Broiled Grapefruit

February 1, 2015

Today’s recipe for Broiled Grapefruit is a new favorite for a quick breakfast or easy snack.

This post is sponsored, written by me on behalf of Whole Foods.  All opinions are my own.

Eating Healthier.  One of the top resolutions for most us of every January.  Did you start out strong, but fizzle out?  Did you go from green smoothies to donuts in a matter of days?  If you did, you are not alone!  We all want to be kind to our bodies, and along with regular exercise, we should be fueling our bodies in a way that will help us feel better and perform better.  There are countless diets and eating plans out there, and it can be tricky finding what works best for you and your lifestyle.  You don’t have to adopt a strict diet to start getting healthy.  Consider these 5 easy changes suggested by Whole Foods that you can make today!

  1. Add nutrient-rich food.  If you haven’t pinpointed exactly how you want to shape your eating plan, the best place to start is by adding to it.  Don’t focus on what you can’t eat, focus on what you can eat, and then add more of that to what you’re already doing!  Try adding more fruits and veggies to your meals, and you’ll feel the difference.
  2. Eat closer to nature.  Does it look like it did when it was growing?  There’s your sign that you’re on the right track. 
  3. If you’re eating white bread or pasta, go for whole wheat instead.  If you can, try adding brown rice, quinoa, or barley to the menu.
  4. Be oil smart.  Switch to healthier oils like avocado or coconut, and try substituting applesauce for oil in muffins or banana bread.
  5. Reorganize your plate.  Try to think of veggies and whole grains as the main dish and your meat and fish as flavor boosters, at about 3 oz per serving (around the size of a deck of playing cards).

If you’re looking to incorporate more produce into your diet, try to think seasonally.  It will not only be less expensive, but the flavor and nutritional content will be at their peak.

On to grapefruit and a fun, new recipe to try…it’s great with breakfast or as a snack!  

When I was a kid someone told me that grapefruit with salt sprinkled on it was one of their favorite things to eat.  I was skeptical but naive open-minded enough to try it.  Well, I had never eaten anything so horrible in my short 12 years of life!  It was bitter and sour and so salty!  I’m not big on a lot of salt anyway, but to put it on something so tart was absolutely horrible and scarred me for nearly two decades. {Please don’t be offended if you like salt on your grapefruit.  We can still be friends!}

A few years ago my friend Lisa told me how much loved grapefruit with SUGAR sprinkled on it.  Well, my friends, that was a turning point in my relationship with grapefruit.  I tried it again and loved it.  And my son saw me eating it and said he wanted to try some.  I just knew he would hate it (since all my kids really kind of hate eating are pretty resistant to trying anything new).  Well, one bite lead to several, which lead to an entire grapefruit!  I even started buying it just for him after that.  I’d heard talk of broiling grapefruit, so I thought I’d give it a try.

So.  Cooked citrus.  Sounds a little crazy, but it’s actually something every grapefruit fan should try!  Especially since it takes 2 ingredients and less than 5 minutes.  It makes it warm and soft and turns it into comfort food.  And who doesn’t love comfort food!

Just a few easy cuts will make it much easier to eat your grapefruit once it comes out of the oven.

Sprinkle with some sugar, broil for a few minutes, and you have an easy, delicious snack!

Broiled Grapefruit


  • 2 grapefruit (your favorite variety)
  • 4 Tbsp sugar (white or brown)


  1. Cut grapefruit in half.  If necessary, slice about 1/4 inch (or less) off the end that will sit on the baking sheet (to keep it more stable and upright).
  2. Slice in between wedges and around the inside of the peel to make it easier to remove with a spoon. 
  3. Sprinkle each half with 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Place on a foil-lined baking sheet, and broil for 3-5 minutes, or until sugar is bubbly.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.


  • Add a dot of butter (about 1/2 tsp) along with the sugar.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon
  • Sprinkle with Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Top with a dollop of yogurt
  • Add an extra sprinkle of organic sugar for a little crunch

*I am a Whole Foods Blogging Ambassador.  This post was written in exchange for a gift card to purchase food.  Any opinions are my own. 

    By Becky

    Becky is a mom to 4 kiddos and wife to an awesome guy. She's a food fanatic and loves creating and improving recipes. Bread is her weakness and delicious food is her passion!