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Broiled Grapefruit with ginger is a delicious snack that’s quick and easy to make! It’s easily customizable to be oil-free and refined-sugar free for an ultra healthy treat.

side angle view of broiled grapefruit in a bowl with spoon.

Looking to spice up your grapefruit routine? This healthy broiled grapefruit with coconut and ginger is a delicious treat anytime of day!

The grapefruit is rich in color and a beautiful tangy fruit. It’s a bit tart and sweet all in one.

And if you’re a lover of grapefruits this will be a perfect way to keep your options for serving them varied and fresh.

This recipe is quick and easy, making it simple to pull together in no time. You can serve your broiled grapefruit for a light breakfast, snack, or dessert.

So without further ado, let’s broil grapefruits!

top down view of ingredients used to make broiled grapefruit recipe.

Ingredients + Substitutions

Here is everything you will need, including ingredient substitutions where noted. Measurements can be found in the actual recipe card below.

  • Grapefruit. Red or yellow, use your favorite variety. It’s best to make this recipe when grapefruits are at their peak so it’s sweet and not too sour. In the states, peak season is from November to June.
  • Sugar. Most sugars will do great – I recommend using coconut, pure cane brown or white, raw, and date sugar.
  • Ginger.  Both powdered and fresh grated will do. If you don’t have ginger on hand, try using cinnamon instead.
  • Coconut oil. You can sub with melted vegan butter, or omit completely for an oil-free version. This is also AMAZING with pure maple syrup in place of oil!
  • Salt. Use just a pinch for a finishing touch, can be optional
side by side photos showing the process of cutting grapefruit segments for broiling.
top down view of sliced grapefruit with segments cut.

How to Make Broiled Grapefruits

This is truly one of the easiest recipes ever! Here is a quick look at the steps with photos to help with your success.

  • Simply slice your grapefruits on half and cut the segments along the membranes without piercing through the rind. This can also be done after, but it’s easier to do it first.
side by side photos showing the process of before and after broiled grapefruit.
  • Top with coconut oil, ginger and sugar.
  • Broil for a few minutes. Once done you’ll notice the flesh has plumped up and the texture is super tender.

Broiled grapefruit is best served when the grapefruit is warm. The sugar and ginger come together with the juices for a delicious and healthy treat and is well worth the minimal effort!

Top Tips

  • Use in season grapefruits for the best results. If grapefruits are too sour, you may not enjoy this recipe. Peak season is November to June in the USA.
  • Add shredded coconut. Sometimes I like to add a sprinkle of shredded coconut a few minutes before the grapefruit is done. It will toast up, adding flavor and texture.

top down view of plated broiled grapefruit with spoon.

More Fruit Snack Recipes!

If you try this broiled grapefruit recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



Fun and easy, this healthy broiled grapefruit can be served for a light breakfast or at any time of the day as a snack or dessert!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 – 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: broil
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 2 grapefruit, red or yellow
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (coconut, brown, raw, or pure cane), divided
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, vegan butter or pure maple syrup, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or finely grated ginger, divided
  • salt, to taste

optional toppers

  • shredded unsweetened coconut (add after the first two or three minutes)
  • dash of cinnamon


Preheat broiler. You can alternately use a toaster oven for this using a high temp.

Prep grapefruit: Slice grapefruits in half. You may have to slice a tad bit off the bottom if your grapefruits don’t stand straight. Use a grapefruit knife or a serrated paring knife and cut each segment so the pink flesh is cut away from the membrane. Next, gently par around the whole outside area of flesh cutting away from the rind. It will make your grapefruit eating a little easier and less messy.

Assemble: Place each half, cut side up, on a rimmed cookie sheet or baking dish. Top each half with 1 teaspoon or so of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon or so of sugar, and a generous pinch of ginger. Use your fingers to blend and spread the ginger on the grapefruit halves.

Broil: Place under the broiler and cook anywhere from 4 – 7 minutes. I find it best to set your timer for 2 minutes, check grapefruit, if sugar is not caramelized or there is no excessive charring of the grapefruit rind (white part), add another minute and repeat the process until sugar is caramelized and rind is gently colored but not overly burnt all around. If using shredded coconut, sprinkle on top of the grapefruit halves after the first 2 minutes. Once done, sprinkle with salt.

Serve: Enjoy right away or let cool and serve at room temp.


This recipe is best with in season grapefruits that are on the sweeter side and not too sour.

As with all my recipes, adjust the ingredients to suit your taste, adding more or less of anything.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.

Updated: Broiled Grapefruit was originally published in April 2013. It has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in January 2021.

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  1. Delicious, I used our suggestion of pure maple syrup in place of oil. So perfect!

  2. Freda Love Smith says:

    Yum, thanks so much for the inspiration – I am going to try this for breakfast this weekend! We need something new and exciting and I never think of grapefruit, but this looks delicious! And pretty, too.

  3. I might just try this! I've started eating raw grapefruit with some stevia sprinkled over it because the plain taste of it is too tart for me. This would be a nice variant on the way I eat grapefruits now.

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      You may like to try other varieties to see if they are more to your liking. Some are sweeter than others. Give this a try…I think you'll love the flavors. :)

  4. awesomeveganrad says:

    I love broiled grapefruit, but have never added ginger and coconut! Will have to try.

  5. eatgreatbegreat says:

    This sounds so wonderful! It would be great with breakfast!

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      My favorite is adding shredded coconut on top. So delicious!!

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