Fresh Start: Broiled Grapefruit



This sweet and tangy Broiled Grapefruit recipe is a decadent treat to start your day. It will have you rethinking how you feel about eating grapefruit for breakfast. 

Ah, grapefruits! They’re a fruit that you either love or love to hate. I happen to fall into the first category- I love them! They are quite possibly my favorite fruit but when I mention this to people I usually get a funny look in return (accompanied by a raised eyebrow and an “oh really?!”)

I’m not really sure why they have such a bad rep. When ripe, they are more sweet than sour and bursting with juice. During the winter, my mom tries to eat half a grapefruit a day and is convinced doing so is the reason she doesn’t get sick. That is not surprising considering they are jammed packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants.

They are also super easy to prepare. Slicing in half and using a spoon to scoop out the segments, like my grandmother used to do, is probably the most popular way to eat for breakfast. You can also peel them like an orange to eat on the go or slice then up and sprinkle with cinnamon and honey for a great evening snack.

So why would you want to go and do something crazy like sticking a fresh grapefruit in an oven? Well, just like roasting brings out the sweetest flavors in carrots, broiling grapefruit does the same. Adding a spoonful of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon to caramelize the top and takes the flavors to a whole level. The added warmth of the fruit makes for a decadent and healthy way to start your day on a cool spring morning.

grapefruitbeforeA couple of tips:

  • Always make sure to wash the skin of your grapefruit before cutting.  This will help to keep bacteria from spreading when you slice through the fruit.
  • Make sure that when you are broiling, the tops of the fruit are 4-6″ from the flame.  You will want to keep an eye on them while cooking so that they don’t get too crisp.
  • If you don’t have maple syrup available, you can also try with honey.
  • Grapefruits can be counter-productive with some medications (particularly heart medications).  Check with your doctor if you to make sure that you are okay to eat if you are on medication.


Fresh Start: Broiled Grapefruit

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2

Serving Size: Halves

Fresh Start: Broiled Grapefruit

This sweet and tangy Broiled Grapefruit recipe is a decadent treat to start your day!


  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon


  1. Heat broiler.
  2. Wash and cut grapefruit in half.
  3. Using a small paring knife, cut around the edge of the skin to loosen the fruit segments. Divide into 8 sections and remove any seeds that you can see.
  4. Drizzle each half with a teaspoon of maple syrup. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  5. Place underneath broiler and cook 5-7 minutes until tops are starting to caramelize and brown.
  6. Enjoy warm.

About Betsy Milne

Hi there, I'm Betsy, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and your dedicated wellness guide. I believe that life is about finding balance. It is not meant to be lived with lists of restrictions, unrealistic expectations or hour spent sweating it out in a gym. My education, coupled with over 20 years of my own personal experiences, have equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, cutting-edge coaching techniques and the importance of prevention. Join me and together we will create the happy and healthy life you were BORN to live!


  1. I actually was going to make these tonight for breakfast this week but with a brown sugar/splenda mix. Great minds!

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