Baked Grapefruit

Baking grapefruit highlights its sweetness and tones down the tart flavor for a delightful addition to breakfast. You can either bake the grapefruit so all the fruit gets warm and soft or you can broil it at a higher heat just until the top of the grapefruit gets slightly charred.



  • 2 grapefruits cut in half
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of flaky sea salt


  1. Choose to either bake or broil the grapefruit. Baking will take longer and soften all of the fruit. Broiling will be quicker and only heat the top of the grapefruit, leaving most of the fruit firmer.
  2. To bake the grapefruit, preheat the oven to 400°F. If you want to broil the grapefruit, pre-heat the oven broiler to high.
  3. Slice a small section off the bottom of each grapefruit half so it will sit without rocking. Cut around the sections of the grapefruit halves to loosen the sections. Place the grapefruit halves on a baking sheet.
  4. Top each grapefruit with a tablespoon of sugar then sprinkle some cinnamon on top.
  5. To broil, place under the broiler for 6-8 minutes until the sugar melts. To bake, place in the oven at 400°F for 15 to 18 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle flaked sea salt over the top of each grapefruit half and serve warm or cold.



  • You can replace brown sugar with white sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
  • Salt enhances the sweetness and balances any bitterness of the fruit. We used Maldon salt flakes as a finishing salt. The large salt flakes also add a crunchy texture.
Nutrition Information:


Baking, poaching, or grilling fruit is a great way to enhance the natural sugars. Grilled pineapple and grilled peaches always get devoured during a cookout. And poached pears make an elegant dessert. But citrus fruit like grapefruit can really shine when baked.

The grapefruit gets completely transformed when you bake it in the oven. The heat brings out the sweetness and mellows the sour flavor. A pinch of salt brings it all together and enhances the flavors.

Here is Why This Recipe Works

  • Sugar adds a caramelized richness to the top of the fruit.
  • Salt enhances the sweetness and balances the bitter taste of grapefruit.
  • Cinnamon adds a warm, spicy flavor.

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