As a dietitian, you might think my diet gets an A+ all of the time.

So not true.

Especially when it comes to fruit.

broiled grapefruit

I know I’m supposed to love it and eat it all the time, but in all honesty, I don’t.

It’s not because I don’t like it. It’s because I’m so temperamental about it- it has to be the perfect ripeness, the right texture, the optimal season.

Basically I’m just picky.


But one way I always love fruit, even the imperfect pieces, is grilled. Grilled pineapples, grilled plums, grilled peaches… even bananas!

how to broil grapefruit

It may be an abnormally warm winter, but it’s still not grill season this days. When that’s the case, I turn to the next best thing: the broiler.

Broiling fruit is great for fruit that doesn’t sit on the grill well, plus it’s super fast- perfect for sneaking in while taking care of a newborn.

The perfect candidate: grapefruit!

grapefruit recipe

A little cinnamon. A little vanilla. A little sugar.

broiled grapefruit with cinnamon sugar

A few minutes under the broiler and you have a dessert or snack that tastes like it took a lot of preparation. It’ll be our little secret how easy it was.

cooked fruit grapefruit recipe

Tart, tangy grapefruit dressed up with a thin layer of caramelized sugar and spices. So good. So easy. Spice it up even more with a sprinkle of cumin.

Broiled Grapefruit with Caramelized Cinnamon Sugar

by Heather Neal


  • 2 grapefruit
  • 1 Tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Preheat broiler.

Slice grapefruit in half. Using a small knife, cut between grapefruit wedges to make for easy eating later.

Combine sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Sprinkle on grapefruit halves.

Place grapefruit on baking sheet and broil for 2-3 minutes on high or until sugar starts to bubble or brown.

Serve warm.

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