ate it like an orange, I didn’t dare tell him he had the option to put sugar on it.


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  1. Biz says:

    Totally forgot about this Jacky – my grandma actually used honey, but it was so good – you are right, the juice is absolutely perfect and I love your dressing idea!

    Hopefully next week our weather will get better!

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