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

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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!


  • 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.

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