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Broiled Grapefruit


Molly Gilbert

Created date

June 11, 2015

Recipe details - RV

My sister Emily likes to eat grapefruit with sugar. Or rather, she likes to eat sugar with a bit of grapefruit underneath. So I think she’d approve of this recipe, in which we positively caramelize our breakfast. 

But really it’s not so bad—a bit of brown sugar, a pinch of warm spice, and some large-flaked salt layer complex flavor notes over the tart and tangy grapefruit. It’s a healthy, refreshing, and surprisingly satisfying breakfast or snack in the winter months, when grapefruit comes into season.

Look for unblemished grapefruits that feel very heavy for their size—this means they’ll be full of juice and ready for eating.

Excerpted from Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert (Workman Publishing, $21.95). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Molly Gilbert. 

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3 Ruby Red grapefruits, halved horizontally

1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon Maldon salt or other large-flake salt


Preheat the broiler with a rack about 4 inches from the heat. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil.

This isn’t totally necessary—the grapefruit won’t really stick to the pan—but it makes for the easiest cleanup.

Place the grapefruit halves, cut side up, on the prepared sheet pan.

Use a small paring knife or curved grapefruit knife to section the grapefruits, cutting around the outer membrane to separate it from the flesh, and between the individual sections.

Mix together the brown sugar and ground cardamom in a small bowl. Sprinkle each grapefruit half with the sugar mixture, dividing it evenly. Sprinkle the salt atop the sugared grapefruit.

Broil the grapefruit, keeping a close eye on the pan and rotating it if needed, until the fruit is charred at the edges and caramely brown in the center, 3 to 5 minutes.

Let the grapefruit cool for 5 minutes before enjoying warm (I find a regular or grapefruit spoon the best tool to pop out the segments and catch all of the sweet juice while eating).